Hauling Checks

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Alex Stone, Nov 12, 2009 - Aeronautics, Commercial - 166 pages
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I'm a cargo pilot. In the industry, I'm known as a "Freight Dog." I fly canceled checks and other types of high-value cargo around the country, mostly at night, in airplanes that are older than I am. Flying freight-or "work" as we call it-in small, twin-engine aircraft is a lesser known side of the aviation world. Our day starts when banker's hours end. Thousands of flights move millions of pounds of work from city to city every night while the rest of the country is asleep. We're out there in the freezing rain getting de-iced when you're laying down for bed. We're sweeping the snow off our wings with a broom at three in the morning. That horrible thunderstorm you heard last night while you were sleeping, we were flying through it. The fog you woke up to in the early morning hours, we were landing in it. Hauling Checks is a comedy about the darker side of aviation. A cast of degenerate pilots, who work for a shady night time air cargo operation, take you on a flight through the unfriendly skies. The pilots abuse every Reg in the book in their quest to make deadlines for their high value cargo. As the company falls on hard times, management resorts to questionable measures to save the failing airline.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
The Ride of Shame
19
Its a Rodeo Up Here
37
Thunderstorms37 4 Standby
50
Secure All Cargo Compartments Before Flight
66
A Night
78
Ive Got Glitter on My Face78 7 Braking Action is Reported as
93
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About the author (2009)

Alex Stone grew up in Munster, Indiana. He's been flying since age fourteen and received a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science from Western Michigan University. He has worked as a flight instructor and has been a "Freight Dog" in the air cargo industry for four years. This is his first novel.

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