I flew to one of our well known GA airports yesterday, to test fly a client's plane. The DOM at the airport knew I was coming. It was cold! So when I parked on the apron for the better part of the day, I chose a spot with an extension cord present, then before plugging in, I asked the DOM, who smiled, and said "Of course!". So I plugged in, and put my engine blanket on.
I did the required flying, accompanied by a TC Engineer (and actually found an avionics wiring problem during the test!). We discussed with the AMO, and then I went for my meeting with the TC Engineer.
After finishing the day, I went out to my plane. Someone had opened my engine blanket and oil door enough to remove the cord, and stretch it over to another plane on the apron. So mine was stone cold when I went to start it! I hate cranking over a stone cold engine, but it was my intention to fly home then! It begrudgingly started.
So, fellow pilots, perhaps don't fuss with someone else's plane without asking, I was not hard to find around there, and would have appreciated the opportunity to make a plan B for preheat if needed. 'First world problem, I know, but it's a courtesy thing...
No, it was the main apron, for club and visiting airplanes, but, I still asked, in case it was an assigned club plane spot.someone’s parking spot
I did this once at the appartment building where I rented a unit. I was so happy to see the appartement building provided extension cords. I was pissed off when someone stole the extension cord I used to plug in my car.
Turns out the extension cords were *not* provided by the apprement building manager. Oops...
-the probability of 'entitlement' being mentioned, approaches 1
-one will be accused of using bad airmanship
I think not, it was hard wired to the main power (bus?) on the apron, and I still had the DOM's permission to use it!Could it have been someone's extension cord, and they were miffed that you plugged into it?
I know it's petty, and a first world problem, but to me, it's akin to removing someone's wheel chocks, or control lock, either find another way, or ask first!
to someone using my cord, you can be damn sure I'm taking it back.
Would you also do that to someones plane that is mistakenly tied down with your tie downs before a storm ?? OR would you be a gentleman and go the extra mile -----redneck !
This does NOT mean that they own, control or even have anything to do with the parking spots or the power cords serving those spots. Perhaps it was his cord, perhaps it was one that belonged to his company or perhaps it had nothing to do with him and, if not, then perhaps he should not have volunteered the use of something that was not his to lend. Evidence would suggest that someone was of this last opinion!
I have learned that at each airport, who you ask about how/where to park your plane is pretty critical. At another airport, I phone the airport operator prior to departure, to prearrange a few nights tiedown. It was spring, so I expected soft ground. I asked for tiedown on the paved apron. I was told to park on the grass. "Are you sure?" I asked, to express and confirm that the grass area would be firm enough. The person who answered the phone on behalf of the airport operator assured me of his instructions. Okay, I called, I asked, I was told, I will do.
I taxied to the appointed parking spot, and sank it up to the axles. Its a taildragger, with the prop way out the of the way, so no harm to the plane, but I sure ruined the grass! A half hour later, we had it pulled out with a truck, and I was offered parking on the paved apron. (I may have left some mud!).
I ask the most authoritative person I can find for my question, and then trust their answer - which could be "I can't answer that." - no problem! But, when I get an answer which is a "yes/no/ or over there...", I'll follow it....
I'm not sure what else you could have done. The DOM usually has dominion over things such as parking spots and extension cords if they are in close proximity to his maintenance organisation so I would also take his word that I was OK to use it. If you don't accept that, you pretty much have to canvas everyone at the airport to see who has control of it.
Try not to let it sour you, it was probably just someone having a bad day or there was a misunderstanding of some sort.
Very, very true! We, in aviation, lead a charmed life, even if it is not perfect. So someone unplugs my plane, and it won't start as I go to leave at the end of the day. 'Worst is that I have to cab it to a hotel for the night, and warm it up to start it to go home the next day - livable.Not a new story. Not life altering, either.
But, I would never want to have anyone think of me as being thoughtless, as I thought of whomever unplugged my plane. Hopefully, they think just a little further on, as to the outcome of their action. If they'd left me a note saying: "Hey, when you unplug to go, would you please plug in C-GABC beside you, so it's warm for the morning", I certainly would have done that.... My solution does not need to be someone else's problem either!