12 November 2010

Things Your Pilot Won't Tell You

Salam and Hi!

how's your study weeks? have fun?yeah. it's totally FUN! be a bookworm for 2 weeks and this coming week.. LOL!

recently, after I signed out from my email account at Yahoo!, there was an article that had attracted me to read more. It's about "30 Things Your Pilot Won't Tell You". But I just took 16 points that really impressed me! hehe

So, just scroll down ya! =)

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What You Don't Want to Know

1. “Sometimes the airline won’t give us lunch breaks or even time to eat. We have to delay flights just so we can get food.” -First officer on a regional carrier

* ala.. kesiannye.. huhu. and for them delay flights are very meaningful! for us... =(

2. “We tell passengers what they need to know. We don’t tell them things that are going to scare the pants off them. So you’ll never hear me say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we just had an engine failure,’ even if that’s true.” -Jim Tilmon, retired American Airlines pilot, Phoenix

* haha. yang ni xsanggup dengar! lagi cuaks ade kot kita yang kat atas tu nanti...

[ayah check-in at LCCT]

3. “The Department of Transportation has put such an emphasis on on-time performance that we pretty much aren’t allowed to delay a flight anymore, even if there are 20 people on a connecting flight that’s coming in just a little late.” -Commercial pilot, Charlotte, North Carolina

*hoho. thats why we should check in at the immigration 1 hour early. but it's more better if we can do it 2 hours early.. to avoid any distractions later.. =)

[subhanallah. amazing!]

4. “The truth is, we’re exhausted. Our work rules allow us to be on duty 16 hours without a break. That’s many more hours than a truck driver. And unlike a truck driver, who can pull over at the next rest stop, we can’t pull over at the next cloud.” -Captain at a major airline

* hehe. it's funny if there are R&Rs at the cloud! can u imagine? i imagine that it would like "istana kayangan" in fable stories.. hehe

What We Want You to Know

5. “I may be in uniform, but that doesn’t mean I’m the best person to ask for directions in the airport. We’re in so many airports that we usually have no idea.” -Pilot for a regional carrier, Charlotte, North Carolina

* haha! don't disturb them while they are on duty-off.. unless they are MAS or Airasia Pilots and then you are asking direction at KLIA or LCCT respectively...

[arrived safely at Suvarnabhumi Airport. thanks pilot! =)]

6. “Most of the time, how you land is a good indicator of a pilot’s skill. So if you want to say something nice to a pilot as you’re getting off the plane, say ‘Nice landing.’ We do appreciate that.” -Joe D’Eon

* hm.. already thinking about this before.. i want to meet the pilot that had successfully 'fly' me from one place to one place.. and say thank you to him.. alala. cm sweet la plak.. =p

7. “Cabin air is not as dirty as people think. A portion of the air is recirculated because that helps to reduce humidity. But it’s run through hospital-quality HEPA filters, and it’s actually cleaner than the air found in most public buildings.” -Patrick Smith, commercial pilot and author

*owh! that one! mmg kadang2 sakit hidung nak bernafas. but for the sake of passengers, they need to run it as usual..

[AK 0742 - arrived early than expectation]

8. “No, it’s not your imagination: Airlines really have adjusted their flight arrival times so they can have a better record of on-time arrivals. So they might say a flight takes two hours when it really takes an hour and 45 minutes.” -AirTran Airways captain, Atlanta

*hah! that's why la during landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport several months ago, the pilot on-duty announced that the journey will take about 2 hours and 5 minutes. however, the actual time of arrival was 1 hour and 50 minutes only!

When Not to Worry

[haha. gaya mcm ni nak tengok kilat?! lawak la adik ni.. tutup telinga bila nak landing kan tekanan kuat..]

