Around the Pattern

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Formation Flying

The Flight

The past three days have been spent flying from Japan to the U.S. and back. When we left Japan a couple of days ago, we were assigned Track one for the initial part of the flight, then transitioned to a random route. Air traffic control establishes specific tracks or routes across the oceans to make the flow of aircraft operate in a more orderly fashion. The tracks vary in location from day to day and sometimes throughout the day, and track messages are published giving the latest routes and their effective times. The tracks are usually roughly aligned with the most favorable winds.

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Overnight in China

The Flight

The past couple of days have been taken up by a flight from Japan to Shanghai, China, a short overnight stay at the airport hotel and then a return flight to Japan. The weather in Japan has been really nice lately, partly cloudy and in the 70s (F). China has not been doing so well. Shanghai had for both the arrival and departure 90m (~300 ft.) broken to overcast clouds with 3000m (~2 mi.) visibility and light rain, mist and/or fog. The arrival in Shanghai wasn’t as bad as trying to get through customs, though.

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Career Choices

I don’t normally rebut posts of others, but one of the statements I just read in a post didn’t sit right with me and I feel I have to provide another viewpoint. Sam, over at Blogging at FL250 posted about the current state of the airline business and how it might affect the pilots at the major airlines with all the cutbacks being announced and the possibility of more bankruptcies and almost certain layoffs. There are just so many ways I could go with this discussion.

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