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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    I once worked for a Managing Director ( President of the company in the USA I think ) who was at least one sandwich short of a picnic. Having said that not everything that came out of his mouth was rubbish.

    His favourite saying was " Make It Idiot Proof ". I remember him coming to inspect a newly finished machine that was due to be shipped abroad inside a day or two. All went well until he came to the control panel. It had a series of 3 small lever switches down the centre of the panel.

    He grabbed a hammer from an adjacent work bench and smashed all 3 switches ! Turning to the draughtsman, who was shaking in his shoes by this point, he said " Buy the three biggest, strongest switches you can find and fit them - make it idiot proof I said ! " With that he threw the hammer down the shop.

    On the original theme there was an article in my paper over here the other day. There have been several incidences of engine fire extinguisher switches failing on the " Dreamliner ". In response to this an edict has been issued requiring all operators to test these switches every 28 days.

    Regards Tyrone.
    Wow. What a drama nut. I have seen when a boss got mad in a meeting and threw a scrap part flying. Machinists can sit and keep cool when needed I will say. They can also get mad themselves and quit also because working for someone like that even when they are not throwing things is not good for one’s health. It is safer than a angry wife with a guided frying pan though.

    Maybe in such a environment watching as much of the three stooges would help. I always like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinit View Post
    More will come out and perhaps this is to say something to bolster the reputation of the company in some way. Likely we will learn of things in certification that we’re done which puts things on the positive side.
    Don't ask for things, you might get them. Could be it's really worse than it looks.
    Bolster the reputation? Heck, it has only one way to *go*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    I once worked for a Managing Director ( President of the company in the USA I think ) who was at least one sandwich short of a picnic. Having said that not everything that came out of his mouth was rubbish.

    His favourite saying was " Make It Idiot Proof ". I remember him coming to inspect a newly finished machine that was due to be shipped abroad inside a day or two. All went well until he came to the control panel. It had a series of 3 small lever switches down the centre of the panel.

    He grabbed a hammer from an adjacent work bench and smashed all 3 switches ! Turning to the draughtsman, who was shaking in his shoes by this point, he said " Buy the three biggest, strongest switches you can find and fit them - make it idiot proof I said ! " With that he threw the hammer down the shop.

    On the original theme there was an article in my paper over here the other day. There have been several incidences of engine fire extinguisher switches failing on the " Dreamliner ". In response to this an edict has been issued requiring all operators to test these switches every 28 days.

    Regards Tyrone.
    Common practice in safety designto test all interlocks and relays regularly.
    In fact it’s baked in to many safety PLCs.
    If all the circuits aren’t exercised regularly the machine won’t start up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim rozen View Post
    Don't ask for things, you might get them. Could be it's really worse than it looks.
    Bolster the reputation? Heck, it has only one way to *go*.
    You persist. The evidence is still coming though Rosen and we can wait and see. I think you are anti Boeing as a rule and always.

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    Well anti-plane crash, guilty as charged for that offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post

    On the original theme there was an article in my paper over here the other day. There have been several incidences of engine fire extinguisher switches failing on the " Dreamliner ". In response to this an edict has been issued requiring all operators to test these switches every 28 days.

    Regards Tyrone.
    I read a bit about this the other day too.
    Shocking.
    Especially when you have an inherent design reliant upon unstable batteries and to make them *safe to fly* you have a titanium pipe to vent any possible flames out the side of the fuselage!
    Oh I hate flying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbter View Post
    I read a bit about this the other day too.
    Shocking.
    Especially when you have an inherent design reliant upon unstable batteries and to make them *safe to fly* you have a titanium pipe to vent any possible flames out the side of the fuselage!
    Oh I hate flying...
    Me too, I'm never as happy as when I'm walking out through the exit and down the steps onto the ground.

    Regards Tyrone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbter View Post
    I read a bit about this the other day too.
    Shocking.
    Especially when you have an inherent design reliant upon unstable batteries and to make them *safe to fly* you have a titanium pipe to vent any possible flames out the side of the fuselage!
    Oh I hate flying...
    At least we agree on something I don't like flying either but I don't have much choice as many of my destinations are far away. The Boeing 747 was my favourite until Airbus 380 came along.

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    My reason for my preference? The a380 just feels more spacious and comfortable but I'm OK with either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinit View Post
    Wow. What a drama nut. I have seen when a boss got mad in a meeting and threw a scrap part flying.
    Spinit - and Tyrone -

    But at times may be useful to be a 'drama nut'. Before my time (story was it was late 40s or early 50s). I hired into IBM in 1974 in Poukeepsie, NY. Lore was that one day back in time Watson Sr. was visiting the plant. As he went down the line he stopped to talk to a woman working at a bench. Asked her about working conditions, etc. Commented to her that the windows were filthy and would not more light help her? She said it would help. He asked if the windows ever got cleaned from the outside (3 story building). She said no. Watson asked is he could borrow her hammer - she handed it to him. He winged it through the window and said maybe with new glass it would be cleaner. Of course the every manager in the chain from the plant manager on down was standing there. Supposedly before Watson left that day there were people at work washing the windows. People on the line loved it - plant manager not so much.

    As my one mentor told me long ago - as a leader don't ever lose your temper - BUT if you can put on a good act it can be useful as long as rarely used. As far as I'm concerned he was 100% accurate. One of his other adages was be careful on how many times you ever 'demand' something. His take was you had a limited lifetime use of such, so only use when absolutely necessary.

