A mix of entertainment this week with a round-up of current events and news from around around the aviation world. Enjoy!
How do you say “Oops” in Chinese?
China Eastern Airlines is pledging to improve the English-language skills of its crew following an incident in the Japanese city of Osaka where a Shanghai-bound China Eastern flight took off apparently without permission from the tower, in what may have been a simple case of broken communication between the pilot and controllers.
Found in Reddit SpacePorn: Soyuz capsule recovery in Kazakhstan:
The seat has privacy walls and reclines to become a bed. The pilot was off-duty and not in uniform at the time of the incident.
He was scolded twice by crew as passengers became annoyed at the public display of affection, sources said.
After the flood of complaints, the pilot shifted to economy.
A later report stated that it was unclear if the pilot knew the woman before boarding the flight. I sort of want to high-five him for a clever upgrade.
Hat tip to the FlightSchoolList.com website for posting this video of what happens when smugglers in an aircraft try to outrun the Brazilian police in a vehicle: The police simply ram the aircraft with their vehicle and ground it!
“It was the fastest we’ve ever cleared immigration here,” said Sue Bates, with her husband, Ben, who had landed from Bangkok after a holiday in Koh Samui.
Alanrewaju Adewunmi, 58, flying in from Lagos via Madrid, said he waited no more than two minutes before clearing the border after a face check and passport scan. “I was expecting something much worse and hours of waiting before I got out of here,” he said.
These stunning photos have been hand-picked as a little tribute to one of the most awesome fighter jets ever built – the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Initial fielding of this single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters is currently scheduled for 2016.
As usual the token pilot who can’t prove it but is sure that there is an issue. For the record, I’ve dealt with the phone issue here: Phones Interfering with Flight
He does mention my point – airlines are really encouraging passengers to keep situational awareness – under the D.A.R.E. effect. Still, with that justification Kindles and books should be cut off whilst digital cameras would be just fine.
From TED Ideas worth spreading: Strapped to a jet-powered wing, Yves Rossy is the Jetman — flying free, his body as the rudder, above the Swiss Alps and the Grand Canyon. After a powerful short film shows how it works, Rossy takes the TEDGlobal stage to share the experience and thrill of flying.
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