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Which Flying Academy would you recommend?
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:40
Malaysian Flying Academy - Our Women Of The Skies
Hi Captain Lim,

I am a Malaysian female and I really want to get into those major airlines and work as a pilot. However, I understand there is a long and tough way to go. I am going to graduate with my Science Degree in 2015.

I am thinking of getting a CPL with my own money because there is no cadet program available for Malaysians. I have limited funds for the entire course which is around USD100k?

I am just wondering which one is the best flight school on your mind.

a. Integrated ATPL program with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix, USA.
b. Aerocadet full ATPL program with Aviator College in Florida, USA
c. CPL(certificate IV in aviation) Basair Aviation College in NSW, Australia

Or any other alternative options you would recommend to me?

Your advice is greatly appreciated! Hope to hear back from you soon.

Thank you Captain Lim!

Would it be possible to push a big plane backwards by use of the reversers?
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 07 July 2014 14:18

DC9 Push Back with Reversers

Hi Capt Lim

Would it be possible to push a big plane (like a Boeing 737 or Airbus A330) backwards with reversers? (On ground of course!) irrespective of whether reverse thrust is allowed or not.

This is especially in case that all the tow truck drivers are sleeping  or at a place after an emergency landing where no pushback trucks are available.

I would be glad for an answer.

Cheers from Germany

World Cup Soccer - Germany vs France: Will passengers be informed about the score?
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:59

France VS Germany: Results 0-1 - Highlights FIFA World Cup 2014

Hi Captain,

I just watched the soccer game between Germany vs France at the World Championship 2014. A friend of mine is just on the flight at this time.

My question is, will all planes in the air be informed by ATC in time about the score or you need to listen to the radio in flight?

Thank you.

Cheers from Germany!

Is it true that you would pass out within 15-20 seconds when an aircraft loses pressurization?
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 04 July 2014 13:09

Cabin Depressurization Causes Release of Oxygen Masks
Hi Capt Lim,

I read,

"…That if the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe normally.

More important - at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you pass out. Put yours on first and then do your kids. Passing out for a few seconds won't harm the kids. "

Is it true?

When to trust the flight instruments and when to ignore them?
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:31

Air France Flight 447's harrowing end

Hi Captain Lim,

I have read that in an emergency (example, when the plane is stalling), a pilot must always rely on his flight instruments and not on his own instincts. Is this true?

What if it were like in the case of Air France Flight 447? Due to the blocked pitot tubes, the altitude indicators displayed a false drop in altitude, so the pilot, relying on the wrong information, pulled up the plane to a higher altitude. This (added on with other errors) led to the plane stalling and the Airbus crashing. - Source: Air Crash Investigation.

So how can a pilot know when to trust his flight instruments and when to ignore them?

Sean Yew
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