Recently I went on a trip with my kid sister and each time, the pilots were men and the flight attendants were women and even while we were waiting to board, we watched the pilots and flight attendants for other airlines walk to their gates and it was always the same and she was curious and disgruntled about this, so I thought I would ask the hive mind. Are there institutional/systemic/socioeconomic reasons why the pilot/flight attendant makeup isn't proportionate to the population they serve?
posted by Sully
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Can you tell me in great detail what would happen if a 2-engine airliner ingested a bird into one of its engines while on approach to land? [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Nov 21, 2012 -
Apart from a well-considered thank you note what might be an appropriate way to thank a pilot who is flying myself and another patient to a hospital for treatment? He's serving as part of a charity and I plan to write him there as well as thank the charity for organizing it. Weight is an issue, so a nice jar filled with goodies is out. I'd love to find/do something that would personal and memorable.
posted by Mertonian
on Nov 5, 2012 -
I recently heard a story about a party for an airline pilots union in New Orleans that was slated for the evening of September 11th. The restaurant canceled the event because of the tragedies that day, and the union tried to sue for breach of contract, but eventually abandoned it from the threat from the restaurant of going public.
I can't find anything about it online. Anybody heard of this story and have a link? Or is this an urban legend? I haven't found anything on snopes.
posted by destro
on Apr 29, 2010 -
I once heard about a series of novels about WWI pilots in the vein of the Aubrey-Maturin series, or Flashman. Might have had "Hell" in the title. It was basically about a bunch of crazy guys who knew that they had a good chance of dying. IIRC, the commander of the group had to justify buying silk scarves for the pilots to keep their necks from chafing. Any ideas?
posted by nushustu
on May 21, 2009 -
So I just watched the (terrible) pilot for the 2003 tv show L.A. Confidential
. I've also heard Michael Tolkin talk about the tv show for The Player
, which I've never been able to find. My questions are: where can I find The Player tv show and what other films have had failed tv shows not make it past the pilot stage?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Apr 5, 2009 -
Over the holidays while waiting at the airport watching the private jets come and go, my wife and I began a conversation surrounding the logistics of being a private pilot. What does the pilot do while the passengers/plane owners holiday? Wait at a hotel? Catch a commercial flight home?
posted by Keith Talent
on Jan 3, 2006 -
I'm looking for blogs written by pilots of (or about) planes, helicoptors, blimps, etc. Got any links?
posted by o2b
on Jun 16, 2005 -
Why are the first few episodes of cartoons usually the worst? Ignoring the pilot which might have had a different production team, there seems to be some magic rule that the first three episodes of any new cartoon series are going to be pretty lackluster. I’ve been watching some Futurama reruns and have noticed that there are less jokes per minute, the voices and timing are really off, and the animation in some parts is sub-par. I’ve noticed this in other series too. Is there some kind of review the production team goes through after episode three? Perhaps they don’t get to see the first couple of episodes until they are working on the fifth? Does the voice talent just ‘gel’ after a few episodes?
posted by skallas
on Nov 4, 2004 -
how is skywriting achieved ?, is there some sort of GPS or computer assistance .. or just pilots with a sixth sense ?.
posted by mrben
on Sep 13, 2004 -