Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by makikiboy, Apr 29, 2018.
This opinion would bear more weight coming from an airline pilot.
Cabin configuration is up to the purchasing airline.
I'm more concerned about in between the takeoff and landing.
It is not an opinion, it is fact. Well my husband has over 32 years (so far) as a commercial pilot and all our friends are too so.....
Ask the Captain: Are most airline pilots from the military? - USA Today
Question: Are most airline pilots former United States Air Force members? Answer: No, most of the airline pilots today come from a civilian background. The time (in years) that the military demands from pilots is over 10 years after graduation from flight school. It used to be 6 years.
32 years driving one of those jets is an admirable record. Don't get shot at but have to have SA and a cool head.
For the record I think they made too much fuss over that female pilot on the SW jet. Yes, she is a former F-18 pilot but she followed a standard emergency procedure for decompression and single engine at altitude. I would hope any airline pilot would do the same
Same fuss if it wasn't a female?
My comment: Adds nothing to discussion except for trivia.
I actually was the estimator to readjust the taxiway striping on a certain unnamed Naval Air Station due to the wings being too wide for the existing setup.
Sully was not female and he got quite a bit of attention.
Former USAF pilot in F-4's too.
To me, it is more that every article with a male pilot says "the pilot, John Doe, did xxx" but when it is a woman, it will say "the FEMALE pilot, Jane Doe, did xxx". It's unnecessary to say if it was male or female. They are equally qualified and capable, therefore the distinction is not needed.
I guess we are straying off topic, but I was on a Delta from Atlanta to Baltimore that had an all female crew and we hit severe turbulence. I didn't care who was on the stick, I was just grateful to get on the ground.
Out of all professional pilots, only around 5% are female. While the distinction is not needed, it is appropriate to mention, given the relative rarity of female pilots.
Female pilots have their own association. Military female pilots/flight engineers have been around a while but just recently have become combat pilots.
My experience is that women are excellent pilots. A female pilot in a 737 would likely make for a very safe flight, and the safest way to travel.
Was there a hue and cry here about male pilots in A320s after Sully put his plane down in the Hudson? Of course, that incident was birds, but the Airbus is in fact a statistically less safe aircraft. I’m just wondering if all this angst is “we’ll become overwrought by the last thing that happened.”
You are free to move about the country in any aircraft you choose. Or, you can drive. If you do that I’m pretty sure having a female driver would be your safest choice. But, he said smiling, you’d be way less safe driving than being in a 737.............
I don't know about the political correctness of how much of the reporting stated that the pilot was female, but I actually do like that they said it a lot.
There are career paths open to women that many young ladies don't necessarily know about or consider. STEM careers (the pilot's degrees are in biology and agribusiness) have a much lower population of woman than the actual percentage of woman in the workforce. If mentioning her gender helps one person to find a career path they hadn't previously considered, it is a good thing.
Saying that she simply followed standard procedures is an attempt to downplay the amount of pressure on anyone actually doing that in an emergency. The guy who scores a touchdown in a football game probably just followed standard procedures, too.
Actually that isn't an attempt to downplay pressure but a statement of fact meant to enlighten. All pilots of multi engine aircraft learn how to perform this procedure and practice it in simulators just so there will be no pressure-hence mistakes. The pressure comes when there are no engines running.
I get that there is lots of training provided (necessarily) to pilots, but that does not the negate the fact that you only feel the pressure of real-life situations when they actually happen. Yes, the training helps a whole lot but my experience with training, simulation, and reality is that it is a whole lot different being under simulated fire than when someone is actually firing at you. Maybe pilots are totally different, but most of them I have known put their pants on one leg at time just like almost everyone else.
Perhaps I took that comment the wrong way but my point is simple--pilots are trained to do a lot of things but it is still a damn good thing when they actually carry out the plan under duress.
Took SW back to MSP yesterday and we landed in the middle of a thunderstorm with 40-50 mph winds, that was exciting, the passengers applauded when we touched down. Thank god for good pilots.
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