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Anyone Work Cargo Ground Ops. - What's It Like?  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 2799 times:


Just wanted to ask if anyone here works for Fedex or I guess any other air cargo carrier. Live quite near London Stansted where Fedex have a centre and also not too far from Heathrow / Gatwick. I like being at airports and am happy to work nights. Unfortunately the closest I get to flying is Fs2004 but basic loading or something like that in ground ops. might be cool for me. Anyway know very little about how things work so just thought I'd ask. Is it a hard area to get into and is it something where a planespotting kind of guy might fit in??!



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

you would definately fit in! the majority of people working there probably aren't spotters or aviation enthusiasts, they're just looking for a job. i'd say go for it, but i work for US Air so i can't really compare to cargo. one of the guys i work with now worked for delta cargo and enjoyed the job for the most part. he left because of the company.

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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 2711 times:


Thanks for the info and the vote of confidence  Smile Maybe I'll ask next time I'm there or when I'm at (more local) Gatwick. Call me crazy but air freight just seems like a cool thing to me!

See from your profile that you work LGA. Man i feel like I'm almost there half of the time since I'm always listening to the great ground / tower frequencies you guys have on the internet for LGA, JFK, ORD etc. We could do with some of them here in the UK. And USAir are cool too - used to see quite a lot here at LGW.

Thanks again


User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 974 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

I tried to apply for a job at DHL, but I was looking for summer work and they wanted permanent only. I have a few friends who work out there though and they all like it. Seems there is a decent amount of down time when the inside people are packing containers, since they all work outside, loading and unloading the actual airplanes.


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User currently offline752is From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

I love my job. I work doing freighters all the time, sometimes pax if there are weird loads like cars or overlapping pcs. It's a great feeling when you finish the A/C. If you got any questions let me know I work at JFK

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3585 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

I did graveyard for UPS/Ameriflight in PDX, and a little bit for Kittyhawk in the mornings as well. No flight bennies, which was a bit of downer. Anyway, like cancidas said, almost no one out there is a hobbist. There was another pilot out there, but other than that ijust listened to poeples stories about flying southwest to Japan.

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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

Just saying thanks for all the info

Probably stay as a happy observer for the moment but I guess one day if I ever meet someone who asks me to come help a bit with cargo aircraft will say yes  Smile

thanks again


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