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Old 02-25-2017, 05:52 PM   #7551
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

Pilot humor:

He left home about 8:30 a.m. t! o do some work in his hanger at the airport with his friends. On the way out the door he answered his wife's "what time will you be home?" question with "probably about 1:30, I'll have lunch at the airport."
1:30 came & went, 3:00 passed, 6:15, still not home, finally at about 7:00 pm he rolls in the driveway, and presents his wife with a pizza, and begins the apologetic story:
I finished cleaning the plane about 11:30, had lunch, and I started home, when alongside the road I saw this attractive girl with a flat tire on her car. I stopped to help, got the tire changed, and looked around for a place to wash my hands. She offered money, but I refused, so she suggested that I at least allow her to buy me a beer. She said there's a tavern just up the road, and they have a restroom, you can clean up a bit. I agreed to stop, we had a beer, then another beer, then a couple more, and I realized that this girl was not only pretty, she was very friendly, and a good companion to spend time with. Before I knew it, we were in the motel next door having sex. And that is why I am so late getting home.
His wife looked him right in the eye and said "don't lie to me;

YOU WENT FLYING, DIDN'T YOU?"
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:40 PM   #7552
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Two things from a recent flight:

1) How do they pick the routing? Flying from Houston to Buenos Aires, we flew across to the Yucatan, down Central America, cut across the Pacific something like San Jose, Costa Rica to Quito, then followed the Andes to almost Santiago before turning east. That seems a lot out of the way as compared to going straight across the Caribbean/Brazil sort of direction.

2) What sort of medical facilities are on board? I caught some nasty bug, but I was thinking 'what if it were worse'? Do they have a place where a passenger can lay down if they're really sick, or is it 'suffer in your seat until we can touch down', in the case of an emergency?
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:02 AM   #7553
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

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1) How do they pick the routing? Flying from Houston to Buenos Aires, we flew across to the Yucatan, down Central America, cut across the Pacific something like San Jose, Costa Rica to Quito, then followed the Andes to almost Santiago before turning east. That seems a lot out of the way as compared to going straight across the Caribbean/Brazil sort of direction.
Everything you mentioned except for Santiago is on a straight line between Houston and Buenos Aires.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:43 AM   #7554
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Lol. Direct route crosses neither the Caribbean nor Brazil.

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Old 02-26-2017, 10:32 AM   #7555
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http://aerosavvy.com/great-circle-routes/
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:46 AM   #7556
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That appears to be a circle route.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:32 PM   #7557
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Oops. Good call on the routing. Sorry about that. The way it was shown on the little seat back app made it seem more disjointed and out-of-the-way than it actually was.

We were west of the Andes further south, but that doesn't seem so much out of the way with Minimalist's image. Thanks for all the corrections.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:35 PM   #7558
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

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WOXOF, should they take Harrison Ford's license from him? Will they?
Professional pilots have done much worse and kept their tickets. Not saying its right, just saying.
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Old Yesterday, 12:05 AM   #7559
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Planes have to aim east past the destination because the earth rotates while they're in the air.
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Old Yesterday, 12:32 AM   #7560
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that's gold, Jerry!
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