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(Gawker)   United Airlines pilot has heart attack during flight with 130 passengers. Luckily for him one was a USAF B1 pilot, and another one was a nurse who saved his life. Twin Hero tag beats Scary tag this time   ( gawker.com) divider line
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2014-06-02 08:14:35 PM  
miamiherald.typepad.com
/Good luck, we're all counting on you
 
2014-06-02 08:21:27 PM  
And as a bonus, he got a little OJT for his next gig when he leaves the Air Force
 
2014-06-02 09:16:28 PM  
He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.
 
2014-06-02 09:22:21 PM  

Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.


It was Jesus but he was busy fixing a football game.
 
2014-06-02 09:26:26 PM  

Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.


The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.
 
2014-06-02 09:47:07 PM  
Ah yes. I had the lasanya.
 
2014-06-02 09:51:04 PM  

Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.


Doesn't count, she was a girl.
 
2014-06-02 09:56:26 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.


She helped by keeping the auto-pilot going.
 
2014-06-02 10:01:38 PM  
"We're in a flat spin! Eject! Eject!"
 
2014-06-02 10:02:23 PM  
Surely you can't be serious.
 
2014-06-02 10:02:50 PM  
In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.
 
2014-06-02 10:04:30 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.

She helped by keeping the auto-pilot going.


whysoblu.com
 
2014-06-02 10:04:58 PM  

aerojockey: In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.


Hell, compared to the B2 it's a work horse.
 
2014-06-02 10:05:27 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.


Hey I know you! You're Lisa Leslie!
 
2014-06-02 10:06:09 PM  
"lol ppl still fly in airplanes?"
 
2014-06-02 10:07:11 PM  
What happened to the other 21 passengers?
 
2014-06-02 10:07:16 PM  
Everything was going so well, before the pilot carpet-bombed the airport with luggage.
 
2014-06-02 10:07:26 PM  
Don't computers do most of the flying now days anyway?
 
2014-06-02 10:07:47 PM  

NightOwl2255: aerojockey: In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.

Hell, compared to the B2 it's a work horse.


On the plus side they dropped some guided bombs on a village in Afghanistan on the way back to the airport.
 
2014-06-02 10:08:04 PM  
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Heart attacks can be extremely serious. It starts with a slight fever and dryness of the throat. When the virus penetrates the red blood cells, the victim becomes dizzy, begins to experience an itchy rash, then the poison goes to work on the central nervous system, severe muscle spasms followed by the inevitable drooling. At this point, the entire digestive system collapses accompanied by uncontrollable flatulence. Until finally, the poor bastard is reduced to a quivering wasted piece of jelly.
 
2014-06-02 10:09:29 PM  

Snarfangel: Everything was going so well, before the pilot carpet-bombed the airport with luggage.


When the airliner's wings started to fold is when ground control started to get worried.
 
2014-06-02 10:09:51 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.

She helped by keeping the auto-pilot going.


+1
 
2014-06-02 10:10:13 PM  
"are there any non-revenue pilots on board, please ring your call button."

https://easterncarolinastyle.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/julie-hagert y -airplane.jpg

"There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"
 
2014-06-02 10:10:41 PM  

SmithHiller: Surely you can't be serious.


I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
 
2014-06-02 10:10:53 PM  
easterncarolinastyle.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-02 10:11:43 PM  

aerojockey: In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.


As a practical matter they're faster than almost anything else out there.  If you're flying CAP against them and you don't have the right angle on them when you try to engage, you're never going to catch them.  It isn't their fault that the war they were built to fight never happened.
 
2014-06-02 10:12:53 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.


They directed her to the extra wide, pink stripped runway.
 
2014-06-02 10:14:50 PM  

cgraves67: NightOwl2255: aerojockey: In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.

Hell, compared to the B2 it's a work horse.

On the plus side they dropped some guided bombs on a village in Afghanistan on the way back to the airport.


The bravery of being out of range?
 
