I have no problem being told where I have gone wrong, provided it is justified, and rectifiable. And the person telling has a higher ranking.
I may sulk a bit, but I am willing to learn.
Most of us in JHB are old enough and, I hope, wise enough to have seen enough of pumped up crappy management over the years. I could easily have set the airline up on the same lines as Noble Air but I didn't like being called the CEO there either. This airline gives you the meat without the bullshit.
On a similar vein we all know each other very well and I have no problems with blunt speech. No one here should have sensitive feelings and if I say someone flew a bloody awful approach into an airfield it isn't personal - they really did fly a bloody awful approach. If they know that they won't do it again next time.
When training new controllers we had just three months to knock them into shape and then it was chop time. They came to us from the College full of idealistic theory and word perfect in their knowledge of the bookwork but they were completely green regarding practical work. There was no finesse about the training and they were all hammered as they had to learn fast. Those that made it did well but it explains why controllers drink more than the average person and why all instructors have ulcers.
I've been happy to teach anyone about flying or controlling here too but I expect everyone to learn the bookwork - theory is your responsibility and I provide the practical. I don't say I am going to be Mr. Nice about it.
All my long term pilots know this already but I thought it may be worth bring up again for the newcomers to the list.
-----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill Sent: 25 October 2006 17:52 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Wednesday
Hi Frank, Certainly not! I was referring to those VAs and VATCs who seem to wish to promote themselves as something quite grand and high powered. It's not exclusive to FSim related hobbies. When a member of the Jaguar Owners' Club, I was equally repelled by the fact that, unlike most clubs, they couldn't settle for a simple committee, it had to be a board. That allowed the chairman to bandy such expressions as "your board has decided", or "My fellow directors". Even the golf club to which I belonged now has board members and a Council, complete with executive committee and strategic planning committee, etc. We don't have this in our house. SWMBO is also CEO and that's about it.
Gerry Winskill; peasant (unpaid).
franklyn fisher wrote:
My last, personal, and probably selfish, request, is please avoid the Walter Mitty syndrome.
Hopefully Gerry, I did not give you that impression last night.
If there is any fault that you or anyone else find with my rendition of controlling, please let me know, critisism is the only way to learn and improve.