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So you will be based in Dayton, or just doing your training in Dayton? Thanks and good luck!
My training is at the Dayton Airport. However they will be basing me either in Dayton, Philadelphia, Washington (DCA), or Charlotte. Personally I'm hoping and praying with all my might for Charlotte. I only live an hour and a half away from the airport in CLT. In the beginning it's a two hour call time to work so in that case I'll just hop up half way to a friend's apartment and wait for a call there. After a little while I believe it becomes a 12 hour call time. I really don't want DCA after I looked at how costly housing is up there today.

Congratulations! Welcome to the world of D2, NRSA travel...having that means you can hop around the world in pursuit of railfan activities. ;)
It is going to be interesting learning how D2, and NRSA Travel works out. I can think of some friends I want to visit across the Atlantic if I ever get vacation time.
 

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Congratulations! Welcome to the world of D2, NRSA travel...having that means you can hop around the world in pursuit of railfan activities. ;)
Yes. In 1970 I met a traction fan named Ray Crees who worked for British European Airways. Ray covered Central European tramways very thoroughly on his days off and being able to make repeated trips helped in making personal contacts who could explain things that were not self-evident to a casual visitor.
 

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I hope you get everything you want out of this but don't let it paint you into a corner down the road. Also, be safe out there! Aggressive and belligerent passengers are becoming an increasing threat to airline staff.

 
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Congrats on your new opportunity, I promise you it will be rewarding. Some days it will be the best of times, other days it will be the worst of times, either way you will experience humanity - and a world of infinite possibility - on a level I believe is unique to airline employees. It isn't the train. Airline life is altogether different. It's not that one is worse or one is better, both worlds have their charms and their downsides. I lived it for a while, in ground services. I will never forget the exhilarating and rapidly unfolding developments in even a normal day. Should you ever have questions or just need a sounding board, feel free to send me a message. You might not need anyone's input, though, you will bring a level of knowledge and skill to the job from day one, you will learn and apply your knowledge from day one, and I predict you are going to really enjoy this new adventure.
Nicely said!:)
 
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It is going to be interesting learning how D2, and NRSA Travel works out. I can think of some friends I want to visit across the Atlantic if I ever get vacation time.
I'm jealous! You're a new hire, and already your status will be a notch above my D2R status. And besides that, you'll have the added CJ ability, which I didn't...;)
 

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So I accepted a position with PSA Airlines 100 percent owned by AA as a Flight Attendant. My first day of training will be on May 17th in Dayton, Ohio. My last train I'm working is May 8th in St. Mary's, GA where I'll be the LSA. I'm excited for this new exciting adventure. Wish me luck.
Congrats on the new gig! I know that you’ve been looking for this kind of position for awhile. Hope you get the Charlotte base since that would allow you to stay here in SC. Good luck and we all look forward to reading your further reports on your travels and adventures.
 

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I really don't want DCA after I looked at how costly housing is up there today.
That's one of the toughest things about being a flight attendant. Crew bases tend to be in larger cities, which are some of the most expensive places to live. Does a flight attendant based in Dayton make the same as someone based in Washington, DC? I assume that's the case, which gives the person in Dayton a financial advantage.
 

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About time you got a job! Just having fun riding trains is not fair to the rest of us. :)

Hope this doesn't mean you won't still be here with us. 😞

Does this mean my chances of doing a private railcar trip are out? Or are you going to help me find a private plane trip instead? At least you won't need to sleep in the lounge on the latter!
 
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I'm jealous! You're a new hire, and already your status will be a notch above my D2R status. And besides that, you'll have the added CJ ability, which I didn't...;)
You still get those six D1s a year, though... I have yet to use the full allotment in a given year.
 

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Yes. In 1970 I met a traction fan named Ray Crees who worked for British European Airways. Ray covered Central European tramways very thoroughly on his days off and being able to make repeated trips helped in making personal contacts who could explain things that were not self-evident to a casual visitor.
That is one thing I love about the idea of working for the airline that I can hit all of the rail milage I have wanted to hit for a long time. I love the idea it will give me opportunities to learn about how things are done all over the world. What I don't know is if I want a visa for Russia I have to send my passport away for a few weeks. I don't know how I can manage that as a flight attendant.

I hope you get everything you want out of this but don't let it paint you into a corner down the road. Also, be safe out there! Aggressive and belligerent passengers are becoming an increasing threat to airline staff.

I will be safe. I've already ran into one of those people on the way back from my United Interview when a flight was canceled someone ripped my tie off. The old railroad trick of a clip on made sense because all he got was air.

Congrats on the new gig! I know that you’ve been looking for this kind of position for awhile. Hope you get the Charlotte base since that would allow you to stay here in SC. Good luck and we all look forward to reading your further reports on your travels and adventures.
I really hope and pray with every part of my being to get Charlotte. They say I can definitely move to CLT within three to six months however I really hope I get it right from the start.

