You wanna see stressed out, pissed off, and irritated pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers? Have them go a day without coffee!!

Aviation seems to run on coffee. At least that has been my experience in the last 25 years. Makes you wonder if aviation would have been even possible if we didn’t invent coffee first.

Lots of them are even what I consider “coffee snobs” which is often denied to me because when you are on the road and in the middle of nowhere, you run into a lot of “beggars can’t be choosers” situations. Yet I am not ashamed to say we had a coffee maker in our maintenance pod all season. Naturally, a sleepy, not-thinking-straight, barely-rolled-out-of-bed Chuck might panic at the first sign of being out of coffee. Let’s all just be glad Julio kept a cool head this morning, especially since he is also known to be somewhat of a coffee addict. Have I used the word “coffee” enough yet in this blog?

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5 comments on “Doomed
  1. Charles says:

    One morning at Andrews AFB shortly before our scheduled take-off, I called command post on the radio asking for fleet service to bring out the coffee before take off. The A1C fleet guy came out and dumped the electro-warmer on the ramp, but had no fresh coffee with him. The Aircraft commander (also the Squadron Commander) went postal on the poor guy, confirming my theory that “those that could” worked the VIP ramp while “those that couldn’t” worked the transient ramp.

  2. Michael says:

    blah blah blah blah Coffee blah blah blaha blah blah . . .

  3. Speedsix says:

    I don´t believe there ever was intelligent life on Mars: No traces of coffee have been detected yet.

  4. Jan Olieslagers says:

    Coffee addiction can be seen among many professions – myself an IT’er am strongly dependent on the stuff, and demanding on its quality. Soluble coffee (aka Nescafe down here) won’t do, neither will the falsification known as caffein-free. Let me have the real stuff, and in ample measures! Then and only then will the servers spin like greased clockworks!

  5. Matte says:

    During my last year in college I did my diploma work for a physics department. Whenever the coffee machine broke down, work would stall pretty quickly (this is actually noticeable in experimental physics mind).
    One afternoon I noticed a huge crowd in the coffee room, the entire department was waiting and scrutinising the poor service technician who was franticly trying to get the machine to work. I actually felt sorry for the guy as I walked off with my cup of tea, hearing our Scottish professor practicing her Swedish swearing…

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