Archive for September 7th, 2007

Friday Fun – Learning To Fly (joke)

A blonde went to a flight school, insisting she wanted to learn to fly that day. As all the planes were currently in use, the owner agreed to instruct her on how to pilot the helicopter solo, by radio.

He took her out, showed her how to start it and gave her the basics and sent her on her way.

After she climbed 1000 feet, she radioed in. “I’m doing great! I love it! The view is so beautiful, and I’m starting to get the hang of this.”

After 2000 feet, she radioed again, saying how easy it was becoming to fly. The instructor watched her climb over 3000 feet and was beginning to worry that she hadn’t radioed in.

A few minutes later, he watched in horror as she crashed about half a mile away. He ran over and pulled her from the wreckage.

When he asked what happened, she said, “I don’t know! Everything was going fine, but as I got higher, I was starting to get cold. I can’t remember anything after I turned off the big fan.”

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European Parliament Against On-board Liquid Restrictions

he European Parliament called on the European Commission to review urgently the legislation restricting the amount of liquid passengers can carry onboard aircraft.

According to the decision this regulation causes too much inconvenience to passengers comparing to the real safety it brings.  The liquid restriction was introduced early 2007 after an attempt to burn down a plane using high concentration alcohol in 2 l bottles.  The new restriction says liquid can be taken on board only in 100 ml bottles that are packed in a reopenable closed transparent plastic bag and the maximum number of 100 ml bottles per passenger is 10 (1 l alltogether).

The problem is that when somebody travels – especially children and old people suffer – it is hard to stand in a queue for example betwen security and boarding without drinking. Or if a transit passenger has to sit for hours and for any reason he or she cannot drink those soft drinks sold in the airport bars (or does not have money at hand).

By Szafi

Boeing Delays 787 First Flight By 2 Months

Boeing delays the first flight of the new 787 (Dreamliner) by 2 months. The reason is the incomplete work of suppliers and the lack of accessories.

Boeing officials believe this delay will not effect the first delivery of the aircraft to ANA, the first customer to use the Dreamliner. Reasons for the delay are incomplete manufacturing documentation, a global shortage of fasteners and a delay of the flight control software.

If Boeing wants to keep the deadline of the first delivery, testing phase will last only 5 months. The first 777 was delivered 11 months after the first flight and they had a hard time with testing then, too.

By Szafi

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