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You Might Be A Ramp Rat If  
User currently offlineWjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 584 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

Anybody have any of these?
Would love to hear some or see a list.

1. If youve taken a nap in the belly hold of a aircraft.
2. If youve placed something in the engine nacelle prior to boarding, and once boarding is done, you grabbed it with a shocked look on your face, and called everyone on your crew, then thrown it away, and shugged your sholders, then proceded to wing walk during the push back.
3. Spent more time at the airport then at home
4. Done a wheelie on a tug

Any others?
would love to post these at work!

55 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

I always thought that being a Ramp Rat was indicative of reverse evolution taking place:

They start out walking upright. Then after a career of it, they are stooped and hunched over, dragging their knuckles just like the proverbial Neanderthal.


User currently offlineWjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5157 times:

Well its deffinattly not a carrer for me, my carrer is flying, its a job for me while i build my flying hours.

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

Your date asks why your car smells like jet fuel.

You wake up to an early morning phone call and say "**** city flying service" Way too over worked during the summer.

The tower calls you up on a snowy day and asks if you have any porn to share

That's all I got for now




The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineSwacle From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 393 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5096 times:

Well, as ashamed as I am to say, I can claim 3 of those. I have fallen sound asleep in the belly of a 73S in July waiting for bags, I have spent between 32 and 40 hours at the airport in a row several times, and I have done wheelies in tugs before WN in CLE got new equipment a couple years ago....One of the old tugs had so much kick you could almost lay it on its back =)

Don



Aircraft Flown: SF3 DH8 DH4 328 ERJ CRJ CR7 CR9 E70 E75 D9S M80 712 72S 732 733 734 735 73G 738 739 739ER 752 318 319 32
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4639 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

Number #2 on that list was Chris Baker when ATS did WJ a couple years ago. He was hilarious, one time he took and empty shell casing and burnt it with lighter so it would look like the end of Pitot tube. After a plane was pushed and took off he went up to a WJ mx guy and said "I found this on the ground, is it important?". LOL the mx guy was looking at the pitot tubes of everyplane that came in that day, lol.


Word
User currently offlineWjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Yeah old tugs are the best, the diesel clark tugs are the best for wheelies.

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

Got to start reading the posts better, #4! hell I've made out on a tug. Yes, I still talk to her, even after I ran her dad's 172 into a hanger wall.


The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5071 times:

If you have ever thrown a wheel chock into a running engine in the name of passenger safety!

DLKAPA


User currently offlineClipper707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

You Might Be A Ramp Rat If:
The smell of jet fuel puts a smile on your face.
You can't wait for the next aircraft pushback.
You get to load and stack 10,000 pounds of mail in a B-727.
The deeper the snow the better (AH YES glycol) I get to DEICE!!!
Can't wait to see what's left in the F/C galley.
Brew a pot of strong airline coffee @ 02:00 on the graveyard shift.
Get to operate the LAV truck.
Hook up the airstart unit to a B-747.
Run interline baggage around the airport.
Work the bag room when it's pouring rain outside.
Try to remember what the three letter code is for Fresno.
Always tell the time in military.
The difference between port and starboard.
Remember the marshalling signal for engine fire.
Have to offload 300 bags to get one because the pax didn't show.
How excited I get when I get to marshall the A/C to the gate.
Doing the potable water service when it's -30 in January.
When you can keep up with three rampers when you are @ the end of the beltloader in the belly.
When the ear protection I wear becomes everyday apparel.
When wearing knee pads doesn't mean something dirty.
When waving to the crew in the cockpit after pushback doesn't mean you are strange.
That all the F/A's look great.
Can't wait to come to work the next day to do it all over again!

clipper707




The Clippers Gone But Not Forgotten
User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

Even more! Love this post
You waited for the DC-4 to hit the tail stand when at the aft cargo door and thought it was fun.

Asked a new FI why he had to fill up every time he took a student out on a 45 minute intro ride

You know the difference between a Dakota and a Cherokee

You went to your first college lecture after 36 hours at the airport

You were excited when a charter came in 'cause they had flight attendents!



The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineFxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

how about...

sent the new guy to find the belly stretcher or the prop wash.
had a friend close u in the belly to see if you really can ope it fro the inside (u can't no matter that the little sign says)
had a friend close some else in the belly knowing full well they couldn't get out
had a meal from every restaraunt on the airport
if your in ATL done a lunch cirlce (speedline at concourse A for a meal, Delta TOC cafeteria for cake, then stop for ice cream at the fire station).
identify the airplanes just by engine noise

later
jd



Visualize Whirled Peas
User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1547 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

You know all the hideaways in the airport.  Big grin

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

This post could go on and on, who's not a ramp rat, or doesn't wish they had been a ramp rat, in this forum?


