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I am a bit scared flying across the South Atlantic in an Airbus A330
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:22

Air France Flight 447 Crash 'Didn't Have to Happen,' Expert Says

Dear Capt. Lim

I am an aviation enthusiast but sometimes can become nervous about flying! I like reading from your website!

Please, I have a question about a flight that I am anxious about!

I am flying from Recife, Brazil to Portugal next month for work in an A330! I am anxious because it is on the same plane model, at night and passes exactly where Air France 447 unfortunately crashed! So I am a bit scared!

Were the issues with the pitot tubes solved? Did pilots get additional training and are ensuring their radars can capture where the bad weather will be?

Is it as safe flying on an A330 as it would be on another model like an A340 or Boeing 777?

Thank you very much!

Kind regards,

Aristides
 
Capt Sully: “It is important not to define safety as an absence of accidents…”
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 03:31

How Safe is Flying?

Hi Captain Lim,

I am Keith from Singapore. My school has organised a trip to Taiwan but my parents did not allow me to go at first. However, after much persuasion, she changed her mind. That was before the MH17 crash. (My deepest condolences to the lost lives)

After MH 17 crashed, she started to develop this fear of me going abroad (which I have done once by myself and many times with my family) She said she was very worried as she thought something could happen to me

I have read your book, Life In The Skies and I assured her about the safety about flying you have written in your book but my mom still have that fear in her...

Please help me.

And one more thing, when I grow up I really want to become a pilot like you then retire and become a "pilot teacher"

Could you please give me some insight on what you learn when you undergo the pilot training.

Thank you

Keith
 
Is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner safe to fly?
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Saturday, 09 August 2014 16:41

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough 2014

Hi Capt Lim,

I am flying internationally from Florida to Gatwick, London for the first time. I leave in about a month's time and have been researching Boeing 787 and found some pretty freaky information.

I read that the planes are prone to windshield cracks, battery malfunctions and read about something with fires.

I also read that if they get struck by lightning as they aren't made out of the correct lightning defective material.

They have been fixing 40 planes that have had hairline cracks in the wings? I am going to be on this flight for 9 hours.

I am freaking out!

Bunny
 
Instructor kills my passion and dream to be a pilot
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:49

Real Life Flight Instructor Career

Hi Captain Lim,

First of all I would like to thank you for this amazing website. It has given me lots of information about flying. I bought your book Life in the Skies recently and found it really interesting.

I am currently a student pilot in a flying school doing CPL/IR and frozen ATPL course. I am doing flight simulator training for 10 hours on twin engines now. I am finding it tough to learn as my instructor who is a former air force pilot, is giving me a hard time by screaming, shouting, smacking heads, etc.

I am trying my best to learn and focus on my part here but with all that’s happening, it’s really hard for me to concentrate. It kills the passion and my dream to be a pilot.

I would like to know, do pilots in airlines face the same treatment or they are treated more professionally?

I understand the need to motivate students, whether through positive or negative encouragement but is it a necessity for instructors to shout and scream at students who are learning? Or it’s how they are taught in the air force?

I hope you can share your thoughts and opinions on this.

Best regards

Tan
 
Aspiring UK pilot dreams to become an airline pilot in Asia
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Monday, 28 July 2014 22:00

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

Hi Captain Lim

I am a 25 year old UK citizen looking to pursue my dream to train and become an airline pilot.

I have looked at Oxford Aviation and CTC Wings in the UK. However due to the costs involved in their ATPL courses, the current European climate for jobs is at the end and my goal is to live and work in Asia, I am now looking further afield to the Flight Schools in Asia as well.

Having done some research, All Asia Aviation based in the Philippines was recommended to me. Whilst the course seems slightly different to an integrated ATPL i.e. All Asia Aviation seem to train you through a modular approach - PPL, CPL, MER, IR Rating as compared to OAA where you begin with 6 Months ATPL exams and ground school, then go on and do the flight training. The end result/ qualification seem the same and I would still need a type rating to progress with an airline.

I also believe that I’d have to take my ATPL exams, are they a huge step up from the CPL exams?

My thoughts are that whilst training in Asia I am at the centre of Asia's Aviation growth so may find openings and placements with Asian Airlines at the end of my training.

Do you think this is quite plausible or are Asian Airlines only recruiting their own citizens through their own flight training programmes?

Is there also any Asian flight schools you recommend and do you find that students who follow training course such as the one set by All Asia Aviation hinders their progress for securing an Airline position due to this?

I hope you can share your knowledge and opinions on this.

Many thanks

Joe
 
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