Pilot sacked after fly-by stunt

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by slimjim, Feb 27, 2008.

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  1. There are some boring gits about, nice fly by though!


    The video seems to have disappeared, here's some photos instead



  2. No worries, he will get a job at Air Tours or My Travel...they ALL drive like that!
  3. Yawn! You should get a job at HSE
  4. probably worth it though :twisted:
    how'd you get sacked joy riding in a new jumbo jet :D style
  5. God Damn it Maverick!
  6. :lol: :lol: :lol:
  7. The risk is no different to take off besides it might have been alright

  8. Didn't a BA Pilot pilot try that a Heathrow recently? He wasn't sacked - and he scratched the paintwork as well!

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  9. There is a large thread on Pprune about the incident.

    The shitty thing is, he was the B777 Chief Pilot for Cathay Pacific taking delivery of the new aircraft from Boeing, Seattle. Flybys on these occasions are supposedly common place. In the back of the aircraft was a load of Cathay execs including the Director of Flight Operations. They were all more than happy about the flyby and even included pictures and a write-up in their monthly newsletter. They changed their tune when the clip appeared on Youtube and then sacked the bloke and 'demoted' the copilot. Apparently all is not well at Cathay and I wouldnt be suprised if they had a revolution.....which will give the management another excuse to sack a load of pilots*.

    *"The 49'ers - industrial troubles

    Cathay Pacific sacked 49 of its 1,500 pilots on July 9, 2001; hence, they are known as "the 49ers" (though total dismissals and downgrades subsequent totalled 62). About half of the fired pilots were captains, or 5 percent of the total pilot group. But of the 21 officers of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA), 9 were fired, including four of the seven union negotiators.

    "The firing was pure intimidation, a union-bust straight up, designed to be random enough to put the fear in all pilots that they might be next, no reason given," says Capt. Nigel Demery, president of the HKAOA (and also Hong Kong-ALPA, the IFALPA affiliate of all Hong Kong based flightcrew members.)

    A later head of the HKAOA, Captain Murray Gardner, is said to have favoured a more softline approach to dealing with management and indeed workplace relations between the two groups have been largely conciliatory since 2002."
  10. He'd have gotten away with it if he had lowered the landing gear. He knew that and he knew the implications of doing what he did.

  11. What implications?

    As I said, most of the management was on board. One of them was even up front on the flight deck. Nowt was said and no action was taken until the clip appeared on Youtube. Its not a case of the fly-by being dangerous, its a case of a very spinless management reacting well after the event.
  12. FFS, This man risked the lives of everyone on board that aircraft. Being a commercial aircraft pilot is a very responsible job and if he, as a very senior pilot, didn't appreciate the risks he definitely shouldn't be allowed near an aircraft in a position any more important than as a trolley dolly.