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Regional Airline Crews Rest Uneasy In Crash Pads

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...8/03/ST2009080303154.html?sid=ST2009080303154

I bet there are some flightinfo posters featured in this story :)

By Sholnn Freeman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

At first sight, the Sterling Park house looks like an ordinary split-level, complete with carport, backyard grill and freshly mowed grass. But instead of housing a growing suburban family, it offers accommodations for 30 pilots and flight attendants struggling to string together a few precious hours of sleep....
 

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The wife who was quoted at the end of the article sounds pretty high maintenance. Attitudes like that will lead to divorce pretty quick. I wonder if she gets her panties in a wad over the hotel maids too.
 

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Yeah, she didn't come across very well. They shouldn't have posted an exterior picture of that house, either. If that town's code and zoning department finds out about 30 guys living in one house, they'll probably be obligated to shut it down.
 

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Of course what isn't mentioned is that crash pads are a function of commuting, and aren't limited to "regional" pilots....As long as you have commuting, you will have crash pads....
 

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Of course what isn't mentioned is that crash pads are a function of commuting, and aren't limited to "regional" pilots....As long as you have commuting, you will have crash pads....

That is crap that they really point out the "regional" aspect of it, but that is the hot topic of the times.
 

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Nothing new

Read any Railroad history and you will see that rotten rest situations existed near the rail yards, sometimes as shacks right along the right of way. I'd bet the same thing existed on the Stage Coach lines and even the Pony Express for the few months it ran. It is human nature.
 

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That is crap that they really point out the "regional" aspect of it, but that is the hot topic of the times.

My crash pad in Atlanta was limited to 4. Never saw anyone else there. I did spend a weekend at a regional crashpad when I was flying for a regional, it was much like she described. Sick, very sick! Could not wait to go to work!
 

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The wife of a captain who stays at Sterling Park said she resents the situation, particularly his sharing a house with other women while she and their children live on the other side of the country.


"Sometimes I feel as though he's off to this life we know nothing about," the woman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fear of career repercussions against her husband. "He kind of lives like a single person in a dorm. I don't know any of the people he talks about. I don't know any spouses or any family. There are no Christmas parties, no socializing."
She said it has been difficult for their children. "My little girl, she says, 'When is Daddy coming to visit us again?' I said, 'Daddy doesn't come and visit us. This is his home.' "
I don't think that she's missing anything. She seems jealous and I hope that the marriage survives. The poor guy probably has to sit 20 days of reserve there every month.
 

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just a little something that stands out besides the crashpad stuff...

"Today, half of all scheduled flights in the United States are operated by regional airlines"
 

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I so dont miss crashpads, or commuting, or even the worthless airline bidness...
 

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Yeah, she didn't come across very well. They shouldn't have posted an exterior picture of that house, either. If that town's code and zoning department finds out about 30 guys living in one house, they'll probably be obligated to shut it down.

Then they would have to shut down the single-family homes that are housing multi-Mexican families. Then the ACLU will be knocking on the door of the town gov't.
Boy, this could get good!!
 

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Well it looks like a few people may be out of a crash pad. If you click on the link in the first post there is a new article saying the house in the original article is under investigation for code violations.
 

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That sucks, it looks like they will be booted. Of course they could just reduce the number of bunk beds and go to a hot bed situation (which sucks) but they could all stay. Who is the jackass that dropped the dime to the news paper?
 

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I don't think that she's missing anything. She seems jealous and I hope that the marriage survives. The poor guy probably has to sit 20 days of reserve there every month.

I think she has a valid gripe. I'm not sure why a woman would want to be married and have kids with a man who isn't going to be around to carry his part of the load.
 

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Not sure if it did get closed down, but paper today said county came out and gave the owner 10 days to fix violations or face fines. I know one guy in that pad and he put all of his stuff in his car before his trip started a few days ago just in case the county condemned the house while he was gone. The article today also had the county zone guy saying he was looking into a few more houses in the county with "suspicions of being crashpads" or something like that. Hope this doesn't get out of hand and screw too many people.

Oh yeah for the guy mentioning Mexicans the counties in the IAD area came down hard on big families in the same house about 2 years ago or so claiming fire safety or something like that.
 

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pilots just need to man the fu*** up! What's next? they're gonna ask for 5 star accommodations and get their asses wiped too? what a bunch of babies. You wanted to live the dream, and commute? then suck it up. There's no easy way to put it, it is what it is.
 
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