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Breaking fast among the clouds, all in a day’s work for pilots

A Malaysia Airlines pilot talks about his exciting experiences during the holy month of Ramadan. KUALA TERENGGANU: Having your pre-dawn meal in one country and breaking fast in another amidst floating clouds at 41,000 feet above sea level must surely be quite an experience. On top of that, the time for breaking fast varies even on the same day. This is something enjoyed by the lucky few who at times,… Read Article →

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How do fighter pilots typically earn their call signs?

“Iceman,” “Maverick,” “Merlin,” “Apollo,” fighter pilots always get cool call signs. But I’m guessing they don’t just pull these out of a hat. How do they get them? Are they assigned? Earned? BLUF: USAF fighter call signs are given at naming ceremonies or “namings”. They are usually based on how badly you’ve screwed something up, a play on your name, your personality or just the whims of the drunken mob… Read Article →

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There are problems between SAA and pilots: Myeni

BY Amos Phago– South African Airways (SAA) Chairperson Dudu Myeni has admitted there are problems between the airline and its pilots. This follows last week’s threats by the cabin crew to strike. Myeni says she wants a good relationship with the pilots, however, not at the expense of issues that need to be confronted including the reality of unaffordable salaries and other transformation issues. In an interview with the SABC,… Read Article →