I'm curious, I haven't seen a topic of this before...so I figured it'd be nice to share some stories. Moderators, if this isn't in the right section I do apologize. To those of who work/worked in this stressful, and every changing industry, I'd like you to sit back and ponder your most frustrating moment. We've all had them while working in aviation, but I'd like to hear your most frustrating WTF moment. I'll start out by sharing my moment where everything that could go wrong, went wrong.
It was a hot typical day on the ramp in DFW
. I was due to get off work at 1330, and go and have dinner with my now "ex"girlfriend. All was going planned and I had three turns left. I should have known right then and there, when one of my co-workers opened their mouth and said, "easy day" That is where it all spiraled I should have smacked him LoL. Our first turn touched down, we get it unloaded, then loaded right back up. We are ready for push, when the captain comes over the headset..."We're not going anywhere" I get back on the headset, and find out what's going on. Low and behold a software issue on the flight deck so MX
would have to come out. I call my GF
, and tell her we have an aircraft grounded, and that it shouldn't be to long but to wait up I'll be home in a little bit. Boy was I wrong. Turn number 2 touches down. Same process loaded unloaded ready to go. What we didn't know was the fact the captain didn't tell us that they were having engine troubles and we would be delayed. Shortly after we find this out, we have to call our actual mechanics instead of our contract maintenance...which would take them an hour to get there, ontop of even looking at it.
So I make another phone call to my girlfriend and tell her I was sorry but I will be home late. It's amazing how upset a female can get when they don't understand the situation, especially when you had dinner plans LOL "dont worry ladies I still love you
" Maintenance gets out there fixes the software glitch "turn number 1" and that aircraft is due to push. By the time we are ready to push, our turn number 3 touches down, so now we have to push this aircraft out and hold the other because the motto at my company, and many rampers can attest "do what you can with what you got" As I'm ready to marshal in this aircraft the DFW
airport crew decides right then and there they want to change over our signs on our jetways. I inform them "we don't have time for this as I only have two gates, and I'm not holding an aircraft and burning money for you to change a sign" Ten minutes later LoL, I bring the plane in after the sign was changed. It pulled into the gate, we now learn this aircraft needs a tire change FML!
While our "contract" mechanics work on that aircraft changing tires, our mechanics are finishing up the other, which we are told needs an airstart...no biggie we've done this before. I check the fuel, and the battery on our "brand" new airstart, all is well. I bring it over to the Number 1 rear engine, and after hooking it up, our ONLY airstart decides the battery just wants to die right then and there. I remember thinking to myself, could this get any worse? Right then and there one of our rampers GF
goes into labor, perfect timing huh? So going from 4 rampers into one hell of a situation, trying to comprehend what all is happening, I call my Ops and inform them the airstart is broken, we lost a ramper, and now I'm going down to US to borrow theirs. To this day I can't thank US enough for their kindness in allowing us to borrow their airstart, if any of you US folks are in DFW
and reading this thank you! You truly saved our day.
I bring the dinosaur airstart over from US, one problem. With us being used to our new airstart we had NO idea on how to work this ancient thing. I still remember looking up in the pax windows and the look of confusion on their face with three rampers huddled around a piece of equipment with a WTF look on their face. Highlight of my day. We finally got the rest of the two broken airplanes out, 4 hours late a piece. My 8 hour day turned in a 20 hour day, but to add to it, I had to turn right around and be at work in 5 hours.
I'd love to hear your stories, as even though we may work for different carriers, we all share two things in common. We all work hard to ensure our companies succeed, and we all have a passion for aviation. You may say you don't even after 30 years of doing it, but we all could have done something different with our lives but didn't.