Sky Talk is Coming

Sky Talk Radio is coming to the Blue Side Up!

By the end of August the Sky Talk Podcast will be featured on The Blue Side Up.  Sky Talk is a podcast show that features the life of airlines as told by professional airline pilots and flight attendants.  The show is designed to be entertaining NOT boring like other aviation podcast’s.  The idea of listening pilots drone on about flying instrument approaches is just not going to happen.  The show will take a very funny look at interesting subjects in aviation.  A big chunk of the show will feature the hosts telling stories, interacting with callers and interviewing flight attendants.  This will definitely entertain you, maybe a bit too much.  Put two veteran pilots together that have enormous amounts of experience and sprinkle in a sense of humor and out comes Sky Talk.  Here are some of the featured segments:

  • There I was
  • Stupid things passengers say to crew members
  • Animated aviation stories
  • How airlines really work verses what the media says
  • How the FAA really works
  • Shelly the disfunctional flight attendant
  • TSA  horror stories
  • Actual funny incidents that happen every day
  • Call ins from general passengers of the industry

Sky Talk will be also found in Itunes and several of your favorite podcast directories.  Each segment will be around 25-30 minutes long.  Perfect for your drive home from the airport!

You never know what you will find on your walk around.

Can you spot it?

Flight Crew Definition

What is the definition of Flight Crew?

  • Pilot who fly heavier than air aircraft
  • A group of pilots who are never happy with their pay.
  • Pilots who are always cold, tired and lonely.
  • Pilots with dry skin and terrible eating habits.
  • A flight attendants most painful customer.
  • Experts in airport security despite what TSA agents say.
  • Purveyor of free coffee
  • A person in constant fear of losing his job and or career.
  • The person no one really listens too but will willingly take the blame for everything.
  • Public relation managers
  • Some of the nicest people on earth.
  • Some of the most unhappy people on earth.
  • Self proclaimed experts on everything.

See the flight crew bag tag set at Airspeed Junkie

Airlines Change Rest Requirements for Flight Crews





On the 4th of the new year the FAA finally changed the rest requirement rules for flight crews operating commercial aircraft.  I have to say this change is about 50 years over due.  The old rule stated that pilots were to get 8 hours of rest between flight duty periods.  If a pilot went on a four day trip, the minimum rest time would be 8 hours after setting the parking break.  What they FAA never realized is that a pilot was never given the opportunity to actually sleep for 8 hours.  The timer started 15 minutes after you set the parking break.  Then pilots went to the hotel.  No one considered the fact that generally hotels are not on the curb waiting for the crews to arrive, so this adds some time.  Then there is some transit time to the hotel and then there is the check in process.  All of these take time.  Add all of that on for the ride back to the airport.  When you do the math, flight crews could easily less than 6 hours of actual sleep.  So the big question would be, why did the FAA wait so long?  No one will ever get that answer because its the FAA.

So what does it take to get the rules changed?

  • Pilot’s to complain?  Nope
  • Airlines to complain? Nope
  • Passengers to complain? Nope
  • Flights that cancel due to pilots calling in “fatigued?  Nope

The only way this rule changed was for their to be an actual accident that could be investigated and determined that crew rest is an important safety factor.  This is a great victory for the general public and a bigger one for flight crews everywhere.  Now a flight crew is given ten hours of rest with 8 hours of “sleep opportunity”  This is a huge improvement.  The only downside would be to airlines that employ the pilots.  For years they could create “productive schedules” for the airline that honored the old rest requirements.  Now the gig is up and it does not allow airline scheduling to cut corners with pilot sleep schedules.

Aviation Bag Tags

Spring Airlines’ Flight Attendants Wear Sexy Maid Uniforms. Just Because.

Could this cause an uproar in the airline business?  It seems that history may have a way of repeating itself.  In the early days, Southwest airlines started out with this type of theory and it served them well.  The old adage of sex sells, surely is part of the advertising culture today.  However are today’s flight attendants eager to have this image portrayed again?  A lot of flight attendants in the industry are male, that in itself is tough enough when it comes to stereotyping.  Going back to this concept could prove interesting.  If your airline only hired attractive females that were willing to participate in this uniform code, it would be a win win situation for any airline.  But I am not sure it would fly here in the USA.  We are too politically correct and proper to endorse such a bold move. From a business point of view, it will definitely help business improve but I am not sure of its long term potential.  We have seen other airlines with similar concepts (hooters airline) go away fairly quickly.

