Question for the Crews: Which do you prefer, take-offs or landings, and why?

This week’s question:  Which do you prefer, take-offs or landings, and why?

Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"Landings. The last landing of the day before we go to the hotel to sleep and eat is the best, especially after a long day!" Madison Skeim, RDU FA
“Landings. The last landing of the day before we go to the hotel to sleep and eat is the best, especially after a long day!” Madison Skeim, RDU FA
"Landings are pretty interesting, especially when you're still trying to walk up and down the aisle and there's also turbulence. Passengers seem to be so amazed that you're still standing! I also like landings when you have beautiful scenery to look at. I like take-offs if there are kids on the plane who are new to flying. It's like a rush of excitement for them." Monique Moses, RDU FA
“Landings are pretty interesting, especially when you’re still trying to walk up and down the aisle and there’s also turbulence. Passengers seem to be so amazed that you’re still standing! I also like landings when you have beautiful scenery to look at. I like take-offs if there are kids on the plane who are new to flying. It’s like a rush of excitement for them.” Monique Moses, RDU FA
"I definitely enjoy take-offs, reveling in the anticipation on the faces of all the passengers. I've seen grown men and children alike get excited when we lurch forward and start to barrel down the runway. And then there's all of the tasking once we're in the air. As Flight Attendant B, it's like walking down the aisles at a party you're hosting, meeting all of the bright and sometimes angry faces. As Flight Attendant A, you get to pack FA B up and send him/her on their way and get into the swing of things in the galley. I guess I like starting an adventure more than ending it!" Haven Stapleton, DEN FA
“I definitely enjoy take-offs, reveling in the anticipation on the faces of all the passengers. I’ve seen grown men and children alike get excited when we lurch forward and start to barrel down the runway. And then there’s all of the tasking once we’re in the air. As Flight Attendant B, it’s like walking down the aisles at a party you’re hosting, meeting all of the bright and sometimes angry faces. As Flight Attendant A, you get to pack FA B up and send him/her on their way and get into the swing of things in the galley. I guess I like starting an adventure more than ending it!” Haven Stapleton, DEN FA
"Take-off! Just the 'need for speed'!" Gene Savard, STL FA
“Take-off! Just the ‘need for speed’!” Gene Savard, STL FA
"Take-off. I love going fast." Eli Burch, STL FA
“Take-off. I love going fast.” Eli Burch, STL FA
"As a passenger, I prefer take-offs. Ever since I was a young boy, the take-off has always defined the flight for me. The acceleration, the noise of the engines and the realization that the flight is finally getting underway was then, and remains today the part of a flight I prefer most when I am a passenger.  As a pilot however, the landing is by far and away the best part of the flight for me. When you factor in the weather, winds and field conditions, it is invariably the most challenging part of the flight and solely relies on the individual at the controls. It is the closest we come to "old school" flying in its purest since--no automation or computers--just a pilot competing with himself, the airplane and the elements. And yes, every landing is graded in my head." Randy Bratcher, STL Chief Pilot
“As a passenger, I prefer take-offs. Ever since I was a young boy, the take-off has always defined the flight for me. The acceleration, the noise of the engines and the realization that the flight is finally getting underway was then, and remains today the part of a flight I prefer most when I am a passenger.
As a pilot however, the landing is by far and away the best part of the flight for me. When you factor in the weather, winds and field conditions, it is invariably the most challenging part of the flight and solely relies on the individual at the controls. It is the closest we come to “old school” flying in its purest since–no automation or computers–just a pilot competing with himself, the airplane and the elements. And yes, every landing is graded in my head.” Randy Bratcher, STL Chief Pilot

Question for the Crew: Favorite magazine that passengers leave behind

This week’s question:  Passengers are great at leaving behind magazines for flight attendants. What’s your favorite magazine to find after a flight?

Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"My favorite magazine to find on the plane is Cosmopolitan. I like staying in the loop with the latest hair, clothes and makeup trends even at work. Plus, it's such an expensive magazine so I always hope I'll find next month's issue on the plane." Angela Karolina, ORD FA
“My favorite magazine to find on the plane is Cosmopolitan. I like staying in the loop with the latest hair, clothes and makeup trends even at work. Plus, it’s such an expensive magazine so I always hope I’ll find next month’s issue on the plane.” Angela Karolina, ORD FA
"My favorites are the home decorating magazines! My degree is in Interior Design so I always love looking at what's new and daydreaming about all the million dollar homes! I also love the travel magazines; they give me ideas of where I want to travel if and when I ever figure out Navtech! I really will read anything though, as reading is one of my favorite things to do!" Terrie Huckaby, DEN FA
“My favorites are the home decorating magazines! My degree is in Interior Design so I always love looking at what’s new and daydreaming about all the million dollar homes! I also love the travel magazines; they give me ideas of where I want to travel! I really will read anything though, as reading is one of my favorite things to do!” Terrie Huckaby, DEN FA
"Real Simple or any food/recipe magazine are my favorites, but People seems to be the most popular one to find on the plane." Janey Hundley, STL FA
“Real Simple or any food/recipe magazine are my favorites, but People seems to be the most popular one to find on the plane.” Janey Hundley, STL FA
"My all time favorite magazines to find on a plane are Vogue and Elle. I get super excited to get the tea on all the new fashions." Debbie Bullock, RDU FA
“My all time favorite magazines to find on a plane are Vogue and Elle. I get super excited to get the tea on all the new fashions.” Debbie Bullock, RDU FA

Question for the crew: Favorite Layover

This week’s question:  What is your favorite layover city and why?

Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"There are many GoJet destinations that offer superb layovers. This week I was asked to select one, so I decided to highlight Missoula, MT, one of our newest destinations. Missoula has a lot to offer. There are beautiful mountain views to enjoy without even leaving the crew hotel. If one is so inclined, hike up and visit one of the many hillside letters spelling M-I-S-S-O-U-L-A. The small quaint town is visitor friendly; walk around its inviting and unique small shops and restaurants. Dine at the Tamarack Missoula or MacKenzie River Pizza Co. The Tamarack offers a copious variety of large-portion meals. The MacKenzie offers a daily pizza buffet until 2 PM, and luscious personal pizzas during the evening hours. The hotel in Missoula is the Holiday Inn Downtown; it has a nice pool/hot tub, fitness area, comfy beds, and mini fridges in each room. All of this makes for an enjoyable stay out west." Tim Alfed, STL FO
“There are many GoJet destinations that offer superb layovers. This week I was asked to select one, so I decided to highlight Missoula, MT, one of our newest destinations. Missoula has a lot to offer. There are beautiful mountain views to enjoy without even leaving the crew hotel. If one is so inclined, hike up and visit one of the many hillside letters spelling M-I-S-S-O-U-L-A. The small quaint town is visitor friendly; walk around its inviting and unique small shops and restaurants. Dine at the Tamarack Missoula or MacKenzie River Pizza Co. The Tamarack offers a copious variety of large-portion meals. The MacKenzie offers a daily pizza buffet until 2 PM, and luscious personal pizzas during the evening hours. The hotel in Missoula is the Holiday Inn Downtown; it has a nice pool/hot tub, fitness area, comfy beds, and mini fridges in each room. All of this makes for an enjoyable stay out west.” Tim Alfed, STL FO
"My favorite layover city is Missoula. The flight into the city is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, and the people are always so wonderful. It is always a blast being able to walk a few blocks and go to The Tamarack Brewing Company, eat delicious food and enjoy hanging out with the crew." Michelle Hathaway, DEN FA
“My favorite layover city is Missoula. The flight into the city is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, and the people are always so wonderful. It is always a blast being able to walk a few blocks and go to The Tamarack Brewing Company, eat delicious food and enjoy hanging out with the crew.” Michelle Hathaway, DEN FA
"LGA. The sheer volume of activities in NYC make each layover different than the last." David Golladay, RDU FO
“LGA. The sheer volume of activities in NYC make each layover different than the last.” David Golladay, RDU FO
"Omaha, because it's unique and there are tons of cool dives near the hotel." David Dowless, RDU FA
“Omaha, because it’s unique and there are tons of cool dives near the hotel.” David Dowless, RDU FA
"Bozeman. The mountain view is breathtaking." Ashley Miscevich, ORD FA
“Bozeman. The mountain view is breathtaking.” Ashley Miscevich, ORD FA

Question for the Crew: How do you prevent illness during this time of the year?

This week’s question:  So many crew members fight sickness this time of year. What are your ways to prevent getting sick with our very public job?

Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"Proper nutrition, working out, hand sanitizer/ hand washing, and of course, sleep, sleep, and did I mention sleep.  Being mindful of these things especially when coming into contact with an ill passenger or coworker is paramount.   Be well :)" Delia Rigney, ORD FA
“Proper nutrition, working out, hand sanitizer/ hand washing, and of course, sleep, sleep, and did I mention sleep. Being mindful of these things especially when coming into contact with an ill passenger or coworker is paramount.
Be well :)” Delia Rigney, ORD FA
"Wash hands before touching food, mouth, or eyes. Wash hands before serving passengers. Both prevents exposure to germs. Keep hand sanitizer/wipes handy, along with Kleenex. Be aware of airborne germs. Get the flu shot. Take vitamins daily and medications, as prescribed. Healthy dieting makes for a healthy immune system. Keep stress down by meditating a few minutes per day or listen to music to help you relax." Calvin White, STL Inflight Supervisor
“Wash hands before touching food, mouth, or eyes. Wash hands before serving passengers. Both prevents exposure to germs. Keep hand sanitizer/wipes handy, along with Kleenex. Be aware of airborne germs. Get the flu shot. Take vitamins daily and medications, as prescribed. Healthy dieting makes for a healthy immune system. Keep stress down by meditating a few minutes per day or listen to music to help you relax.” Calvin White, STL Inflight Supervisor
"Hand sanitizer in manual bag. Rest. Keep gloves when collecting and cleaning trash in cabin. Limit touch in your face/mouth/nose/eyes. Increase good nutrients fruits/veggies on road. Consider a multivitamin." Monica McKinley, RDU Inflight Supervisor
“Hand sanitizer in manual bag. Rest. Keep gloves when collecting and cleaning trash in cabin. Limit touch in your face/mouth/nose/eyes. Increase good nutrients fruits/veggies on road. Consider a multivitamin.” Monica McKinley, RDU Inflight Supervisor
"The best way prevent illness is to get vaccinated.  I received a flu vaccine and boosters to the pertussis (whooping cough).  I’ve been inoculated for all sorts of crazy illnesses." Aaron Bean, Inflight Instructor
“The best way prevent illness is to get vaccinated. I received a flu vaccine and boosters to the pertussis (whooping cough). I’ve been inoculated for all sorts of crazy illnesses.” Aaron Bean, Inflight Instructor
"During this time of the year I make sure that I wipe down the cockpit with the sanitary wipes provided on the airplane in case the person before me might have a cold. I wash my hands very often, and carry hand sanitizer with me all the time. I also make sure that I eat as healthy as we can while we are on the road and take a multi-vitamin every day." Chad Pogorelac, GoJet Captain
“During this time of the year I make sure that I wipe down the cockpit with the sanitary wipes provided on the airplane in case the person before me might have a cold. I wash my hands very often, and carry hand sanitizer with me all the time.
I also make sure that I eat as healthy as we can while we are on the road and take a multi-vitamin every day.” Chad Pogorelac, GoJet Captain

Question for the Crew: “Must have” Food Items

This week’s question:  What food items are “must haves” for trips?

Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"My go-to snack is carrots and some type of dip, usually hummus or ranch. I also bring an additive for water like Splenda lemonade, so drinking water isn't so bland. On long flights I put a tea bag in the water and let it brew in the window." Justin Zeller, DEN FO
“My go-to snack is carrots and some type of dip, usually hummus or ranch. I also bring an additive for water like Splenda lemonade, so drinking water isn’t so bland. On long flights I put a tea bag in the water and let it brew in the window.”
Justin Zeller, DEN FO
"What consists in my lunch box is rabbit food: trail mix, almonds, carrots, bananas, granola ... and I can't live with out my fresh fruit and matcha tea!" Stephanie Rebro, DEN FA
“What consists in my lunch box is rabbit food: trail mix, almonds, carrots, bananas, granola … and I can’t live with out my fresh fruit and matcha tea!” Stephanie Rebro, DEN FA
"Boiled eggs (great for a quick breakfast or snack), jerky, rotisserie chicken, potato (you can microwave it in the room), instant oatmeal packs, cup of noodles, tuna packets (alone, with crackers, or on sandwich thins for a filling lunch sandwich), avocado, zucchini and carrots for a healthy snack (pair with hummus for more flavor) and black beans and rice. And a "must have" to keep food cold is an ice bag for headaches. They don't sweat, and they keep food cold for a long time. Freeze leftover lasagna, chili, and chicken dinners in a serving size Tupperware container for meals. Keep mayo, mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper, whatever you like in your bag to spice up tuna and other snacks!" Jessica Mollett, RDU FA
“Boiled eggs (great for a quick breakfast or snack), jerky, rotisserie chicken, potato (you can microwave it in the room), instant oatmeal packs, cup of noodles, tuna packets (alone, with crackers, or on sandwich thins for a filling lunch sandwich), avocado, zucchini and carrots for a healthy snack (pair with hummus for more flavor) and black beans and rice. And a “must have” to keep food cold is an ice bag for headaches. They don’t sweat, and they keep food cold for a long time. Freeze leftover lasagna, chili, and chicken dinners in a serving size Tupperware container for meals. Keep mayo, mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper, whatever you like in your bag to spice up tuna and other snacks!” Jessica Mollett, RDU FA

