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How pilots remember and repeat the ATC instructions?
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:16

Live ATC - Rude Air Traffic Controller

Hi Captain Lim,

Thanks for your wonderful and resourceful website. I am curious as to how you guys remember and repeat all the ATC instructions within a few seconds. I listen to ATC channels sometimes, and it could be a bit tough.

"Qantas 001, information is now Echo, altimeter 1008. Turn left to 270, direct to (some waypoint), decent to FL370, expect a 3 minute left hand pattern at ___, expect BORRY2 arrival for runway 24L".

And if they are mean enough, they sometimes say all of that in one transmission plus radio frequency change.

I have heard some pilots write it down, while some pilots just know it because they fly that route quite a few times. But how often do you see pilots actually writing the stuffs down?

As a First Officer or Captain, it might be a bit embarrassing.

Thanks for your time

Martin
 
Fear of Flying – Causes and Tips
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:56

Overcoming Fear of Flying with SOAR

Good Afternoon Capt Lim,

I have a fear of flying and plan to take anxiety pills to help with the flights.

Do you have any suggestions I should do before the flight(s)? It isn't until the 7th and 8th of Dec.

I have been looking at pictures and trying to get as much information about each plane. I am hoping you would have some more information I could take into consideration.

My husband is flying with me, he is does not have the same fear. I have been on air planes before, but every time, I had to take something to calm me down.

Do you have anything for me to take or something I can do to help me?

Thank you so much

Christine
 
Failed pilot interview twice and very depressed…
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Sunday, 09 November 2014 16:36
 
Top 10 pilot interview questions and answers

Hi Captain Lim,

I stumbled upon your website while looking for some information on interviews for second officer and would really really appreciate your advice and enlightenment.

My boyfriend had graduated from a renowned flying school in the UK for almost close to a year now. He had been to two interviews for two major regional low cost carriers and unfortunately failed both interviews. I understand that reasons are not provided after you were not selected, but I am really curious as to what might have been the factors that could have led to him not getting through.

He recently got rejected at Stage 3 of the selection, which was based on group work and a face to face interview. As per his academics and track record, he's performed well. As an individual, he's an excellent team worker, as well as an calm and composed boy.

He's in his early twenties. I do not know whether his age was an issue, but from what I remembered, the airlines that he both interviewed with, he spoke to some individuals who were working for the airline and was told that they could help him and give him some advice. I'm not so sure if that could have jeopardized his interview instead. He's currently very depressed and clueless.

Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

Eunn
 
Is it normal to have painful ears during flight?
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Saturday, 01 November 2014 14:40

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Hi Captain.

I have just touched down at around 9.30pm today from Miri, Sarawak. At about 45 minutes before we landed, I felt the plane was flying lower and slower than usual. By that time my ears were hurting me so much that I couldn’t wait for the plane to land.

It was like I was going deaf and I couldn’t really hear my own voice. I tried to swallow my saliva and blow my nose while pinching them (it’s a tip I got from a cartoon btw) but nothing works.

It is still hurting now, and I have arrived home. This is my 3rd flight this year (Kuala Lumpur-East Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur) and I have never experienced so much pain in my ears before.

Is this normal?

Nadia
 
Nervous flyer worried about pilots’ disorientation and accidents
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Friday, 17 October 2014 14:07

Spatial disorientation 1

Hi Capt,

Just a quick question about Pilots Spatial Disorientation (SD) and Stall Recovery.

According to the following paper (source) the chance of a pilot experiencing SD during their career is in the order of 90 to 100 percent. And several studies show that SD accounts for some 15 percent to 26 percent of fatal accidents.

The above-mentioned facts plus a few of the more recent accidents with SD being one of the primary factors (Kenya Airways, Adam Air, Air France, Air Algerie where the experienced pilots failed to execute stall recovery procedure) make me very nervous of flying. It just seems to me that the human factor is still one of the main contributors of aviation accidents and incidents.

Could you please give me assurance that I shouldn't be worried about flying?

Deano.
 
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