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Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Wed May 02, 2007 12:21 pm

I've handled both AA MD-80s and CO 733s and 738s...

I'd have to say I like the 738 best. It has 2 LARGE pits, more spacious inside, and easier to detach the towbar after pushback compared to the MD-80.

All you rampers out there, just wondering your opinions!
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Wed May 02, 2007 12:24 pm

Love working the CR2 and the ER4. Nice, big bulk hold that I can stand up in. E75 & E90s are my second favorite to work.
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Wed May 02, 2007 12:28 pm

What's the hold like on the ER4? The CO gate at ONT is right next to ExpressJet's ramp area, and I always wonder how it is loading the small jungle jets...
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Wed May 02, 2007 1:18 pm

717's arent bad to handle either, especially since they can do a powerback and do not require a belt loader. Although it can be tough when they fill up the foward bins as you can not stand up in there.
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Fri May 04, 2007 5:17 am

Let's see, here's my list of all a/c types worked in my ramper days:


Of those 7 types, the ATR-72 wins hands down. Easiest plane to load and unload (especially solo) since it sits low to the ground. The only part I didn't like about handling them was bringing them in. I never marshaled one in because I didn't work around them too much (the gate I was primarily assigned to when I worked @ EV never had any ATR flights) and having to do that 180 turn was something I wasn't too comfortable doing.
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Fri May 04, 2007 5:51 am

In my case they all suck because I am assigned to a crew whose sole duty it is to load and unload the bellies of UPS aircraft. It is hard to choose an aircraft I like to work on the most. The easiest aircraft to work on are probably the Shorts 330 and 360 feeder aircraft we get at SDF every night. I can actually stand up straight in those aircraft. As far as the UPS fleet, I like the 757 the most. The belly doors are easy to open, the belly is quite spacious, and the nets are the easiest to put up and take down. I like the DC-8 the least. The doors can be hard to open and close, especially on bellies 2 and 4. Those doors require a bit of technique to open. After you spin the lever, you have to push in the top of the door until there is a space to grab it at the bottom. You then have to pick the door up and lift it until it folds into and locks into the ceiling of the belly. Closing it is worse, since the door is heavy, and you have to control the door's fall into place. If you aren't careful and don't brace the door with your hand, it can fall and hit you square in the head. I don't wanna know how bad that would hurt.

I also like loading the MD-11s. UPS SOP requires that the rear belly and cargo hold be loaded last to avoid tail tipping. When our crew is assigned an airplane to load, we sometimes get there before the "topside" crew (that's what we call crews who load/unload the main deck of the aircraft). This means we can crawl up into the belly and take a short catnap while we wait for the rest of the plane to be loaded.
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RE: Rampers- Favorite A/c To Handle?

Fri May 04, 2007 2:17 pm

Quoting MattRB (Reply 1):
E75 & E90s are my second favorite to work. too!  Confused

Uh its all the same to me, work is work, and work can be fun when ur working around planes. I think its not the plane that you are loading but the circumstances that come with it. Like trying to turn a E-175 thats fully loaded in 30 min. Having a 3rd guy on ur crew that always complains, the rain, Drives that dont work...those things can make it not so great... But the days that its warm, and the equipment seems to find you, and the third guy on your crew has a sence of humor, thats the kind of plane i like to work.

However i find that the bad circumstances always seem to be on CRJ-200's, and E-175/190 (also note that i have only worked on AC A/C)

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