    But no way do bullies and real drama nuts ever have anyone following them when they really need it - people have to know you actually give a damn.

    Dale

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    Guess you can sue your neighbor if it rains tomorrow..Those guys did not suffer loss except if they could not sleep worrying about it.
    I think this country is going sue crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganbuck View Post
    Guess you can sue your neighbor if it rains tomorrow..Those guys did not suffer loss except if they could not sleep worrying about it.
    I think this country is going sue crazy
    This latest lawsuit filed against Boeing marks the first class action lodged by pilots qualified to fly the 737 MAX series, who have alleged that Boeing's decisions have caused them to suffer from monetary loss and mental distress since the jet's suspension

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckfarmer27 View Post
    Spinit - and Tyrone -

    But at times may be useful to be a 'drama nut'. Before my time (story was it was late 40s or early 50s). I hired into IBM in 1974 in Poukeepsie, NY. Lore was that one day back in time Watson Sr. was visiting the plant. As he went down the line he stopped to talk to a woman working at a bench. Asked her about working conditions, etc. Commented to her that the windows were filthy and would not more light help her? She said it would help. He asked if the windows ever got cleaned from the outside (3 story building). She said no. Watson asked is he could borrow her hammer - she handed it to him. He winged it through the window and said maybe with new glass it would be cleaner. Of course the every manager in the chain from the plant manager on down was standing there. Supposedly before Watson left that day there were people at work washing the windows. People on the line loved it - plant manager not so much.

    As my one mentor told me long ago - as a leader don't ever lose your temper - BUT if you can put on a good act it can be useful as long as rarely used. As far as I'm concerned he was 100% accurate. One of his other adages was be careful on how many times you ever 'demand' something. His take was you had a limited lifetime use of such, so only use when absolutely necessary.

    But no way do bullies and real drama nuts ever have anyone following them when they really need it - people have to know you actually give a damn.

    Dale
    A interesting story. Seems like the fellow did not lose his temper though. The guy with the hammer may not have come across mad either.

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    I believe BA have placed an order for 200 of the 737 Max. My paper thinks the price may have contained a good discount for BA though.

    Regards Tyrone

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckfarmer27 View Post
    Spinit - and Tyrone -

    But at times may be useful to be a 'drama nut'. Before my time (story was it was late 40s or early 50s). I hired into IBM in 1974 in Poukeepsie, NY. Lore was that one day back in time Watson Sr. was visiting the plant. As he went down the line he stopped to talk to a woman working at a bench. Asked her about working conditions, etc. Commented to her that the windows were filthy and would not more light help her? She said it would help. He asked if the windows ever got cleaned from the outside (3 story building). She said no. Watson asked is he could borrow her hammer - she handed it to him. He winged it through the window and said maybe with new glass it would be cleaner. Of course the every manager in the chain from the plant manager on down was standing there. Supposedly before Watson left that day there were people at work washing the windows. People on the line loved it - plant manager not so much.

    As my one mentor told me long ago - as a leader don't ever lose your temper - BUT if you can put on a good act it can be useful as long as rarely used. As far as I'm concerned he was 100% accurate. One of his other adages was be careful on how many times you ever 'demand' something. His take was you had a limited lifetime use of such, so only use when absolutely necessary.

    But no way do bullies and real drama nuts ever have anyone following them when they really need it - people have to know you actually give a damn.

    Dale
    This guy was fond of histrionics.

    We were rebuilding a rubber mill with strict instructions to keep the costs down. Normally the grease piping was done in " Bundy " tubing, a sort of thin steel pipe. To keep to the spec this mill was tubed up in plastic tubing.

    He walked into the shop one day just as the mill was being painted ready to be shipped. He took one look at the plastic piping and said to my mate - " Can I borrow your hammer " . My pal handed him my hammer, he was smarter than me.

    The MD went over to the mill and hammered the plastic pipes clean in half !
    Again he threw the hammer twenty yards down the shop and said " Do the bloody job properly " before stomping off down the shop.

    The funniest story I heard about him was when he was at a trade fair in Germany, somewhere like Frankfurt. In the evening he'd taken a small group of potential customers into town for a drink. They were wandering from bar to bar when he heard in the distance the sound of a jazz band playing.

    Our guy loved jazz so they set off to find the venue. When they got to the source of the music it was a private party being held by " Werner Pfleiderer" a German competitor or ours.

    So he goes up to the door of the hotel and more or less demanded to be let in. The receptionist on the door said " I'm very sorry sir but if you aren't on the guest list you can't come in ! "

    The MD gives it the big I am, the " Do you know who I am ? " line but they still won't let him in. They've all had a drink so a bit of pushing to get in starts that leads to a scuffle that quickly gets out of hand. All of a sudden a German guy comes over and lets him have a right hander on the chin, that puts him flat on his backside !

    With that wiser councils among the guests pick him up and and our MD and party beat a retreat to another bar.

    Next morning our guy gets to the trade fair early in the morning and marches up to " Werner Pfliederer's " stand. He says to one of the salesman " I was seriously assaulted by one of your people last night and I demand to see your Managing Director, it was totally unprovoked attack and I want an apology ! "

    The salesman says " I'm sorry to hear that sir, just wait here and I'll go and get him".

    When the German MD walks up it dawns on our guy that the German MD is the guy who sparked him out the previous evening. With a bright red face he turned on his heel and slunk away.

    Regards Tyrone.

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