This is re printed from Yahoo.

Maid costumes are the new in-flight look. Photo: Facebook/Spring Airlines.  Flying these days is a total drag. But there’s at least one airline out there trying to turn that notion on its head: Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, known for its budget rates, is aiming to make flying fun again with a dash of old-school, in-flight sexism, as it’s unveiled plans to dress its female flight attendants up like maids, and their male counterparts as butlers. So far, reviews have been mixed.

“The airline should respect their crew members because flight attendants are still quite different from maids and butlers,” one blogger wrote, according to Shanghai Daily. Other critics, said the article, said that Spring should instead focus on making sure flights were on time, offering cheaper tickets and improving services, rather than relying on this “excessive way” of gaining public attention. Some even worried that the costumes, with their high heels and short skirts, could pose a safety risk.

Supporters thought a flight with themed costumes could be fun, and that it was reminiscent of the many “cosplay”—costume-play—eateries that are big in Japan, many of which are known as maid cafes,” featuring pretty, maid-outfitted women staffing coffee shops, bars and even hair salons. And, according to Spring Airlines’ Facebook page, the new costumes, may just be the first in an upcoming series of themed flights.

“We’re mixing up our flights with some fun onboard themes—like these maid and butler costumes,” reads the page’s most recent post, from Tuesday. “What’s your favorite theme that you’d like to see onboard a Spring Airlines flight? Let us know below and we’ll try our best to make your dream come true.” As of Wednesday afternoon, the post had just 13 likes and no comments.

There was a time, of course—before security risks and budget cuts became the main focuses of air travel—when airlines placed great emphasis on sassy, stylish flight attendant uniforms. Sexiness was also a big factor back in travel’s “golden age,” though most U.S. and European airlines grounded that idea long ago to reflect shifting social and legal standards.
Southwest Airlines flight attendants wore hot pants in 1972. Photo: Getty Images

“It’s one thing to be able to help people out of an emergency exit door, it’s another to say they must weigh less than 130 pounds, as Pan Am and others might have done in times gone by,” Kenneth Quinn, partner and head of aviation practice at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Pillsbury Winthrop, told CNN for its recent look at whether sexy fight attendants are really good for business.

Short skirts were de rigueur in 1971. Photo: Getty Images.

“Most governments have enacted laws and other protective measures against gender and age discrimination, as well as fitness discrimination,” Quinn said. “But Asian countries have less precise formulas in their labor laws that permit airlines to impose age and appearance limitations upon flight crews.” Many, therefore, openly cling to glamor in its ads and on flights, including Singapore Airlines, as well as Thailand’s Nok Air, which withstood controversy over its sexed-up calendar campaign in early 2013.

A page from Nok Air’s calendar project with Maxim. Photo: Facebook/Nok Air/Maxim.

“Maybe Asian airlines emphasize looks just a bit more when compared to European or Middle Eastern airlines,” Ji Yang Xiong, director of China’s Foreign Airlines Service Corporation, told CNN for its story. “European airlines don’t have any requirement on looks. They mostly focus on personality and having the right attitude for the job and a service-oriented mindset.”

Whether the Spring Airlines flight attendants have the mindset to match the at-your-service cosplay—and whether passengers are ready to play along—will soon be revealed.

Barely Air: Pilot Talk

This is a pretty funny video if you are in the airline business.  The mere fact that they get the names of airplane types wrong is only the beginning.  This parody becomes hilarious pretty fast when you start to think of how many guys do a horrible job with their PA”s to the customers in the back.  In fact I am sure you can spot the guys on the radio that are trying to have that “cool” airline pilot type of voice.  Let’s face it (myself included) some of us don’t have it.  Instead of talking like you have this fake deep entertaining voice, we should play on our other strengths.  (a number of things come to mind)



Pilots and Flight Attendants Paroday Video

This is fun to watch, there are about 10 different videos compiled together. Enjoy