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“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman.”

Via: Yahoo

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Carey Smith Steacy, a Canadian airline pilot with 17 years of experience, apparently received a blunt and critical letter from a distraught passenger recently. But the issue was not the pilot’s flying style, penchant for finding mid-air turbulence or poor bedside manner.

The issue at hand was the pilot’s ovaries, and the fact that she was not at home doting on children. Where, apparently, she is supposed to be.

“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” reads a letter written on a napkin left aboard a Calgary flight to Victoria, B.C., obtained by Metro News. “A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as ‘captain.’ Were (sic) short on mothers, not pilots WestJet.”

The letter further contained reference to a biblical verse and concludes, “In the end, this is all mere vanity.”

http://shine.yahoo.com/westjet-passenger-leaves-super-sexist-note-for-female-pilot-161057500.html

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Message to Captain Stacey: As Captain Earhart said, “Do it”.

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March 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Air India pilots suspended for leaving cabin crew in charge of plane while they slept in business class

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Via: Indepenent

Two Air India pilots have been suspended after reporting to leave a plane on autopilot in the hands of cabin crew while they slept in business class.

The pilots left the cockpit for 40 minutes while they had a nap, leaving two flight attendants in charge of flying the plane who accidentally turned off the autopilot, The Times of India reports.

The two pilots are reported to have rushed back from their seats to steer the plane back to safety once they realised the auto-pilot had been turned off.

An Air India source said the crew members’ actions “made a mockery of air safety”. (yeah, you think?)

“It is standard procedure to ensure the presence of a second person in the cockpit if the pilot is not able to operate the aircraft. But what actually happened after this made a mockery of air safety,” the source told The Times of India.

The four crew members on the Bangkok to Delhi flight have been suspended, and Air India has admitted in a statement today that there was “over stay of the cabin crew in the cockpit”.

HOWEVER, it claims it was the co-pilot not the cabin crew who switched off the auto-pilot, saying “due to distraction (see photo), the co-pilot touched the auto pilot disconnect button momentarily. But the same was connected back.”

An inquiry about the incident is now being conducted by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGVA). Arun Mishra, director general of DGVA, said: “Following a safety violation, the airline has already suspended the people in question. We are conducting an inquiry into the matter.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/air-india-pilots-suspended-for-leaving-cabin-crew-in-charge-of-plane-while-they-slept-in-business-class-8603075.html

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May 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1931 – The Graf Zeppelin’s Rendezvous with the Pyramids

Via: MS – Museum Syndicate

http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=49221&tag=2

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The LZ-127 was originally planned to exploit the latest technology in airships, building on the advances of the earlier LZ-126 which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in October 1924, as the USS Los Angeles (ZR-3)). Dr. Hugo Eckener had to campaign for its construction for two years before getting permission to proceed with construction of the new airship at the Zeppelin works, Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, at Friedrichshafen in Germany

The Graf Zeppelin flew for the first time on 18 September 1928, and, with a total length of 236.6 metres (776 ft) and volume of 105,000 cubic metres (3,700,000 cu ft), was the largest airship up to that time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_127_Graf_Zeppelin

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August 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment