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Gulfstream II first flight.....

Discussion in 'Airplane, Aircraft & Jumbo Jet Talk' started by Richard Wyeroski, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    There is always a first time for everything. I remember when the phone rang and it was Jim ....He wanted me to fly with him in the G-II on a flight with the owner to Atlantic City. We were to land at Kennedy JFK at night and pick up the owner and fly to Atlantic City and wait while he attended a premier of show of his favorite singer. I was a little taken back because I has "0" time in a Gulfstream. I was mostly flying PIC part 91 in small jets and if I had 50 hours doing that it was a lot. He said don't worry all you have to do is put the gear up and down and lower the flaps. Reluctantly I agreed and we took off and landed at JFK. While waiting for the owner to come any minute Jim started to program the FMS and have the aircraft ready for starting. Then it happened ! It was sudden and no one could do anything to stop what was about to occur. His glasse fell apart and fell on the floor of the aircraft and disappeared. He used the glasss for reading and could not see very well with out them. Just then the owner arrived and Jim said hi! and calmly said, there would be a 10 minute delay before starting. The owner smiled and grunted and went in the back to have a drink with his quests. We closed the cockpit door and frantically looked for the parts of his glasses. We could only find one of the lenses and luckily I found some tape we put his glasses back together with one lens. He directed me to program the FMS which was new too me. I read the check list and we taxied out. It was funny (after it was over) but serious and all was fine except he could only read up close using one lens. I sat there wishing I was some place else. With engines running and number 2 for take off a miracle happened. I found the other lens to his glasses and we quickly taped it in place. A miracle he could see again!!!! We often laughed about the episode but it would happen on my first flight in a Gulfstream.......!
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Wow! Rich that was quite an experience for you! Thanks for sharing it.
     
  3. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I should say that I was new to jets and I was on call to fly SIC for reposition flights, maintenance checks, owner flights, engine run up and what ever else came along. I found it interesting but I never knew what I was doing. I suppose if the captain died I would be able to land the plane!....:eek:

    Yep I was flying a Cessna 150 and then get into a jet and put the gear up and down and lower the flaps

    Oh Yes I was taught to close the door. I learned to perform this task in 6 different jet types
     
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    Wouldn't it be nice if some pilots kept a spare set of glasses somewhere?
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Well obviously he didn't hence a hairy situation.......:cool:
     
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    Love the glasses! :cool:
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Lol! :D At least they look like they’ve been cleaned! :)
     
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    Awesome story Rich. And I can definitely identify with the glasses debacle had more than one of them but never in a Gulfstream II. Quick thinking on your part. Reminds me of my experience of my friend (and then Flight Instructor) before moving to TWA was working for Cosmopolitan Aviation at the and flying Convair 440's for its Airline ops out of FRG let me sit in the SIC seat during a positioning flight to ACY. The real F/O was there and probably violated every reg in the book but it did cross my mind the "What If" I had to actually had to land this thing coming out of a Cessna 172. Great experience though. I can't imagine trying to be the pilot in command with one lens in my glasses, hard enough using my computer at work with that. Great story but a hairy situation.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I flew out of FRG a lot and was based there in the 70's and 80's. It was and still is a crazy busy airport. Cosmo was a big FBO and those piston 440's used a hell of a lot of runway taking off. It was interesting watching them take off and rotating at the end of the runway ! :D
     
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