9. “I’ve been struck by lightning twice. Most pilots have. Airplanes are built to take it. You hear a big boom and see a big flash and that’s it. You’re not going to fall out of the sky.” -Pilot for a regional carrier, Charlotte, North Carolina

* recently, my 9 years-old-sister requested at us, "hm. next time kalau naik aeroplane lagi, harap2 hujan! adik nak tengok kilat, hujan mcm mana kat atas tu" we jerked our eyebrows. ^_^' adoyai. adik.. please don't request such that things anymore! habis mama, kak wani marah! me? just smile.. COOL~ lalala..

We Don't Get It

10. “If you’re going to recline your seat, for God’s sake, please check behind you first. You have no idea how many laptops are broken every year by boorish passengers who slam their seat back with total disregard to what’s going on behind them.” -John Nance

*owh really?! xtau la plak.. hehe

Advice for Nervous Fliers

[yg ni xingt kat malaysia or thailand. hehe]

11. “The smoothest place to sit is often over or near the wing. The bumpiest place to sit is in the back. A plane is like a seesaw. If you’re in the middle, you don’t move as much.” -Patrick Smith

*hoho.. recently, our seat near the wing.. however, we shouldn't rely on this "myth".. just pray to Allah to have a safe journey then...

Those Silly Rules, Explained

12. “People don’t understand why they can’t use their cell phones. Well, what can happen is 12 people will decide to call someone just before landing, and I can get a false reading on my instruments saying that we are higher than we really are.” -Jim Tilmon

*yeah. that's right! pity on them. they want to have a safe landing, but, we - the passengers- didn't give good cooperation.. even, myself, don't have enough courage to listen to music at my hp even in "Flight Mode" *SE users know what it is* how good I am~

13. “We’re not trying to ruin your fun by making you take off your headphones. We just want you to be able to hear us if there’s an emergency.” -Patrick Smith

* no comment

14. “We ask you to put up the window shade so the flight attendants can see outside in an emergency, to assess if one side is better for an evacuation. It also lets light into the cabin if it goes dark and helps passengers get oriented if the plane flips or rolls over.” -Patrick Smith

*okeyy.. a new thing i learnt today~

It's Not All Glamour Up in the Air

15. “When you get on that airplane at 7 a.m., you want your pilot to be rested and ready. But the hotels they put us in now are so bad that there are many nights when I toss and turn. They’re in bad neighborhoods, they’re loud, they’ve got bedbugs, and there have been stabbings in the parking lot.” -Jack Stephan

16. “We miss the peanuts too.” -US Airways pilot, South Carolina

*pesanan penaja: kasihanilah mereka... =)

p/s: 1. i have a friend and he always dream to be a pilot.. but, suddenly, i just knew he took culinary course! haha. jauh sangat tu.. his height already fulfilled the requirements. however it is, the culinary also his passion.. hm. adakah dia baca entry ni? =)

2. my neighbour, Uncle Hisham and my headmaster's husband, Uncle Azland are pilots! jarang la dapat jumpa mereka.. cuti pun susah nak dapat.. harap2 anak2 dia xbaca post ni.. ngeh3.

3. bila boleh terbang lagi ni? wink3~


Arrharatnasari Kachong Ma'arof said...

haha. if ur sister wish to have that "situation" try to have a flight during evening around 3pm and above.haha.nervous but great experiance! Alhamdulillah everything's fine. =D

btw, my coming flight will be at 330pm also.hehe

mar mp 86 said...

haha. really? beria betul dia nak tengok kilat.. anyway, mmg at that time, kilat ada ke even bukan hujan?

Arrharatnasari Kachong Ma'arof said...

not so, its depends on the wheather..hehe.

tapi2, i suggest u try fly at night, seriously, great! dgn keadaan luar yg gelap n romantic.haha

mar mp 86 said...

OMG! bestnye flight malam..~ haha. xpernah try lagi.. ble la eh? wink3~

nazfynaz said...

nak suami pilot boleh??? hahahaha

mar mp 86 said...

haha. boleh aje! tapi kene rajin2 g klia or lcct la.. ngeh3~