CTD Posted March 19, 2003 Report Share Posted March 19, 2003 Excellent points. As Heedm and cap suggest, we''ve all cut lockwire for chip detectors, changed filters or ignitors in the middle of Baffin Island. Illegal, but.... On the other side of the coin, I know of a case where a company (now defunct) would direct a young pilot (now deceased) to change starter/generators and other vital components, and mail the logbook back to base for signatures. How stupid is that? Anyway, back to your point, Fin. If I''m reading you correctly, you are bothered by this happening around you, and would like to do something about it (advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn''t). Problem is, you''ll be seen as a ''rat'' or something...am I close? Story time. A lady is taking a shuttle bus to the airport, on the way to see her grandchildren. She is sitting directly behind the bus driver, who is driving like an idiot - running stop signs, passing in illegal zones, you name it. The lady is terrified. All she can think of is that the bus will have an accident and she''ll never see her grandchildren again. This continues for another 10 minutes and the lady is shaking, she''s so scared. Finally, a guy in the back stands up and walks to the front, and says to the bus driver "Listen bud, we''re not in that much of a hurry here, would you mind slowing it down and driving a little more smoothly please?" The driver is quite taken back - nobody has ever spoken up before. He slows down and starts to drive normally, much to the relief of everyone aboard. If you look at this story, it would be easy to conclude that the lady felt it was more important not embarrass the bus driver, than to never see her grand children again. This is ridiculous, of course, but why didn''t she speak up? How difficult is it to ask a guy to slow down? We all tend to avoid this type of confrontation, it''s human nature. Nobody wants to be a ''tattle-tale'', and most of the time, this policy works just fine. You''re not going to call in the cops because every day at 6AM, your neighbour coasts through the stop sign at the end of your deserted street on his way to work. Fin, if you believe this guy is a danger to himself and others, you have three choices. - Do nothing and maybe he''ll stop - and hope he doesn''t kill someone else in the mean time. - Talk to him yourself - sometimes, if people know how their actions look to others, they stop. - Get a higher authority involved - chief pilot, ops manager, owner, TC, police, depending on the severity of the violations. Sorry to rag on...Good luck. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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