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Would a plane fall if the headwind suddenly stops?
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 20 March 2015 14:11
 
Ground Speed and Airspeed

Hi Captain,

My question is in regards to take off. I fly all the time for work but by no means understand any of the technical nature of flying. Keep that in mind as I write this question.

Let's say under a normal day with wind conditions at or below 10-15 miles per hour, a plane can take off at 200 mph heading into the wind.

My question is, what happens on an incredibly windy day. Let's say you take off into 70 mph wind gusts. Does the wind help the plane take off much earlier than the required hypothetical 200 mph?

Also, if it does take off at 130 mph (130mph + 70mph wind) and the wind suddenly stops, would the plane fall if the speed had not reached the 200 mph needed to fly?  

Thanks,

Mike
 
Do airline pilots get sunburn in long haul flight?
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:52

On Ultra Violet (UV) Rays

Hi Captain Lim,

How are you? I have a question:

Do airline pilots get sunburn in long haul flight? If yes, then how do they protect themselves?

Finally, does the windshield of newer aircraft (eg: Boeing 777, 747-8) block out more UV radiation?

I read that flying, especially at high altitude, can increase the risk of skin cancer significantly. But, I also know that windshield is laminated and has a vinyl inter-layer that should block out most UV rays (both type A and B). Unfortunately, UV intensity does increases with height..

Please correct me if I am wrong.

I appreciate your opinion.

Thank you

Hon SC, (PPL student)
 
A rude pilot who claims he doesn't speak English!
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:29
 
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Hi Captain Lim,

I would like to ask you about pilot manners.

I met a pilot just now in an airport hotel, he's a captain. When I asked him if I could take a photo with him, he answered, “I don’t speak English!” and he just walked away.

Is that how a pilot would react to people?

Ke Li
 
Changing my career from sailing to piloting…
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 20 February 2015 16:17

From Air Stewardess to Pilot

Hi Captain,

I've read your book "Life in the Skies" and it really inspired me to pursue my dreams. I have always wanted to be a pilot since at a very young age. I'm 24 years old this year.

Currently I am working as a Navigating Officer (3rd Officer) under MISC which transports LNG.

Are there any possibilities if I take up piloting? Is it too late to build up my piloting career?

I have a Diploma in Nautical Studies. Can I apply for cadetship program with my Diploma or still require my SPM certificate? Is it possible to get a sponsorship?

I really hope to hear from you and that you could guide me, Captain Lim.

Sincerely,

Christie
 
Does a jet aircraft need to constantly adjust nose down to follow the curvature of the earth?
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:51
 
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Dear Capt Lim;

I have limited flying experience (two introductory flight lessons in a Cessna and several commercial flights, including some Transatlantic trips), so please excuse my ignorance.

I was wondering; since the earth is spherical and the curvature is approximately 6 foot "drop" for every three miles i.e. a 6 foot person will disappear over the horizon 3 miles away, does a jet aircraft need to be constantly adjusted nose down to adjust for the curvature of the earth?

In other words, if a plane was trimmed for straight and level flight, would it "gain altitude" while flying as the earth surface "fell away" due to the curvature?

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Johnson
 
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