There is nothing like the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; after going there, it is impossible not to fall-in-love with flight and space - the sheer idea of it all, infinity-and-beyond, is as inspiring as it is ominous.
Visiting the Air & Space Museum was gracious and welcoming, compared to my first experience of actually being in-flight. My father is a small aircraft pilot. Part of the pilot's certification process is restart the airplane after turning-off the engine mid-flight -- a dangerous requirement for various reasons beyond the obvious beyond the obvious.
There's the "Suppose the engine really doesn't restart" problem but there's the issue of the monster the requirement creates after the engine does restart - The Invincible Pilot.
The Invincible Pilot is the pilot who, having survived certification testing, now feels or entitled to turn-off the engine while flying at 39,000 feet with unsuspecting passengers. Here's how the experience goes: After passing a cursory look at passengers who are already impressed, pilot states boldly: "And now we are turning off the engine."
Silence of debilitating shock fills the tiny cabin; but before you can eek out a gasp the click of the key triggers a deafening silence resulting from the absence of engines.
You haven't lived until you've experienced unexpected silence at 39,000 feet. There's a beauty to it-the kind you realize only after surviving it, a sound remembered more than an engine restart.
“Unforgettable sound of silence at 39,000 feet above Earth”
What Would Leonardo Say
Was turning off the engine at 39,000 feet part of Leonardo's plan? Did he envision this sort of high performance?
Being a TSA is probably a pretty hectic, stressful job but man, I would kill to try it for just a day. Can you imagine all the crazy stuff you'd see going through people's luggage? And how good you'd become at...
I just love traveling for the holidays, and nothing gets me in the spirit like Christmas decorations! Knowing that the airport went through the extra effort to put decorations up means a lot to me as a passenger and as a customer. It's always a treat to get to see these on the ground.
Liven up your cockpit with a little traditional Japanese fare. Teru teru bozu means "shine shine monk". They're little paper or cloth dolls representational of a monk. They're said to help bring good weather, notably by deterring rain, which is always helpful when flying. They're not ghosts.