Flightglobal attended the Crew Management Conference held this year in London, to canvass opinions on video, from delegates about the current challenges the industry faces.
One speaker suggested that, worryingly, many pilots lack the basic knowledge of the principles of flying, while one student, with a PPL, spoke of his frustrations about the difficulty of entering the profession after he's awarded his degree.
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FlightBlogger reported that first flight countdown begins again for the Boeing 787. He says the internal schedule for first flight has been accelerated to 14 December, "reflecting the programme's rising confidence".
Previous reports had targeted 22 December for first flight. Read the complete FlightBlogger report.
Read Kieran Daly's blog post about how a rather large passenger was able to board an American Airlines flight having booked only one seat when he clearly needed two.
He says: "Sympathise with the guy or not, he's a major safety hazard in an evacuation, a gross inconvenience for the cabin crew, and I would suggest a totally unacceptable travelling companion for the guy next to him."
See a video of travellers at Heathrow's Terminal 5 getting romantic under the world's largest sprig of mistletoe. The ten foot by eight foot structure took three weeks to construct and weighs an impressive 43kg.