An Airbus Pilot’s Notes On The New Microsoft Flight Simulator [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • When reading this piece about Hong Kong’s new draconian security law (“Do you know with the national security law, we have all the rights to unlock your phones and get your passwords?”) people in the U.S. don’t realize border officials do the exact same thing now.

  • Airbus pilot reviews Microsoft Flight Simulator

  • Things to know about the Thai Airways rehabilitation fundamentally though if the airline remains a political toy, and a tool for corruption, it won’t recover even if the macro environment improves. There are four basic reasons the airline was floundering even before Covid-19.

  • Running an airline is hard, and in normal times airlines have access to specific belts at baggage claim, but really should work with airports to spread things out and fully utilize carousels.

  • Will summer travel season extend into fall because people could take all the trips they’d planned?

  • Don’t get on that plane.

    Something wasn’t right about Captain Saud. Sitting on a fine-grained leather couch in the custom wood-paneled cabin of his Boeing 737-800 in Paris, he had the outward appearance of a pilot. His uniform was crisp, his demeanor confident and friendly. He cracked jokes and showed pictures of his children to staffers of the VIP he was supposed to fly to Cairo, a Saudi prince named Sultan bin Turki II.

    But little things seemed off. One member of the prince’s entourage was a recreational pilot, and Saud couldn’t keep up with his small talk about 737 pilot training. The captain’s plane had a crew of 19, more than double the usual number of staffers. And the crew was all men, some a little burlier than you’d expect. Where were the leggy European blondes who were fixtures on Saudi Royal Court flights?

    Then there was the watch. Saud was fascinated by the Breitling Emergency watch the prince’s companion wore. “I’ve never seen one of these,” he said, in perfect English.

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  1. That Vanity Fair article on Sultan bin Turki is a winner. Not sure what it has to do with this blog but I was completely intrigued.

  2. If you accept that selling all the seats on the plane is low risk, then by corollary, since there will be more people at baggage claim, check in, it’s all low risk? Coherent English isn’t my strong suit at 3am but my point is the blocking of middle seats is meaningful, even if only on the ground and not in the air.

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