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Question For The Ramp Rats

Sat Feb 26, 2000 4:47 am

What's the general attitude on the ramp toward the airliners? Are they just mundane things you have to move around and stick hoses to? Are many ramp people enthusiasts? or are you just sick and tired of all that noise?
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RE: Question For The Ramp Rats

Sat Feb 26, 2000 6:02 am

I was a ramp rat in part of 91 and 92 while in college for Delta in BHM. I was part time of course and the pay was bad and benefits none, but I worked there because I loved being around planes. I think most of the crew liked being around planes too. I work in the computer industry now but given the chance, would gladly give up a Saturday every now and then to work the ramp!

RE: Question For The Ramp Rats

Sat Feb 26, 2000 6:04 am


I love my job!! I look forward to going to work every night. Sometimes it's not all fun, like when the weather is bad, or all our flights are late, but overall, it's great.
I love working on our Airbus A319's and A320's as well as our B767's.
This summer, however, things will change. We are losing most of our Airbuses and getting Canadian's B737's and our DC-9's. That's a drag, I love working the A320, they are so easy!!!
We sometimes get to work other planes that don't fly into YYT. Last week, one of our brand new A330's made am emergency landing. I got to work the a/c. Also, I got to do the push-back of that plane. I was the first AC employee in Newfoundland to do a push-back on the A330. It was very cool!!!! Also, we often get B747's, A340's, some DC-10's and others that make emergency landings at YYT. It can be very interesting!!
Being a ramp rat is a great job overall!! In my opinion anyway.

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RE: Question For The Ramp Rats

Sat Feb 26, 2000 8:43 am

I've been working for 3 years on the UPS cargo ramp at GSO, but I only do it in the summers because I'm in college. I've always loved aircraft and airlines, and the chance to get up close to them and be a part of an airline is a bit of a dream come true. The best I can say is that there has NEVER been a day when I haven't been enthusiastic about getting up and going to "work". Maybe it would be different if it were a "real" job for me and I had a family to support (I don't have to worry about putting a roof over my head quite yet). But for me working the planes is always a thrill: I'll never forget the first time I came "nose to nose" with the big 757 when I marshalled it in for the first time.

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My Answer Then....

Sun Feb 27, 2000 2:41 am

After awhile,all jobs(no matter what you do for a livin´)gets boring..same ol´things to do,same ol´planes to load&unload with bags,cargo,mail,water...etc....and since they´re scheduled..you pretty much know how your shift´s gonna be,regardless of it´s a day or a nightshift you´re facing...
As for myself,havin´worked airside more than 10 years,it´s all routine..you put your soul into it sometimes in order to(even if the a/c´s late)get it "off block"on time...and yes...some airlines are better to work with than others,it depends on a great many things such as:general condition/age of their a/c´s,wether it´s a charter operator or not,special regulations as to how the a/c´s to be loaded...etc...

What really makes this job worth while(despite all downsides..try and figure those out*s*)is when somthing non scheduled happens...wether it´s some hotshot from another country visiting Sweden,or if it´s a special a/c that has a special load of any kind....

As long as you´re doin´your job and complete a turnaorund cycle on time and as stated..you wont hear a thing from the airline reps...but if you screw up or something´s happend outside your control...you´re bound to get your a** chewed...

Trust me,if I had the chance of changing my career,I´ll do it,cause after ten years you´ve seen almost all there´s to see,you worked under both good as well as really bad weather conditions..you´ve handled almost everything that flies today,and your body´s starting to cave in on you due to the wear&tear......

We tried once here at ARN to calculate how many bags a single ramp rat handles/day and the grand total weight of those after a thirteen hour shift.....let´s just say that that guy handled over 1000 bags/day to a grand total of over 10 tons...
Do that for ten years in all the different layouts there is under them passengers in them holds and see what your body has to say about that....

But in all,I´m proud of what I do,I love my job,but I would change it today....the time off btw.shifts and the guys you work with,makes it fun to show up for work everytime..... 

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