When a Chinese garlic farmer's dream of flying an airplane didn't pan out, he decided to build one instead. The full-scale replica of the Airbus A320 built by farmer Zhu Yue is now nearly finished, permanently taxied on a short piece of tarmac surrounded by wheat fields in northeast China. Zhu didn't finish middle school, and started out farming onions and garlic before moving on to welding work in a factory in the small city of Kaiyuan. Last year he realised he may never be able to fly a plane. "I hit midlife and realised I couldn't buy one, but I could build one," he told AFP. He has invested his savings of more than 2.6 million yuan ($374,000) into the project that began with a toy model of an Airbus 320 shrunken to one-eightieth its original size. With that he measured dimensions, studied online photos, and with a heap of mistakes, crafted the fuselage, wings, cockpit, engines and tail. He used 60 tonnes of steel. Five fellow aircraft enthusiasts-cum-labourers have helped speed … [Read more...] about A Chinese farmer couldn’t fly a plane, so he built one
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Are Port Vale fans really going to fly a plane over Stoke City on Saturday, celebrating the Potters' misfortunes? It sounds like an urban myth, but is one that has been all over supporters' social media this week...with some fans claiming they know the mystery supporters behind the plan, and others simply wondering if this can really be true. Revelling in rivals' misfortunes is a football tradition. The excellent leading fans' websites of both clubs, Stoke City's The Oatcake' and Port Vale's 'onevalefan' have carried popular relegation watch threads about the other lot. But flying a plane? Maybe it's just an urban myth, to be filed next to the case of 'Terry Henfleet' a player made up by fans but whose supposed transfer from Stoke to Sheffield Wednesday was actually picked up by the media. Then again, some stories that sound like urban myths are true...Stoke City mascot Pottermus really did come seventh in City's player of the year votes in 1997/98, despite not being on the voting … [Read more...] about Are Port Vale fans really going to fly a banner over Stoke City?
AN easyJet captain who fooled around on a Snapchat game while flying a plane full of passengers at 30,000ft has been sacked. The co-pilot, filmed dancing in the cockpit with a cartoon character created by the daft app, resigned before he could be axed. The Sun exposed the shocking incident last month - during which neither man was looking at the controls or out through the cockpit windscreen. The airline’s chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “We have clear policies on how we use social media and that is not part of that policy. It was very disappointing.” He warned all easyJet staff about the importance of using social media responsibly and added: “This is causing unnecessary difficulties and it shouldn’t have happened.” After suspending the guilty pilots, captain Michel Castellucci was quietly dismissed. One aviation insider yesterday told The Sun: “EasyJet cannot allow passengers to think it’s fun and games in the cockpit. … [Read more...] about EasyJet captain who played on Snapchat at 30,000ft with a plane full of passengers sacked while co-pilot resigns
IT'S incredibly easy to get sick on planes due to the air conditioning and large amount of people sitting in close proximity. However, if you’re worried about catching a bug when flying off on your holidays, there are ways you can avoid them. Can picking the right seat really stop you getting sick? Up until now not much has been done research-wise about where’s best to sit to avoid bugs on planes. But a new study on confirms what experts have been saying – that you should avoid aisle seats if you want to stay well. For somebody who doesn't want to get sick, Vicki Stover Hertzberg of Emory University in Atlanta advises: "Get in that window seat and don't move.” A window seat is furthest away from the aisle, so passengers will come into contact with less ill people. But what about the cabin crew? The research shows it’s not just fellow passengers who are making each other ill but also the cabin crew on board. As they move around the plane and come into … [Read more...] about How do I avoid getting sick on a plane and what are the best seats to choose when flying?
THE brace position is one of the most important rules if a plane is crashing. If the aircraft is going down, the cabin crew will continuously shout “Brace, brace” until it reaches the ground. Passengers are supposed to put their head between their knees, with their hands over the top to protect the back of the skull. The temptation is to lace the fingers while doing this, to keep the hands in place during what would likely be quite a bumpy journey. But it turns out that locking your fingers could prove very dangerous. During a Reddit conversation where flight attendants were asked what people didn’t know about airlines, a user said that passengers should instead place one hand over the over. They said: “In the event of a situation where passengers have to cover their heads, you do not 'lock' your fingers on your head but place one hand on top of the other. “If something falls on your hand/head, you'll still have one good hand to use.” A second … [Read more...] about Doing brace position this way in a plane crash is WRONG and can badly injure you