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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.

 
Passage To Hawaii
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:48
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As AirAsia X commenced flights to Hawaii in June, I feel this milestone warrants a deviation from my usual stories revolving around the technical know-how of flying, and a closer look at some of the preparations involved in launching this exotic destination.

In February, AirAsia X announced four weekly flights to Hawaii from Malaysia, via Japan. Travel time on the Airbus A330 aircraft is approximately seven hours for the first leg of the journey to Japan, then an additional eight and a half hours to Hawaii. Guests will be pleased to know that they do not require a Japanese visa for the two-hour stopover in Osaka.

With the introduction of this exciting destination, AirAsia X has successfully connected Asia with the US, bringing quality low-cost long-haul travel to the masses.

 
Defy the authority of a Captain or risk an accident?
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:11
  
Saying No to Your Boss (Image: Inmagine Travel 3Sixty)

Hello Sir,

I've heard of this question that I would like your answer on. "You are a First Officer in a cockpit with a Captain flying on an Airbus. Suddenly, an alarm blares and warns that the plane is heading onto a collision course, however the Captain refuses to acknowledge the warning and tells you that the equipment on board is faulty.

As a First Officer, what would you do? Defy the authority of the Captain or risk an accident?"

I look forward to your response.

Cheers,

Calvin.
 
A Meticulous Plan
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Saturday, 08 April 2017 16:32
Aircraft landing using Instrument Landing System (ILS)
 
As a pilot, I’m often asked, “How do pilots plan flight routes?” My answer is always “Meticulously.” There are numerous factors to consider when planning a flight route, and all safety requirements must be met in order for a route to be approved. And rest assured, regulations are nothing less than stringent when it comes to the safety of flights over vast stretches of land or water.

Let’s take for example an Airbus A330 flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Melbourne, Australia. The total travel distance is approximately 3,500 nautical miles (or about 6,500km), with a flight time of around eight hours, depending on wind conditions at the time of travel.

 
What factors lead a plane to crash and not glide?
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:03
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A Transat Airbus A330


Hi Captain Lim,

The information on your website has increased and enhanced my knowledge on aviation significantly.

I got a question I hope you could help solve my doubts.

What are the factors that lead a plane to crash and not glide?

I am a bit confused on 'why plane crash' accidents occur because I thought most planes can glide safely even if the engines are all down?

Thank you.

Jin Meng
 
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