2014-06-02 10:14:57 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Ah yes. I had the lasanya.


lasanya? Really? Is our children learning?
 
2014-06-02 10:15:48 PM  
Fast-forward to the 1:00 mark.  (NSFW language.  And turn your volume down.)
 
2014-06-02 10:20:51 PM  

Primitive Screwhead: JasonOfOrillia: Benevolent Misanthrope: Gwendolyn: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

The first officer landed the plane the pilot helped her by assisting on the radio and reading instrumentation.

Doesn't count, she was a girl.

She helped by keeping the auto-pilot going.

[whysoblu.com image 525x296]


+1
 
2014-06-02 10:24:22 PM  
I think contemporary feminism is almost 85% full of shiat but

After they moved the pilot, I was asked by the first officer, 'are you a pilot,' which was quickly followed with 'what do you fly,'" said Gongol. "I knew she was in a serious situation and that question gave her five seconds to judge if I would be useful. I also had about five seconds to asses her, 'was she panicking, or was she OK to fly the aircraft?' We both finished our silent assessments, she made the right judgment and told me to close the door and have a seat."

That was arrogant and sexist. That first officer could land that craft with no problems at all and certainly better than a B1 pilot with no time in that craft.
 
2014-06-02 10:27:16 PM  
What is a non revenue pilot?
 
2014-06-02 10:29:03 PM  

RoyBatty: I think contemporary feminism is almost 85% full of shiat but

After they moved the pilot, I was asked by the first officer, 'are you a pilot,' which was quickly followed with 'what do you fly,'" said Gongol. "I knew she was in a serious situation and that question gave her five seconds to judge if I would be useful. I also had about five seconds to asses her, 'was she panicking, or was she OK to fly the aircraft?' We both finished our silent assessments, she made the right judgment and told me to close the door and have a seat."

That was arrogant and sexist. That first officer could land that craft with no problems at all and certainly better than a B1 pilot with no time in that craft.


Arrogant, absolutely.  But the command pilot just had a heart attack in the cockpit -- which would rattle the FO regardless of gender -- and he had no idea if this FO had thousands of hours in type or it was her first flight after graduating from RJs.  It's only sexist if you impute a gender-based motive into his thinking.  Read it again with the genders swapped:

After they moved the pilot, I was asked by the first officer, 'are you a pilot,' which was quickly followed with 'what do you fly,'" said Gongol. "I knew he was in a serious situation and that question gave him five seconds to judge if I would be useful. I also had about five seconds to asses him, 'was he panicking, or was he OK to fly the aircraft?' We both finished our silent assessments, he made the right judgment and told me to close the door and have a seat."
 
2014-06-02 10:29:04 PM  

grokca: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

It was Jesus but he was busy fixing a football game.



cdn2.sbnation.com

No, he was stealing my smack.
 
2014-06-02 10:29:47 PM  

fusillade762: What happened to the other 21 passengers?


They woke up on a tropical island with a giant statue of a six-toed foot.
 
2014-06-02 10:30:54 PM  

cchris_39: What is a non revenue pilot?


It's what United calls pilots who are dead-heading in the passenger cabin.  They are "non-revenue" or "non-rev" in that they got their seats for free.  The call was made in the hopes there was another UA pilot sitting somewhere in the back, which happens on many (but not all) flights too or from a hub like Denver.
 
2014-06-02 10:35:58 PM  

Warthog: cchris_39: What is a non revenue pilot?

It's what United calls pilots who are dead-heading in the passenger cabin.  They are "non-revenue" or "non-rev" in that they got their seats for free.  The call was made in the hopes there was another UA pilot sitting somewhere in the back, which happens on many (but not all) flights too or from a hub like Denver.


Small technicality: Non-Revs (or NRSAs) are not all deadheading pilots.  Deadheading pilots fly on what's called "positive space," which means they are guaranteed a seat.  Usually pilots who live in a different city, but are flying to their flying domicile.  Some pilots and FAs deadhead to their next city, not necessarily to or from their domicile.

