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SN Pilot And His Dog!  
User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5973 times:

There is/was a captain on a RJ100 that flew for SN. He always had his dog with him in the kockpit. The pilot is close to retirement.

I think he was some kind of chiefpilot or something, so that's why he was allowed to have his dog with him.
Always when you saw that he was the pilot, we walked up to the kockpit to say hello...to the dog!  Smile
Anyone knows who I'm talking about, and what the pilots name is?

He said his dog has almost as much as flighthours as he have on RJ100. Big grin

Regards.
Sudden


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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

When I was flying out of Ostend in the 80s, I used to bring my dog with me on our cargo flights. She'd stay on board and act as a guard - especially useful in Africa!

User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5818 times:
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I have never heard of anything like this?! So where would it actually be? Did the flight attendents have to feed it Pal during the flight? Laugh out loud What breed of dog was it?


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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5800 times:

The dog was lying on the floor in the kockpit during T/O and landing. And inflight he was sitting with the pilot.
I think it was a cockerspaniel.



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User currently offlineTca256 From Belgium, joined Dec 1999, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5781 times:

"She'd stay on board and act as a guard - especially useful in Africa!"

I've never heard pilots who had to keep a dog in the
cockpit to guard the aircraft, where did you fly ? My
uncle used to fly for Air Zaire (DC-10 Cpt. and now retired from Skyjet), SOTEXKI (DC-3 cargo captain
flying to numerous remote and small grass fields...),
an other Uncle still fly freighters in Uganda and I've never heard such stories...Don't you exagerate again
your African stories ? I don't pretend to know everything
in this huge continent, still it looks more like an essay
for Westerners!!! (NIGERIA=/=the rest of Africa...)!!!  Insane


User currently offlineDragonRapide From Belgium, joined Sep 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

The pilots name is Freddy Deneffe and the dog's name 'Captian Mac'.

Freddy has about 32700 flighthours, the dog 3000.
Freddy flew on DC-3, Viscount, Fokkers (different types - he used to be plot with Fokker), 727 and BAe RJ.
Tomoorow is his last day with a return flight to Stockholm.


User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

Ah...what a shame it's his last day!
Both the pilot and the dog are very nice!
Well, thanks for the info.



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User currently offlineTca256 From Belgium, joined Dec 1999, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

Thanks Dragonrapide...

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Tca256 - it's clear from your posts that you've never been to Africa in your life.

We operated mainly to Nigeria; but on an adhoc basis to many other points in Africa.

Considering that my partner in the CL44 tells me that one of the propellors was stolen last year; along with ladders, tools, clothing, thousands of litres of fuel - and all within what is supposedly a secure area at N'Djili Airport (ie the cargo ramp) I can see that things have not improved in Africa over the last ten years or so.

And yes, we did carry firearms on board the aircraft - in common with most other freight operators.

When did your uncle fly for Air Zaire? If he knows Lubumbashi he probably knows my partner, who used to fly the Carvair from there.


User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

Maybe you 2 can start a topic of your own!!??
Or even better, call eachother.
This topic was NOT about uncles or partners!!!!
So skip it please!



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User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5713 times:
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Is there a photo of the pilot and his dog?


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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

MD-11er.....

Thanks. I do remember now that the pilot also told us that Mac had trained for all safety courses to be able to fly.
Well, it's a fun thing, and I have never seen/heard of it either before or after Mac.

Have a nice day!



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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

I find this quite hard to beleive. If it is true it is very strange. SUDDEN have you actually seen this pilot and his dog? Has anybody else? Are there any pics on A.net or anywhere else? What a strange co-incidence for this pilot - and his dog - to retire when this thread was started.

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

This is very true indeed!!!!
I started the topic because I wanted to know if he was still flying or been retired.
I will not sit here and try to make you believe it. That's your choice.
Why not call BRU and ask them.
And yes, I have talked to both the pilot and the dog, when they came for turnarounds.



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User currently offlineSpitfire From France, joined Feb 2001, 801 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5541 times:

I do confirm.

I have seen this guy and his dog a few month ago (already ...!) at the Sabena crew tax free shop. That's not a joke.

Anyway good luck and happy retirment for both of them. We will miss this very special and joyfull "crew" .
Rgds.



Sabena ... Never to be forgotten (12 years already , what a shame !! )
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

I am surprised that I never heard of this before. I would love to see a picture of this couple.

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5503 times:

Why chould you have heard of it?
The only reason you know about this, is cause you found it out yourself, or heard if from your collegues.
And you also live in Malta, so I don't find it strange that you didn't know it.
Before boarding Mac used to walk around in the A/C and in the gate. No pax ever saw him.



