CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2211 posts, RR: 17 Posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
well I flew my last flight a few days ago so I'll probably be posting less since I won't be "current" or up to speed on all the new and cool info and gadgets. Hopefully no one cares that I posted this here since this was the forum I usually hung out at and most of the guys I've gotten to know are on this form. Fly safe y'all
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7626 posts, RR: 28 Reply 1, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3283 times:
Congratulations on a long career getting things to and from the world on time I guess now it's time to look forward to being well rested on a consistent basis.
I think all any of us here on the forum hope for is that now we can start hearing more of your favorite stories from over the years, especially for those of us who only flew stuff in the 12,500 lb and under category.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
FlyHossD From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 541 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
Retired for good? And no flying of any kind?
I retired early and took over the family business. But that's squared away and doesn't need me full time, so I've floated the resume around (after updating the logbooks) and had an immediate offer (which I declined). But another offer is being negotiated...
In the meantime, I've done a bit of G.A. flying and I'm giving a lot of time to looking for the right deal on a sailplane.
So - no flying of any kind for you?
Finally, congratulations for completing a long and safe career.
My statements do not represent my former employer or my current employer and are my opinions only.
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2211 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3178 times:
Thanks guys I really appreciate your kind words. Actually I do think I'll do some GA flying, I mean after all most all of my life has been in the cockpit of something be it J-3 or MD-11. I do plan on getting good rest for a change. I can say it was a wonderful journey and those still on the journey should remember to have FUN! Don't make it unpleasant! CC
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4717 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
I get to do the retirement gig on 1/3/13 however; have enjoyed a few weeks off prior to the date and will tell you, NOTHING like having your own schedule to do with whatever it is you desire that minute......SO
Congratulation CosmicCruiser on your retirement and a long happy well rested life ahead. Shame we didn't get a chance to knowingly speak to one another over the radio, but one day our paths may yet cross.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2211 posts, RR: 17 Reply 13, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2882 times:
Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 6): here you really that close to the age 60 cutoff when they changed the rule five years ago? Juuuust barely snuck in there if you just turned 65!
Yeah I was within 2 months! I'll be 65 in Feb. but here at Fedex if your birthday is close to the front of the year it's better to go out in Dec.
Quoting pilotpip (Reply 5): That bright thing up in the sky no longer means it's time to sleep!
You got that right! especially east bound over the Atlantic and just about coast out "here comes the sun"
Quoting tb727 (Reply 3): If you ever get the urge to sit sideways and go fast in the 3-holer we are always hiring!
Hey don't tempt me! Let's see 1A, off 2B on interconnect closed, is that right?
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8): You can start by telling us about how your last week on the line went
Actually I bid a rather easy flight MEM-HNL-OAK-SEA-ANC-MEM and all went smooth. The first leg had the satcom deferred so we had no CPDLC after that nothing significant. My F/O was nice and considerate to allow me to fly every leg. ANC was very cold and going in that morning the wind was from the north at 18-25kts so we shot a visual to 33. The HUD makes that a piece of cake. Last landing in MEM I chose a no A/T, no A/P approach and landing. Again the HUD makes it easy.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8): Do they not do that for the heavy haul drivers??
Yes they do but for my last landing in MEM it was during the night inbounds so there really wasn't a good place to do it nor would my family see it. I've seen it done in daytime. However since I always bid STN for years, on my last weekend layover there the Fedex mechanics did arrange the "carwash" as we taxied out. That was very special. What a great group of guys there at STN. anyone know these guys tell them I said so! STN ramp and the Cambridge layovers will always be my most fond memories.
vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 8197 posts, RR: 28 Reply 16, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
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Congratulations CosmicCruiser! Been enjoying your posts for years, and hope you will continue to contribute.
I always like seeing the FedEx MD-10/11s approaching and departing LAX. They climb out of there like no other airplanes (though I've heard that's because they're just flying up to BUR or something...).
In your honor, one of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last year:
RussianJet From Kazakhstan, joined Jul 2007, 6272 posts, RR: 23 Reply 17, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 16): They climb out of there like no other airplanes (though I've heard that's because they're just flying up to BUR or something...).
