Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.

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That's a good question, and brings up a joke that many pilots know well: "What's going to be in the cockpit of the future?" "A dog and a pilot." "A dog? Why a dog?" "Well, the dog is there to keep the pilot from touching anything." "Ummm, why have the pilot then?" "Well, someone has to feed the dog! " Technology has improved to ...


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The stress comes from everything about the job that isn't actually flying the plane. Dealing with crew scheduling is the #1 cause of stress. If your phone rings with that special ringtone you assigned to them, you know nothing good is going to come of it. These calls often end with reassignments, changed overnights, different crew members and sometimes ...


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I guess this is a secret dream of many of you here: You sit on a scheduled flight, and hear in the PA system: "Both our pilots just passed out. Any volunteers to take over their duties?" Won't happen. Think of what would happen next: Panic! The volunteers won't even make it to the cockpit. All cabin crew are focussed to keep the cabin calm, so this ...


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Life Strapped to the Rocket Food and Drink Fighter pilots do not have any problem taking food and drinks on flights. The biggest concern is to prevent foreign object damage (FOD) from items like crumbs, bottles, bags, etc. Otherwise, there are plenty of places to carry food to eat: your helmet bag, G-Suit pockets and flight suit pockets. I typically ...


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High end mechanical pilots watches are very little use in the cockpit whether you are in a commercial airplane or a cessna 152. I love watches and I've searched for years for a watch that was a) very cool looking and b) actually useful when flying and I haven't found one yet. They usually fail on b) because their analogue chronometer and/or timer functions ...


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Short answer: the US government agreed with you 3 years after her record flight. In the FAA reauthorization act of 1996, the following clause was added to 49 U.S. Code § 44724 - Manipulation of flight controls: (a)Prohibition.—No pilot in command of an aircraft may allow an individual who does not hold— (1) a valid private pilots certificate ...


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Turbulence is reported on a scale of light, moderate, severe, and extreme. The full definitions are available in the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual. As experienced in the cabin, For Light Turbulence, "Occupants may feel a slight strain against belts or shoulder straps. Unsecured objects may be displaced slightly. Food service may be conducted and ...


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Actually, this theory has been tested a few times in simulators and small aircrafts with little twists here and there. Take a look at this video: Amateur Trying to Land Airbus A320 from 2500 Altitude Assuming you can get to the controls: This may be possible, but I believe it is very unlikely to be successful. Based on all the videos I see online, people ...


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It depends. Some instructions are really simple and with a little practice, are very easy to remember. Runway 27 right, line-up and wait Turn left heading 250, descend flight level 120. Other ones will be so common, they are just remembered: Taxi to Gate 1 via Alpha, Alpha 1, Lima 3, cross runway 24, hold short Delta. But this is where the danger ...


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On frequency, if control is responding to the distressed aircraft you should stay quiet and let them work the problem. This would not be a great time to ask for flight following or traffic advisories and you should expect neither. You should be listening for instructions broadcast to all aircraft in the area and possibly an announcement to change frequencies....


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Mythbusters tested this. They each tried once without guidance and failed miserably. Then they had a veteran ATC assist them and they both landed successfully. So the experiment was tainted just a bit since they got a practice run, but it doesn't seem like they really learned anything from that practice run (they didn't even know what all of the controls ...


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Confirmed (or Highly Probable) LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470: A report from the government of Mozambique states that the captain deliberately crashed an Embraer 190 in Namibia on November 29, 2013. Cockpit voice recorders were the primary evidence in the report, which found that the other crew members were locked out of the cockpit by the captain. ...


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I am not aware of any legal requirements, but rules may differ according to the country of jurisdiction. Generally it is up to the company that a pilot works for to establish their own rules to cover "in-flight entertainment" in the flight deck. Most companies do not allow it. It has been my experience that the rules are generally ignored and common sense ...


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The cockpit of some airliners lacks a lavatory. Cockpit layout from AviationKnowledge.wikidot This is discussed in Skybrary: Flight Deck Security Locked Door Flight Safety Issues ... Physiological Need. Naturally, the need for flight crew to use toilets, access designated crew rest facilities or be supplied with food and drink, requires access ...


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Ejection Seats are not a free ticket out. They are incredibly violent and rough on your body. This newspaper article has a more chilling quote from an interview: About one in three will get a spinal facture, due to the force when the seat is ejected - the gravitational force is 14 to 16 times normal gravity and it might be applied at 200G per second. ...