Non-revs basically fly standby, that's why NRSA stands for Non-Revenue, Space Available.
 
2014-06-02 10:36:40 PM  
Over Macho Grande?
 
2014-06-02 10:37:16 PM  

Warthog: RoyBatty: I think contemporary feminism is almost 85% full of shiat but

After they moved the pilot, I was asked by the first officer, 'are you a pilot,' which was quickly followed with 'what do you fly,'" said Gongol. "I knew she was in a serious situation and that question gave her five seconds to judge if I would be useful. I also had about five seconds to asses her, 'was she panicking, or was she OK to fly the aircraft?' We both finished our silent assessments, she made the right judgment and told me to close the door and have a seat."

That was arrogant and sexist. That first officer could land that craft with no problems at all and certainly better than a B1 pilot with no time in that craft.

Arrogant, absolutely.  But the command pilot just had a heart attack in the cockpit -- which would rattle the FO regardless of gender -- and he had no idea if this FO had thousands of hours in type or it was her first flight after graduating from RJs.  It's only sexist if you impute a gender-based motive into his thinking.  Read it again with the genders swapped:

After they moved the pilot, I was asked by the first officer, 'are you a pilot,' which was quickly followed with 'what do you fly,'" said Gongol. "I knew he was in a serious situation and that question gave him five seconds to judge if I would be useful. I also had about five seconds to asses him, 'was he panicking, or was he OK to fly the aircraft?' We both finished our silent assessments, he made the right judgment and told me to close the door and have a seat."


The chance this is some kid's first ride in the right seat is about zero. With the gender reversed it's not just arrogant, but so arrogant the arrogance energy alone would have swelled this man's head to such a size as prevent him from entering the aircraft's door.

When they put the call over the PA the aircraft was safe to land. They needed a pilot to aid, but there was almost a zero chance this guy was going to takeover a captain.

Anyway, that's my ignorant take on it.

I am curious about one aspect, why would they ask for non-revenue pilots?
 
2014-06-02 10:38:06 PM  
Pretty ballsy, other than him saying so, how did they know he was in fact a real pilot and not somebody that just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express?
 
2014-06-02 10:38:54 PM  

HalfOffOffer: grokca: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

It was Jesus but he was busy fixing a football game.


[cdn2.sbnation.com image 600x595]

No, he was stealing my smack.


That's a pretty metal apartment.  Where does one get a human skull?
 
2014-06-02 10:38:59 PM  

NightOwl2255: aerojockey: In before all the jokes about the B1 finally being useful for something.

Hell, compared to the B2 it's a work horse.


"There is no B-3 bomber, and I don't know why these rumors get started!"
 
2014-06-02 10:38:59 PM  

RoyBatty: am curious about one aspect, why would they ask for non-revenue pilots?


Ah, I see that's been answered.
 
2014-06-02 10:41:18 PM  

kyrg: Pretty ballsy, other than him saying so, how did they know he was in fact a real pilot and not somebody that just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express?


He knew the secret handshake.
 
2014-06-02 10:42:57 PM  
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2014-06-02 10:43:11 PM  
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2014-06-02 10:43:30 PM  

HalfOffOffer: grokca: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

It was Jesus but he was busy fixing a football game.


[cdn2.sbnation.com image 600x595]

No, he was stealing my smack.


No, he was out killing hookers.

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2014-06-02 10:47:40 PM  
48 Comments but not one about talkin' jive...

I am saddened.

/Where all the white wimmen at?
 
2014-06-02 10:48:22 PM  

Rapmaster2000: HalfOffOffer: grokca: Ambivalence: He didn't have a co-pilot?

/why no, I did not RTFA.

It was Jesus but he was busy fixing a football game.


[cdn2.sbnation.com image 600x595]

No, he was stealing my smack.

That's a pretty metal apartment.  Where does one get a human skull?


and a biatchin pair of nunchucks on the doorknob
 
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