Thought of the Day

Thought of the Day

A Nice Reference Manual for ATPL Study

September 11th, 2010

I’ve just added a link to the following book, looks like a great reference manual on everything about flying.

Cessna Training Manuals

Exchange of Terms

June 1st, 2010

A common saying, modified for aviation:

“Better to open your mouth and appear stupid, than demonstrate without a doubt that you are.”

Those of you in aviation will appreciate the irony of the reversal of the old saying: “Better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are stupid, than open it an demonstrate you are.”, and how well this adaption suits both training and aviation industries, and possibly many others.

Another one that springs to mind from that is, “There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.”

Security – quick funnies

October 6th, 2008

This story has been going around for some time but it is quite true – Pilot’s have a huge axe located in the cockpit, but small people with big uniforms at the security check points still insist on taking away their nail scissors. I can personally confirm this story, it has happened to me more than once. In fact it has happened to me so often that I started suspecting the airport staff had established a blackmarket trade in used nail scissors. I would just like to know why they feel a pair of nail scissors is so much more threatening than an axe. Is it that perhaps when I’m flying I will get so distracted with thoughts of attempted take over that will completely forget about the axe and attempt to stab my colleague to death with the nail scissors? I guess no one has ever thought about the fact that locked cockpit doors could also be used to lock the second crew member out? But seriously, is a pair of nail scissors really a dangerous weapon – crew member or not? I don’t mean to make light of what happened on 911 but please someone tell me why I keep loosing my nail scissors!!!!

Support a Fellow Pilot in Need

August 27th, 2008

Some of us may know what it is like to not be able to fly, I mean that’s bad enough, but this situation has expanded exponentially for one of our colleagues who has been suddenly struck, almost overnight, with bone cancer, taking him from a fit healthy helicopter pilot to literally fighting for his life.
And as we know helicopter pilots who can afford ICU care are like ATC’s that don’t have control issues.
It sounds like Steve is tackling the problem and improving daily with his usual zest for life, but lets help him reduce one worry and assist in easing the financial burden,
this is an appeal to any readers out there to please help out if you can, the following link explains the whole story.

A Reminder of What Time, Fuel and, Runways have in Common:

July 6th, 2008

We took off early. Ahead lies country easier to face with time in reserve. Not that the crossing of it is a great aeronautical feat, but that to consider it indifferently might result in a great aeronautical blunder.
- Beryl Markham, West with the Night

CRM-Can it Be Taught?

May 13th, 2007

There is a difference between thinking “okay-yeah, I am going to try to be nice to my fellow shift members”, and the emotional conflict of having to resist the urge to beat them over the head with a large blunt object.
One is a nice touchy freely concept bought up in CRM workshops – the other is a very real exercise and a recipe for an accident waiting to happen, only we don’t really know why.

One line of thinking says that CRM or changes in attitude cannot be taught. The other says if you are willing to learn anything can be taught, attitude included. I agree with the latter, people can change their emotional response, all that is needed is a willingness to learn, normally the only problem is teaching or instilling that that willingness.

Surely we have all had those minor incidents when external factors, including other crew members have caused us to see red – right or wrongly, there was a problem, and this problem had an effect on our decision making abilities, and hence heightened our accident risk factor. If this is correct, why does it happen, and how can we prevent it happening?

I don’t have the answer, perhaps there isn’t one right now, but it would be nice to at least get some feedback from someone else on the matter.

Thought for the Day – Skydiving…

May 13th, 2007

If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving is probably not the sport for you!

Cabin Crew vs Pilots

April 1st, 2007

I saw a quote on a movie once and it made me think -

“Never mess with the people who make your food”

Aviation Race

April 1st, 2007

Aviation is a very levelling profession.

I want to quote a friend recently:
“There is no Race here except the Aviator Race”

I started out as a minority in the industry, and sometimes felt like I had to work much harder to prove myself, to ensure no one could point a finger, which they liked doing to the other minorities for anything at all that could be made to stick. And well, when you worked hard enough to ensure you didn’t put a foot wrong, normally no one did.

I just want to say, whatever cultural background you have, despite the few idiots out there that aren’t worth wiping your feet on, most people will judge you by how well you fly the aeroplane – and if you do this to the best of you’re ability and achieve the required standards, you will find quickly prejudices are overlooked and you are not considered Black, Female, Hindu, Chinese, or Russian but you are considered a pilot (and Ditto for other aviation careers).

So lets move on from this race card pulling and get the job done.

Pilot Bags and Other Such Image Creation Devices

March 25th, 2007

I work for a fairly traditional airline in a fairly backwards or shall I rather say stagnated thinking country.

Pilot bags are not specified in the company uniform code, nor are they provided by the company, and with the recent addition of an airbus many pilots must carry laptops.
This resulted in one or two pilots purchasing the latest very stylish laptop backpacks.

After much speculation, umming and ahhing by management, they decided this is not the way a “proffessional pilot” presents him/herself. An out of date bulky “I’m a pilot” style double width black briefcase is much preferred, and note, regardless of the 35 degrees temperatures we must not be seen in public without our jackets on.
I wanna know, do they want us to also go back to wearing 80′s style Ray-Bans and while we are at it shall we bring back the hats?

Well apart from the stylish laptop bags, I personally also like the new buget airline style polo shirts, much more practical, but regardless I just wish they would stop being caught up in the “that’s what we do because that’s what we’ve always done traps”, hasn’t CRM taught us any lateral thinking?

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