I was flying with Lufty (one of their regional franchises) MUC/TSR, because I know they are tighter than ducks asses, just one 250ml beer, and this was before the liquid restrictions, I bought a couple of beers in MUC airport to take with me.
Well as soon as the flight attendant saw me open my own beer she developed an attitude problem ... "You can't drink that here" ... "Give me one good reason why not?"
Well eventually we started our descent in to TSR and Miss Attitude Problem was in my face that we were about to land and I needed to drink up. I looked out of the window, we must have still been at around 20,000', the flaps were still up and the wheels were still up (one definitely knows when they drop the undercarriage on a CRJ).
I just told her to go and explain to the Captain that he's about to perform a flapless wheels up landing whilst I finish my beer in peace and quiet.
That said, on more than one occasion I utilised Lufty (regional franchises again) BHX/DUS/KBP/DUS/BHX, all the way from UK to Kiev and back on 50 seater jets with PDQ connections in DUS ... It was lovely :)
New Fresh testimonies from a small island community in the Maldives has reignited reports that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have crashed over 5000 kilometres away from the official search led by Australian authorities.
Classic ... This is regarding black ice when aircraft are manoeuvring ... or trying to :)
I remember taxiing in at FRA behind a LH B747 after landing in light freezing rain. Watched him sliding gently towards the side of the taxi-way and seeing all 4 thrust reversers deploy. This was shortly followed by the ATC controller asking him to expedite. The remaining conversation from the flight deck was in German which I do not speak - however I understood immediately what was being said!
I'm not sure how many airfields nowadays give accurate readings for the taxiways. I landed happily at GOT one night with no problem but we started Scottish country dancing on the rather large ramp taxiing in. I think we were doing an eightsome reel when I finally manage to stop further proceedings.
As in SFO they were flying a non precision approach, i.e. they didn't have an Instrument Landing System available and Asiana's level of training clearly isn't good enough for their pilots to actually fly the aeroplane.
Here's what a couple of pilots have has to say about them:
I used to instruct in the A320 sim at Asiana until I just couldn't take it anymore. I can confirm that if using anything else but an ILS it would lift the degree of difficulty of the approach, in a geometric progression, the closer they were to the threshold.
I have seen Korean guys holding English level 6 certificates but getting almost every ATC clearance wrong! And they have failed expat native English speakers in the ICAO English tests, I kid you not! Some expats are saddled with only level 4 or 5 English, whilst pilots ( both Korean and some expats ) who can hardly carry on a decent everyday conversation in English brandish their level 6 certificates unashamedly
Airbus, the leading innovator in computerising airliners systems, has recently called for better emphasis on flight crew training following some recent incidents.
In the early days of airlines many of the flight crew were ex WWII and airlines were, love them or hate them, managed by pilots.
These days to get a job in many an airlines a pilot pays for his/her training and he pays to fly the aeroplane but, as is often the case, he/she isn't piloting the aircraft but merely operating the computer that flies the aircraft.
There's a lot of criticism regarding Asian airlines but I can tell you that these flight crew in the Philippines, they're often operating medium sized airliners in/out of little more than jungle airstrips with no navigational aids, no runway or airfield lighting, no fuel and probably a less than ideal length of runway ... But these guys are actually flying the aeroplane unlike, let's say, Asiana who are f*cked if they haven't got an Instrument Landing System available.
A new Reddit thread is offering some fascinating insights into the strange lives of men who have purchased mail-order brides.
The discussion, which focuses on brides from Russia and has so far garnered more than 10,000 comments, asked users to spill the beans on what 'surprised' them the most when they started living with their spouses.
sammy wrote: "A new Reddit thread is offering some fascinating insights into the strange lives of men who have purchased mail-order brides."
sammy, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MAIL ORDER BRIDE! You absolutely cannot buy a wife over the internet and wait for her delivery.
US immigration law precludes the immigration of any "fiance" without the 2 people having met in person and being able to demonstrate proof of an actual relationship.
It is likely that most of the posts in the reddit thread are fake. One comment I read, however, is dead on. Once one of the silicone doll manufacturers or robotics geeks
manages to create a fembot that can screw you and cook and clean then that person/company will become instant MULTI-billionmare