r311music
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SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:20 am

Hello again, due to enough interest in the training process for WN ramp agents, I've decided to continue the posts. I've decided to make a total of four parts, with part one already done and this being part two. Part three will complete the jobs I haven't quite learned and then part four will be the 9 days in Dallas.

Week 2

Day 1: Since the aiport badging office doesn't open until 8am, I was told to report to the ticket counter at 8am instead of 7am when my shift was supposed to start. The badging process requires you to watch videos on airport security followed by a test. After I got my airport security badge I had to take a non movement area driving test. It was just a few videos with questions after on the different rules and regulations for driving in non movement areas of the BDL.

Around 1030am, I was complete with everything and on my way to meet up with my trainer. During on the job training you basically have the same schedule as your designated trainer. Also whatever job he is assigned for the day, you are expected to do. He duty for the first shift 7-1315 was rover - 6.

The six stand for the gate number you are responsible for. Any flights out of that gate you are expected to be there. Here at BDL we operate out of gate 2, 4, 6, and 8. You are only assigned a gate 4 or gate 6, so when a flight comes into the other gates you just go over and do what needs to be done. Also just because you are assigned a gate doesn't mean you get to sit around when it's empty. You are expected to help out with every flight coming in or out.

As a rover you are responsible for a few things. First you must chock the aircraft, hook up ground power, air, and connect the towbar. Then your put into the aircraft bins to unload and load aircraft. Then finally you wing walk the plane.

At first I was stuck just taking bags from the belt and sliding them to my trainer. I learned the proper way to slide the bags to make it easier for the person stacking. After a few aircraft turns, it was my turn to stack. At first I didn't quite get it down. But after some practice I was turning into a decent stacker. I was also getting the wingwalking routine down pretty good.

Then from 1315-1530 we became bag runners/ t-point assist. Although I don't remember much from it because my trainer did everything since it was my first day and he had very little time to teach the job.

Day 2: Day two dragged on the most of all the days. Todays shift was 7-330 for me. All day in t-point. Here you sort bags by flight, transfers, local bags, downline bags, and destination. By the end of the day I had t-point down very well. I was stacking bags in carts like a pro. Luckily I found out that many of the senior guys will take your t point duty if you don't want it as they like being away from it all.

Day 3: Day three was back to excitement. We were assigned rover 6 again. But this time I did just about everything without and direction. I got a few compliments from fellow coworkers about my stacking which really helped build my confidence. Also my trainer was letting me wing walk without any assistance. This day was also very hectic. I worked 15 flights with a majority being turns. Every flight that came in I was in the bins either sliding or stacking. Today I also started drivng the beltloader and bag tug more often.

Day 4: Day four was a little easier as I was assigned to freight/mail runner. I learned all the basics fairly quickly and since it was a fairly slow day for both of those my trainer let me just help out with whatever was going on. I did a lot of loading and unloading of bags and moving of carts. Basically anyone that needed help, I helped.

So far I'm really enjoying my new job. The shift is a little weird to get used to as I work Wed-Sun 7-330 but I'm sure I'll get used to it soon. Right now I'm torn on bidding for the night crew or morning as a lot of the night guys want me to join them since most are younger. I can easily get mornings with mid weekdays off though and that would be nice too. So it's hard to say, right now I'm going to relax and enjoy my weekend. If you have any questions just ask me.
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atrude777
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:38 am

Very good. Its quite the hard work doing what you do. Keep it up, I am sure you will do great.

Alex
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vegasplanes
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:30 am

R311music:

Sounds like your are learning the "ropes" well and enjoying the jobs you do. Best of luck with WN, I have some friends here at LAS who started on the ramp, worked their way up to Ramp Super, and are loving it.

Take it easy, Jason.

Yes, 311 does Rock.
 
mtnmanmakalu
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:41 am

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 2):
Yes, 311 does Rock.

Yes, They do!! (look at my signature!!)

I started my career at the Airlines over 15 years ago on the ramp in LAS with HP. Went over to WN after HP went into bankruptcy and worked my way up and then went to WN Flight attendant training where I flew for many years before the "big birds" and International destinations called me. Now, many years later as a F/A at NWA, some of my best memories and friends are from the "ramp days and nights" in LAS at HP and WN..... Enjoy!!!
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Silver1SWA
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:53 am

Quoting R311music (Thread starter):
As a rover you are responsible for a few things. First you must chock the aircraft, hook up ground power, air, and connect the towbar. Then your put into the aircraft bins to unload and load aircraft. Then finally you wing walk the plane.

Again, I can't get over how different things are from one station to another. The terminology and tasks each position is responsible for are completely different. "Rover" must be an East Coast thing.  scratchchin 

Good job man, and keep posting! I'm fascinated by all this! lol
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r311music
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:04 am

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 4):
Again, I can't get over how different things are from one station to another. The terminology and tasks each position is responsible for are completely different. "Rover" must be an East Coast thing.

Good job man, and keep posting! I'm fascinated by all this! lol

Thanks for the encouragement dude! After reading your different posts on working for WN, it made me go out and apply and look at me now. Now back to the rover thing, what term would be the closest description for you west coast guys?

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 2):
Yes, 311 does Rock.

Oh yea they do!
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Silver1SWA
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:40 am

Quoting R311music (Reply 5):
Thanks for the encouragement dude! After reading your different posts on working for WN, it made me go out and apply and look at me now. Now back to the rover thing, what term would be the closest description for you west coast guys?

At SJC, the closest thing to a rover would be the "buffer". You would have the lead agent (the one that does the paperwork, marshals the plane in and wingwalks) and the buffer who chocks the wheels etc, gets in the bins and also pushes the plane out. The two agents asigned to the gate switch roles each flight.

At SAN, there is a gate lead and gate assist. Those assignments stay throughout the shift. They are simply names. But we also switch roles. One will do the paperwork while the other one has the bin. Marshalling, pushing etc are also switched each flight. At SAN, you also assist your neighboring gate. So if you were at gate 9, you would also be required to assist gate 10 and vice versa.
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yhz78
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:26 am

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 4):
The terminology and tasks each position is responsible for are completely different. "Rover" must be an East Coast thing.

Yeah, up here in YHZ we refer to them as belly bitches. With the utmost respect of course
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r311music
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:00 am

Wow I had no clue how different it was for other stations. I think I've heard of the neighbor gate for larger stations from BWI employees. I know here at BDL we work all four gates although usually 1-2 are in use. Just in the morning you run from gate to gate getting flights ready to leave. We overnight 6 aircraft with 2 being remotely parked. Quite hectic for the amount of crews we have but doable.
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sunking737
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:33 pm

R311 Thanks for the postings. I remember those days on the ramp when I worked for the old REPUBLIC - the Duck.

When I went thorough training class they told us newbie's to get in the bin and no one would complain. Ah those were the good old days. The DC-9's were great, but the CV580 were rough, as we needed to use belt loaders.

Ok so I am dating myself, as no one use 580's any more.
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c5onknees
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:46 pm

Have u gotten around to the lav. dumping part yet? Thats what I do to pay for my flight training, thats the most exciting job on the ramp.... sike.
 
swatpamike
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:53 pm

Hello all

Lav driver is the best job out there, just look at my signature!

Good luck

Cheers

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r311music
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RE: SWA Training Week 2 (Ramp)

Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:53 pm

Tomorrow I'll get my first experience with the lavs. Can't wait haha.
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