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Prop Wash
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Looks like this practice has come "Full Circle".

When aviators first started flying, they (we) were required to keep a log book with a complete record of flying time, plane numbers, etc. Over the years, some of this flying time became known as "P-51" time. That was a very popular pen not at all related to the famous WW 2 fighter. That pen was supposed to make a lot of low time pilots look pretty good during interviews. It is doubtful many personnel managers were fooled by this "Padding of Flight Time".

However, the evening news would indicate that this practice has NOT gone unnoticed by present day airline management. ......Because of all the delayed flights recently, it is reported that SOME airline schedules will be "Padded" (with additional time built in) in an effort to improve their on time arrival performance.

It is doubtful many of our passengers will be fooled by this method of trying to make an airline look good...........
They will probably be like that personnel manager and say: "Nice try, fella, but why not just tell it like it is?"

On a positive note.........Any additional flight time by the airlines will require more pilots in the cockpits.
Hopefully they will be ex-TWA pilots. [Smile]

Randy Kramer

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Tom Leffingwell
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Hopefully that will bring some more of our flight attendants back also.
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Also known as "Bic Bomber" time!

When we were doing the on time thing (JD Powers) in the late '90's the Co. padded the sked time to help us. Companies don't like to do that much because it increases crew costs.

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