Thank you for your wonderful site and inspiring book [Life in the Skies]. The book is really simple to read. It consist a lot of information about the procedures and safety of flight.
I really want to be a commercial airline pilot and thank God my parents are willing to send me to a flying school (HMA) and class will commence starting middle of March 2014. Actually I am already equipped with a Degree in Engineering but still flying is my passion and dream, and I would go all out for my dream, but as we all know in the past 3 years there was a glut of pilots and many of them got their wings clipped. So here are some of my questions:
1) What is the current employment rate now for commercial airline pilots? Does AirAsia still hire co-pilot from the flying schools?
2) According to the current news about MAS suffering a massive loss, when an airline is suffering at such loss, do they still hire pilots?
3) Are the graduates from flying school qualified enough to be hired as co-pilots? Or they have to find their own ways to increase their flying hours?
4) Is it true graduates from flying school have to take yearly examination/test to keep their CPL active?
5) Is there any expiration for CPL/IR with ATPL holder? In the event they are not able to secure a job as pilot?
6) In your opinion, what do you think of the employment rate for this coming 2 years?
Thank you for your time and I hope I can get some advice from you.
I have a question. I read your article about what a pilot needs to do to make his woman happy and show her appreciation for the hard family life - take her with him on flight sometimes, encourage her to take travelling perks to visit friends’ family or be in touch every day with a web cam at the end of the day. Make sure basically that even though he may want to do his thing, he still has to make time for her.
I dated a pilot for 4 years. He used to do his thing first, then if time was left, he would call me, usually via phone (no web cam), but by then he was too tired to engage in any meaningful conversation. Sometimes he would not even bother calling and would do so the following day as if it was nothing.
The most important thing I want to ask is: is it normal for a pilot to visit family and friends on his days off at regular monthly intervals, leaving me in the U.K. where we live, alone for 17 days in a row? (6 working away, 5 days off spent in his country doing his hobbies, 6 working away = 17 before he finally comes home to me in the UK).
When he was away on days off he would also be hard to get hold of. His phone would be out of credit or battery or he didn't hear. This would happen every month. The damage on us was huge. I’d like to know if this is normal and whether I was entitled to complain.
I love reading your blog and I recently bought your book from AirAsia. I have some questions and hope that you can help me.
My son is 12 years old. We travel a lot every year. He was ok flying long haul since he was a child until when he reached 9 and started vomiting non-stop during flights.
On many occasions, he even starts vomiting before leaving the house, then non-stop pre-boarding and during flights.
He seems to be ok for short haul flights (maybe up to 3 hours). We are still traveling nevertheless. He likes to travel but the constant vomiting really annoys us.
My questions are:
1) What causes vomiting in the flight? (He does not have any motion sickness).
2) How to overcome the problem? Are there any medications or exercises that can reduce the vomiting?
3) Malaysia Airlines nowadays do not carry sufficient sick bags, so we bring our own. Can we report to this to the air safety authority for violating any rules?
4) They even wanted us to throw the sick bags ourselves into the toilet waste bin. In long haul flights, there are always long queue for the toilets. Is there any other ways of getting a better service? (We only fly coach)
And last question: How to get an autograph from you on your book?
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