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Staying the Course
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 13 November 2017 15:19
Can an airplane be put into reverse? How do planes make a turn? Here is the inside scoop on steering a plane.

Source: Travel 3Sixty
A push back truck is used to manoeuvre an aircraft on ground

Once the engines are on, an airplane can actually be put into reverse. This happens on the old Boeing 727s. Whilst a car can use its reverse gear, a plane uses reverse thrust. However, this is not permitted with the Airbus A320 or the A330, where the reverse thrust is used to slow the plane during landing, and not for a reverse manoeuvre (called a power back) while on the ground. Boeing 727s can still perform the power back, although this is now on a limited scale, as many airports today prohibit it.

 
Mobile at 35,000 Feet!
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 09 October 2017 17:14

At one time, mobile phone usage was totally banned on board aircraft, but now, the path is set for airborne use of smartphones and other electronic devices.

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Do mobile phone signals really interfere with navigational flight instruments? The truth is, these signals can have a strong impact on the surroundings. A good example of this is where, if your mobile phone happens to be next to older unshielded radios and there is an incoming call, you can hear a squelchy noise. In that same order, there can be interferences on board a flight caused by strong mobile phone signals, and anything that affects the plane should not be taken lightly. This is especially vital in less than favourable flying conditions such as in bad weather, when a plane relies heavily on various electronic signals to stay locked onto the centre beam of the runway as it approaches for an automatic landing.

 
Tony Fernandes Launches SKY TALES
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 09 October 2017 15:13

SKY TALES
 was launched by Tony Fernandes

SKY TALES
was launched by Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia on 7th October 2017 at Fahrenheit 88 Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of AirAsia's inflight magazine, 'travel 3Sixty'.

Tony said, “We consider ourselves to be a dream factory where people are encouraged to pursue their passion. We have always motivated all Allstars (AirAsia staff) to dare to dream and never say no for an answer. Who says you can't be a pilot and a writer at the same time? I am proud that we have two incredible captains under our wings that have done exactly this; to not only achieve their dreams of publishing books, but to inspire others."

The books titled 'SKY TALES : More Insights from a Life in the Skies' and 'Iron Bird Monika'.

Captain Lim's book provides a collection of tips, anecdotes and insights into his distinguished flying career penned down in an entertaining and enlightening style.

On the other hand, Iron Bird Monika depicts a tale of courage and willpower that follows the remarkable journey of Captain Monika in becoming a female captain.

 
SKY TALES Book Launching
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 02 October 2017 05:24

Dear Readers,

I will be launching my second book, SKY TALES this Saturday, 1200 pm, 7th October 2017 at the Atrium, Ground Floor, Fahrenheit 88, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in conjunction with AirAsia Travel 3Sixty’s 10th Anniversary event. Come and join the launch, catch a photo opportunity and get your book autographed. See you there! Thank you.

 
Call Signs in the Skies
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 16:25
Source: Travel 3Sixty

Xanadu 212 – this would be a call sign specifically used by AirAsia X pilots on a flight to a destination in Australia (AirAsia X has designated that flights into Australia begin with the number ‘2’). A call sign is an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies a carrier, and is used for radio communication between the aircraft and the control tower. Since airlines all over the world use English as the official language of communication, regardless of the native tongue of the pilots and air traffic controllers, all call signs are therefore generally in English.

 
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