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Okihara 10th May 2019 04:18

40 minutes "unconscious" at the stick
 
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-...er-sa/10897156

Pilot allegedly skipped breakfast but :


During the flight from Parafield to Port Augusta, the pilot only consumed a bottle of Gatorade, some water and a chocolate bar during the stopover in Port Augusta.
Pro tip: pack biltong instead and keep blood sugar under control.


AerocatS2A 10th May 2019 04:21

Pro tip 2: If you're going to have a nap on autopilot, set an alarm!

YPJT 10th May 2019 04:43

Avmed are probably having a field day with this.

Burleigh Effect 10th May 2019 05:18


Originally Posted by AerocatS2A (Post 10467720)
Pro tip 2: If you're going to have a nap on autopilot, set an alarm!

or invest in one of these...



Chronic Snoozer 10th May 2019 07:36

So many red flags, surprising the pilot did not rule themselves as 'unfit to fly'.

ShyTorque 10th May 2019 08:28

Dangerous stuff then, that Gatorade.

Capt Fathom 10th May 2019 08:32

Wish I could sleep for 40 mins on an aeroplane!

john_tullamarine 10th May 2019 08:49

Wish I could sleep for 40 mins on an aeroplane!

.. not enough exposure to back of the clock flying, that man !

My best recollection - it was of another pilot, of course, (obviously, to protect those as guilty as sin) ... he was sound asleep and well into a fine dream .... the other pair landed the bird, taxied in, parked, shut down and left. When the loaders had finished unloading they, too, locked up, shut off the power, and left .... life definitely was a bit more relaxed in years gone by.

Seriously, though, not being sensible about glucose and sleep patterns is the height of stupidity, especially if operating single pilot.

Capt Fathom 10th May 2019 09:02

40% of my hours are at night... unfortunately! :}

I subscribe whole heartedly to Aerocat2SA's theory. Single pilot, we used to run a 60 min timer,
and keep winding it forward, just in case you fell asleep.

The other trick was to tune the next DME and turn the ident volume up, for when it locked on. Scare the bloody hell out of you!

john_tullamarine 10th May 2019 09:20

Single pilot, we used to run a 60 min timer,

At the risk of a pun, that rings a bell ... multicrew was much safer when the crew could schedule sensible catnap sequences and everyone was wide awake (generally) for the arrival ..

machtuk 10th May 2019 13:30

Coming up to 40 Yrs driving planes, most of it shift work at all hrs often missing breakfast and having short interrupted sleep, never fallen asleep single pilot or multi crew, gotta be more to it than just missing brekky etc!

Okihara 10th May 2019 22:18

How would TEM people call a healthy combination of chocolate, sugary drink and autopilot? A latent threat perhaps?

Slippery_Pete 11th May 2019 01:14

Maybe deCrespigny was in the other seat talking about how great he is.

zanthrus 11th May 2019 07:54

Slippery Pete wins the thread with that comment! 😂

ShyTorque 11th May 2019 08:00


Originally Posted by machtuk (Post 10468114)
Coming up to 40 Yrs driving planes, most of it shift work at all hrs often missing breakfast and having short interrupted sleep, never fallen asleep single pilot or multi crew, gotta be more to it than just missing brekky etc!

Similar to me, hence my comment about Gatorade! ;)

exfocx 11th May 2019 09:52

JT, was that a 4 eng TP, with the crew nicknamed after a native animal?

machtuk 11th May 2019 09:54


Originally Posted by zanthrus (Post 10468703)
Slippery Pete wins the thread with that comment! 😂

I'll 2nd that!:O

runway16 11th May 2019 10:07

So did the pilot knock 40 minutes of his logbook time as he was not 'Pilot in Command' ?

Okihara 11th May 2019 10:51


Originally Posted by runway16 (Post 10468774)
So did the pilot knock 40 minutes of his logbook time as he was not 'Pilot in Command' ?

Why no dead man switch by the way?

john_tullamarine 11th May 2019 11:52

.. was that a 4 eng TP ..

So the story goes ... do we know each other from a prior life ?


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