752is
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Loadmasters

Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:30 am

To start, anybody a loadmaster here? I am currently work for a cargo carrier as a loadmaster and you don't see that job too much any more. Wondering if there are jobs still out there. I used to hear of alot but not much anymore. Seems like it's done by computers by people who have never stepped foot on a cargo plane. Seems like a dying breed. I love it and wouldn't change my job for the world.
 
pilotboi
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RE: Loadmasters

Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:59 am

Interesting topic. Would you care to share what you do if you don't use a computer? Or maybe you do and I'm just misreading your post. I had the impression that all cargo loading is managed by computers, or at least assisted by computers. Do you use computers to help you? And what do you do that doesn't involve computers? Just interested in this subject...thanks.
 
dispatcher
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RE: Loadmasters

Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:59 am

FedEx still uses loadmasters on charter flights, I know one or two of them but not all that much about what they do. I do know they are gone alot and work pretty hard the whole time. It would be pretty interesting for a single guy.
 
Flyer732
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RE: Loadmasters

Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:29 am

I'm a loadmaster on the MD11 and DC10, we're currently all manual, but it seems that we'll be going automated before too long...
 
fxra
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RE: Loadmasters

Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:34 am

World still use loadmasters (ops reps), except they are considered contractors to the company, not regular employees They still do weight and balance on manual forms. A few of them read this forum on occasion. I think the big downside to the job is you tend to get abused and made to ride a plane for days on end. Otherwise,it could be fun. I thought about going into that a while back, and occasionally entertain the idea when i get fed up with my job. Its a big chance tog et away from it all.

edit: Speaking of scuzzy loadmasters, hi flyer!

[Edited 2007-09-27 01:37:07]
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Flyer732
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RE: Loadmasters

Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:51 am

Quoting FXRA (Reply 4):
I think the big downside to the job is you tend to get abused and made to ride a plane for days on end.

Pretty much sums it up, Atlas/Polar, World, Kalitta, Gemini...they all end the day riding for days on end. I recently finished out a 52 hour ride around the middle east and Africa. Sounds like an adventure at the start (which it really is) but even the biggest aviation enthusiast wants nothing to do with the airplane after 52 hours.

But something has to be said about watching your plane rotate and knowing that it was your handy work that got it to that point...

FXRA, great to be here. If you choose to cross over to the darkside, let me know.

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