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Whether I can unfreeze my ATPL with single engine hours?
Written by Capt Lim   
Sunday, 29 June 2008 10:17

Hi Capt Lim,

I am a student in one of the Flying Academies in Malaysia. News regarding the increase in fuel price shocked me as most of the local airlines are stopping or reducing pilot recruitment. My questions are:-

a. Is it better for me to unfreeze my Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) before joining the airlines?

b. What position do I get if I unfreeze my ATPL and join an airline?

c. Can I fly single engine aircraft such as Piper 28 to unfreeze my ATPL?

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

Vincent

 
A medical student aspiring to be an airline pilot...
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 23 June 2008 07:14

Hi Captain Lim,

I have just browsed through your site and it's really useful. I am a final year medical student and aspire to be an international airline pilot. I am due to graduate in March, 2010 and I need your advice in the following points:-

a. Which is the best of the best flight school for International students in the USA?

b. Is it better for me to work as an instructor to build up my hours or should I return to my home country and apply for the airlines as I do not intend to spend extra money and not being hired after that?                                             

c. As an Arab from Egypt, which airlines can I apply to?                                             

d. Does my medical degree be an advantage when I apply for a major airline or shall I consider having a degree in aeronautical science, for example, to stand a high chance of being hired?

David Tharwat

 
Is it dangerous for an Airbus A340 to fly with a cracked windscreen?
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 20 June 2008 22:36

Dear Captain Lim,

I read from the newspaper that a Cathay Pacific A340 Airbus continued its journey from Vancouver to Hong Kong with a broken wind screen. I wonder if this is too dangerous for the pilot to continue with the journey.

Why didn't the captain of the Airbus divert his plane to a nearest airport for an emergency landing instead of continuing with the journey? The flight finally landed at Seoul due to insufficient fuel to proceed onto Hong Kong.

Although the news reported that the wind screen is made of 3 layers of glass (I doubted that the wind screen should be made of acrylic resin), will it break into pieces when the internal compartment is pressurized.

Can you explain how a well-trained pilot deal with this kind of emergency?

Janus Poon

 
Do things get weaker as they get bigger?
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 07:03
Hi Capt Lim,

Just a quick note of thanks as much as a question. Actually it's a very long note!

Your website has calmed my major fear, which was concern over the structural strength of the aircraft during heavy turbulence.

Ironically I am less afraid in smaller aircraft, as I find it easier to believe they are simply bouncing over choppy air like a car over a rough road and can easily withstand such impacts and jolts. When it comes to the huge Airbus and Boeing liners I find it harder to understand how anything of such sheer size can withstand such stresses.

 
Was the Boeing 777 crash at Heathrow due to pilot error or computer failure?
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Friday, 13 June 2008 13:15
Dear Capt Lim,

I am unable to find any latest news on this crash. Why are there no answers as this type of aircraft is still flying around? It is unusual to have a crash at an airfield and have all the evidence, as was this case, and still unable to solve the problem. I believe the captain is still not flying.       

Is it pilot error or computer failure? This is the most important question to be answered.

Hodson.

 
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