Regional Captian Douchebag Syndrome-RCDS

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You may Have RCDS-Regional Captain Douchebag Syndrome if these situations apply to you—

If you are constantly messing with the flight control panel…when you are NON-flying pilot-you may have RCDS

If you are constantly doing the FO’s flows- even one that consist of 2 switches.-you may have RCDS

If your crew upon reaching the overnight is constantly “tired” “not hungry” or “going to catch up on my F.O.M. reading tonight” instead of going out and having a few beers with you”-you may have RCDS

If when ATC calls your call sign you verbally announce everything that the FO is to reply back. Just in case the FO doesn’t know what it means when ATC asks “hows the ride at 350?” Thanks for the help capt.—you do have RCDS

If you have said more than once on a trip, “hey, crack the boards were looking a little high” or “I think you better increase your rate of descent” Descent planning isn’t hard, the FO knows how to do it, probably better than you do and may have a lot more experience than you do, I don’t tell you how to fly unless its unsafe, so you should do the same. If I needed a flying style coach I would ask…..-you have RCDS

If there is a celebrity on board and you make 15 PA’s—while you are the flying pilot- you may have RCDS

If you are captain and don’t know how to program the FMS. And refuse to ask for help from the FO- you may have RCDS

If you annonce over the PA on the descent announcement that the FO is going to be landing the airplane today…..you may have RCDS (I actually heard this one the other day!!)

If you want to brief the approach 250 miles out, “just to get it done with” – you may have RCDS.

If in the pre-flight pre-trip briefing you say “I fly by the book or im laid back”- nobody flies 100 % by the book and if you are laid back, you don’t need to say it, it will take care of itself.- you may have RCDS.

If you try to get the fat FA drunk every night and still couldn’t score with her or any other girl on the face of the earth- you might have RCDS

Remedies for RCDS—realize that your crew members are professionals and have had the same training you have, you don’t need to tell them what to do every 5 seconds like they are 3 years old, you are not the almighty ruler of the crew. If you do this your crew doesn’t like you and doesn’t want to be around you. They don’t respect you. The company has forced me to hang around you for the next 4 days, Its not my decision. Just show your crew some respect and you will be respected back. And fly when its your turn to FLY and run the radios when its your turn to run the radios.
 

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amem brother. i love the "ok lets call for taxi" after the push......
no sh!t i thought we were gonna just sit here and block everybody

how bout the capt that while flying....get the atis, sets speeds, calls ops.....i know of more than one guy who does this....drives me nuts
 

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Or if you've ever used the line "because I have 4 stripes and you only have three".... bingo! RCDS

Also had one tell me to report +/- 5 kts on final when the wind was blowing down the runway at 8 gusting to 15. Hello?
 
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I'm always worried when a captain i just met tells me "yea, i'm pretty laid back." That's when I know I'm screwed.
 

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mozzer said:
how bout the capt that while flying....get the atis, sets speeds, calls ops.....i know of more than one guy who does this....drives me nuts
Awesome! If I could be so luck to fly with this guy. I have having to put down my discrete reading materials to do this tedious work.
 

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Thanks for all of the wonderful tips. I'll try and do better before I get displaced back to the right seat.... In the meantime, would you grab the A.T.I.S.?
 
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=w= said:
Or if you've ever used the line "because I have 4 stripes and you only have three".... bingo! RCDS

Also had one tell me to report +/- 5 kts on final when the wind was blowing down the runway at 8 gusting to 15. Hello?
This is when you extend your middle finger, put it on your epaulets and say, "I got your 4th stripe right here!"

:rolleyes:
 

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"You may have FODS when you think that having 2500 hours means you know everything and the CA should just shut up and watch you perform." :)
 

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Wholeheartedly agree (and I think I've flown with Captain Douchebag here at CommutAir...heh), except on one:

BusDriver12 said:
Descent planning isn’t hard, the FO knows how to do it, probably better than you do and may have a lot more experience than you do, I don’t tell you how to fly unless its unsafe, so you should do the same. If I needed a flying style coach I would ask…..


If someone's not doing something he's supposed to be doing while we fly together, it's my job to point it out as his immediate supervisor. I'm not talking about an occasional cruncher landing. I'm talking about things like descent planning, which you brought up. Let me give you a scenario I see frequently:

You're 150 miles east of Buffalo at FL240. You're instructed to "Cross 50 miles east of Buffalo at 11,000." Your first officer, the PF, starts to descend immediately towards the cumulus, "so I won't forget." You're telling me you wouldn't correct him? He's giving up >60 miles of smooth air, low fuel burns, and high TAS, because he either doesn't know how to do the calculation, or is too lazy to do it or set it up in the box. Pointing that out is not being a "flying style coach," that's correcting poor airmanship.

