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    • A couple of things come to mind!

      1. The flight attendent calling up and asking us to turn on the seat belts because somone was doing yoga in the galley, and refused to leave.

      2. I have a small grasp of French - when we were deplaning after a redeye, a little old lady walked by and was saying "jamais (my airline) jamais (my airline)" I thought she was saying "J'aime (my airline)" so I put on my biggest smile and said "Merci beaucoup madame, merci beaucoup"... The in charge flight attendant just about fell over laughing. So J'aime means I like/love... Jamais means never again. So this lady comes up and is saying never again will I fly with you - and I smiled super big and thanked her very much.

    • Yes - the closest one was after landing in a harbour, and there was another floatplane that landed just in front of me - no radio calls, no nothing. Just an asshole who thought that 100' was enough room.

      I've had a couple close calls with drones too :(

    • At the airline level: Seeing new cities, and different parts of the world. On my layovers (if they're long enough) I always try to get out and do something touristy.

      Floats: Seeing the raw beauty of the country, especially the remote areas.

      Overall: Flying is still pretty magical - I grin every time we lift off!

    • There are some snacks and drinks provided on board - usually whatever is free for the passengers we have access to. We also usually get a large bottle of water at the beginning of each flight.

      I usually bring some of my own snacks as well - especially on domestic flights. We are subject to the same customs restrictions as passengers on international flights, so that can limit us.

    • I generally try to keep my sleep as close to my "home" timezone as much as possible.

      Redeyes always suck though!

      If I have a late night departure, I usually try to grab a few hours nap sometime in the late afternoon to make sure I'm on top of my game for departure!

    • They quietly rolled out their new 777 model during the grounding of the 737MAX.

      They'll fix the problem with the MAX and the pilots flying those machines will be given additional training. Neither the 737 or Boeing are going anywhere!

    • I've had a few - I already mentioned one in a previous question.

      At the airline level, we have software called TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) - it can 'see' other aircraft around and knows their altitude. If we get too close, it will alert us (starting at about 30 seconds prior to a potential collision). If we continue to get closer, it will change to a "resolution advisory" and give us guidance (such as a climb or descent) to avoid a collision.

    • Tailspin is/was one of my favourite shows as well! There were a few times when I'd do a charter and have a few hours of sitting around - if the weather was nice, I'd climb on top of the airplane and jump off the wings into the water!

    • To expand on my previous answer - most companies have an "avoid" list. If you put somone on your list, the software does it's best to avoid putting the two of you together.

      I've only ever put two people on my avoid list - one for constant, wildly inappropriate discussion, even after I asked him to stop. The other was just a holier-than-thou, god's gift to aviation guy I couldn't stand.

      The flight attendants have a similar list - I was once in a cab with the other pilot, and two FAs - the one FA was telling the other FA how they had almost 60 people on their avoid list. The captain was sitting in the front seat, reading the newspaper. He casually lowered the paper, leaned back, and said "Did you ever think it wasn't everyone else?", and goes back to reading his paper. LOL

    • Looking forward to my next long LA layover, I have a couple good friends in the area that I have not seen in far too long, and would like to catch up with!

      Tokyo would be fun for a long stay, jump on the bullet train and check out other parts of the island, like Hiroshima.

    • I've seen a few P3 Orions working low level and dropping torpedoes/sonabuoys into their range when I was flying floats.

    • Hmm.. good question!

      Some airports are definitely more difficult than others - La Guardia can be difficult, but it's mostly because of the short(ish) runways and lots of traffic.

      Victoria Harbour can be tough because of winds tumbling over the buildings.

      Each airport has its own challenges.

    • When you start flight training, don't take breaks. The more time off between flights. The longer it is going to take. You'll have to review previous lessons, etc...

      Don't worry too much about not "feeling ready". A license is a license to learn.