View Full Version : "Journo-Pilot Swap" (from Rumours and News)

30th Jan 2006, 15:56
Mr EAL401 posted this interesting little number in Rumour and News regarding a picture of 2 jets supposedly "seconds from disaster". It was reported on the BBC and Daily Mail. Now, I know threads have gone round and round so many times regarding aviation types and our attitudes to the media, but I just can't let this one go..............

Gives me a great idea for a new reality TV show though.
"Journo-Pilot Swap"
For one week, pilots and journalists swap jobs - the pilots have to run a national newspaper and maintain a readership of 600,000, the journos have to fly planes. Who will win, those who have to meet deadlines and maintain interest, or those who have to press the "autopilot on" button?
Given some people on here, I expect "The Daily Dull" would be an appropriate name for the newspaper.

Interesting concept EAL (and I don't fail to see the potential tongue in cheek of you post), but perhaps you're revealing yourself as the exact demographic the sensationalism of the media is aiming at, with your interest in reality TV.

30th Jan 2006, 15:59
well at least the paperwork will be up to date for a change:E

30th Jan 2006, 16:01
"And this one time, when I was a journo, I wrote this story about like this thing right that, like you know, did stuff and I was like wow, and everyone who saw the story were all like 'That was really cool' and I was all like 'Thanks' and I felt really cool"

30th Jan 2006, 16:03
How would you rate success or failure? Loss of 10% of sales? Loss of ?
Failure to reach targets (sorry Speedbird ABC, you'll have to fly HIGHER)?

Shaggy Sheep Driver
30th Jan 2006, 16:19
Given the choice, I'd rather have to read a duff newspaper than travel on an airliner flown by a pair of hacks. :uhoh:


30th Jan 2006, 17:24
It still amazes me when people think it's just a button to press on order to get the autopilot to work and do the correct thing.:eek:

These are probably the people who think cruise control in their car will drive at the correct speed and get them to their destination while they have a nap.:hmm:

30th Jan 2006, 17:28
Yeah, it's a good thing about the cruise control they tell you otherwise in the owners manual.

As to readership, well with Drapes and Plazbot between them there's over 200,000 views for their "articles" on here. Chuck in Mr Farrell's human interst threas..........that's pretty damn good (nuthin' wrong with that maths, is there :E )

30th Jan 2006, 18:24
Don't forget the "Agony Aunt" section :}

Send Clowns
30th Jan 2006, 19:13
And it doesn't have to be true - we can just make some news up!

30th Jan 2006, 19:24
with your interest in reality TV.
Who said I had any? :confused:

Showing potential as a journo there Jerricho.

30th Jan 2006, 19:27
Ahhhhh, it seems the tongue in cheek of your post wasn't lost on me........pitty the same can't be said for you

You are the one who came up with the suggestion :rolleyes: Go on.......admit it.

31st Jan 2006, 02:18
After the week is up:

- The pilots will have knocked up all the journo interns and secretaries, drained the editor's office supply of liquour, locked up the computers with viruses from porn sites, and got the paper cited for debauchery and noise violations with their late-night partying.

- The journos will be hospitalized with extreme fatigue and skin rash after enduring a week of 4:30 am duty-ins, cheap hotel soap, soggy sandwiches from airport vendors and hourly strip-searches by the TSA just to go to the bathroom. They will, however, have made quite a lot of money and will have the ensuing week off....

31st Jan 2006, 02:54
I don't think pilots will have any problems maintaining readership if they were to swap jobs with journalists. People will buy the newspapers in greater numbers than ever trying to keep up with all the plane crashes.

31st Jan 2006, 04:54
good call steinycans!

Pilots would not make bad journos anyway, some seem to have posts up on pprune before incidents even happen! And spellcheck was invented for a reason...

31st Jan 2006, 08:22
At least the pilots' write-up of the journos crashing their aircraft will be written accurately! :uhoh::}

No reports of an "Airbus 747" or pics of a 737 when the text is about a 777 etc., etc....

Buster Hyman
31st Jan 2006, 11:46
With he Pilots running the paper...I can see that in a few weeks it will become an editorial only. Following that, an auto biography. Then, there'll be a rival paper that will cost markedly less to publish and a price war will ensue. One paper will accuse the other of being sierra charlie alpha bravo's, whilst the other will accuse the first of living in the past & needing to get over it. In the end, circulation will decline & Murdoch will still get you all....:(

With the Journos running the airline...it'll just crash.:(

Krystal n chips
31st Jan 2006, 15:11
Should be a natural career move for some---given the latent "talents" displayed in many tech.log and former F700 / 720 entries I have read over the years :hmm: :E

31st Jan 2006, 15:13
What do you reckon Eal? Interesting input so far.

Why, you even think I'm showing potential as a journo..........I really don't know if I can say the same about you as a pilot old boy.