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Skipness One Echo
13th Feb 2018, 11:26
https://twitter.com/AlexInAir

How this 20-year-old built a high-flying career travelling the world testing first class seats on brand new planes - Business Insider Nordic (http://nordic.businessinsider.com/alex-macheras-20-year-old-aviation-expert-first-class-travel-testing-new-planes-2017-5/)

Has this guy any industry experience whatsoever?
He's a self promoter for sure and blocks everyone on twitter who challenges his self proclaimed credentials?
Channel 4 have given him his own show. Were they taken in or complicit in his fantasies?
Anyone ever worked on a project with him? Perhaps I am being unfair.

How exactly did he get money to be flying in F from 14? One assumes very rich and well connected parents?

rog747
13th Feb 2018, 12:07
no no credentials to hand that i know of

hes a plane spotter av geek twinkie that has got very lucky through his social media following and now gets prime time radio TV airings and also the BBC TV news has had him on as a so called aviation expert (huh)
when i think the metrojet crashed - he was about 18 then...

WTF does he know apart from sitting in his nice bedroom playing with his model planes ?

yeah i would love his job - 40 years in aviation - do i qualify as an aviation expert too and get to fly F and J everywhere on a free ticket to all the opening junkets?

hardly Reg Turnhill pffft

Sir Niall Dementia
13th Feb 2018, 12:41
Aviation expert, my platinum plated a##e!!!!!

I've got 30 years as a professional pilot, the last 18 in VVIP and thankfully have never once come across him. I've met a few like him, all of whom show their defficiencies to aviation professionals pretty quickly and find themselves laughed out of their self-created niche.

I took a look at his Twitter feed and was horrified to see a mate (not in aviation but dealing with a very high end product) eulogising over him.

I suppose its' our society, instant gratification, no effort and bingo! You're a star! Most of my customers have worked very hard to be where they are, I doubt they'd even spare him the time of day. And they rarely travel first class, they prefer to use their own jets.

SND

DaveReidUK
13th Feb 2018, 12:57
hes a plane spotter av geek twinkie that has got very lucky through his social media following and now gets prime time radio TV airings and also the BBC TV news has had him on as a so called aviation expert (huh)

I'm not sure it's entirely down to luck. He appears to be very good at marketing himself.

But expertise? On anything? No way.

rog747
13th Feb 2018, 14:26
I'm not sure it's entirely down to luck. He appears to be very good at marketing himself.

But expertise? On anything? No way.

oh yes i do not disagree - he's a sharp snazzy ''here today media twink''

well done to him i suppose - but aviation expert and analysis - no way
he has just been in the right places with the right folk at the right time

KelvinD
13th Feb 2018, 14:31
He appeared in a TV programme yesterday evening about the new Singapore A380 Suites. According to the commentary, he runs an aviation related blog with umpteen thousand followers. He has blagged many delivery flight trips with various airlines.
I hesitate to say it but, to be honest, I got the impression he was the kind of kid who, within minutes of meeting, I would punch. Just to shut him up!

rog747
13th Feb 2018, 14:33
what annoyed me most was that BBC news rolled him out as an ''aviation expert'' to comment on a bad crash - metrojet i think - so he must have been 18 then - i thought who the f*** are you to be on there

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras told the BBC that Airbus A320s were regularly used for short-haul budget flights and had "an amazing safety record".

and he has not done a days work in his life in the aviation industry

GKOC41
13th Feb 2018, 14:43
Here is the main man samchui.com

hiflymk3
13th Feb 2018, 14:45
Maybe he reads the pprune forum for his info.

Loose rivets
13th Feb 2018, 14:52
Annoying, isn't it?

But he's articulate, enthusiastic, comfortable in front of the camera and has a puppy-like friendliness. With luck, in time he'll turn into a serious presenter.

With lots of luck, that is.

Evanelpus
13th Feb 2018, 15:11
I took a look at his Twitter feed and was horrified to see a mate (not in aviation but dealing with a very high end product) eulogising over him.

The judge said that if he does this again, it's a custody sentence.!!

Skipness One Echo
13th Feb 2018, 15:21
Is he on here?

