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Airline pilots and their extremely rigorous training

 Rathke A few of you may have had the privilege of visiting the flight deck of a commercial airliner, and found yourself fascinated by the myriad levers, buttons, and other mechanisms surrounding the captain and co-pilot. After seeing that instrument panel, have you ever wondered what kind of training a pilot has? Of course, they must have a flight license, but how do you study for it? How long does it take? Are there other requirements along with flight training itself? Here's a quick…

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6 tips for finding cheap airline tickets

  Travelers who are passionate about wandering to new destinations often put a hold on their exploration owing to expenses. In order to fulfill all their travel wishes, and to save money for their next trips, they need to cut down flight expenses. If your someone who wants to save on travels, cutting down on flight booking cost is one of the ways to reduce your expenses. Flight tickets costs vary depending on the day of the week, time of the week, and holidays. Follow these simple tricks to…

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Standing Tall, Guiding All: A Look at Air-Traffic-Control Towers

 Tiia Monto You’ve all no doubt noticed that building, at or near the airport, which  resembles a lighthouse. In fact, air-traffic-control towers are lighthouses of a sort, albeit much more sophisticated and with many more functions. But what's inside an air traffic-control tower? Does is have more than one floor inside? Why is it so tall? Are they all the same? Here's a post to clarify a few things about one of the most complex buildings at any post  

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  • I agree with Buzzy Gordon: Communicate communicate and communicate. What a simple question can elicit, an FBI and subsequent headaches cannot resolve. 


    Is there more to the story than has been reported ? 

  • C'mon, guys, if you ignore a fasten seat belt sign for any variety of reasons (because you need to go to the bathroom, or get medicine from your hand baggage, for example) you are breaking a rule -- but does this get you questioned by the FBI? If there is not enough combined intelligence among the entire flight crew to ascertain directly from the passengers what was going on (don't forget, they had already passed strict airport security to get on board, including scrutiny of their phylacteries), then the airline deserves to get lambasted -- if not for cultural insensitivity, then for downright stupidity.
  •  I have to agree with Max's opinion.



  • OK, so now on the same day as the three jewsh guys got questioned in LA for praying in hebrew, a muslim woman is denied boarding on aflight out of sandiego because some flight attendant heard her say "i gotta go" on her cell phone and thought she meant "it's a go". like that automatically means that the woman is part of a terrorist plot!!! will stupidity never cease? i'm all for more secrurity but for heavens sake be reasonable folks!! i mean if this woman is a hardened terrorist is she going to stand there at the gate and talk about it on a cell phone???


    sometimes i wonder if theres intelligent life onthis planet.

  • Anti-semitism on Alaska Airlines? CNN reports that three Orthodox Jews caused a major hooha on a flight from Mexico when they ignored the seatbelt sign and started wrapping their tefillin around their arms and heads and chanting in Hebrew. Apparently no one on this flight, not even the flight attendants, were familiar with this type of prayer, so they thought these guys were terrorists. They radioed ahead, and the three men were questioned by the FBI at LAX. Now the airline has apologized to the three men for their "cultural insensitivity."


    Now, I'm as Jewish as gefilte fish, but I think this is ridiculous. Why should the airline apologize? The men were not harassed for being Jewish, they were reprimanded for not observing the captain's and flight attendants' orders (i.e., sit down during turbulence!). Does this mean that every time someone wants to do a religious ritual on a plane, they can disregard safety regulations? If an Opus Dei catholic wants to flog his back in the aisle, is that cool too? If a santeria practitioner wants to sacrifice a goat in the lavatory, do we allow that?


    Come on, folks, when we board a plane, we have to observe some common sense rules. Pray when you get off the plane, G-d can wait!


    Or am I being unfair?? 

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