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Hehe, In Dallas, there is SWA and of course AA...one flies out of Love field the other KDFW...I live between both airports.  :smile:

 

In AA land....just one 737 in a sea of shiny metal planes and whatever color you want to call the new paint.  :Sick:

 

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Ready for departure

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Gear up...so long KDFW!

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There is nothing that beats the beauty of a rising or setting sun glint of that shiny metal!

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Great sunrise!

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I thought American was Dallas's #1 airline??? Nice repaint btw.

 

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Sweet shots Steve-O!  Speaking of bare metal, might we see the big TIGER hauling freight around Dallas soon B)

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Perfect!! I miss seeing that AA Livery as often as I used to.Well Done!!

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Hehe, In Dallas, there is SWA and of course AA...one flies out of Love field the other KDFW...I live between both airports. :smile:

 

 

If you live between both, we must live pretty close. I live on the 4th floor next to the Embassy Suites basically almost on top of the now closed runway 18. My windows face runway 18 and 13L and the two 727's you see when you drive past on Lemmon. Great vantage point for spotting from my living room as I always wanted to live up high next to an airport where I could watch the operations from my living room, bathroom, or bedroom. Plus, I've actually gotten so used to the noise that I rarely even notice anymore, except when a military jet stops here for fuel and then rattles my windows when taking off from 13L.

 

Speaking of the two 727's that are parked next to Lemmon, I've noticed the past two days they have moved the all white one so that it's facing east to west and is parked almost blocking the view of the one with the Phoenix Coyotes tail logo. It appears they are working in it. I wonder if that old bird is going to be getting some action in charter life or if they are selling it? Late last year they had them both parked on the closed runway 18 to make room for a bunch of other a/c that were here for a week. Looked like some type of auction or something but I was not able to figure out what was going on.

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Thanks for the comments guys!

 

Hey cmpbellsjc, that's a great place to spot at Love!  I imagine you got a great view of Air Force One when she was here last year....I watched her fly by my building downtown (Bryan Tower).

 

I know there are a few other Dallas residents here too.

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Yes, there are a few of us Metroplexers lurking. I live in Grapevine and work for AA. Actually, I work for US Airways but we're in our split personality period right now.

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I know it chaps the Ft Worthians that AA is often mentioned in context with Dallas. But we all pull for the same Metro team at least on a macro sense. Nice pictures you have there. I base out of DFW but fly for neither...as my career path lead my out of the part 121 world when Independance Air/ACA shuttered. So I fly the rich and famous for a fractional outfit. But to be honest, I miss the airline lifestyle and have applied to AA. Fingers crossed but at least they are hiring pilots again

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Yes, there are a few of us Metroplexers lurking. I live in Grapevine and work for AA. Actually, I work for US Airways but we're in our split personality period right now.

Hey Mike I'm just a stone's throw from Grapevine and work there often when I visit our hospital right by the airport (you can probably guess the healthcare system, hehe)  When they're using 13R they fly right by the windows of the office right by Ira Woods and 114)  :wink:

I totally know what you mean about working for AA/USA...as B recently became BS&W as we merged with a big healthcare system in Central Texas.  Us legacy B'ers will never get used to the BS&W name.  In fact in my career.....

I used to work for Lotus, who was bought by IBM, so I was then an IBM'er...then when I went into healthcare, I worked for a company called Eclipsys which was bought out by Allscripts..so in my last 3 jobs, I've worked for SIX companies!  :Silly:

 

I've spotted out at Founders Plaza a few times....if this rain would EVER stop I'd go out there more often, hehe.

 

 

 


I know it chaps the Ft Worthians that AA is often mentioned in context with Dallas. But we all pull for the same Metro team at least on a macro sense. Nice pictures you have there. I base out of DFW but fly for neither...as my career path lead my out of the part 121 world when Independance Air/ACA shuttered. So I fly the rich and famous for a fractional outfit. But to be honest, I miss the airline lifestyle and have applied to AA. Fingers crossed but at least they are hiring pilots again

 

Hey Ryan, nice to have a "West Dallas" simmer here. :LMAO:   J/K....we know most folks think about Dallas/Fort Worth as if they are the same city, and only a mile or two apart, but when you live in Lewisville and have to travel to the hospital in downtown Fort Worth, you quickly appreciate how separate the two cites are. :wink:

 

I wish you well in your quest to get back into the airline world, and hey, maybe Mike can put in a good word for ya!

