From Dave Schneebeck,

I was a second officer on a 320 flying from SEA to MIA on a charter flight. About 2:30 after takeoff the cabin pressure began to dive and climb rapidly. I went to manual control and that seemed to slow the dives and climbs but not sufficiently. Dispatch was notified about the problem and they in turn connected us to maintenance.  I was instructed to go behind the 2nd officers panel, remove a protective covering, and jiggle some wires carefully.  CAREFULLY,  because the voltage in the wires surrounding the area where I was "jiggling" were 600 volts. Needless to say we diverted to MSP and got a different aircraft. Once on the ground I was told by a mechanic that they wouldn't work in the area where I was jiggling wires unless all of the power was removed from the aircraft and the battery switch turned off. I didn't want to do that, again!!!

Dave Schneebeck 

“I learned about flying from that.


Friends and Colleagues

In the era of my Air Force service I was assigned to a MATS Troop Carrier Sqd. in the South Caroline and Georgia. MATS (Military Air Transport Service) or (Midnight Air Trucking Service) ( + other unprintable definitions) published an excellent publication called the MATS FLYER. I have to hand it MATS for having the wisdom to distribute an ‘in house’ publication that was both humorous and self-effacing. Included in the MATS FLYER was a section termed, “I learned about flying from that.” These ‘Oh *hit’ experiences were indeed worthy reads. In a similar context I am forwarding unique aviator stories to you that have been submitted by your colleagues. There are all intended for your amusement and not intended to deride anyone.