 

"As flight attendants, we have to budget carefully, and eating out can get expensive. As a culinary major, when I have a trip (whether it's two, three or four days) I cook and pack my own food. For a typical four-day trip I pack: Dinner Meal 1: Boneless Grilled Chicken Breast Yellow Rice Fresh Cut String Beans Dinner Meal 2: Grilled Chicken Salad Packages lettuce, grilled bell peppers, grilled onions, tomatoes in a separate zip lock bag Dinner Meal 3:  Grilled Pork Chop  Steamed Cabbage Cornbread Lunch/Snacks - Ham and Cheese Sandwich - Fresh grapes, strawberries and peaches" Justin Brown, RDU FA
“As flight attendants, we have to budget carefully, and eating out can get expensive. As a culinary major, when I have a trip (whether it’s two, three or four days) I cook and pack my own food. For a typical four-day trip I pack:
Dinner Meal 1:
Boneless Grilled Chicken Breast
Yellow Rice
Fresh Cut String Beans
Dinner Meal 2:
Grilled Chicken Salad
Packages lettuce, grilled bell peppers, grilled onions, tomatoes in a separate zip lock bag
Dinner Meal 3:
Grilled Pork Chop
Steamed Cabbage
Cornbread
Lunch/Snacks
– Ham and Cheese Sandwich
– Fresh grapes, strawberries and peaches” Justin Brown, RDU FA

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Question for the Crew: Valentine’s Day

This week’s question:  What is your favorite Valentine’s Day tradition or your most memorable Valentine’s Day?
Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"For approximately 20 years, White Castle has been putting on a special Valentine’s Day dinner. You have to make reservations for this ‘special event’. The tables have red tablecloths and are lit by candlelight. There are waitresses that come to your table to take your order and bring dinner. After you finish dinner, dessert is offered. With dinner, you get a complimentary photo taken for your special night. My wife and I started going there about 10 years ago. For the past 7 years we have had other people from work joining us for this wonderful occasion. We have 18 people going with us this year, most of them being co-workers from GoJet Airlines." Jeff Craig, Director of Quality Assurance
“For approximately 20 years, White Castle has been putting on a special Valentine’s Day dinner. You have to make reservations for this ‘special event’. The tables have red tablecloths and are lit by candlelight. There are waitresses that come to your table to take your order and bring dinner. After you finish dinner, dessert is offered. With dinner, you get a complimentary photo taken for your special night. My wife and I started going there about 10 years ago. For the past 7 years we have had other people from work joining us for this wonderful occasion. We have 18 people going with us this year, most of them being co-workers from GoJet Airlines.” Jeff Craig, Director of Quality Assurance
"My favorite Valentine's Day was with my college boyfriend. He picked me up in a suit and tie, and I got to wear a formal dress. We went to an amazing dinner at the top of the Springfield tower overlooking the city. Throughout the night he would give me a rose, and with each one a different thing that he loved about me." Jill Larsen/FA, DEN
“My favorite Valentine’s Day was with my college boyfriend. He picked me up in a suit and tie, and I got to wear a formal dress. We went to an amazing dinner at the top of the Springfield tower overlooking the city. Throughout the night he would give me a rose, and with each one a different thing that he loved about me.” Jill Larsen/FA, DEN
"My best Valentine's Day was when two of my friends and I had a 'singles' weekend in Chicago."
“My best Valentine’s Day was when two of my friends and I had a ‘singles’ weekend in Chicago.” Deborah Migneron, FA STL
"Last year, I took an oath on Valentine's Day to be a "nun" for a year, vowing off all romantic relationships! One of my best friends, a Presbyterian minister, performed the "rights" for me at my newspaper office, where several of my friends gathered in support. My goal for the year was to dig deep within, and enjoy a time of spiritual growth and personal reflection. It's been a life altering year to say the least, which has involved changing careers. It's undoubtedly been one of the best and most important years of my life. I'm not sure what the next year holds as my "nunhood" comes to a close this weekend, but I look forward to the adventure!"
“Last year, I took an oath on Valentine’s Day to be a “nun” for a year, vowing off all romantic relationships! One of my best friends, a Presbyterian minister, performed the “rights” for me at my newspaper office, where several of my friends gathered in support. My goal for the year was to dig deep within, and enjoy a time of spiritual growth and personal reflection. It’s been a life altering year to say the least, which has involved changing careers. It’s undoubtedly been one of the best and most important years of my life. I’m not sure what the next year holds as my “nunhood” comes to a close this weekend, but I look forward to the adventure!” Gina Eaves, FA RDU
"Valentine's Day 2013 was pretty memorable....my husband and I bought a house!"
“Valentine’s Day 2013 was pretty memorable….my husband and I bought a house!” Stacey Ross, Corporate Communications Manager

