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Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 06 Sep 2017, 03:51

Frecks' recent thread about her model of the Ops Room and the subsequent discussion resulted in this popping into my head...

"What do you mean we have to have a Maintenance Scheduler?" Biggles stared at Raymond, his disbelief and annoyance clearly obvious. "Smyth's been overseeing and organising our maintenance without any hiccups. Why do we have to bring a complete stranger in. He'll upset Smyth and the boys. They like to do things their way - and it's worked very well all this time. If it's not broken, why on earth try to fix it? Sir," Biggles added belatedly.

"I'm sorry, Bigglesworth," replied Raymond soothingly as he tried to placate his recalcitrant chief pilot. "It's not my idea, but we need to conform to best practice - after all, we should be setting an example to the general civil aviation industry."

Raymond watched nervously. How would Biggles react?
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby tiffinata » 07 Sep 2017, 02:09

Biggles lit a cigarette and blew the smoke towards the ground.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 07 Sep 2017, 09:48

Raymond gave a small cough. If he hadn't known him better, Biggles would have said he was nervous.
"there's a directive about smoking"began Raymond
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Tommy Smith » 07 Sep 2017, 10:27

Biggles drew on his cigarette and exhaled long and slowly into the air, while regarding the other.
After a while he spoke.
'I say again, we are not running a scheduled operation, what aircraft is due for maintenance depends to some degree on flying time which varies due to workload and is obvious to see. Plus you and I both know there is nothing in the pot any more to pay for additional staff'.

'If you insist on employing this person who do you propose we get rid of, Algy, Bertie, Ginger or myself?'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Frecks » 07 Sep 2017, 11:38

"Well young Ginger is a bit of a liability and Bertie Lissie is quite frankly round the bend" Raymond replied curtly. "If we let one of them go and Algy flew with you then we could easily afford a Maintenance Scheduler."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 07 Sep 2017, 12:19

"And if you all gave up smoking and pooled the money....." he continued
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 07 Sep 2017, 12:21

'My resignation will be on your desk in the morning, sir,' Biggles told him, grinding out his cigarette with a vicious twist of his heel.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 07 Sep 2017, 13:27

"There's no need for that," Raymond exclaimed,startled, "and you've just put your cigarette out on my new Axminster."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Tommy Smith » 07 Sep 2017, 14:41

But Biggles had already slammed the door and returned to his office to break the news.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 07 Sep 2017, 15:36

Raymond crawled under his desk to examine the hole where he made a surprising discovery
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 07 Sep 2017, 16:19

There was a very small microphone. His office was being bugged.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Frecks » 07 Sep 2017, 16:32

Raymond stared at the microphone in horror his brain whirling trying to remember how much confidential information had been discussed in his office in recent days. How long had it been there? Who had put it there? Not risking any electronic communications he hastened down the corridor to the Air Police Office. "Bigglesworth come outside immediately" he ordered as he flung open the office door. Biggles looked up at him askance. "I am sorry I am in the middle of writing my resignation" he said stonily.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby kylie_koyote » 07 Sep 2017, 16:34

"That can wait," Raymond said.

Biggles looked at him. His eyes seemed to bore right through Raymond.

"Please," Raymond added after a long moment.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 07 Sep 2017, 16:46

Biggles, who had realised that he could make much more money freelancing, was reluctant to step outside, but his confounded curiosity got the better of him and he did so.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Postby Fairblue » 07 Sep 2017, 17:12

"My office is being bugged," Raymond exclaimed, wringing his hands together.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Tommy Smith » 07 Sep 2017, 18:00

'I'll get Bertie straight onto it', he assured the Air Commodore, and returned to start clearing his desk.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 07 Sep 2017, 18:27

"Bigglesworth, you can't." Raymond was almost crying now.. "It's out of my hands."
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Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 07 Sep 2017, 19:35

Biggles ruthlesslessly tipped the contents of his desk drawers into a bag. But as he tried to close the last drawer firmly shut, something jammed. Pulling the drawer open again, he spotted a small electronic device stuck to the underside of the desk. Looking up, he met Raymond's glance and realised his resignation would have to wait. This was personal.
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Postby Kismet » 07 Sep 2017, 19:42