That's one of the toughest things about being a flight attendant. Crew bases tend to be in larger cities, which are some of the most expensive places to live. Does a flight attendant based in Dayton make the same as someone based in Washington, DC? I assume that's the case, which gives the person in Dayton a financial advantage.
I believe all the flight attendants in the company make the same amount of money so that does make Dayton look a lot nicer. Now if it only had Amtrak service.

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About time you got a job! Just having fun riding trains is not fair to the rest of us. :)

Hope this doesn't mean you won't still be here with us. 😞

Does this mean my chances of doing a private railcar trip are out? Or are you going to help me find a private plane trip instead? At least you won't need to sleep in the lounge on the latter!
It was a lot of fun while it lasted riding trains for work, and I'm not completely done with that just yet. If there is a trip that needs me I'm happy to take the time off to work it.

Your private railcar trip is still on. I'm just waiting on you to give me the go ahead to reach out to the car owner. Once that is done I will make a point to do my best to be there.
 
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You still get those six D1s a year, though... I have yet to use the full allotment in a given year.
Since they adopted the US Air system, and bumped us retirees to the 'back of the line', using D1's is the only way to have a chance on many flights...🙁
 

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With the corridor proposals that Amtrak has made, I am more optimistic for this to become a reality than I have been for a very long time.
I hope you are right. I think it is a service that is sorely needed. Ohio could have a really good state service like the Piedmont in North Carolina. The population density is exactly correct.

Holy cow what happened?
Someone who was very irate about a delay and flight cancelation who probably flies more than the flight attendants based on his attitude. He tried to get me into his act with the gate agent and I wouldn't budge. And when I asked him to calm down he grabbed my tie. A few minutes later the ORD Police took him away. He got his hotel for the night, just courtesy of Cook County.
 

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Sounds like a great opportunity, congratulations! Where does PSA fly for AA? If it includes FL, maybe we can connect again. Is your SP 10-6 home in addition to the one you were working on at Beech Grove. I had visions of living in a caboose in Colorado mountains after graduating there, but then I got married!
 

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I flew a regional jet for the first time yesterday. It was on PSA Airlines (American Eagle), and the crew was great! Best wishes!
Our AU friend Seaboard92 is training to be a Flight Attendant for PSA in Dayton,Ohio.
 

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Sounds like a great opportunity, congratulations! Where does PSA fly for AA? If it includes FL, maybe we can connect again. Is your SP 10-6 home in addition to the one you were working on at Beech Grove. I had visions of living in a caboose in Colorado mountains after graduating there, but then I got married!
It does include Florida. Lots of Florida actually. I don't really like the route map they have online because it is so hard to make sense of things so I've actually been making my own interactive map of the potential destinations. The map above is missing the coveted South Dakota flights. Coveted because you only get paid when the doors are in flight and that's a good three hour haul one way meaning a lot of flight hours compared to the CLT-CAE flight. Yes we will most definitely connect again.

The Southern Pacific 10/6 is a different car. In reality it will be a 9/6 when I'm done with it as I'm going to take the roomette Amtrak converted into an ADA room and turn it into two showers. And reinstall the community restroom where it once was across from the Porters room. It'll take some work as someone took a hacksaw to the brake pipes, and the HEP cables were stolen. Luckily the vandals were caught in the act so the inside wasn't trashed and the electric locker is intact. It's not a bad car for the price I'm paying for it as I can get all of those items fixed easily.

Good luck kid! If they decide to base you in Philly let me know. I'll be glad to help you out with some things.
Thank you Steve. I would say there is a fairly high chance I'll end up in Philly. Philly is one of the most junior bases in the airline if not the most junior so more than likely I'll be heading there. I'll know in about four weeks from today. I will definitely take you up on that offer. By chance would you know about any good spurs preferably near the airport I could move the Willow Grove to? What is that branch line on the east side of the airport? That and what areas are safe to stay in, things to do on the weekend without a car as I'll probably leave my car in SC for the time being.
 
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I see by that map that PSA doesn't come into PBI. I was hoping it did, and maybe catch you on a flight from there someday, but maybe on a connection out of Charlotte...:cool:
 
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So I accepted a position with PSA Airlines 100 percent owned by AA as a Flight Attendant. My first day of training will be on May 17th in Dayton, Ohio. My last train I'm working is May 8th in St. Mary's, GA where I'll be the LSA. I'm excited for this new exciting adventure. Wish me luck.
Oh "Seaboard92" good for you! You're moving up in the world of travel in more ways than one. American Airlines is a good company to work for (I know some people who worked for them). I wish you luck in your new adventure! But, I think they'll soon discover you'll be an asset to them. Best wishes, Jack
 
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