A passenger aboard a four-seater Cessna 172 had to assume the role of pilot after the aircraft’s real pilot passed out and died at the controls. According to an NBC News report, flight instructors in Britain coached the passenger over the radio how to land the plane.
“Rory Murray, one of two instructors who guided the four-seater Cessna 172 onto the ground on Tuesday, told the BBC that the passenger had done a ‘remarkable job’.”
The passenger is thought to have had some previous flying experience, but he had never landed an aircraft before the incident on Tuesday evening, according to reports. The pilot was pronounced dead late Tuesday, a police spokeswoman confirmed to NBC News.
Read the full story: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/09/20880468-flying-blind-passenger-lands-plane-after-pilot-collapses-at-controls?lite=
Fox News answers travelers’ top questions should the Federal Government shutdown on October 1st. “The possible government shut down doesn’t just impact tourists; it can affect school trips, weddings and have a detrimental knock-on effect for local business that rely on tourism this time of the year.”
Read the story here to find answers to:
Will airports be open and security screening take place?
Will my flight take off?
Can I get a last minute passport?
Will all national parks, museums and zoos sites really be closed?
Can at least watch the Panda Cam?
Wait! What if I am already at a park at a remote camping site?
Can I get a gun permit for a gun I want for my hunting trip?
Should I plan on taking Amtrak for my trip from Boston to Washington?
Will I be able to get back into U.S. after my trip to Niagara Falls?
(Chicago Tribune and AdAge)
Replete with a full and booming orchestral onboard performance, the famous United Airlines’ commercial jingle gives rise to the “Friendly Skies” once again. The Chicago Tribune reports, “United, the world’s largest airline, said the new campaign came from customer feedback and a desire to focus on technology improvements and product enhancements made over the last few years.”
First introduced in the 1960s, the campaign had to be reinvented. In an interview with AdAge, Gordon Bowen, chairman-chief creative officer at Dentsu’s McGarryBowen, says, “Today’s air travelers require more, so we redefined the tagline through the lens of what customers nowadays are expecting…and that includes a ‘flyer-friendly’ airline that delivers on consumers’ needs like global Wifi, convenience through features like multiple power-charging outlets on planes, more destinations than any other airline, more legroom and more non-stop flights.
Read the Chicago Tribune and AdAge articles for the full story and to view the television commercial.
After a number of plane crashes in which the causes were questioned in relation to pilot’s confusion after auto pilot systems malfunctioned, the University of Iowa initiated a new study investigating whether automation is making pilots lazy in the cockpit, causing them to check out in flight. According to Today.com, researchers are testing pilots’ reaction times in an emergency.
“You’re spending 90 percent of your time being a supervisor, and as such you eventually lose touch of the stick and rudder skills,” explained Dr. Thomas Schnell, founder and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory at the University of Iowa, where the tests are taking place.
The Today.com post also concludes that, “…losing touch of those skills could spell disaster. In 2006, an industry study interviewed hundreds of pilots and instructors and found a “pilot’s proficiency … in basic flying seems to diminish” the more they use automation.”
Read the full story here: http://www.today.com/news/are-airline-pilots-relying-too-much-automation-1B11170594
Carnival Cruise Line
With one after the other mishaps over the last two years, Carnival is presenting an offer that they hope consumers can’t refuse. USA Today reports,”The Great Vacation Guarantee, as it’s being called, allows guests to end their voyages early and receive a 110% refund plus free transportation home, along with a $100 shipboard credit for a future cruise, should they be dissatisfied for any reason.”
Read the full USA TODAY story here and for the in’s and outs on the best cruises and ports of call, read our interview with Doug Ward, author of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships Guides.