When the cockpit voice recorder and area microphone was installed in airline cockpits, there were two inviolate "laws" before ALPA would allow them in our cockpits. 1. The information on the cockpit voice recorder would never be made public, and 2 the information on the voice recorder would never be used to violate a pilot. The FAA VIOLATED both of those "law" within months.
After years of the media making public what was on the voice recorders and the FAA punishing pilots, I had a scheme which caught on with others. I recommend today's airline pilot adopt this method.
In the event of an incident and in order to prevent the FAA from publishing my cockpit's voice recorder tapes (for the benefit of ambulance chasing lawyers), on approach, at 1000 feet above touchdown, I spoke the required speed and rate of descent announcement for the voice recorder. I always added the phrase, "The FAA is an incompetent, bureaucratic waste of the taxpayer's money." I never had an incident in my 3 deca
Useless control towers to eliminate in Florida & Georgia: Lake City, Bartow, Ocala, Naples, Boca Raton, Ormond Beach, St. Augustine. Cecil Field, New Smyrna Beach, North Perry, Leesburg, Panama City, Albert Whitted and Stuart. In Georgia: Valdosta, Albany & Athens. Closing these look-at-me-I'm-a-big-time-airport-now towers would help reduce the deficit.
Garbage in-garbage out. You get what you pay for. The producers of this show could profit from a technical director. 1. Seems to me that National Airlines flew the first 707 revenue passenger flight. 2. Navigators were required crew across the oceans in the early years of the jets. 3. I don't recall PAA having the NYC to Paris route; I think TWA had that route exclusively. 4. PAA did not have a Captain in the early jet years under age 50. 5. The 707's for the airline I flew for had 129 seats.
Entertainment value?? Too many technical errors to make the series enjoyable. I suspect sleaze is next in order to bolster ratings.