I stumbled upon your website while looking for some information on interviews for second officer and would really really appreciate your advice and enlightenment.
My boyfriend had graduated from a renowned flying school in the UK for almost close to a year now. He had been to two interviews for two major regional low cost carriers and unfortunately failed both interviews. I understand that reasons are not provided after you were not selected, but I am really curious as to what might have been the factors that could have led to him not getting through.
He recently got rejected at Stage 3 of the selection, which was based on group work and a face to face interview. As per his academics and track record, he's performed well. As an individual, he's an excellent team worker, as well as an calm and composed boy.
He's in his early twenties. I do not know whether his age was an issue, but from what I remembered, the airlines that he both interviewed with, he spoke to some individuals who were working for the airline and was told that they could help him and give him some advice. I'm not so sure if that could have jeopardized his interview instead. He's currently very depressed and clueless.
I have just touched down at around 9.30pm today from Miri, Sarawak. At about 45 minutes before we landed, I felt the plane was flying lower and slower than usual. By that time my ears were hurting me so much that I couldn’t wait for the plane to land.
It was like I was going deaf and I couldn’t really hear my own voice. I tried to swallow my saliva and blow my nose while pinching them (it’s a tip I got from a cartoon btw) but nothing works.
It is still hurting now, and I have arrived home. This is my 3rd flight this year (Kuala Lumpur-East Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur) and I have never experienced so much pain in my ears before.
Just a quick question about Pilots Spatial Disorientation (SD) and Stall Recovery.
According to the following paper (source) the chance of a pilot experiencing SD during their career is in the order of 90 to 100 percent. And several studies show that SD accounts for some 15 percent to 26 percent of fatal accidents.
The above-mentioned facts plus a few of the more recent accidents with SD being one of the primary factors (Kenya Airways, Adam Air, Air France, Air Algerie where the experienced pilots failed to execute stall recovery procedure) make me very nervous of flying. It just seems to me that the human factor is still one of the main contributors of aviation accidents and incidents.
Could you please give me assurance that I shouldn't be worried about flying?
This is Xavier Chan Jun Yuan from Singapore. I am an aspiring student pilot and ever since I was introduced to your website through your book, I have found the information in both your book and website very interesting.
Also, you have been maintaining your website very well. I've seen other people asking you questions regarding aviation matters on your website and in your book.
Now I have two burning questions to ask you regarding the topic that you talked about on pages 178 and 179 of your book.
May I ask how does an aircraft dump its excess fuel in the event an emergency forces an unplanned landing?
May I also ask if the Airbus A330/A340 have this function and what other aircraft types have this function?
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