Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maintaining, running and checking for birds nests

Today has once again been pretty warm and barmy at 33 degrees but there has been a breeze which made it quite nice to be outside at the airport doing some of the weekly maintenance which has to be kept up on an aircraft like this. We run the engines every two weeks at least if it hasn't flown, and we have a list of little jobs that we get through, including checking for wildlife as it seem the birds in this part of the world have expensive tasted for where they want to put their nests.
This involves getting the chaps out with the large luggage conveyor belt that you often see the chaps unloading luggage on commercial jets, me, a torch and a broom. All very high tech I can assure you.
Other jobs that have to be done are checking the fluid levels all over the aircraft, run some of the electrical systems, and also some check on oxygen levels, dates on first aid kits etc etc. 
One of the other top of the list glamour jobs today was getting one of the toilet seats changed.....One the the things about private jets is the costs involved can be quite a lot. For instance a couple of weeks ago a cockpit heated window needed replacing and it cost over $85,ooo. But today I learnt of a new eye popping cost and it involves a toilet seat and surrounding unit. The bill for one of those is a cool $41,500.
I shot a couple of videos whilst I was down there today to try to give a little bit of perspective on the size of the Global Express XRS. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Testing testing testing 1-2-3

I brought a video camera before I left the UK to try to document some of the flying and the places I get to visit. 
I am really new to the video side to things, especially editing, but I have decided to give it a try. 
I hope to learn and improve as I go along so this one is a bit rough and ready. I have had to edit it in low quality as the internet is so slow for uploading here. 
I decided to take the camera for a test drive yesterday and have an attempt at editing it today. 
There is some lovely scenery on the coast line and as I was walking along the promenade there were a few locals enjoying themselves cliff jumping off of the rocks in the back ground. 
In the distant back ground you can just make out the airport where we fly out of.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Its paper that gets planes in the air, not Jet A fuel

Happy Birthday Naomi Morton 

A massive happy birthday to my rock........ Miss u x
(this will be posted a day late due to power cuts taking out the internet)

The cockpit of the Global Express XRS

Two days in a new place and it's pretty scorchio hot.

It's a bit of a sad day really as it's Naomi's birthday and I'm a few thousand miles away and not able to share it with her. 

Today is a rest day here and to be honest it's what I have been doing. 
Getting things organised in the apartment, I even got to watch by beloved Aston Villa in a pre season friendly online, and the sight of John Terry wearing a Villa shirt is a slightly strange one for me.

Outside is really hot so I decided to be sensible and just go out early for a bit and then this evening have gone for an evening walk.
The airport apron here in Beirut

We are doing some flight planning at the moment for a few possible trips but nothing is booked in so far.
The amount of paperwork involved in the planning of flights is really quite surprising, particularly visa's and over flight permits for some of the places being planned.
Yesterday was the start of my induction line training here, meeting the people in the office and then going to the aircraft meeting all of the handling agents.

The favourite car I've seen here so far the local fruit and veg man

Every month we have to do an update on the plane's navigation systems much like doing an update on a car gps with all relevant information for every airport in the world with any changes in the procedures, routing or anything that can have an affect our flying.
I also got some additional safety training on the doors and emergency equipment that we carry onboard.

The view from the crew lodgings here

The view from the crew lodgings here

A pretty big week of flying with some centreline hopscotch.....

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