Loose rivets
13th Feb 2018, 15:24
Then there's that 11 yo kid who put on her mum's high heels, danced around her bedroom. She made a video that went viral. Some company flew here and her family out to Japan with a promise of great fortunes.


Then there's people having to have the right number of creases in the leather of a 380 seat. Not too few, not too many. Kids starving and being blown to pieces. Bling. Death. 23 thousand quid handbags. Disease.

I was uncertain about reality, but I'm beginning to realise where I am.

Krystal n chips
13th Feb 2018, 17:22
what annoyed me most was that BBC news rolled him out as an ''aviation expert'' to comment on a bad crash - metrojet i think - so he must have been 18 then - i thought who the f*** are you to be on there

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras told the BBC that Airbus A320s were regularly used for short-haul budget flights and had "an amazing safety record".

and he has not done a days work in his life in the aviation industry

Tsk, I thunk you are being a trifle hard on this aspiring entrepreneurial aviation professional.....it does after all say in the link he has "even taken flying lessons" ( but sort of omits to say how many and how far he got beyond a famil flight )....and having watched last nights programme, it would be a delight to watch his expertise being put to good use on the Line at 03.30hrs in -10C and 20 - 40kts of gusting rain / snow while explaining to a line engineer how to do his job.

Sir Niall Dementia
13th Feb 2018, 19:05
The judge said that if he does this again, it's a custody sentence.!!

Brilliant. Just brilliant!

Dan Gerous
13th Feb 2018, 19:15
Then there's that 11 yo kid who put on her mum's high heels, danced around her bedroom. She made a video that went viral. Some company flew here and her family out to Japan with a promise of great fortunes.


Were there multi tentacled monsters involved as well?

Akrapovic
13th Feb 2018, 19:49
He knows nothing about impartiality. His tweets constantly fawn over the middle eastern airlines, lack an awful lot of content and for a so-called British reporter, pays nothing but lip service to what's going on back home.

John Strickland on the other hand, is a very good example of the other end of the spectrum.

rog747
14th Feb 2018, 09:47
Tsk, I thunk you are being a trifle hard on this aspiring entrepreneurial aviation professional.....it does after all say in the link he has "even taken flying lessons" ( but sort of omits to say how many and how far he got beyond a famil flight )....and having watched last nights programme, it would be a delight to watch his expertise being put to good use on the Line at 03.30hrs in -10C and 20 - 40kts of gusting rain / snow while explaining to a line engineer how to do his job.

his linkedin says he plays flightsim - does that qualify? :rolleyes:

Laarbruch72
14th Feb 2018, 09:59
He knows nothing about impartiality.

Absolutely... it's clear that he's the pawn here. Yes he's leading a pretty good lifestyle but someone's paying for all that champagne and the hotel rooms and the seats, and there's a very clear expectation from those paying that he needs to glow about it afterwards. He seems happy to do so. So long as he gets that he's simply being used as a kind of commercial model promoting a product then that's fine, but he doesn't really retain any integrity.

The bit that irks me however is that supposedly professional news organisations are willing to wheel him out as an aviation expert (or "analyst" as I've also seen him called). He's a keen enthusiast, yes, but not an analyst. Certainly nothing like an expert. But he's not the first to be wrongly labelled that by the BBC, they do it a lot.

ORAC
14th Feb 2018, 10:03
Who’s the fool? Him or the airlines?

Krystal n chips
14th Feb 2018, 11:00
his linkedin says he plays flightsim - does that qualify? :rolleyes:

Of course it does ! ...this has, after all, provided all the analysis needed as we know for "expert commentary " here on R n N whenever an incident or accident occurs in lieu of the AAIB.

Thankfully, because it's not really quite as, ahem, glamourous as we know, MS have not yet developed a " Ground Engineer changing the toilet pumps and brake units at 03.30hrs " comparison otherwise the engineering aspects would also be analysed with the same attention to detail as flying and operating an aircraft are.

However, it's his future career that we need to ponder. At the moment, he's the flavour of the month for reasons that several posters have identified.

This may be nice while it lasts, but, with no discernible credibility or ability (other than blogging) what's he going to do at the end of his short shelf life ?