captjetblast
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Ex-navy Pilots Turned To 747 Skippers

Wed Sep 17, 2003 11:33 pm

How hard is it to turn from aircraft carriers training to civil aviation?


I remember when I was a child, there was a 747 Aerolineas Argentinas (AA)Capt., who lived just in fron of my grandparents' house. Maybe his name was Jorge Grosso or something like that. Maybe he's an ex-aircraft carrier pilot, turned to civil aviation in the 70's.

Maybe this is an urban legend, but I've heard he flew the first AA 747 to Baires. I remember all of us (proud!) in our neighbourhood looking at the skies at the precise time in order to spot the big bird, in AA colours, flown by our close pilot.

Is that you? If not, do you know him?
 
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RE: Ex-navy Pilots Turned To 747 Skippers

Thu Sep 18, 2003 3:07 am

How hard is it to turn from aircraft carriers training to civil aviation?

Easy. You have to learn how to fly before you learn how to fly on/off aircraft carriers.  Wink/being sarcastic

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aaron atp
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RE: Ex-navy Pilots Turned To 747 Skippers

Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:58 pm

AAR90, It's been a while... good to see an old face every now and then.

Alas, while those carrier pilots certainly do know how to fly, per se; One might argue that they certainly don't know how to land.

no offence.


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RE: Ex-navy Pilots Turned To 747 Skippers

Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:03 pm

No offence taken Aaron. They knew how to land, but probably forgot. At least that's the way it was for me. As a Student Naval Aviator having just finished Carrier Qualifications on "Lady Lex" I was drafted into the Hawkeye program and sent back to NAS Corpus Christi for the Advanced Multi-engine program in the T-44A (KingAir). There was no simulator(s) at that time so the first flight was truly a "first." Turning final on that first flight I looked to the instructor and asked: "what do I do now?" Quite simply, I had forgotten how to land on a runway.... with no Fresnel Lens, no carrier box, no AOA, etc. Truly must have been a funny sight!  Nuts
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RE: Ex-navy Pilots Turned To 747 Skippers

Fri Sep 19, 2003 2:24 am

Hola Jetblast -
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I am with AR since 10 years ago, October 1993... That name does not ring a bell, and I have access to all pilot records which are kept for over 10 years, the name you gave is not there. I asked a couple of old timers, they do not know a Jorge Grosso. Be aware that pilots who flew the first 747s back in the 1970s would all be long retired by now... After the Dictadura Militar, 1983, there were a lot of people who retired too... You know that period of time better than me, I was not there...
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There are quite a few ex-Navy pilots who fly out of AEP, with private jets, one I know who is chief pilot for YPF is a former F9F Panther pilot, and will mention that name to see if he would know...
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captjetblast
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B747skipper This Topic Was For You!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:44 am

En realidad lo estuve escribiendo para vos ya que aparentemente sos el mas cercano al tema que estoy tratando.

El tipo era Jorge Grosso, era piloto de la armada, y en los 70 se paso a la aviación civil, y trajo, sino el primero, uno de los primeros 747 de Aerolieas Argentinas.

Recuerdo en el barrio estaban todos exitados por el tema.

Supuse que lo conocias.

Gracias igual.

Saludos

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