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13th Jan 2020, 19:52
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The last option wasn't mine, it was my wife's. I...

The last option wasn't mine, it was my wife's. I didn't ask her whether she was being serious or not. We were over Sudan or Libya or somewhere like that at the time.
13th Jan 2020, 16:36
Replies: 16
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Me (after about three hours): Any idea when I'll...

Me (after about three hours): Any idea when I'll be allowed to go to the loo?
Cabin crew (who was walking around past my seat anyway): <Shrugs>
Me: Well, it'll have to be soon.
Cabin crew: Off you...
12th Jan 2020, 10:16
Replies: 16
Views: 3,694

Passenger bladder capacity

When a captain turns on the "fasten seat belt" sign, saying we might be going to hit some turbulence, but then leaves it on for hour after hour after hour (with exactly no actual turbulence...
21st Dec 2019, 21:30
Replies: 97
Views: 32,818

Have you ever heard the phrase "victim...

Have you ever heard the phrase "victim blaming"?
21st Dec 2019, 13:47
Replies: 97
Views: 32,818

Our next flight is on Air France. We are...

Our next flight is on Air France.

We are making the assumption that they have, by now, taught their pilots stall recovery, at least to PPL standard.

That is, however, easier to do than...
21st Dec 2019, 10:51
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Air France IFE?

I've got an Air France long haul flight coming up, and they keep sending me emails telling me to download their app so that I can access the IFE.

Does this mean that as I don't have a smartphone I...
1st Nov 2019, 19:18
Replies: 94
Views: 58,689

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-heat...

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-heathrow-airport-security-made-me-strip-to-my-scrappy-undies-pnz5c3k37
25th Oct 2019, 13:07
24th Oct 2019, 14:52
Replies: 4,656
Views: 4,228,641

Unless that "do not" changes to "used not to,...

Unless that "do not" changes to "used not to, before the 737 MAX returned to service".

I have been in the habit of noting the aircraft type out of mild curiosity after I've bought the ticket. If...
19th Oct 2019, 07:25
Replies: 4,656
Views: 4,228,641

Regardless of what deal they stitch up with the...

Regardless of what deal they stitch up with the regulators, they'll have to earn back the trust of the punters if those things aren't going to fly empty.

I, for one, an never going to get into one.
18th Oct 2019, 14:45
Replies: 736
Views: 449,107

No. (Plenty of people will speculate, and...

No.

(Plenty of people will speculate, and some claim inside information, but nobody knows.)
14th Oct 2019, 21:30
Replies: 18
Views: 2,649

Better, surely. A cold call to 121.5, they don't...

Better, surely. A cold call to 121.5, they don't know where you are[#], whereas a Farnborough radar controller does.

[#] At least, not if my most recent practice pan is anything to go by. I called...
14th Oct 2019, 10:36
Replies: 18
Views: 2,649

Teaching you which local services you...

Teaching you

which local services you should talk to when doing the club's standard XC training routes

and teaching you

how to decide for yourself whom, if anyone, you want to talk to just...
8th Oct 2019, 09:56
Replies: 30
Views: 4,456

Nobody has claimed that floatplane flying is...

Nobody has claimed that floatplane flying is cheap!

If you're getting the rating you're hanging around paying for a hotel for a week with nothing much to do except fly (once you've spent a couple...
4th Oct 2019, 16:54
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161

A favourite way to kill yourself in a floatplane...

A favourite way to kill yourself in a floatplane is to land on water with the wheels down.

I have decided that this will never happen to me because I will never get into an amphibian.

(Other...
4th Oct 2019, 16:51
Replies: 47
Views: 7,048

Possibly - in VMC I might miss a VAC warning...

Possibly - in VMC I might miss a VAC warning light coming on if the other pump was still working. But the other occasion involved the altimeter needle jumping around, and I'd have noticed that in VMC.
4th Oct 2019, 11:49
Replies: 47
Views: 7,048

It does know when it's in cloud though! - all the...

It does know when it's in cloud though! - all the suction pump failures and pressure instrument failures I've had have been in IMC.
3rd Oct 2019, 08:38
Replies: 18
Views: 1,818

I did try a VFR flight simulator once upon a...

I did try a VFR flight simulator once upon a time. It was back in the days when scenery was generic, so the field shapes etc didn't match reality, and in particular the main navigational aids that...
1st Oct 2019, 21:16
Replies: 18
Views: 1,818

I used RANT to practice each IR(R) lesson...

I used RANT to practice each IR(R) lesson beforehand. I'm pretty sure this saved me several hours in the air and a significant amount of money.

Doesn't give a realistic flying experience, but does...
1st Oct 2019, 17:38
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161

Yes, I've done it.

Yes, I've done it.
22nd Sep 2019, 19:11
Replies: 48
Views: 31,148

A couple of observations. (1) The old Paddy...

A couple of observations.

(1) The old Paddy Ashdown joke. He was in a meeting in his HQ in Bosnia, which was next door to a petrol station. His staff were getting all worked up about this being a...
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Sep 2019, 17:16
Replies: 12,265
Views: 1,477,004

And what do you make of "Conservatives" who, far...

And what do you make of "Conservatives" who, far from wanting to "conserve" anything (that's currently our role, slightly bizarrely), are actually hell-bent on destroying society?
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Sep 2019, 14:01
Replies: 12,265
Views: 1,477,004

Not sure that we and the Greens[#] and the...

Not sure that we and the Greens[#] and the nationalists can do that between us though, certainly not if the #brexit supporting parties (Tories, Labour, #Brexit, what's left of UKIP) get together and...
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Sep 2019, 10:55
Replies: 12,265
Views: 1,477,004

Everybody else seems to disagree with you ... or...

Everybody else seems to disagree with you ... or at least is not willing to take the risk that you might be right. We're all in full steam ahead general election campaign mode, trying to get as much...
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Sep 2019, 08:15
Replies: 12,265
Views: 1,477,004

The deal is that if I don't see "remoaner" etc...

The deal is that if I don't see "remoaner" etc for a week I stop saying "#brexshitter". That worked here for a few months, but has stopped working.
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