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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : buf|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : flight engineer|
pilot : cfi
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 5000
flight time type : 3000
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : required legal separation
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On feb/xx/97 I was the first officer on flight, a ferry repos flight from montego bay, jamaica, to buf, ny. Prior to leaving montego bay, we notified our dispatch that we would be arriving in buf 1 hour earlier than scheduled and to notify customs and the ground handlers. When we arrived in buf and proceeded to the terminal, there was only 1 air carrier ramp worker to park the airplane. He parked us between 2 gates. We accomplished the parking and securing checklist and shut down the APU as per company policy because no one was around to monitor its operation. We then proceeded to catch our deadhead flight back to minneapolis. When we arrived back in minneapolis we heard that about 1 1/2 hours after we left, the airplane was blown by the wind into another airline's aircraft. Only the nosegear had been chocked. Working for a supplemental carrier, we have to contract out to outside vendors and other acrs for services. I have noticed, especially with other acrs, that the employees don't particularly care to work us. To them, it is extra work which they don't get paid for. Although it is extra work, I don't see why we have to receive less than the same effort they put forth on their own airplanes. If it was their airplane, would there have been only 1 person to park us and then only chock the nose gear? Maybe, but I doubt it. I am just tired of the attitude that, 'it is just a charter company' and, 'they don't require the same level of professionalism.'
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FO RPT ON OTHER AIRLINE MGMNT MAINT POLICY PROCS AFFECT THE ACFT SVCS OF HIS SUPPLEMENTAL CARRIER. ACFT IMPROPERLY CHOCKED, BLOWN INTO OTHER ACR ACFT AFTER FLC HAD LEFT THE SCENE.
Narrative: ON FEB/XX/97 I WAS THE FO ON FLT, A FERRY REPOS FLT FROM MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, TO BUF, NY. PRIOR TO LEAVING MONTEGO BAY, WE NOTIFIED OUR DISPATCH THAT WE WOULD BE ARRIVING IN BUF 1 HR EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED AND TO NOTIFY CUSTOMS AND THE GND HANDLERS. WHEN WE ARRIVED IN BUF AND PROCEEDED TO THE TERMINAL, THERE WAS ONLY 1 ACR RAMP WORKER TO PARK THE AIRPLANE. HE PARKED US BTWN 2 GATES. WE ACCOMPLISHED THE PARKING AND SECURING CHKLIST AND SHUT DOWN THE APU AS PER COMPANY POLICY BECAUSE NO ONE WAS AROUND TO MONITOR ITS OP. WE THEN PROCEEDED TO CATCH OUR DEADHEAD FLT BACK TO MINNEAPOLIS. WHEN WE ARRIVED BACK IN MINNEAPOLIS WE HEARD THAT ABOUT 1 1/2 HRS AFTER WE LEFT, THE AIRPLANE WAS BLOWN BY THE WIND INTO ANOTHER AIRLINE'S ACFT. ONLY THE NOSEGEAR HAD BEEN CHOCKED. WORKING FOR A SUPPLEMENTAL CARRIER, WE HAVE TO CONTRACT OUT TO OUTSIDE VENDORS AND OTHER ACRS FOR SVCS. I HAVE NOTICED, ESPECIALLY WITH OTHER ACRS, THAT THE EMPLOYEES DON'T PARTICULARLY CARE TO WORK US. TO THEM, IT IS EXTRA WORK WHICH THEY DON'T GET PAID FOR. ALTHOUGH IT IS EXTRA WORK, I DON'T SEE WHY WE HAVE TO RECEIVE LESS THAN THE SAME EFFORT THEY PUT FORTH ON THEIR OWN AIRPLANES. IF IT WAS THEIR AIRPLANE, WOULD THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY 1 PERSON TO PARK US AND THEN ONLY CHOCK THE NOSE GEAR? MAYBE, BUT I DOUBT IT. I AM JUST TIRED OF THE ATTITUDE THAT, 'IT IS JUST A CHARTER COMPANY' AND, 'THEY DON'T REQUIRE THE SAME LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM.'
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.