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  1. KevinAu

    Aerial Refueling

    No, more akin to a squirting female, if you know what I mean.
  2. 9/30/18, around 3pm, british airways southbound on J174 approaching manta intersection reported a ufo off the leftside. described it as a vertical rod like object. i was about 20 miles behind him. dsappointed that i did not to see anything though.
  3. KevinAu

    Another Lion Air incident

    That video is sped up. But it is still like a toy.
  4. KevinAu

    ILS heading for KATL runway 28/10.

    The headings change over time in real life due to changes in magnetic variation. Over time, data you see on more current charts will diverge from whatever you have in the sim.
  5. KevinAu

    Entire F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Fleet Grounded

    The experience of our shermans against the panzers is one of the reasons of our obsession with the highest technology. Never would the US subject its servicemen to fight as an inferior force. The casualties we would suffer as an inferior force would never be acceptable today. This aversion to casualties that drives our politics and policies is why the US has not won a war since WWII.
  6. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    The data will come after they deploy them. Maybe we’ll dig this thread up from the grave in a decade or two and necropost a told you so. crewed or uncrewed, engined or unengined, the strategy is the same. choice based on perception of safety.
  7. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    Yes, the media will tout piloted planes if a pilotless plane crashes and tout pilotless planes the next day when a piloted plane crashes. What the media says is meaningless. I certainly didn’t bring them into this.
  8. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    1. I don’t either. I would lose my job if my airline bought a pilotless plane. I’m merely giving out a view of the future that I think a blind person can see coming. 2. virgin atlantic’s marketing was that people would prefer planes with more engines for flights over the water for safety’s sake, when their competitors started deploying twins. As it turns out, that kind of marketing and fleet planning failed. Time will tell whether emphasising number of pilots will have better marketing and economic traction than number of engines.
  9. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    And they’ll bring up the pilotless plane again the next time someone commits suicide with an airliner. How long has it been since we had one of those? A month maybe?
  10. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    1. I don’t know. My guess is probably assured as anybody is getting into a driverless train or car. 2. Sure, just like people always choose virgin atlantic over all others because of four engines for long haul. price, schedule and convenience doesnt hold a candle to that safety notion.
  11. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    I remember the media touting the possibilities of pilotless aircraft after the germanwings suicide crash.
  12. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    1. The thing you’re assuming incorrectly is that just because there is no person on board, there is no human intervention. The single pilot liner will just be a uav with a cockpit. With all the monitoring, control and backup capabilities of the ground station. You’ll actually have a pilot onboard and pilots on the ground to watch over. With a pilot on board and also the ability of ground personnel to monitor, operate, and intervene as if it was a uav, I would say that the single pilot plane will be even more safe than current aircraft. And in a decade or two time, and the confidence gained from operating single pilot this way, it would be a small step to pilotless. 2. Exactly the point of my second paragraph previously. Once it deploys somewhere, the economic advantages from the cost reductions that are possible will force others to adopt or lose.
  13. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    We went from four to three to two. The trend is clear. Technology advances and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. We’ve got probably thirty more years of piloting as a profession before it will be over. Most crashes are pilot error anyways. And a few have even been deliberate. You’ll see the first single pilot passenger liner within fifteen years, despite alpa’s efforts. And people will accept this just as they accept driverless trains and driverless cars. Even if alpa succeeds in getting congress to require two pilots, it would only delay the inevitable. When other airlines around the world cut out their pilots and make our airlines uncompetitive, they will rescind it.
  14. KevinAu

    Why the World is Running Out of Pilots

    No, the shortage would be used to justify raising the retirement age and deploying single or pilotless aircraft.
  15. KevinAu

    What Airplane Toilets Do With Your Waste

    On the E190, the toilet’s vacumn pump system has a vent at the left rear fuselage. Often, there is a brown streak that stains the fuselage originating from this vent....