I don't have to be a jerk when I mention it, and I'm not, but it would be negligent on my part to let it go uncorrected. "Hey, why don't we wait until we need to go down, so we can stay high as long as possible?" He'll either plan a proper descent out and do it (which most people do anyway; that's the point), or if he doesn't know how, he'll ask (which I've also seen, especially in folks new to the airline).

Letting him fly for 60 miles through turbulence when a little planning would have prevented it? That's being a "douchebag" -- to the passengers who paid for the flight, to the company paying the fuel bill, and even to the FO who's developing his skills for upgrade, eventually.

That goes both ways, incidentally. If I miss my descent point when I'm PF, I fully expect the first officer to chime in and remind me it's time to go down now. That's how a crew works together. Anybody who gets that worked up when a genuine mistake is pointed out is probably in the wrong business.

 

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BusDriver12 said:
You may Have RCDS-Regional Captain Douchebag Syndrome if these situations apply to you—

If you are constantly messing with the flight control panel…when you are NON-flying pilot-you may have RCDS

If you are constantly doing the FO’s flows- even one that consist of 2 switches.-you may have RCDS

If your crew upon reaching the overnight is constantly “tired” “not hungry” or “going to catch up on my F.O.M. reading tonight” instead of going out and having a few beers with you”-you may have RCDS

If when ATC calls your call sign you verbally announce everything that the FO is to reply back. Just in case the FO doesn’t know what it means when ATC asks “hows the ride at 350?” Thanks for the help capt.—you do have RCDS

If you have said more than once on a trip, “hey, crack the boards were looking a little high” or “I think you better increase your rate of descent” Descent planning isn’t hard, the FO knows how to do it, probably better than you do and may have a lot more experience than you do, I don’t tell you how to fly unless its unsafe, so you should do the same. If I needed a flying style coach I would ask…..-you have RCDS

If there is a celebrity on board and you make 15 PA’s—while you are the flying pilot- you may have RCDS

If you are captain and don’t know how to program the FMS. And refuse to ask for help from the FO- you may have RCDS

If you annonce over the PA on the descent announcement that the FO is going to be landing the airplane today…..you may have RCDS (I actually heard this one the other day!!)

If you want to brief the approach 250 miles out, “just to get it done with” – you may have RCDS.

If in the pre-flight pre-trip briefing you say “I fly by the book or im laid back”- nobody flies 100 % by the book and if you are laid back, you don’t need to say it, it will take care of itself.- you may have RCDS.

If you try to get the fat FA drunk every night and still couldn’t score with her or any other girl on the face of the earth- you might have RCDS

Remedies for RCDS—realize that your crew members are professionals and have had the same training you have, you don’t need to tell them what to do every 5 seconds like they are 3 years old, you are not the almighty ruler of the crew. If you do this your crew doesn’t like you and doesn’t want to be around you. They don’t respect you. The company has forced me to hang around you for the next 4 days, Its not my decision. Just show your crew some respect and you will be respected back. And fly when its your turn to FLY and run the radios when its your turn to run the radios.
Good stuff here. Only two things though. The Captain is the boss of the flight like or not and he/she does get to decide who operates any giving leg. Other than those pionts your spot on!
 

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Koslen said:
Good stuff here. Only two things though. The Captain is the boss of the flight like or not and he/she does get to decide who operates any giving leg. Other than those pionts your spot on!
A perfect example of RCDS. This guy is so insecure that he has to try to tell you when you're right or wrong over an internet chat room. Bet you're a real treat to fly with O' Skipper of the Skies.
 

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BusDriver12 said:
You may Have RCDS-Regional Captain Douchebag Syndrome if these situations apply to you—

If you are constantly messing with the flight control panel…when you are NON-flying pilot-you may have RCDS

If you are constantly doing the FO’s flows- even one that consist of 2 switches.-you may have RCDS

If your crew upon reaching the overnight is constantly “tired” “not hungry” or “going to catch up on my F.O.M. reading tonight” instead of going out and having a few beers with you”-you may have RCDS

If when ATC calls your call sign you verbally announce everything that the FO is to reply back. Just in case the FO doesn’t know what it means when ATC asks “hows the ride at 350?” Thanks for the help capt.—you do have RCDS

If you have said more than once on a trip, “hey, crack the boards were looking a little high” or “I think you better increase your rate of descent” Descent planning isn’t hard, the FO knows how to do it, probably better than you do and may have a lot more experience than you do, I don’t tell you how to fly unless its unsafe, so you should do the same. If I needed a flying style coach I would ask…..-you have RCDS

If there is a celebrity on board and you make 15 PA’s—while you are the flying pilot- you may have RCDS

If you are captain and don’t know how to program the FMS. And refuse to ask for help from the FO- you may have RCDS

If you annonce over the PA on the descent announcement that the FO is going to be landing the airplane today…..you may have RCDS (I actually heard this one the other day!!)

