The Blind Pilot

November 12th, 2010

On a flight from Melbourne to Brisbane, unexpectedly en-route, the plane was diverted to Sydney.
The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board
in 50 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind and her Guide Dog who lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her, as he had throughout the entire flight.
The woman was a frequent flyer and well known to the flight crew. When the Captain, who also got up to stretch his legs, came out of the cockpit he saw the blind woman was still on board, and approached her, and calling her by name, “Kathy, we will be in Sydney for almost
an hour, would you like to get off and stretch your legs?”
The blind lady replied, “No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs.”, pointing at the dog.

Can you imagine the look on people’s faces when they saw the pilot, who happened to be wearing dark sunglasses, walk off the plane with a Guide dog.

They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!


This is reported to be a true story

Cessna Training Manuals

Radio Phraesology Techniques Link

November 12th, 2010

Here’s a link to a nice article about Radio Phraseology. (You guessed it, it’s one of our pet topics).\%22

The article explains a little about the Flying Tigers accident, which formalised removal of the word “to” from an altitude clearance in ICAO radio procedures – a word, which, along with ‘for’ has been

This alone did not cause the accident, I’ll post a link to the movie clip associated with it soon.

A comment, which I am sure you’ll feel like saying “That’s easy for you to SAY – NOW!” but I’ll say it anyway, and if you listen to the transcripts I’m sure you’ll understand where I’m coming from, but what pilot in their right mind would descend to 400ft AMSL prior to reaching the final approach track???

Cessna 206 Training Manual Pre-release

November 7th, 2010

Press Release Cessna 206

Red Sky Ventures announces the pre-release of the Cessna 206 Training Manual. It’s now available in Red Sky Ventures online store, easily accessible via search at And can be found via the direct link here.

The Cessna 206 Training Manual is an information guide book, primarily aimed at pilots, containing in-depth technical information, pilot’s operating notes, performance planning, and a variety of tips and tricks which can help improve operating standards of all pilot’s flying the aircraft. The book has a large number of photographs, diagrams, and schematics to compliment and aid understanding of the text. The book is intended to be used in conjunction with the manufacturer’s Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) for ground study purposes, and in such it expands on the information in the POH, and adds clarity and meaning to the manufacturer’s requirements, which are necessarily vague.

Both authors, Danielle Bruckert and Oleg Roud are professional pilots and instructors on the Cessna series of aircraft they write about. They now both fly for airlines, however both remain active as instructors and examiners on light aircraft. Their motivation to write the books was to improve training and operating standards in the general aviation sector – the term used to define the non-airline civil aviation sector, typically involving light aircraft in private and charter operations.

The Cessna Training Manual is the fifth book in the series, and the authors believe it is the best so far. “Experience always shows us ways to improve, from research and compilation, to display and how we get the message across,” Says Danielle Bruckert. Danielle further states that with each book, they find more and more useful information to include on each model. The Cessna 206, at 177 pages is nearly double the length of the Cessna 182 Training Manual, it’s closest counterpart. And although initially Danielle thought it would be a simple process to revise the format they already had in the Cessna 210 Training Manual, the most recent release, three years of extensive research and development later, she admits “It was an underestimate – this book is much more than that!”.

The book is available at present as a special pre-release version. The full book release launch will take place early next year, allowing for media lead times and will include a full colour and hard cover version. .

More information about this and other Cessna books in the series can be found at Cessna_206_Manual_thumbnail

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