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25-01-2018, 09:47   #1 Niamh Community Manager Niamh's Avatar
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Now Ye're Talking - to a Commercial Pilot

One of the people some of you wanted to hear from was a pilot so we have a commercial pilot here to answer your questions! Our guest poster has been flying for almost 20 years now. He has flown turboprops, flown jets on short haul and long haul flights and has also been an instructor on jets. He also flies light aircraft from time to time.

Please bear in mind that he may be in a different time zone so answers may be delayed.

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25-01-2018, 10:04   #2
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What's the nicest plane to fly (that you've flown)?

Do you prefer real flying (light aircraft) or the big ones (commercial airliners)?

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How have security protocols changed over the last 20 years?
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25-01-2018, 10:27   #4
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Can I be bold and ask 2 questions.

With the proliferation of LCC's, have the terms/conditions of the job changed much in the 20+ years?


Any seriuosly scary incidents in those 20 odd years?

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25-01-2018, 10:28   #5
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Have you ever seen anything in the sky that you couldn't explain?
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25-01-2018, 10:45   #6
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Whats your most favorite and most unfavorable Airport to fly into and why?
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25-01-2018, 10:52   #7
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What is your favourite Prop and favourite Jet aircraft.

When last, if ever, have you flown a 'tail dragger' ?
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25-01-2018, 10:54   #8
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It seems that the industry is facing a pilot shortage in the very near future, however it is getting harder and harder to get your commercial rating due to the costs involved and the lack of funded training.

How do you see this being addressed, or will it be left to those people how can afford to take out huge loans to self fund their training?
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25-01-2018, 11:14   #10
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Why do landings on a Ryanair plane seem harder than AL or other airlines ?

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Hi thanks for doing the AMA.

Just enjoyed watching the film "Sully" (Miracle on the Hudson).

I'd be interested to know how you viewed the film and the event.

I'm guessing that the enquiry afterwards was dramatised somewhat for the film.
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25-01-2018, 12:44   #12
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Is it true what they say about the little triangles above the windows? A visual or a marker for crew to look out at wings/engine to see if any issues. Window blinds up for rescuers to look in, or passengers to look out for danger, in case of incident. Lights dimmed for eyes to adjust to darkness, again in case of incident. Etc. Etc.
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25-01-2018, 13:03   #13
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what was your most scariest experience flying a plane ???
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any tips for Aerosinusitis?
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Most severe systems failure to happen while you were flying?

Also what do you currently fly?
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