Can you survive a ‘Water landing’? It depends.

As I promised, I successfully completed emergency water evacuation training last week. I joined a group of corporate jet flight attendants and pilots at a facility run by Aircare Solutions Group at Long Beach Airport. From there, we rode to a swimming pool on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.

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Asiana Flight 214 Crash: Did investigators share too much?

Two Korean pilots unions released a statement Sunday that seems to criticize American officials for releasing too much information about their investigation of Asiana Flight 214, which crash landed earlier this month in San Francisco.

The Asiana Pilots Union (APU) and Air Line Pilots Association of Korea (ALPA-K) appear to have a real grievance with the NTSB’s proclivity for press conferences. The government agency held several in the days following the crash, though investigators seemed to be relatively guarded with their comments.

“Through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) and the Air Line Pilots Assn., Int’l (ALPA), APU and ALPA-K have conveyed our concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the accident, due to NTSB’s press conferences which only give prominence to the possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related materials to the public,” the Korean pilots wrote in their statement.

Paradoxically, of course, the NTSB has been widely praised in the United States for being so open with the public and the media.

What do you think? Do the Korean pilots have a point? Or were the press conferences appropriate?

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Boeing 787: Inside the pilot resting bunks

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After Asiana Flight 214 crash landed in San Francisco last week, casual aviation readers were reminded that long-haul flights usually carry three or for pilots, two of whom are usually in the cockpit at any one time.

The others are resting. But where do they sleep?

It depends on the airline. Sometimes they sit in a first or business class seat. Other times they might even take a row in the coach cabin. But on the longest flights on the biggest planes, airlines have usually installed crew bunks.

I recently took that shot of the pilot rest area on United new 787, which it flies from LAX to Tokyo. Comfy, right?

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