Out of curiosity, what bizjets do you hold ratings for and what do you fly most often?

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Hey Ryan, nice to have a "West Dallas" simmer here. :LMAO: J/K....we know most folks think about Dallas/Fort Worth as if they are the same city, and only a mile or two apart, but when you live in Lewisville and have to travel to the hospital in downtown Fort Worth, you quickly appreciate how separate the two cites are. :wink:

 

I wish you well in your quest to get back into the airline world, and hey, maybe Mike can put in a good word for ya!

Out of curiosity, what bizjets do you hold ratings for and what do you fly most often?

Greetings Steve!

 

I'm actually attached to the Dallas suburban network as I reside up in McKinney but I felt compelled to give a shout out to the 817 area code seeing as though AA is actually based on land annexed by the good people of Ft Worth. Yes I am soliciting AA employees in good standing to help craft a compelling argument to bring me in for a proper interview. As of now a have a handful of pilots but I welcome others (especially fellow simmers) as well.

 

While at ACA (United Express) I was hired onto the Jetstream 3200 where I upgraded to CA and then transitioned as a CA to the CRJ Classic AKA the -200. Road that puppy until they padlocked the doors back in 06 when the branded carrier Independence exhaled its last breath.

 

Netjets scooped up a bunch of us ACA types and that's where I've been ever since. Typed on the Hawker 800XP and now currently flying the Citation X. Sure flying at .92 Mach is a novelty but I'm an airline guy at heart and miss it immensely. Im 42 now so if I'm to make the jump, it's now or never to meet retirement goals and such. AA has been a career ambition since I was a boy. She is the most desirable girl in class and I have feelings for her although I doubt she knows that I exist☺ Dorky analogy but accurate nonetheless. AA had not been hiring for about 13 years so here we go again.

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Greetings Steve!

 

I'm actually attached to the Dallas suburban network as I reside up in McKinney but I felt compelled to give a shout out to the 817 area code seeing as though AA is actually based on land annexed by the good people of Ft Worth. Yes I am soliciting AA employees in good standing to help craft a compelling argument to bring me in for a proper interview. As of now a have a handful of pilots but I welcome others (especially fellow simmers) as well.

 

While at ACA (United Express) I was hired onto the Jetstream 3200 where I upgraded to CA and then transitioned as a CA to the CRJ Classic AKA the -200. Road that puppy until they padlocked the doors back in 06 when the branded carrier Independence exhaled its last breath.

 

Netjets scooped up a bunch of us ACA types and that's where I've been ever since. Typed on the Hawker 800XP and now currently flying the Citation X. Sure flying at .92 Mach is a novelty but I'm an airline guy at heart and miss it immensely. Im 42 now so if I'm to make the jump, it's now or never to meet retirement goals and such. AA has been a career ambition since I was a boy. She is the most desirable girl in class and I have feelings for her although I doubt she knows that I exist☺ Dorky analogy but accurate nonetheless. AA had not been hiring for about 13 years so here we go again.

 

Hey Ryan,

Small world as McKinney is just up 121 and I've actually considered buying a house out there as I know the prices are good, and we have a brand new hospital I helped open right there (Its my favorite, I know many of the docs there...trained most of them in the EHR).

 

I hope that maybe you and Mike can touch base and go from there...the simming community has always been helpful and I can see a synergy in this connection. :)

 

I ride DART to and from downtown - Lewisville and past right by Love on the way...in fact Yesterday there was a Citation X by the Gulfstream hangars as we went by...I guess there is a few flying out of the Dallas area, and they are one slick looking aircraft! (Guess they have to be, LoL).

 

Yeah at 42 you're right at the mark, and I wish you the best in your journey to the majors.  Again out of curiosity, I know you don't really have a say in which bird you'll fly for AA, but do you have a preference, especially since they have a Bus fleet now as well as Boeing, and of course MD (but sadly the MDs days are numbered) :Cry:  

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Guys, I work in Fleet Service so I'm waaaaay down the food chain. Plus I'm on the stepchild side of the airline.(US Airways) Steve, this is my 4th merger in 36 years in the industry. Putting two large companies together is always an adventure. I probably won't see much of this merger as I'm planning on retiring next January. Ryan, all you can do is keep pushing. They're adding aircraft every week plus there are a lot of pilots retiring or getting ready to retire. Good luck.

