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Plane trembled then dropped!
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:52

Use of Spoilers

Hi Captain Lim,

I stumbled upon your site recently and I am very thankful for the service you're doing for the flying public.

Anyway, a few years ago, I was on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Rome. We were on (or near) the decent phase of the flight when the plane started to vibrate/tremble/shudder.

I can compare the feeling to a car engine that's having trouble starting or staying turned on.

Right after, the plane suddenly dropped to its left side for around two seconds.

This happened another time before we landed in Rome.

From what I remember, the weather outside was pretty fair, with a few clouds scattered about.

What do you think could be the cause of this?

Hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Ven
 
Please help! I have a severe fear of flying!
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:31

Fear of Flying help video by Virgin Flying Without Fear Team

Hi Capt Lim,

I have such a severe fear of flying. Even when I hear the word airplane I get nervous.

I need to fly really soon and I was wondering if you have any tips?

Nothing online seems to be working. The noises that the plane makes also play a big role in my fear.

Please help!

Thanks

David
 
What is the effect if an airplane remains stationary in the sky as the earth rotates?
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:48
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Hi Capt Lim,

I was so interested and really enjoyed reading Life In The Skies. I learned a lot from this book and some of my questions have all been answered in the book.

I recommended this book to my friends and they also felt that it is more wonderful than the Hong Kong's drama Triumph in the Skies.

We need your help to answer two questions that we always are curious about:-

1. What is the effect if an airplane remains stationary in the sky as the earth rotates on its axis?

2. Does a FLY fly faster than a flying aircraft in the cabin?

I always thought that it would hit the back of the plane if it is slower than a flying aircraft.

See Yaw Koon
 
What are your thoughts on the Malaysian Boeing 777 flight?
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Friday, 21 March 2014 13:53

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 on Flight Radar Playback

Hello Capt Lim,

I have just discovered your website and wondered what your thoughts are on the missing Malaysian flight.

Sheri Irvine
 
Can a pilot smoke and 'entertain​' passengers in the cockpit?
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:22

Questions about cockpit behaviour of co-pilot
 
Dear Captain Lim,

Just yesterday, I came across this 'news article' while browsing the internet (See here). In the article, a young woman claimed she was entertained in the cockpit for the entire duration of her MAS flight back in 2011 and that one of those pilots was also the first officer of the missing B777-200ER of flight MH370.

She also claimed that the pilots were "smoking throughout the flight". In the video attached to the article, the news reporter also mentioned that while there are regulations preventing passengers from smoking in-flight, these do not apply to the pilots themselves.

I am aware that there are very strict regulations for pilots and their consumption of alcohol, and I assumed that there would be equally stringent rules for smoking as well. Thus, I found it very hard to believe that a pilot would not only smoke in the cockpit, but also get away with such a breach in security protocols.

The sceptic in me suspects that this story was more likely the result of a young woman who found her pictures with the pilots on her flight, made up most (if not all) of this story to go with the photos, and presented it to the media in an effort to bring some attention towards herself. This may or may not have been the case. Ultimately, my knowledge of what goes on behind cockpit doors is limited, hence the following questions:

1. Are there any regulations in place to prevent pilots from smoking in the cockpit? If there are, how would those regulations compare to the ones governing the consumption of alcohol?

2. Are there any smoke detectors in a cockpit?

3. From my understanding, pilots often work with different pilots on each flight. Therefore, how likely would it be that a pilot would agree to remain silent when his colleague on the flight deck was being very "inviting" towards some of his passengers? Wouldn't the pilot be more likely to report his colleague's errant behaviour, in the event that he failed to convince his colleague to act in a more professional manner?

The disappearance of flight MH370 is a sad event, which for some has likely ruined their confidence in air travel. As an aviation enthusiast, it saddens me even more that this article is being circulated, further damaging the public's perception of airline pilots.

Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read my questions, and thank you for answering questions in your blog from those of us who want to know more about matters in aviation.

Warm regards,

C.U.

PS. I have read your book 'Life in the Skies' and enjoyed it a lot and I am also enjoying the book 'Cockpit Confidential' by Patrick Smith, which I probably would not have picked up had you not recommended it in your new book.
 
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