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Another bad day
Posted by: Bill Owens (---.carolina.rr.com)
Date: February 12, 2004 10:28PM

I don't remember the year, or the Captain's last name, but: It was a summer Wednesday at LWB, changeover day the the Greenbrier Hotel. As usual we had a full flight out and needed a fuel reduction for the 44 mile flt via 737 over to ROA. I bopped up the steps as we normally did on summer days at 2300 MSL to ask for a 1200 lb fuel reduction. Instead of the usual "show it off but leave it on", I got a stern "no". I go back inside, reduce temperature and add wind on the 101 form. Back out to the aircraft with the updated forms. Captain calls the tower and asks for the current weather. Needless to say, we got caught in our deception. It was now time for a new weather observation, and we were the official wx observers for the station. We dropped the temperature about 4 degrees, added 5-6 knots of headwind, and called the weather into ROA FSS and the local tower. Took the papers out to the aircraft and dispatched it on its way

Bill

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