Chock

I've got soul but I'm not a soldier

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Hi all, In case anyone was wondering where I'd disappeared to, I had a bit of a rubbish time with lots of personal problems and then to make matters even more fun, I had to close my business down and was out of work too, so of course with no money coming in and many things to sort out, expenses such as computers, flight sims and internet connections go out of the window whilst other more pressing priorities rear their head and make life hard.

But in case anyone is ever having similar problems and can't see an end in sight, don't give up; when one door closes, it seems another one opens. I've now got a job working on the airliners at Manchester Airport (had to do lots of exams and all kinds of certifications etc to be able to do that), so I don't have to run around worrying about loads of clients and stuff and running a business (headaches) and instead get to play with Airbuses and Boeings, which is of course much more fun.

If you see me on the ramp at Manchester, working on your Thomas Cook Airbus, Scandinavian or Norwegian 737 or whatever, gimme a wave! And as evidenced by this post, I have my computers and stuff back again and have just reinstalled P3D and FSX etc. 😄

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Welcome back, Alan.

Sorry to hear of your woes - hope you get yourself sorted.

Hope to see a few more posts from you - they have been rather rare.

Chin up.

Best regards

Bill

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Good to see you back!

Very well done on getting your exams and certificates.
Horrible and no doubt stressful whilst getting to where you are now, but maybe a case of serendipity?
Playing with the real deal is the dream of most people on here.

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Good to see your back and things have turned out ok, may see you when I pass through Manchester airport my home airport, will you be going to Cosford this year.

P.S I was a soldier but have no soul.😁

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Manchester Airport!  It’ll be good when it’s finished!

What will you be doing there?

Jon

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Glad to hear you are still fighting the good fight, despite not bearing a soldier  and happy to hear you're back in this little world 🙂

 

 

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So glad to have you back. It's funny how things work out in life sometimes. I too have learned that the darkest times often come just before the dawn. Thanks for sharing that experience...may it bring a little hope to others in need..........Doug

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Good to see you're back Alan! You are a big part of AVSIM and the place seems almost deserted when you are absent!

Bruce

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Welcome back to the virtual skies Alan, good to know that after the stormy days, sun is back again in your life. :cool:

Cheers

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It's great to hear when an avsim regular, who has been missed, comes back stronger than ever. Wonderful to see that avatar again, Alan.

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Welcome Back, yes life can be peaks and valleys but new opportunities are always good. 

Cheers

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21 hours ago, Chock said:

Hi all, In case anyone was wondering where I'd disappeared to, I had a bit of a rubbish time with lots of personal problems and then to make matters even more fun, I had to close my business down and was out of work too, so of course with no money coming in and many things to sort out, expenses such as computers, flight sims and internet connections go out of the window whilst other more pressing priorities rear their head and make life hard.

But in case anyone is ever having similar problems and can't see an end in sight, don't give up; when one door closes, it seems another one opens. I've now got a job working on the airliners at Manchester Airport (had to do lots of exams and all kinds of certifications etc to be able to do that), so I don't have to run around worrying about loads of clients and stuff and running a business (headaches) and instead get to play with Airbuses and Boeings, which is of course much more fun.

If you see me on the ramp at Manchester, working on your Thomas Cook Airbus, Scandinavian or Norwegian 737 or whatever, gimme a wave! And as evidenced by this post, I have my computers and stuff back again and have just reinstalled P3D and FSX etc. 😄

Alan, it is wonderful to see your back doing well and with a great job too.  That has been my experience also.  When one door closes (I never panic) because another one will open to an even better future. You have too many skills to worry much about the valleys. Manchester Airport has a good man now.  I'll look for you in my UK2000 scenery 😁

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Hey!  Welcome back !

Are you a Flight Ops Officer ? That's a kind of job I think I would like to have experimented … Too old now :-)

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Welcome Back Alan , do we hope for some more reviews from you too ?

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1 hour ago, Chuck_Jodry-VJPL said:

Welcome Back Alan , do we hope for some more reviews from you too ?

If you need someone to review how jolly handy the undercarriage wheel well of a Boeing 737 is for sheltering from the rain in Manchester, I am your man lol: Took this pic on my phone whilst doing exactly that the other day:

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Great ending.  Welcome back!

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Here's a pic of something you might be interested to see if you like airliners and want to know exactly what the pushback crew are doing to your airliner..

When the pushback truck's towbar is connected to the nose gear of the airliner, the pushback crew have to insert a steering bypass pin into the nose gear. Typically you pull a little lever with a hole in it which is located on the nose gear so that the hole aligns with another hole in the main gear assembly, and then shove the bypass pin through those two holes when they are aligned so it locks in place. This disengages the hydraulic steering system from the nosewheel to allow the nose gear to pivot freely, which will then allow the pushback tug to steer the aeroplane much like a truck with a semi trailer on it.

There's another 'fused' pin on the pushback towbar called the shear pin, which is designed to break and disconnect the towbar if the pushback tug's movement is too fierce and might risk damage the aeroplane. The steering bypass pin with its red 'remove before flight' streamer is what you see the pushback crew holding up to show the pilot after pushback has been completed, in order to demonstrate that the bypass pin is no longer inserted into the nosegear, so the pilot will know the steering is going to work when he/she starts taxying.

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There are two bypass pins here in this pic, the blue one is for Boeing 700 series airliners (apart from the 747 and 100/200 series 737, which use a different sized pin), the red one is for most modern Airbus airliners. The little lugs on the tip on the shaft of each pin are spring loaded ball bearings which lock the pin in place when inserted in the nose gear, the anodised coloured button on the the handle, retracts the little lugs when you press it so you can remove it from the landing gear.

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WB Alan. Wondered where you'd gotten to. Glad things are sorted out for you.

 

Vic

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17 hours ago, Chock said:

If you need someone to review how jolly handy the undercarriage wheel well of a Boeing 737 is for sheltering from the rain in Manchester, I am your man lol: Took this pic on my phone whilst doing exactly that the other day:

llfgibo.jpg

Looks like somewhere to hide for someone without a ticket ?....

Regards

Bill

 

 

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11 hours ago, BillCusick said:

 

It ain't pressurised and there'd not be much room when the gear came up, so I wouldn't fancy trying it myself 😄

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We should place warnings at ALL international airports.....

Alan WILL find you if you try....:tongue:

Regards

Bill

 

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Well, here’s a funny way to get a day off work:

Was putting stuff in the rear baggage hold of an A330 today; most of the cargo is in ULD containers, which is easy, but any additional loose baggage goes in the little hold at the rear, so I was in that small hold putting the crew bags, prams, wheelchairs etc in after we had stuck the containers in and there was a lot of loose baggage, more than usual, so it was getting really full in that little hold and hard to move about and fasten the cargo nets etc, especially since I had to recheck some of it after it was loaded.

As a result, my security pass got pulled off unnoticed, it must have snagged on a pram or wheelchair or something without me seeing it come off, I sealed the cargo door up, then went to work on an A321, unloading that and then uploading more stuff onto it for a fast turnaround; did that other Airbus, and then noticed my pass was gone, so it was too late to check the A330 because we’d pushed both planes out, so now my security pass is in Orlando. Contacted he A330 crew and asked them to get the ramp people at Orlando to look for my pass. Hopefully it’ll fly back to Manchester tomorrow, but until it does, with no pass, I can’t go through security to work, so, day off tomorrow! Hope my pass enjoys its little holiday, but I had to void it at the security centre just to be on the safe side.

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Allen, I m a bit behind the power curve and just saw you are back on another thread. Glad to see it. Always enjoy your informative post.

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