The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineThreewests From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

On the freeway going home after a 16 hour shift you keep glancing over your shoulder to see if you dropped any bags.

You were sent to borrow some flight line from United.

You sent someone to borrow some prop wash from Delta.



If you can read this your flying too close
User currently offline747Combi From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

When your not at work look up towards the sky when you heard an airplane just to see what type of plane it is.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offline5T6 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

You might be a Ramp Rat if.....

When you're at a bar, you drain off a small amount of beer from the bottle into a clear plastic cup which you then hold up to the light to analyze.

Mike



I see my Cats as Companions. My Cats see Me as Furniture!
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

. Done a wheelie on a tug

Been there, done that!!!!



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

You might be a ramp rat if...

-you wear your work coveralls to work on your car
-fight to get in the boom just to get a sweet taste of glycol in the morning
-you realize how lucky you are being out on the ramp, when the idiot behind you, while driving, starts honking and yelling at you, and you think to yourself, man am I glad I work on the ramp 'cause those planes don't talk back Big thumbs up


XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineDodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

You might be a ramp rat if...

-the smell of glycol is all over me since the wind blew it all back on me this morning (2/14) while deicing at CLL!!! Too much fun!




User currently offlineJumpseat70 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4692 times:

We couldn't do our jobs without you guys...THANKS FOR THE GOOD HUMOR!!

Here in K.C., we appreciate the good jobs they do. In particular, when three flights hit the ground at once and they are kind enough to separate the bags by flights. (We only have two belts.) And then there is the "rechecks and reroutes" that they handle with good cheer. Rampers are a breed unto themselves, but a finer group you'll never find.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

Done:

If youve taken a nap in the belly hold of a aircraft.
Spent more time at the airport then at home
Done a wheelie on a tug
The smell of jet fuel puts a smile on your face.
You can't wait for the next aircraft pushback.
Run interline baggage around the airport.
Work the bag room when it's pouring rain outside.
Always tell the time in military.
The difference between port and starboard.
Remember the marshalling signal for engine fire.
How excited I get when I get to marshall the A/C to the gate.
When you can keep up with three rampers when you are @ the end of the beltloader in the belly.
When the ear protection I wear becomes everyday apparel.
When wearing knee pads doesn't mean something dirty.
When waving to the crew in the cockpit after pushback doesn't mean you are strange.
That all the F/A's look great.
sent the new guy to find the belly stretcher or the prop wash.
had a friend close u in the belly to see if you really can ope it fro the inside (u can't no matter that the little sign says)
had a friend close some else in the belly knowing full well they couldn't get out
had a meal from every restaraunt on the airport
if your in ATL done a lunch circle (speedline at concourse A for a meal, Delta TOC cafeteria for cake, then stop for ice cream at the fire station).
identify the airplanes just by engine noise
You know all the hideaways in the airport.
When your not at work look up towards the sky when you heard an airplane just to see what type of plane it is.

A few to add to the list:

If you've spent time between pushes driving around the airport because you had nothing better to do.

If you get excited over the prospect of getting to sit in a pushback as they tow an a/c on the taxiways.

All of your liquor at home is in those tiny little bottles.

You stock up on snacks from the catering trucks.

All of your trash bags at home are from off of the cleaning trucks.

Your rainsuit is so dirty you can't scrub the ramp grime off of it.

You pray for a ground stop during thunderstorms.

You've ever driven bags landside during a severe thunderstorm.

You have a roll of speedtape in your car and in your bag.

You've ever had to have the GSE guys come out to the employee parking lot to help you get your car started.

On really cold nights, you fight with your crew over who gets in the bin.

If you've ever taken an a/c cart and rigged it up where your ramp crew sits at between flights so you can keep cool.

If the gates you work are lovingly referred to as "The Hole" or "Ice Station Zebra".

You get all of your magazines off of a/c.

You've ever had your meal break interrupted after 5 minutes by an early inbound.

You've ever bumped your head on the smoke detector.

You've got a farmer's tan.

Your work boots have holes in the soles, but you don't care because the Boot Truck will be coming next week.

All of your washcloths at home are stained with ramp grime.









User currently offlineRaven111 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 106 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

Clipper707 has said it all!!!

My addition would be,

When you stand under the APU to keep warm!!!!!

I find working on the ramp to be a physically demanding job but one that I'm proud to be a part of.



"The secret to my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day." Chuck Yeager
User currently offlineWhiteguy From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 840 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

You thinks its funny to watch a rookie hand spin a B1900 prop to get it started, while the pilot is yelling out the window "faster, faster, faster"

You can get 20 bags and two pairs of skies into the trunk of a small car.


