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Funny Airline Stories

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

Going through a link on Twitter I came across this page. It had me in stitches. Funny stories of chat between ATC and the pilots. Some real classics in there but the one that really stood out for me was this exchange.

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The controller working a busy pattern told the 727 on downwind to make a three-sixty–do a complete circle, a move normally used to provide pacing between aircraft.

The pilot of the 727 complained, “Don’t you know it costs us two thousand dollars to make even a one-eighty in this airplane?”

Without missing a beat the controller replied, “Roger, give me four thousand dollars’ worth.”

 

First Leg

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

I completed the first leg of The Around The World Challenge. From Blackpool to Carlisle in the UK.  At just over 80 miles i thought this would be quite simple. For the Challenge you can only use 3 different types of plane i chose the Cessna Caravan. I have to admit i haven’t flown this or an aircraft like it for many years. Anyway nothing to complicated but just after take off i was looking around the cockpit and just above my head to the right i flicked a fuel switch which made the engine die. Dropped altitude to keep the speed up and i managed to get it going again. It’s surprising how much being recorded during the flight can add pressure. Great stuff i love it!

 

Around The World

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX, Latest

Something i am sure most flight sim enthusiasts have thought about doing is flying around the world virtually.

I have made an attempt about 3 years ago but my pc died and life stuff got in the way. A great approach to this challenge is from these guys over at Around The World Club. A great website and the whole thing looks well organised. To read about other people doing it and seeing there progress is a great motivator. I am eagerly awaiting an email to see if i can be let in.

 

Planning Charts

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

I recently saw an in flight video on You Tube and the Captain of the flight spoke about charts and planning. He was really enthusiastic about showing some charts a fellow Captain had developed for himself and his colleagues. I got in touch with him through his site and asked if i could share the charts here. No problem he said so i have posted them HERE for you to use.

You can also get them from his site here if you choose to do so after a quick registration.

Vox ATC

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

I purchased VOX ATC the other day. I have only had time to do one flight which went OK. I will do a proper review of it when i get a chance to use it properly. £86 for the DVD though (not what i paid i got the download) are they having a laugh?