On a flight between London and Las Vegas,if the aircraft faced bad weather
and took longer flying time,the cabin crew would force the pilot to land in
Bermuda,further travel would be disallowed ....they were only contracted to
work a certain number of hours and anyway,they needed their 'break'!
>From: Adrian Fogarty <[log in to unmask]>
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>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: If the NHS ran an airline...
>Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 14:51:55 -0000
>And it's not just about poor communication, is it? Passengers need to be
>not just fully informed about all the pilot's actions, they should also
>give their fully informed consent to all such actions...
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Rowley Cottingham"
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>Subject: If the NHS ran an airline...
>>The new minister for good ideas has outlined proposals to make the
>>cockpit more "accessible".
>>Pilots are spending too long training to fly aeroplanes. Instead of
>>obtaining a pilot's licence, trainees on the new scheme will instead be
>>awarded a certificate of air experience so they can start flying
>>passengers much sooner. They will need to be supervised by a pilot with
>>a licence, who will remain on the ground, but a few who survive will be
>>able to proceed to train for a licence later. Mind you, for the
>>purposes of our figures they will all count as full pilots anyway.
>>For too long pilots have maintained a stranglehold on duties such as
>>flying aeroplanes. Cabin crew have been unfairly excluded from these
>>duties. A new 38 day course will enable cabin crew to learn to fly
>>planes independently of pilots, without the need for all that excessive
>>messing around with training, exams and stuff. Some cabin crew will
>>have the opportunity to train as "practitioners" who will specialise in
>>specific areas, such as landing practitioners and
>>switching-on-the-seatbelt-light practitioners. Having a few of these
>>around will mean we don't need as many of those expensive pilots.
>>Communication skills are essential. Pilots are very bad communicators.
>>Simply telling you "we're half way across the Atlantic now at 35000
>>feet and are going to turn left soon" is just not good enough.
>>Passengers must be kept fully informed of every move the pilot makes at
>>all stages during the flight. In order to accommodate the increased
>>communication training there will be less time for actual "flying"
>>during the course.
>>We must make this whole business more "passenger centred". Pilots run
>>this whole show for their own convenience. Scheduled departure times
>>are far too inflexible. It's no use saying the last flight to Sydney
>>left at 4 o'clock when some of the passengers wanted to get on at 7
>>because they wanted to spend more time browsing for Sudoku puzzle books
>>in the duty free shop.
>>You know it makes sense.