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AirAsiaX is hiring pilots!
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Sunday, 01 May 2016 01:12

AirAsiaX is hiring pilots!

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SIA Plane on Fire
Flying - Emergencies
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 30 June 2016 13:05

Moment Singapore Airlines plane SQ368 catches-fire
 
Hello Captain Lim,

What do you think of the recent incident in which an SQ plane's engine was leaking fuel?

Are pilots trained for this emergency?

Why didn’t the pilot land at a nearer airport rather than flying back to Singapore?

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Defy the authority of a Captain or risk an accident?
Pilot Career - Technical Questions
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.

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What factors lead a plane to crash and not glide?
Aviation - Airplanes
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:03
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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.

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Mobile at 35,000 Feet!
Flying - Air Travel
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.

 
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