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The amount, types, duration, and severity of pilot stressors vary widely. The individual airline, union involvement, scheduled versus non-scheduled, international or domestic, type of equipment, freight or passengers, everything has an effect. I look at pilot stress within the context of what I was doing the last 10 years of flying 747s on international ...


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Edward "Ed" Long, Jr John Edward "Ed" Long, Jr. (1915–July 18, 1999) was an American pilot who is in the Guinness Book of Records for the most flight time by a pilot: over 65,000 hours (more than seven years and four months) at the time of his death. He began in 1933 at the age of 17, when he took his first and ...


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Disclosure: I am both a watch enthusiast and a Pilot but on any note... The answer to your question is generally no, but that varies by personal taste as well as personal choice. There are lots of threads on the various watch forums discussing this very topic here, here and here. The consensus is basically a few things. First off pilots no longer make the ...


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The Aviation Safety Network has an article listing 11 airplanes that crashed after being stolen by a non-pilot. The most recent was the Horizon Air Dash 8 that was stolen by a ground service agent in August 2018. There are more interesting stories such as: The guy that tried to crash a Cessna 150 into the White House (with minimal experience and training) ...


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I don't know where he gets that. Regulation wise there's nothing stopping an airline pilot from listening to music as long as he/she can hear ambient sounds or communications and modern headsets make it easy to link an ipod to headphones that are also receiving the comms. Pilots are allowed to take naps in flight as long as they are awake within 45 min of ...


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To play devil's advocate, there were two illustrative examples in 2009: US Airways Flight 1549 was safely landed on the Hudson, a feat that the autopilot could not have handled; but Air France Flight 447's autopilot handed control back to the pilots, and their incorrect reactions contributed to the loss of everyone on board. The idea of the pilot "up front ...


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When I worked in the design department of an aircraft company, I had two types of coworkers: Those with and those without a pilot's license. You could easily spot the difference. In aircraft-related engineering decisions it was soon obvious. I mightily preferred to work with other pilots - they would have a much better grasp of "what looks about right" and ...


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If you use a grease pencil, it rubs off easily from glass So you can save paper, not have to look down or hunt for the info, it won't fall on the floor, and if it's written in the center of the windshield, both pilots can see it


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Do not respond to irrelevant chatter on aviation frequencies. There are already way too many people who think it is ok to chit chat and joke on the radio while they are flying. Not only does this distract the participants, but it distracts other pilots in the area and prevents other pilots from using the channel for constructive purposes. If you are ...


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They looked out the window! If you are talking about a developing thunderstorm, especially during the day, they can be quite easy to see in front of you provided decent visibility. Here is some good footage of what it looks like to fly around a towering cell, you will note its fairly easy to see. At night, lightning, even in the clouds tends to be a ...


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Pilots do encounter UFOs all the time. I just want to emphasize that UFO means "Unidentified Flying Object" - something which is flying, and which the pilot cannot identify. It does not mean an alien craft. The guidelines for pilots are as follows (AIM 7-6-4): 7-6-4. Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Reports a. Persons wanting to report UFO/...


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Watches in today's cockpits really aren't a tool the way they were in the past. We aren't using our wristwatch as a chronograph to manage dead reckoning the way that was required before such modern luxuries as Loran gasp. Wristwatches are more about expressing your style. It is more about jewelry. With the exception of a 24 hour Zulu hand, and a 24 hour ...


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There are several reasons, mostly historical, or theories behind this: After World War I, most airplanes had rotary engines with left turning tendencies because it followed the torque of the engine. Therefore, turning left was easier than turning right. Because of this, pilots considered left turns as more convenient maneuver, and thus more experienced ...


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The average additional annual dose for flight crew is 2.19 mSv (milli sieverts). http://www.hps.org/publicinformation/ate/faqs/commercialflights.html The typical annual dose from background sources is 4 mSv (this varies enormously on the Earth's surface). However, as a rough order of thumb, the annual radiation dose of a flight crew member increases by ...


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Airline flight crews generally consist of at least 2 pilots. One pilot is designated as pilot flying, the other is the pilot not flying, observing instruments and flight parameters. If required, pilots can use Flight Crew in-Seat Rest: Flight Crew in-Seat Rest This is the process whereby pilots may take short periods of sleep (naps), while temporarily ...


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