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User currently offlineFreya From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5509 times:

All those who doubt the existence of Freddie and Captain Mac.. be at the 'Briefing' Bar and Cafe in Zaventem ( BRU) tonight at 6 pm for their farewell gathering..a sad day. Lots of pictures this week in Belgian Newspapers and on the TV : no doubt someone with a scanner will post them soon.End of an era, really, and farewell to two great aviation characters.

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5508 times:
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The pilot you talk about is flying for the last time today:
He will make his last landing at 16.35 LT from Stockholm Arlanda. His name is Freddy De Neef.
He is captain on RJ85/RJ100 and BAe 146 for DAT. His dog is a black and white cocker he bought in Arizona a few years ago ; He is called Captain Mac. I've flown with him (I meant both of them) for a couple of times and I can tell you this guy was really smart and lovely with everyone !!!

We will miss Freddy & Captain Mac and I wish him the very best for the future but I'm sure he will be very sad to stop flying...

Regards,


FB.



Life is great at 41.000 feet...
User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5496 times:

Flying Belgian.....

Will you be there tonight?



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5496 times:

Or maybe Freya will be there?


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User currently offlineFreya From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

Freddie and Captain Mac have their farewell party at the 'Briefing' Bar and Restaurant in Zaventem ( BRU) village at 6 pm tonight. Lots of pictures of them both in Belgian Media this week. Maybe someone with a scanner will post? Yes its all true!

User currently offlineHB-IQF From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

Hi Sudden,

I was handling SN at STR a few month ago ! Cpt. Name must be Deneffe or something else ! He is one of the coolest Cpts. on DAT RJ100 ! It was always funny and
interresting to work with him ! He knows a lot of stories
from the time he´s flying !
So good bless him and his dog if he really get retired !

Marco


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5480 times:
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... For DAT insiders, a farewell will also be organised at the crew room as soon as his flight is landed with lots of surprises !!

SUDDEN: I will only attend the farewell at the crew room, I have to fly after  Big grin

FB.



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User currently offlineFreya From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

Sorry..I seem to have posted twice. Yes I will be there but not for long..have to go to the fltsim later.

25 SUDDEN : Ok, can you pass on a farewell to both of them from a loadmaster that really had a good time when they were the crew. I did not work at AMS at those t
26 Freya : Sudden..yes sure will do that. He'll no doubt put 2 and 2 together and realise who its from!
27 Post contains images SUDDEN : Yes, who knows. Thanks anyway. Freya, please mail. Want to pass on a message to him. If you want to.
28 Cabal : Sudden, did you actually talk to the dog???? LOL just kiddin'' Great story
29 Post contains images SUDDEN : Yes, and Mac was looking at me like "Oh no!! You again."
30 SUDDEN : I have now left a farewell message to Freya, that he will pass on to Freddie and Mac. There retirment will be a milestone in aviationhistory !
31 LMML 14/32 : Ok. Then unless this is the biggest scam in history, I am starting to beleive you guys. And you also live in Malta, so I don't find it strange that yo
32 LMML 14/32 : Oh and I wish Capt De Neef many happy years in retirement. And Capt Mac many big bones ..........
33 SUDDEN : No No, don't missunderstand me! I didn't meen anything bad with that you live in Malta! Have actually worked for your company. Didn't see in your prof
34 Freya : LMML 14/32 if you would like to post when you will next have a BRU turnround I will bring you the photographs you doubt so much ! And you won't even n
35 Spitfire : Freya, Just print this topic and handel it to him tonight. Could be one more sympathetic present for his (their) retirement. Thanks. All the best Fred
36 Freya : What a good idea ! I will leave it until 1630 UTC in case of later posts and then hand it to him.Thanks.
37 Freya : What a good idea ! I will leave it until 1630 UTC in case of later posts and then hand it to him.Thanks.
38 SUDDEN : If you print this, I would like you to cut away post nr: 1, 4, 5, 9 and 10. And this one as well.
39 LMML 14/32 : Freya thank you. Would you please send the pics as an attachment? It can be ages before I go to BRU. And I can't wait to see them. Even print them and
40 Freya : LMML14/32 : the dog always stayed with him - exception being the UK because of the quarantine laws. The dog accompanied Freddy everywhere altho once o
41 LMML 14/32 : Very interesting story. For How long had Capt De Neef been taking his companion on his flights? Was he stopped after Sept 11?
42 Post contains images Flying Belgian : It wasn't stop after 11th sept !!!! I saw him recently with his dog on flight to MAN !!! It wasn't a night stop flight, just up and down rotation so t
43 LMML 14/32 : What a fellow this must be.
44 Post contains images Wing : Yes I 've heard this dog in the cockpit thing but I was not expecting it for at least 20 more years.As all you know about the future airliners there
45 SUDDEN : I got a mail from *Freya*, telling me that he had passed on my message and the posts from this topic to Freddy and Mac. Freddy was close to tears abou
46 SN-A330 : What a great story about Freddy and Mac ! I wish them all the best. Regards, SN-A330
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