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Is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner safe to fly?
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 16:41

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough 2014

Hi Capt Lim,

I am flying internationally from Florida to Gatwick, London for the first time. I leave in about a month's time and have been researching Boeing 787 and found some pretty freaky information.

I read that the planes are prone to windshield cracks, battery malfunctions and read about something with fires.

I also read that if they get struck by lightning as they aren't made out of the correct lightning defective material.

They have been fixing 40 planes that have had hairline cracks in the wings? I am going to be on this flight for 9 hours.

I am freaking out!

Bunny
 
Instructor kills my passion and dream to be a pilot
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:49

Real Life Flight Instructor Career

Hi Captain Lim,

First of all I would like to thank you for this amazing website. It has given me lots of information about flying. I bought your book Life in the Skies recently and found it really interesting.

I am currently a student pilot in a flying school doing CPL/IR and frozen ATPL course. I am doing flight simulator training for 10 hours on twin engines now. I am finding it tough to learn as my instructor who is a former air force pilot, is giving me a hard time by screaming, shouting, smacking heads, etc.

I am trying my best to learn and focus on my part here but with all that’s happening, it’s really hard for me to concentrate. It kills the passion and my dream to be a pilot.

I would like to know, do pilots in airlines face the same treatment or they are treated more professionally?

I understand the need to motivate students, whether through positive or negative encouragement but is it a necessity for instructors to shout and scream at students who are learning? Or it’s how they are taught in the air force?

I hope you can share your thoughts and opinions on this.

Best regards

Tan
 
Aspiring UK pilot dreams to become an airline pilot in Asia
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 28 July 2014 22:00

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

Hi Captain Lim

I am a 25 year old UK citizen looking to pursue my dream to train and become an airline pilot.

I have looked at Oxford Aviation and CTC Wings in the UK. However due to the costs involved in their ATPL courses, the current European climate for jobs is at the end and my goal is to live and work in Asia, I am now looking further afield to the Flight Schools in Asia as well.

Having done some research, All Asia Aviation based in the Philippines was recommended to me. Whilst the course seems slightly different to an integrated ATPL i.e. All Asia Aviation seem to train you through a modular approach - PPL, CPL, MER, IR Rating as compared to OAA where you begin with 6 Months ATPL exams and ground school, then go on and do the flight training. The end result/ qualification seem the same and I would still need a type rating to progress with an airline.

I also believe that I’d have to take my ATPL exams, are they a huge step up from the CPL exams?

My thoughts are that whilst training in Asia I am at the centre of Asia's Aviation growth so may find openings and placements with Asian Airlines at the end of my training.

Do you think this is quite plausible or are Asian Airlines only recruiting their own citizens through their own flight training programmes?

Is there also any Asian flight schools you recommend and do you find that students who follow training course such as the one set by All Asia Aviation hinders their progress for securing an Airline position due to this?

I hope you can share your knowledge and opinions on this.

Many thanks

Joe
 
The MH 370 and MH 17 tragedies obviously haven’t helped my fears of flying
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 08:07

Malaysia Airlines MH17 shot down

Hi Capt Lim,

My parents have booked us up for Orlando next summer from Gatwick. What they don't realise is that I have an awful fear of flying.

Every time I think about the possibility of the plane crashing or a terrorist being on board I just get into a panic and tell myself that I'm never going to step on a plane.

The recent missing Malaysian plane and the one that had just crashed on the Russia/Ukraine border obviously haven’t helped my fears. The thought of everyone panicking on the plane including my family and knowing that we're all likely to die if something happened is horrible and sends my mind racing with fear and horrible thoughts.

I've only been on a plane twice and that was when I was too young to be fearful. I'm not actually worried about things like turbulence, but as I've already mentioned, I am fearful of the plane crashing, either due to or not due to a terrorist incident.

I realise that I am going to have to get on the plane for the sake of my family but the thought of it fills me with fear when really I should be looking forward to it.

Are there any words of advice or encouragement you can give me to reassure me and maybe alleviate my fears?

Would Gatwick to Orlando be considered a high risk flight?

Thanks.

Steve
 
How planes are kept in contact with the air traffic controllers over the Ocean?
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:37

Funny ATC (VHF Communication) as President Obama Departs Boston


Hi Captain Lim,

I am flying from Toronto to London and I was wondering how planes are kept in contact with the air traffic controllers once over the Atlantic Ocean.

Thank you.

Ryan
 
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