Is a plane that different from a forklift?
Blog Guy, I’m planning a dream vacation to China, but I’m worried. I read that China has found that nearly 200 pilots have falsified their resumés . Please assure me that’s all been taken care of now.
Of course it has. Some of those pilots lost their licenses.
Some? What about the rest of them?
It turns out they’re back on the job after “remedial action.”
Are you kidding me? They lied about their flight experience and now they’re working again? Why on earth were they hired in the first place?
There was a perfectly good reason. According to China’s official news agency, with the rapid expansion of the aviation sector, “airlines turn a blind eye to fake records since they are happy to see more pilots…”
Pilot: We’re in a tough spot, Lamar! You’ll have to take ‘er down.
Copilot: ME? Who do I look like, Sully Sullenberger? You’re the pilot!
Pilot: Oh, about that. I do have a forklift license that expired four years ago. How about you?
Copilot: Uh, remember when Kellogg’s Corn Pops offered a Junior Pilot’s Permit?
Pilot: Holy crap! We’re going down! Navigator, can you take over?
Navigator: Sure! So this is what they call a cockpit, huh?
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Readers, please note this is only an imaginary conversation, at least as far as I know.
Right: A competitor jumps into the sea in an attempt to fly his homemade craft during the Red Bull Flugtag competition in Kuwait, November 2, 2007. REUTERS/Tariq AlAli
Left: Boxes of Kellogg’s cereal are displayed on a store shelf in Westminster, Colorado April 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking