Hopefully not helpful info

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Just purchased my tickets to Charlotte for taping two Tomorrow’s World telecasts this month. Hopefully this info will not come in handy.  (Though I did get a seat in the back.)

13 thoughts on “Hopefully not helpful info

  1. texasborn

    This month’s issue of The Reader’s Digest had an article on 50 things airline pilots won’t tell you. In it, a pilot said that the safest area to sit in a plane was in the midsection( near or on the wing)–if I remember correctly. The rear seating was not the safest because, I think, fires started there the most easily. Is that where most of the jet fuel is stored? (I always try to get a seat on the wing area when I fly. That way, the stewardess or steward can be alerted when you see metal fatigue occurring on the wing where you are seated. That happened once on a flight that I took!)

  2. That may be, Mr. texasborn, but the Popular Mechanics conclusions were the result of compiling survival data from all crashes with fatalities since 1971. So, I would suspect that it is at least as trustworthy if not more so than the pilot’s best guess. (Though, PM did say that the midsection around the wing was the second best section to be in.)

  3. Now you’ve done it. You’ve given away to the (insert International Nemesis of the Hour ) the top-secret layout to the (insert Terribly Important Plane Manufactured in the U.S.), allowing them to build the (insert Latest Rip-Off and Marginal Improvement of Western Technology here) and put them one step closer to (insert Nefarious Plot of the Hour here).

    (Insert Appropriate Rebuke here.)

  4. Oh, and insert one more “here” after “International Nemesis of the Hour”. Just so my statement passes the (insert Appropriate Boilerplate Terminology here) prescribed by the (insert Incompetent Western Intelligence Agency here). 😀

  5. Steven Schembri

    Mr. Smith,

    I know this is off topic (in a sense), but I just had to send a note to congratulate you on this past week’s Tomorrow’s World program! Your presentation on “Diagnosis Christianity” was truly BRILLIANT! I would rank it as being one of the greatest programs of all time!

    I have always said that I believe you are “John Ogwyn Part 2”. I hope you take that as a tremendous compliment, because that is how it is intended.

    All the best, and I look forward to hearing and seeing more of you in the future.

    Kind regards,

    Steven Schembri.

  6. Howdy, Mr. Schembri, and I don’t know what to say in response! Thanks so much for your very kind words, and Mr. Ogwyn was truly something special. If any of us can become half the pastor he was, we will have achieved something special.

    Again, thanks so much for your encouragement.

  7. Steve

    I avoid flying whenever possible. The long lines at the airport. The clausterphobia of sitting two inches behind the guy in front of you. Not to mention the boredom. I can’t wait for the misery to stop. One of the difficulties of your job, I suppose.

    As far as safety is concerned, give me a military pilot. I remember riding those MAC flights in the Army, way back when. It might’ve been bare bones. Windy and cold. Staring at those bundles of wires stretching across the naked ribs of the C130. But you never worried about safety. The ‘best of the best’ was flying that thing. Most professional pilots in the world.

    Anyway, passengers always sat in the tail section. The middle section was always stuffed with cargo crates. I don’t know if that was by accident or design.

  8. @Steve: By design. When we had an air show here I was among tourists who got to sit in the back of one of those things, right along with some military personnel who were giving us the straight dope on the plane.

  9. texasborn

    I misspoke. (So much for relying on my “Alzheimer’s episodic-laden brain cells!) What WAS printed in the Reader’s Digest article by a pilot was not about fires or deaths, but about the subject of smooth rides. What he said was, “The smoothest place to sit is often over or near the wing. The bumpiest place to sit is in the back. A plane is like a seesaw. If you’re in the middle, you don’t move as much.” (Patrick Smith) Makes “physics”-cical sense to me!

    So, during a “turbulent air” episode on a plane, have you yet hit your head on the ceiling of the airplane, Mr. Smith? (Just kidding!!) Or do you do the wise thing and keep your seat belt fastened on you?

  10. texasborn

    Well, maybe on the highway, but not in an airplane in the air. Still, it’s a very good idea, because here is what another pilot said in the article in the Resder’s Digest: “Most of you wouldn’t consider going down the highway at 60 miles per hour without your seat belt fastened. But when we’re hurtling through the air at 500 miles an hour and we turn off the seat belt sign, half of you take your seat belts off. But if we hit a little air pocket, your head will be on the ceiling.”

    (That kinda reminds me of Solomon’s advice at Proverbs 27:12: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.” There is a lot of meaning in that one verse!)

  11. texasborn

    Hmm, a new magazine I just created: “Resder’s Digest” Oh, why doesn’t Spell Check work when I need it? (:-[D)>

  12. Howdy, again! When I use Firefox & Chrome instead of Internet Explorer, and they actually highlight misspelled words for me. You might consider it. 🙂 Also, during the last few years I have been flying, whenever someone has his or her lap belt undone the stewardesses always seem to tell them to buckle them. It may or may not be enforced by law, but everyone on the flights I take seem to take it very seriously.

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