'First of all,' Biggles told Raymond, 'you're going to go and buy lots of spy thriller audio books, preferably voiced by several people. We'll play those down the bugs whilst I decide what to do next.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Tommy Smith » 07 Sep 2017, 19:47

Having wasted a precious few minutes extracting some misplaced personal electronic device of Raymonds from the back of his drawer, he tossed it on the table and settled down to complete his letter of resignation. Aware Raymond was hovering he called 'Bertie! The Air Commodore has a bug problem in his office, sort it out will you. I'm busy'.

'Oh, What Ho!' announced Bertie enthusiastcally, reaching in the locker for a butterfly net and jam jar. 'Lead on Old Thing, soon have you sorted!'.

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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 07 Sep 2017, 19:51

"Er...old bean I say, what's this?" He pointed to a small electronic device attached to the door. "I say! James Bond and all that rot! I do believe we've got bally eavesdroppers. Nasty habit. Nanny would never approve."
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Postby Kismet » 08 Sep 2017, 01:07

'What would nanny say?' Biggles encouraged.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Postby Fairblue » 08 Sep 2017, 01:28

Bertie shuddered. "Don't ask, old boy, don't ask. But...are you really leaving? "
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Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 08 Sep 2017, 03:56

Biggles' lips thinned. He was aware of the silence in the office as all three of his companions stared at him, obviously awaiting his answer.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 08 Sep 2017, 11:37

He lit another cigarette before he answered. "This," he said, waving his hand in the direction of the locker, "is personal. I want to know who's doing this and the best way to find out, I suppose, is to stay. But if Raymond thinks I'm going to roll over and just accept these changes without a fight he's another think coming."

He picked up the telephone and dialled Raymond's office while his three operational pilots watched and listened. "All right, sir, the system wins, for now, but on one condition." He moved the earpiece away from his ear and gazed at the ceiling whilst Raymond got something off his chest and then spoke. " This is what is going to happen. You are going to promote Smyth to two grades above whatever the Maintenance Scheduler comes in at. I don't care what title you give him, but I want Smyth in overall charge, because neither I, nor my men, are going to fly in any plane maintained by a man we know nothing about, without checks being put in place. If you're not willing to do that, well, you may as well close the SAP down, because I rather think the others will come with me when I go."

He looked to the others for confirmation, who nodded vigourously.
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Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 08 Sep 2017, 12:21

"Now, now, Bigglesworth," crooned Raymond in a rather desperate attempt at a soothing tone, "Do you understand what a Maintenance Scheduler does? In this case he's not actually a licenced engineer..."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby kylie_koyote » 08 Sep 2017, 15:49

Ginger spluttered.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Spitfire666 » 08 Sep 2017, 17:41

Fairblue wrote: " This is what is going to happen. You are going to promote Smyth to two grades above whatever the Maintenance Scheduler comes in at. I don't care what title you give him, but I want Smyth in overall charge, because neither I, nor my men, are going to fly in any plane maintained by a man we know nothing about, without checks being put in place. If you're not willing to do that, well, you may as well close the SAP down, because I rather think the others will come with me when I go.

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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 08 Sep 2017, 18:31

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:"Now, now, Bigglesworth," crooned Raymond in a rather desperate attempt at a soothing tone, "Do you understand what a Maintenance Scheduler does? In this case he's not actually a licenced engineer..."


"I know what a maintenance scheduler is. We're not a commercial airline working to regular schedules and don't have enough planes to warrant one. Smyth's been doing the job for years with one hand tied behind his back. This guy will come in and tell us not to get shot at for the next six months because it will ruin his nice little schedule he's spent ages working out on his precious little spreadsheets, or he'll try to save some money off the budget by telling us we've got to fly at optimum speed to gain maximum fuel efficiency."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Spitfire666 » 08 Sep 2017, 18:38

What tells me there is a bit of personal experience there, FB?
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