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What does TAT and SAT mean?
Pilot Career - Flight Simulator
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 11 November 2013 15:15

How does A320 Full Flight Simulator work Part 1
 
Hi Captain Lim,

I have been an avid simulator fan for some fifteen years and the base programme gives three types of flight deck / cockpit panels on which they provide a temperature reading appertaining to the external temperature.

However, there are two "versions: - TAT and SAT.

They may be the same thing, but what do the initials mean?

Just read your "Life in the Skies" - an excellent read.

Regards,

Alec White
 
Is there any possibility that inferior parts are being used in planes?
Aviation - Air Safety
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 08:25

Counterfeit parts in military equipment like planes

Dear Captain Lim,

I have just finished reading your book. May I say that it is very well written and it answers most of the common questions. I fly almost every week though most flights lasts 5 hours or less, I must confess that I’ve never really felt comfortable during take offs and landings. Your book has put my mind greatly at ease.

Anyway, my question is, with corruption, kickbacks, cronyism, etc. being so prevalent these days (I’m not pointing at any particular country or airline), is there any possibility that inferior parts being used or extended lifespan of parts due for replacements?

Also, I was on a flight where a passenger noticed that a window was cracked, and we had to disembark and change to another plane. If the engineers or personnel are so meticulous in checking the integrity of the plane's air worthiness, why did they miss that? And if a cracked window is inconsequential, why change planes?

I don't mean to sound cynical, I greatly respect the aviation industry personnel that have thousands of life depending on them day in day out.

Thank you.

Stephen,
 
Can a pilot smoke and 'entertain​' passengers in the cockpit?
Flying - Profession
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.
 
Will there be an airport to land on when flying over the seas in case of an engine failure?
Flying - ETOPS
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 03 January 2014 04:22

New ETOPS rule extends 777's performance
Dear Capt Lim

You said that aircraft like the Boeing 777 is designed to fly in case of engine failure for about 1:30 hours, maybe more. This is to allow the pilot to divert and land safely at the nearest airport.

But is there always an airport when this happens? For example, on my flight to Cuba, will there be an airport close by in order for the plane to land in case of an engine failure?

Is this aircraft designed to land safely on the sea without risking the life of the passengers?

Thanks again for this website. It is really helpful. I feel that flying is a lot safer now than what I used to believe. I flew many times before but now I’ll do it with more confidence.

Waiting for your answer.

Raidel
 
Singapore Airlines Pilots’ Pay and Family Benefits
Pilot Career - Singapore Airlines
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:15

SIA cadet pilots from Jandakot Flying School
 
Hi Capt. Lim,

I know you through your book "Life in the Skies". This book is fascinating and interesting and makes me want to know more about aviation.

I'm 16 and I wanted to be a commercial pilot since I was 4 years old.

I'm a Malaysian from Sabah. I want to know whether I should go to college to get a DEGREE first before I start my flying training at JANDAKOT FLYING SCHOOL, PERTH.

Apart from that, how can I have a job if I wish to work with Singapore Airlines because I heard that SIA sends their pilots there for training?

Last but not least, what benefits will my family gets if I am a pilot?

Thank you.

Erick
 
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