Question for the Crew

This week, GoJet debuts a new addition to its blog, the Question for the Crew!  Be on the lookout  for it each Friday, when we’ll feature members of the GoJet team answering questions that range from the quirky and comical, to sometimes resourceful!  We look forward to sharing these weekly quips from your colleagues … and you!
 
This week’s question:  This week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. What’s your reaction to this year’s Groundhog Day verdict?
Here’s what your co-workers had to say!
"Six more weeks of winter means six more weeks of shoveling my car out of the ORD employee parking lot, six more weeks of waiting to be deiced, and six more weeks of me cramming as many layers as I can into my suitcase. In Chicago, six more weeks of winter means six more weeks of bidding for warm destinations and six more weeks of wearing my adorable  boots." Shannon Stapleton FA, ORD
“Six more weeks of winter means six more weeks of shoveling my car out of the ORD employee parking lot, six more weeks of waiting to be deiced, and six more weeks of me cramming as many layers as I can into my suitcase. In Chicago, six more weeks of winter means six more weeks of bidding for warm destinations and six more weeks of wearing my adorable boots.”
Shannon Stapleton,ORD FA
"Being from Chicago, I'd say Phil's prediction is right ... except for the 'more' part!" Mark Jacobs SOC
“Being from Chicago, I’d say Phil’s prediction is right … except for the ‘more’ part!”
Mark Jacobs, SOC
"Probably about the same as the mayor who got bit in the face by a groundhog on live TV. Don't blame the airlines for your delayed and cancelled flights, folks. Blame Punxsutawney Phil." Louisa Millar FO, STL
“Probably about the same as the mayor who got bit in the face by a groundhog on live TV. Don’t blame the airlines for your delayed and cancelled flights, folks. Blame Punxsutawney Phil.”
Louisa Millar, STL FO
"I think we need to stop believing what the Pennsylvania groundhog says and start asking his two buddies in Buffalo and Rochester how much snow we're going to get in the next two months." Hartman Coleman FO, RDU
“I think we need to stop believing what the Pennsylvania groundhog says and start asking his two buddies in Buffalo and Rochester how much snow we’re going to get in the next two months.”
Hartman Coleman RDU FO
"I think if the groundhog is going to predict more weeks of winter, he could at least come out and brave the cold as opposed to predicting the weather and then scurrying back into his warm hole in the ground. Sheesh!" Geneva Smith Crew Scheduling
“I think if the groundhog is going to predict more weeks of winter, he could at least come out and brave the cold as opposed to predicting the weather and then scurrying back into his warm hole in the ground. Sheesh!”
Geneva Smith, Crew Scheduling
"I'll cook more food for the next few weeks!" Yuanhao Zhuge, DEN FA
“I’ll cook more food for the next few weeks!”
Yuanhao Zhuge, DEN FA