Friday, June 27, 2008

Communication between guest and room service clerk

"Good evening, I would like to order the special beef burger"
"Certainly sir, and how would you like your burger?"
"I would like it on a plate and fast."

You have to excuse me, I am sure I will post something serious again soon. In the mean time, have a good weekend.

Monday, June 23, 2008


We recently did an entry test to see if students meet the pre-requisites according ICAO doc. 9906. Here is one of the test results of the trigonometry test:

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Modern Airliners

We all know modern airliners are equiped with latest technology. Here is why it is important that electronical devices are switched off for take-off and landing (click the picture to get it full size):

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

And who pays??!!

I often hear people complain about the government spending money on something the people do not agree. "And who pays for it? We do! The tax payer!" I can't hear that anymore and my answer is: wrong! The tax payer doesn't pay anything. Well, he pays the tax, but that's it. Paying tax is a law, that's all. It doesn't buy us the right to contribute to how the money is used. It's the same when you stay a couple of nights at a hotel. Is it any of our business what the hotel manager does with the money? I don't think so. So far I never heard: "A new swimming pool? And who pays for it? We do! The hotel guests!"

Friday, June 13, 2008

Can you send me the detailed syllabus?

I always have to smile a bit at potential trainees making inquiries for a course. One of the standard phrases is "can you please send me a detailed course syllabus?". My immediate reaction (which I would never write to these guys of course...) is always: What for? If you consider attending the course, I would assume you don't know much about the subject, correct? If you don't know much about the subject, what do you want with the syllabus then? How can you judge, whether it's adequate or not? How can you judge, whether the course is for you or not? Interesting, isn't it? If you want to know the course OBJECTIVE, that's a different story. Because that is something meaningful. "Oh, in this course I learn how all the APV procedures are designed", that is something a potential student can handle. But if I send him a list like: "day three, GARP definition and Delta offset length, FAS datablock fields and their meaning", what for anybody's sake is a potential student going to do with this information? Impress his boss?
Another one that makes me really angry is: "Can you please inform me on tuition fee, course length and any other information". Hellooooo??!! Everything described on the website, documents for download so you can impress your boss (see above...). Recently I told somebody exactly that: All the info you are looking for is on the website with downloadable documents. Answer: I did not/do not have the time to read all this. My reaction: Ah okay, and I DO have the time to tell you everything again, when I have already made the info available?
Alright, enough complaints now. Maybe I am in a bad mood because of the bad weather and some physical pain that I have. Anyway, I am now off to Tokyo to teach PANS-OPS. Imagine there is a syllabus and nobody follows it? ;-)

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Euro 08 hype

Here is a video that I secretly shot in the final practice of the Switzerland team. After their pathetic performance in the eighth of finals in the World Cup 06, they focused specifically on shooting penalties :-)

Monday, June 02, 2008

New ANI Forum

Hi All,

I have now created a discussion forum page so the flight procedure design world can communicate in a modern form. We can use this to exchange issues in our daily work and I hope it helps that the procedure designer, pilots, coders and whoever will communicate with each other. You need to register to use the forum. When doing so, please make sure you reveal enough info, so the other users know who you are.
The forum page is here

Good luck and have fun!