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UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:29 am

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060325/news_lz1n25read.html

United and TED are sending their crews to NASCAR pit crew training schools to learn how to improve efficiency and shorten turn-around times.

Interesting thought - we shall see if my next UA flight pushes away from the gate faster next time!!
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:56 pm

I could be way off base here...

But I thought Union rules prohibit one kind of job from helping/doing another kind of job. For example the pilots can't help with ticketing or baggage and the FAs can't help with cleaning.

So if Union rules prohibit this, why would UA send their crews for "efficiency" when I'm sure they are doing their own jobs as fast as they can already.

Just a thought, feel free to run with it.
 
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:06 pm

Does this mean if a UA baggage cart is hit by a AA baggage cart that the driver of the UA cart will throw his ear protection at the AA cart?
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:17 pm

Quoting Dreamflight767 (Reply 1):
So if Union rules prohibit this, why would UA send their crews for "efficiency" when I'm sure they are doing their own jobs as fast as they can already.

I am sure that the UA crews could learn some new approaches to the way they operate. NASCAR crews are simply amazing - can you imagine changing 4 tires, filling up with fuel, changing the suspension and cleaning the wind screen in 15 seconds?

Maybe UA will not be much faster, but they may find ways to achieve their goals in an easier or more streamlined fashion.

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 2):
Does this mean if a UA baggage cart is hit by a AA baggage cart that the driver of the UA cart will throw his ear protection at the AA cart?

 Smile Let's just hope they don't start bump drafting 777s down the taxiway...
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:29 pm

UA's ramp service people learning to improve efficiency in turn arounds of airline flights by observing NASCAR pit crews is a pretty good idea. While it won't mean they can get the planes out in 15 seconds, they could learn from the strict organization and coordination, staffing, specificy of assignments, and many small things to improve efficency that these pit crews do to help their driver/car win. It could make these workers consider how they could adapt what they learn to their work and slice maybe several minutes in turnaround time, reduce delays and make sure everything is done and done right.
 
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:31 pm

Next they'll sell sponsorships on the fuselage in order to raise funds...

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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:38 pm

I am very impressed by this forward type thinking. If this is an example of the way the new United will be doing things; thinking outside the box; searching for answers in unexpected places; realizing there is more than one way to skin a cat; realizing the way they've been doing things all these years is not necessarily the right way.....there might be hope for the airline after-all.
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:42 pm

I am not a UA fan, but good for management for "thinking outside the box".

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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:43 pm

Quoting Stirling (Reply 6):

Well said!


I agree it is a good idea. Granted the two jobs do not have much in common but if you want to find a job that has some excellent efficency, nascar might be the ticket.
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RE: UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!

Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:00 pm

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
Next they'll sell sponsorships on the fuselage in order to raise funds...


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