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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2008, 09:36:40 PM »

I live a half mile from TPA and the controllers here are nasty and are very dry when it comes to a flight trying to strike up lively banter. There is one controller that wishes every flight departing a SHALOM when handing off to center. Sounds like it to me
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2008, 01:15:45 AM »

This is a video I shot while doing a maintenance taxi at BOS,   ,Is that John?


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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2008, 11:47:08 PM »

I like his style.  Very professional yet relaxed enough to keep the stress levels down.

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I'd bet that the majority of people who love him are pilots and especially the listeners here, while most controllers think he's a bit of a knob.  The perception on one side of the microphone can be entirely different than the other side.

I can see that being entirely true.  Then again he might just be the relief valve that they need in the tower. 
I'm an emergency services dispatcher, which of course is no comparison to a controller, but it does have above-average stress levels as well.  I have a style that I've been told is enjoyable to listen to.  My officers, FD, and EMS personnel have all told me they enjoy when I'm working.  I've been doing it for 16 years, still waiting for it to become a 'job', and don't even have the slightest signs of burning out.

I'll bet Boston John is one of those guys like me.....absolutely in love with his job.  By the way....is John still working in ATC?
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2008, 04:36:33 AM »

Yes, John is still working in ATC.  I was up in the Tower last Friday for a tour and unfortunately he wasn't working then, but he is still on the crew at Boston.  It is great to see anyone like John who does a great job, loves his job, and makes quite a few people smile every day.  The world can use more people like John.

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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2008, 01:05:11 PM »

Boston John rules.  He's very deliberate and concise, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.  Interestingly enough, he doesn't just bid departures "seyahh" or "auf wiedersehen," he actually waves at the airplanes as he's handing them off!  Genuine guy who does a damned fine job.
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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2008, 05:04:32 PM »

John's a good man. I worked with him for many years at the BOS. I retired at the end of 2004. John is now a staff specialist at the tower. That's why you don't hear him very much anymore. He would only be on during the day-shift when he gets currency time.

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« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2008, 02:39:12 PM »

Yes, John is still working in ATC.  I was up in the Tower last Friday for a tour and unfortunately he wasn't working then, but he is still on the crew at Boston.  It is great to see anyone like John who does a great job, loves his job, and makes quite a few people smile every day.  The world can use more people like John.

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Maaaann, how do you get a tour of a tower?!  I'd LOVE an opportunity like that.

The first thing I remember thinking when I heard John is "this guy really likes his job."  When it gets down to the nitty gritty that guy can move some aircraft.  I really appreciate people who can bring some fun into their work but have the discretion to know when and the skills to back it up.
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« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2008, 09:19:30 AM »

I recently drove across the country on my way to school and toured a few facilities on the way... I found it's pretty easy , you just need to call the FAA number for the control tower or facility.

I found that this website has good contact numbers: http://www.acukwik.com/AirportInfo/KBOS
(under "Control Tower Phone")

If you have trouble with that number, call the administration office of the airport and ask to speak to the FAA Control Tower to schedule a tour and they'll get you there.

Good luck! I'd love to hear how it goes.
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2008, 09:59:35 AM »

I live a half mile from TPA and the controllers here are nasty and are very dry when it comes to a flight trying to strike up lively banter. There is one controller that wishes every flight departing a SHALOM when handing off to center. Sounds like it to me

I knew exactly who you were talking about when you mentioned the "Shalom" controller.  Actually, he is saying "Shlong," you know, like "So long."  He also says that they are not permitted to engage in lively banter.  TPA is most definitely a no fun zone.  Too much FAA Kool-Aid.

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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2008, 01:22:10 PM »

Simple fact is most people are competant at what they do. only a few can be masters. we have a similar guy here at KSAN. And I tell you what, he gets it done, with only one runway, spacing can be tough. not everyone can do it either, we can always tell when someone is less skilled. they start making guys go-around
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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2008, 10:39:54 PM »

I live a half mile from TPA and the controllers here are nasty and are very dry when it comes to a flight trying to strike up lively banter. There is one controller that wishes every flight departing a SHALOM when handing off to center. Sounds like it to me

I knew exactly who you were talking about when you mentioned the "Shalom" controller.  Actually, he is saying "Shlong," you know, like "So long."  He also says that they are not permitted to engage in lively banter.  TPA is most definitely a no fun zone.  Too much FAA Kool-Aid.

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Always heard TPA was a country club. Haven't been there for several years though.

As for controllers being friendly, it works both ways. I don't have  that much time to socialize but I usually try to include a nice send-off & many times I'm lucky to get the freq read back. I'm not too hurt by it as I figure they're busy up there just like I am occasionally.
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« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2008, 12:25:04 PM »

Always heard TPA was a country club. Haven't been there for several years though.


TPA always was a country club until the perfect storm of the imposed work rules and local personnel mixed to make it an undesirable place to work.  I guess it depends on what you can put up with to justify living there.

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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2008, 09:31:14 AM »

TPA 20 CPC's and 30 (new) trainees, I bet it is more than stressful.   sad
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« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2008, 06:38:22 PM »

John's working tower right now.
Aug. 30, 22:31:39 UTC

He replaced a female controller that always seems so excited when responding to someone when they say have a nice day. Does anyone know who I'm talking about and know her name so I don't have to think of her as 'Good Day Lady'?
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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2008, 05:11:32 AM »

I think I saw him once when I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go INSIDE THE TOWER!!!!!
That is right, I was in the tower CAB!!!!
It was amazing. If that was really him, it was a real honor, he is the most entertaining controller ever.
I listen to him all the time, usually from 4:30AM to 4:30PM EST, I believe that is his shift.
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