If you want to brief the approach 250 miles out, “just to get it done with” – you may have RCDS.

If in the pre-flight pre-trip briefing you say “I fly by the book or im laid back”- nobody flies 100 % by the book and if you are laid back, you don’t need to say it, it will take care of itself.- you may have RCDS.

If you try to get the fat FA drunk every night and still couldn’t score with her or any other girl on the face of the earth- you might have RCDS

Remedies for RCDS—realize that your crew members are professionals and have had the same training you have, you don’t need to tell them what to do every 5 seconds like they are 3 years old, you are not the almighty ruler of the crew. If you do this your crew doesn’t like you and doesn’t want to be around you. They don’t respect you. The company has forced me to hang around you for the next 4 days, Its not my decision. Just show your crew some respect and you will be respected back. And fly when its your turn to FLY and run the radios when its your turn to run the radios.
I've got one!!.....

If you're always giving your FO crap about his landings even after they were good and always say "well, you got lucky on that one" and when you slam one on the runway it's always a "well that's the only way to get it done" or "that wind at the last second was tough" then you have RCDS.
 

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Hey come on, he is a LEAR CAPTAIN. What he says is SPOT ON.........


Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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General Lee said:
Hey come on, he is a LEAR CAPTAIN. What he says is SPOT ON.........


Bye Bye--General Lee
How did you know? hahahaha!
 

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Sounds like a Callebaut; he fits almost every one of them to a "T".

Let's not forget if you're an FFDO, like to show everyone your shiny weapon by wearing it on your hip like a Sheriff, play with the clip in flight, and NO ONE in the company can understand how in the hell you passed the mental exam to go through FFDO training, you might have RCDS.

Other than that, yeh, the captain's the captain. It's obvious. Most of you "captains" out there, expecially those of you with "captain" in your profile, need to lighten up. BTW, you suffer from RCDS, also (maybe MCDS, ChCDS, CaCDS, CoCDS, FCDS, or where ever it is you work).
 

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good post there are far too many d!ckhead regional captains out there. i love the as$wipes out there that give u a nice lecture about how the younger generation doesnt care anymore and doesnt know their job and then proceeds to consistently be at 280 below 10,000 and bust through altitudes. what happened there cappie? oh yeah i forgot that was the airplanes fault, it 's not behaving properly.
i've also had that too where the capt. insists on telling the passengers over the pa whose landing it will be. i understand there are also a lot of sh!t fo/s out there but keep the little stuff like small technique criticisms to yourself, newsflash nobody wants to hear them.
 

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keep the little stuff like small technique criticisms to yourself, newsflash nobody wants to hear them.[/quote]

THANK YOU!!! my point exactly!!!!
 

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Good points made here, but let's give credit where it's due: The Captain Douchebag Syndrome isn't limited to just the regionals, or the left seat for that matter. Douchebags can be found in every type of operation from 300 hour CFI's to 777 Captains at the majors and it doesn't matter how many stripes they're wearing. Douchbags are born that way and there ain't no changing that!
 

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Can you take the little blue pill for RCDS??

Pass the Maxim...it looks like the fueler's done, so get out there and check the fuel doors, and don't forget your jacket.

So what will Genral Lee be when he upgrades on the '88???

Mookie
 

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Mookie said:
Can you take the little blue pill for RCDS??

Pass the Maxim...it looks like the fueler's done, so get out there and check the fuel doors, and don't forget your jacket.

So what will Genral Lee be when he upgrades on the '88???

Mookie
I'll be YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. Nah, I'll be cool. Just don't bring up the RJDC, Airtran, Jetblue, Comair's help with our furloughs, SkyWest and their pilots ruining the regional industry by first taking 50 seat wages for planes up to 99 seats, and the strange reason we allow SkyWest pilots who fly both the United and Delta side on the jumpseat---even when they don't allow us the same deal......(due to Computer problems). Hey, I won't even ask a SkyWest pilot where he is based, since it is likely that if he/she is ORD or DEN based, I can't ride in his/her cockpit.(but they can ride in mine) I can't wait!!

Bye Bye--General Lee
 
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