And besides that, this is an airline pilot and a member of ALPA, he will never allow his plane to be operated in anything but the best possible way to keep his passengers and crew safe.
An airline pilot and a member of ALPA?
So what? Just because he is those things doesn't absolve him of his obligation to separate his professional duties from the contractual dealings his union has with the company.
He will never allow his plane to be operated in anything but the best possible way to keep his passengers and crew safe?
Spare me the BS
! Another airline pilot, member of ALPA, and employee of the same company let his good natured joking get in the way of his performance of his duties with disastrous results.
The lessons about CRM learned from DL
1141 showed that that kind of behavior has no place in the cockpit of a commercial airliner. I would assume(I don't know because I wasn't in the cockpit) that the conversation between the pilots for most of the flight centered around the paycut. Most pilots think they are good enough to allow conversation about matters totally unrelated to the performance of their job. I've seen pilots get rather worked up heatedly discussing some issue totally irrelevant to their task at hand while in flight. This is what happened to DL1141 and is what could have happened to the flight I was on. The rules about cockpit management that came about because of Dl 1141 are ignored every day. These seemingly innocuous conversations allow the mind to wander and can lead to distraction. As CapatainGomes said Also, there's no doubt pilots, like all humans, are imperfect. It is therefore imperative that such imperfections are cut to a minimum in a professional environment.
Another way to look at it is this: Do you think that he would have made that announcement if GG
would have been on board and he'd known about it? How about if there had been an FAA inspector in the observers seat? I think not unless his side business was going really well.
DL757Md; How was the flight? Was the service good? Smooth landing? Fine - Then, the pilot wasn't disgruntled
The flight was OK
. Service was great (nothing to do with the pilots, everything to do with the FAs). Landing was pretty rough but I've been through worse. OK
maybe disgruntled was too harsh. But unprofessional and poor judgment are definitely labels I would attach to his behavior.
Seriously dude, take a chill pill. How would you feel if your salary was cut by that much? You should be happy for him that he can maintain at least the slightest sense of humor in lue of his company's current situation. If you're really that personally affected by his statement then you should be a little more compasionate. Just relaxe and worry about your own life.
If you'd bother to read my profile you'd see I am a Delta AMT. For those that might think that I'm pilot bashing, I'm not. Delta pilots as a whole are one of the most professional groups of people I've had the pleasure of knowing. But this guy wasn't being very professional that day. I am very personally affected by his statement. His company is my company. If he drives even one customer away with his 'humor' it affects me!
Judging by the posts critical of his comments, It's not hard to imagine that a large portion of the pax didn't think that what he said was appropriate. It's not inconceivable that some of those would choose a different airline next time because of this. People already have little brand loyalty with airlines. Why give them any more reason to fly someone else? He could have kept his mouth shut and those people that might choose to leave Delta because of his 'joke' would have instead respected him for his modest, graceful, and professional handling of the difficult situation they already know that he is in. BTW I have had my salary cut (not as much as his but I have to worry now about keeping my 3 bedroom house with 4 kids in it-I think he'll be doing considerably better than that), I've had my benefits cut for years while he has had no cuts in benefits and raises. We are losing 1600-2000 mechanics. I doubt you'll see the pilot group shrink that much. I am going through the same rough times that he is. But rest assured when I go out to work on a plane I own it. If something happens to it because of something I did wrong I am responsible. It's a responsibility that I don't let the situation of the company interfere with. I would never say anything to a customer that might have the slightest chance of causing them concern for their safety or to question my judgment. Nor do I gossip about my company and how it treats me while I'm working. Even though I can joke about it, it still pisses me off too much and distracts me away from what I should be doing. You need to compartmentalize in a job as critical as mine and this Dl pilot's. After all peoples lives are at stake. If you don't believe me, ask a survivor or a relative of a victim of DL