User currently offlineDeltaRampPIT From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

I am certianly a ramp rat....an I love it...

Sleeping in the belly of the MD-88's...good times.....LOL


MY ADDITION: SWEARING AT THE "$#@!*%&$ WHO PUT 75LBS OF CRAP IN A 35 LB BAG....AND NOT TELLING YOU FIRST....


lolol


THANKS GREAT THREAD!!!

BRIAN


25 Wjv04 : lol im guilty of almost all of those.... Any others?
26 Penguinflies : dragrace tugs on the cargo ramp while waiting for a rescue plane.
27 SDFOH : Looked forward to a good snow so you can cut donuts on the ramp on a beltloader (far better than a tug) Had a Int'l Harvester pushback going sideways
28 IlikeYYC : yes, my times at ATS in YYC were fun! Wheelies in tugs, racing belt loaders, driving around the ramp cuz there is nothing to do,stealing chalks from A
29 ZASpringboks : You blow black snot and your hair smells like jet fuel
30 PSU.DTW.SCE : -you take 45 minutes to go "fuel up" the tugs and ground equipment -consider waking up at 6am on your day off "sleeping in" -get excited on the first
31 Post contains images Syncmaster : Clipper707, I'm not a ramp rat but the smell of jet fuel still puts a smile on my face!!
32 YWG : Some other things my dad has told me about: When you get married and go on your honey moon, your co-worked go through all the bags on a flight to find
33 Elwood64151 : -Fragile means "Throw it harder." -All your clothes smell like jet fuel (because it has seeped off in the wash). -You know that Glycol is the best swe
34 BR715-A1-30 : If you curl up in the engine intake and start on a good book... Youuuuu might be a ramp rat. (Switched around from J. Foxworthy) "If you stare at a ca
35 VC745D : if I lived in Southern California
36 Post contains images KaiGywer : If you've ever done a 180 in a bag tug while pulling two full bag carts
37 707guy : Awesome post - gotta say I've done almost all of those! Just too funny.... Got one more - "If your shift has ever split up the crew meals after a canc
38 Wmupilot : OMG I have done just about all of those. For those of us that live in the frozen tundra of the north: If the only source of nutrition for the day come
39 Srbmod : Some more I'm guilty of (thanks for the reminder Elwood): -Fragile means "Throw it harder." -All your clothes smell like jet fuel (because it has seep
40 Wjv04 : Heres another i thought to add... After a shift, your headin home, one hand on the steering wheel, music loud, checkin out all the chicks, you suddenl
41 Uadc8contrail : would sleeping in a ld3 for a night considered to be a ramp rat??????
42 SkydrolBoy : You might be a ramp rat if: When you get to work in the morning you exclaim "I love the smell of jet exhaust in the morning, it's the smell of victory
43 FrontierA319 : You might be a Ramp Rat if..... ...You don't mind being called a ramp rat. Ok so it was lame but hey. Chris.[Edited 2004-02-16 00:42:24]
44 Flyingblind : NOTHIN LIKE THE TASTE OF GLYCOL IN THE MORNIN TO GET YOU GOING. I LOVE MY JOB, WHERE ELSE CAN YOU WORK WHERE YOU GET TO PLAY W/ AIRPLANES ALL DAY.
45 Rampmike : -You live in your overalls -You hate sabre -You wish first gear in the pushback was faster -You spend half your paycheck in the airport on crap food -
46 Post contains images HNLFlyboy : Skydrolboy, I think the best so far is your comment about your ear protection going around the world three times. That one is great. It's like, "whoa,
47 MD11Engineer : I knew a mechanic who lost his flashlight on a plane during a C-check and found it again at the next C-check, right where he left it, behing a ceiling
48 Ben2881 : can anyone tell me what Glycol is, and what the reference means. Thanks.
49 Wjv04 : Type 1 deiceing fulid
50 MHTOH : You might be a ramp rat if you can correctly identify every type of airplane on final at night, just by its light pattern! Added bonus if you can gues
51 Wjv04 : MHTOH, i dunno most spotters can do that at their local airport.
52 Cancidas : been called lice by an photgrapher. really, i hate that one! fallen asleep on a beltloaded, under and APU exhaust in winter, under a mess of bags.
53 Freshlove1 : Glycol is De-Icing fluid (Type-1) (Type-4 is the green gel). Usually is it mixed with water to a concentration of anywhere from 55/45, to 45/55, meani
54 Mikeclod : some more: The customs guys ask you for airline discounts, Everyone in the food court knows your name, You get off work and check your car for chocks,
55 TRENT500 : I've just applied for a ramp job at LGW. It sounds like a blast!!!
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