....like our FX MDs to AMS from STN - gorgeous sight, and any driver of those things deserves serious veneration. I hope you enjoy your retirement and continue to contribute your rich knowledge of what we all here enjoy as much as you can.
well I'll be pretty low profile since I won't be able to say "this is what our manual says" anymore and believe me just what I've seen in crew bulletins there's a lot of very cool stuff coming the Fedex pilots way in the near future.
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 16): In your honor, one of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last year:
Thanks so much for the picture and your kind thoughts.
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 382 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Hi CosmicCruiser, Again Happy Retirement. I just figured out where you retired from, and I wonder if you ever flew N558FE? She use to be N901WA a long time ago with Western. I am sure you flew on a few metal I use to work on, and if you flew N527FE I help accepted her from MDC in Long Beach as N812DE. I am sure you will enjoy your retirement, and looking fwd to seeing your post in the future.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7626 posts, RR: 28 Reply 21, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2607 times:
Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 13): Actually I bid a rather easy flight MEM-HNL-OAK-SEA-ANC-MEM and all went smooth. The first leg had the satcom deferred so we had no CPDLC after that nothing significant. My F/O was nice and considerate to allow me to fly every leg. ANC was very cold and going in that morning the wind was from the north at 18-25kts so we shot a visual to 33. The HUD makes that a piece of cake. Last landing in MEM I chose a no A/T, no A/P approach and landing. Again the HUD makes it easy.
Sounds like a great way to go out. Do a long leg out to HNL to watch the palm trees sway, handle the gusty stuff in ANC one last time, and bring her home. Thanks for sharing!
Based on my conversations with other people on the freight side of the biz, nobody ever misses layovers in ANC.
I managed to dig a couple pictures of N525FE out of the archives from when you guys used to fly into NGO (these are from back in 2007):
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2211 posts, RR: 17 Reply 22, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
layovers in ANC in the summer are cool; winter VERY cool (bloody freezing)! Thanks for the pictures Aaron747. I saw NRT & KIX a lot and one other military charter but can't remember where. great pics!
Congratulations, Cosmic. A successful career like yours is certainly something to be proud of!
Around here, you've always been a true gentleman, and your contributions are always as entertaining as they are informative. I hope your experiences in the GA world will inspire more stories and insight that you'll share with us.
Here's to many more enjoyable flights unconstrained by pesky schedules!
AmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3 Reply 26, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
I don't visit these forums very much, but thanks for sharing! It must have been nice living the dream. Are you glad to be done or does a part of you wish you could keep going? Just curious. I hope you enjoy your years of retirement to the fullest!
"American 1881 Cleared For Takeoff One Seven Left"
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2211 posts, RR: 17 Reply 29, posted (4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
First, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the nice comments. I wish we could all meet at a local pub and I could shake each of your hands
Quoting FlyMKG (Reply 25): Did you by chance ever fly the Valsan 727s while you were there?
Yes I did as a 727 capt and it was always a hoot to fly. The extra power made you adjust the deck angle differently from the standard -200 attitudes. It was fun.
Quoting AmericanAirFan (Reply 26): Are you glad to be done or does a part of you wish you could keep going? Just curious.
Absolutely part of me wants to keep going. I'll miss the int'l layovers and the company of some really fine pilots. I won't miss being constantly jet-lagged or trying to sleep knowing you've got only 4 more hours until alert call. I know some of you here can certainly relate to that!
I always remember years ago, when I was a B767 F/O, I had the honour of flying with a gentleman on his last flight. On this occasion it was FCO-YYZ. He was a great guy, and someone I held with a great deal of respect.
His last landing? Thumped it on something fierce!!!! I couldn't believe it when after the second bounce and firmly on the ground, he commanded "Go-around, Flaps" and firewalled the thrust levers! Off we went again, and after all the drill items were completed he turned to me and said "I'm going to try that one again!".
I almost pissed I was laughing so hard. His second landing? Superb!
Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night