Aeronautical Randomness

Aeronautical Randomness
The hypocritical briefing
December 2, 2015
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The hypocritical briefing
(Photo by RAF-YYC from Calgary, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons) Prior to two pilots flying together for the first time, the captain briefs the first officer.  A thorough initial briefing covers some required items and sets the overall tone for the entire trip. As I scrambled to complete the pre-flight duties, the captain […]
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When a pilot becomes incapacitated
October 8, 2015
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When a pilot becomes incapacitated
Twice this week, a pilot of a commercial airline flight has become incapacitated.  An American Airlines pilot passed away during a red-eye flight from Phoenix to Boston.  The next day, a United Airlines first officer suffered a seizure on a flight from Houston to San Francisco. Before I go any further, please know that my […]
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Answering mail
July 29, 2015
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Answering mail
Three and a half years ago, I wrote a blog post about the “barking noise” on the A320.  In that post, I did my best to explain the source of the noise and when the passengers are likely to hear it. The post was well received.  According to my stats, it has been viewed over […]
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Guatemala City
May 14, 2015
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Guatemala City
Waiting in the lobby, I started to feel a bit self conscious.  It was almost midnight and I was surrounded by attractive people dressed to the nines in suits, tuxedos and formal dresses.  I couldn’t tell if they were attending a wedding or some other Friday night celebration, but I was definitely under-dressed in my […]
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Let’s Play Ball!
March 31, 2015
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Let’s Play Ball!
Author’s note: This is a fictional story.  Any similarities to the aviation industry are purely coincidental. — The game was hyped as a scrimmage for the ages.  For the first time in baseball history, a group of players from a far away league were scheduled to put their skills to the test against the best […]
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Chameleon on the right
March 23, 2015
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Chameleon on the right
(Picture by Poreddy Sagar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) While sitting on a bar stool having dinner in Orlando, I glanced up at the “Breaking News” on the television screen. The sound was muted, so I could only imagine the near hysteria in the anchor’s voice as he delivered his earth shattering […]
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That “Living the Dream” video…
March 18, 2015
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That “Living the Dream” video…
I get a little annoyed when I click on an article and it regurgitates another author’s material. There are many people making decent money by simply commenting on the works of others.  I find it lazy and unoriginal. That being said, I will make an exception to pass this video along to you. Recently, a […]