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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

Klaus
 
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!

Klaus
 
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?

Joseph
 
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
 
How safe is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:43

Pilot Report – Flying the Boeing 787

Hello Sir,

I'm a fan of yours and a regular visitor of this site for more than 5 years now. I am planning to book a flight from Singapore to Dubai via Qatar Airways using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

I don’t know anything about this plane but I have heard a lot about its birth pains and I wanted to know your take on the safety of this plane.

Thank you sir and may you have the grandest day!

Sincerely,

Allan
 
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