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Guys, I work in Fleet Service so I'm waaaaay down the food chain. Plus I'm on the stepchild side of the airline.(US Airways) Steve, this is my 4th merger in 36 years in the industry. Putting two large companies together is always an adventure. I probably won't see much of this merger as I'm planning on retiring next January. Ryan, all you can do is keep pushing. They're adding aircraft every week plus there are a lot of pilots retiring or getting ready to retire. Good luck.

 

Hey Mike, never hurts to make the intros and see what's fleshes out...I didn't know where you stood in the USA/AA pecking order, but you may know a guy, who knows a guy, who flew with the chief pilot back in the military in the same squadron. :wink:

That is how my ex-brother-in-law now flies 777s for United (hehe, again...was a Continental pilot absorbed into the United pilot pool.  He lost a lot of seniority, but when he hired on, he flew with the Con. chief pilot in the Marines and that got his foot in the door at Con.)  

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Thanks for the comments guys!

 

Hey cmpbellsjc, that's a great place to spot at Love! I imagine you got a great view of Air Force One when she was here last year....I watched her fly by my building downtown (Bryan Tower).

 

I know there are a few other Dallas residents here too.

I actually lived in Plano when Air Force one came to town last and didn't get to see if but if it comes again I'm hoping for winds from the south and that they'll get 13L since that's the view I have from my living room.

 

Funny that blueridgeflyer lives in McKinney. When I first moved to Texas back in 2000 I lived in McKinney, but being a sales rep my territory was I mainly in the Garland/Mesquite area, extending east to Rowlett and Rockwall. After a few years of fighting traffic coming from 635 and 75 going north to McKinney at rush hour, I threw in the towel and moved to Plano. Lived there for about 12 years near Custer and Bush, but even that go to be too much of a haul and moved to where I am now by KDAL. Now that I am pretty centrally located, I can get about anywhere in a equal amount of time.

 

I'll say this, I don't envy anyone who has to drive home from Dallas to Lewisville going up 35 at rush hour with the road construction.

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Steve, for a long time that was the only way you got a job in this industry. You had to know someone. My dad and both of my brothers worked for AA. I started with Allegheny.

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I'll say this, I don't envy anyone who has to drive home from Dallas to Lewisville going up 35 at rush hour with the road construction.

Hey Cmpbellsjc....exactly the reason I ride DART.  :wink:   50 minutes door to door...everytime (Except when there is ice on the lines or someone gets stabbed at a station.) :Raised Eyebrow:

I avoid 35 (and 35 for that matter) at all costs.  75 and the North tollway are no picnics either!

 

 


Steve, for a long time that was the only way you got a job in this industry. You had to know someone. My dad and both of my brothers worked for AA. I started with Allegheny.

Totally agree Mike.  You generally gotta' know someone.

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Steve we absolutely love Mckinney. We have two young ones in the household and the schools are / were a big selling point for us. Lots of green space and places to ride, jog and enjoy being outdoors. CNN money ranked it as the best place to live in America. I'm not sure what their study was based on, but we think it certainly has some merit. The health care industry is sprouting plenty of developments all throughout the area. In fact a new one was recently built here in our neighborhood. It seems to be a good time to be in the profession, but obviously there are many changes to the way healthcare is being administered with the Afordable Care Act. I hope things are well for you.

 

AA is doing some robust hiring and obviously I'd prefer to be DFW based, but I would be remiss not to welcome just about any base and equipment combinations. There will be plenty of movement within the seniority in the future to accomodate the geographical wishes of my family. If I end up remaining with Netjets that would be fine too as its a pretty good company which is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. We are going through contentious contract negotiations and morale has been higher. Our pilot group and its responsibilities are unique to the profession and we want to be fairly compensated for our trade. It's simply a matter of business and it's important that it not become a distraction.

 

Mike, that's less than a year before you depart the pattern towards retirement. I hope the combined carrier gives you plenty more options for exciting travel into the future. You certainly have earned it. Tail winds sir.

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In fact a new one was recently built here in our neighborhood.

 

Hey Ryan,

If that is the one at Lake Forrest and University then that's the one I opened. :wink:   Its a great facility. 

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