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US Flight 1500 SAN - PHL Today  
User currently offlineUAL-Fan From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 374 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2328 times:

We were delayed about 1 hour today. At our exact scheduled departure time the Pilot told us he wanted to take on more fuel and that he needed to get "faxed" permission from their "tech/ops" department. Is that normal? Can't the pilot just make the call and get the needed fuel? Why would they delay a flight so long for something that seems so reasonable?

Also, no-one on that plane seemed to care one bit about paying for beverages. The flight attendants appeared to be more irritated by it than any of the passengers. I did notice that people were hauling on more airport purchased stuff than normal so I guess the word is definitely out and most just find a way around it.

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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2284 times:

I'm no expert, but it does seem like getting fuel isn't as easy as just talking to the gate agent and saying "Filler' up". I was on a flight recently (a few months) that diverted to Kansas City while traveling SEA-CLT, and we were on the ground there for a few hours to wait for fuel, and take care of other flight things that needed to be taken care of (new flight plan, and getting the passenger off that needed to be).. granted, this was all at 4am.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 2251 times:



Quoting UAL-Fan (Thread starter):
We were delayed about 1 hour today. At our exact scheduled departure time the Pilot told us he wanted to take on more fuel and that he needed to get "faxed" permission from their "tech/ops" department. Is that normal? Can't the pilot just make the call and get the needed fuel? Why would they delay a flight so long for something that seems so reasonable?

He was probably referring to the need to get a new/amended release and flight plan from the flight's dispatcher. You got the "translated" version, since hardly anyone knows what a "dispatcher" is, let alone with what they have to do with the flight.

Ther may have been other issues that contributed to the total amount of the delay.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 2184 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 1):
I'm no expert, but it does seem like getting fuel isn't as easy as just talking to the gate agent and saying "Filler' up".

That would be super funny:

Pilot speaking to ground crew: "Top off the fuel, oil and clean my wind shield?"
Ground crew: "Wheres the release sir?"
Pilot holding up gas card "This is it; now do as I say or you'll be responsible when we run out and have to pull over to the nearest service station"
Ground Crew: Yes, as you wish Captain

Hunter



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User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

This may have something to do with the recent thread about US airways management wanting the pilots to cut back on fuel (or something like that)

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