Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Captain Pinaki and Captain Sushmita [ Sush ]

Extract from book

As a Son of AirIndia Captain I was always with Airplanes, My  Story seeks out the special few who have answered 
the call of the skies, those with the discipline, aptitude, and courage to become 
Pilots.  Life  in hangars and homes, at Airport restaurants and on ramps, My Story 
tells the story of flight in the words of pilots themselves. What it means to fly 
an airplane all alone for the first time on my 1st Solo. What it means to fly an airplane for the 
last time. The easy rapport one can have with a person who is a complete 
stranger but for the shared experience of flying.

And the excitement that consumes pilots at the opportunity to share this world 
of aviation with non-Pilots, Airport communities, community leaders, and anyone 
else who will listen a born Pilot.

My  Story is a saga for anyone who has sat all alone in an aircraft, firewalled
the throttle, charged down the runway, and rotated. And especially for those 
who might if given the chance. For most people, the sky is the limit. For a Pilot,
the sky is home and Airplane is my Office. 

This is the story of the journey home. A Pilot's Story.

I am a Pilot

When I was young, I never even imagined that someday I would simply be mad 
about aircrafts and flying. On my third birthday my dad asked me what kind of Birthday cake
you wants ? My answer was so obivious an Airplane Shaped cake.
On my  trip abroad, to Singapore, I bought the Observer's Book of 
Aircraft by William Green, this changed my world completly. It had all the different 
kinds of airrafts one could see at that time with their full specifications. The book 
increased my vocabulary, I got to know technical details of various aircrafts, their 
type, seating, powerplant, cruising speed, armament, country of origin, dimensions, 
service ceiling, endurance, range, etc. 

Soon I was nicknamed pilot by my friends, whenever they used to see any aircraft, 
they used to enquire about it from me. I started to correctly recognise even those 
aircrafts which were flying at very high altitudes. Even my ears got trained for the 
slightest sound which resembled the drone of an aircraft engine. I could tell well in 
advance that whether the approaching aircrat was a piston engine, a turboprop, 
a jet or a chopper. 

Just a single book changed my whole life, I became an aviation enthusiast. Soon I 
started to buy all the good books related to aviation I could lay my hands on. By the 
time I reached the age of 18 years, that is the time I finished my schooling, I had a 
library, full of books on aircrafts and other related fields. 

One day when I  passd my Schooling ,The next day my dad too me  to the office 
of the local flying club and enrolled myself as a student Pilot. 
Within 14 months of my joining or after exactly 15 Hrs of flying hrs on Pushpak MKI and
Cessna 150 Airplane, I was ready to go solo, 
all alone, no one would accompany me, it would be just me and my Cessna 152 Airplane.
glider, flying free, like a bird. I readied for the flight, checked the elevator, ailerons, rudder and 
airbrakes, they were all working, checked the altimeter, variometer, slip-skid indicator, 
pitot tube, speedometer, they all seemed well.  Wow I am a Captain [ Commanding and Piloting
Aviator In Navigation ] now.

Now I could call myself a PILOT, a real AVIATOR ....MY 1st DREAM COME TRUE...

But actual problem started after my 1st solo. Now this is the time I realise why
every Indian Pilot hates DGCA and Indian Officials. Now I am getting my flights
once a week or twice a month making me so frusted. After waiting for 17 months
I got my Indian Private Pilot Certificate. Now I decided to continue it in USA.

Land in America

Capt Richard had tought time to get Pinaki back on right flying.  Every day he was learning

many new terms of flying. James Golfin [ Jimmy ] was his flight Instructor. Jimmy was a very cool Pilot so Pinaki was bit relexed to

learn flying.


Back to India, No jobs available here, So again my old flying club to
join as Assistent Pilot Instructor under the same CFI. It is very difficult for Pinaki to Cop with

Indian Flying style as its still very old fashiond.  Adjusting with Indian flying culture he

started teaching  Pilots in Indo - US style.  He was not at all happy with the culture but had

no option, his frustation was increasing as days passing.  But his logboog  getting hrs day by

day so he started prepration for his ATPL and he cleared all his pappers too. Still he had

about 1200Hrs only 300hrs more to get an ATPL licence.  Aviation is not so much a

profession or a hobby as it is a disease. 

AirIndia released advertisement for Trainee Co-Pilot for Boeing 737 Aircraft. He applied and
left his API Job to prepare for his AirIndia exam.  AirIndia declared resut after 9 months and
by dafault Pinaki got no 1 position. Thanks to his wonderfull US flying Experience and  awfull

Indian Assistent Flight Instructor's Experience. He always tell his student Pilot, Learn from

the mistakes of others -- you won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.  But they

are not ready to listen him much. 

Pinaki met another Pilot Captain Sushmita [ Sush ] at DGCA for her Conversion from

Canadian CPL into Indian DGCA CPL. She was trying to get it since last 4 months but all
vain. Pinaki helpd her to get her licence within 7 days with all formalities done. Of course
that cost them only couple of bucks before they could get CPL in hand, but thats the culture

Indian DGCA has. Sush was so happy with her licence in hand, as she had lost all her hopes

before. She kissed Pinaki in DGCA office only.

To celebrate this, Captain Pinaki Invited  Captain Sushmita [ Sush ] at Hotel Taj for Candle

light dinner,  they both were so excited that both reached Taj almost an hour before their

schedule time. Captain Pinaki proposed  Captain Sushmita just after the dinner, which  Sush
accepted immidiately. This was most happening day for Captain Pinaki and   Captain

Sushmita both were flying on cloud seven.

Time flown very fast and its time for Sush to get back to Canada, as her whole family lives
in Canada, even she born and brought up in Canada only.  Her Dad had a small flight school
and a Air Charter Services at a Monatoba, north Canada,  which was also not doing well due
heavy recession in Aviation. Captain Sushmita, was a CFI there but she wanted to fly for an Airlines, which was bit difficult in Canada due to recession, So she decided to get her Indian CPL.

AirIndia was suffering from heavy losses, So they cancelled further expansion plans and so  no more hiring for Trainee Co-Pilot for Boeing 737 Aircraft.  Pinaki wanted 300 more flying
hours before he could apply for issue of Indian ATPL. So he decided to join one Indian company based out of Guwahati to fly their King Air B 200.  Though he was paid very bad
he join to get flying hours. He was flying with Wg. Cdr. Aman Sing who was an ex Air force Pilot,  No civil Aviation or International Aviation Exposure, but had a solid defence attitude
problem like any other defence Pilot.  As soon as Pinaki got his 1510 hrs on his Logbook he
left this job and reached again Indian DGCA with lot of docments and lot of bucks to be paid
as and when required.  At any cost he wanted to get his ATPA asap. He met with Mr Rajan same tout at  DGCA who helped   Captain Sushmita  to get her Indian CPL. Pinaki paid him big amount then usual bribe and  Rajan promised him to get his work in next 7 days. These
7 days were like 7 years for Captain Pinaki. The only relif he had was skype and black berry
calls of Captain Sushmita [ Sush ] as she was the only soul on the earth who could understand his situation.

Monday sharp 1000 hrs  Pinaki was at DGCA looking for Mr Rajan, but he was not there till
1030 so he clled him on his mobile which was switchd off  and No reply at home landline, so he reached DGCA reception, but his documents were not there. Receptionist was not ready to
listen him. He paid him a big bucks, to get him ready to listen him.  After taking big bribe he
opened his mouth and inform him that no file is there in Indian DGCA office even.  At 1300hrs Rajan picked up his mobile phone and informd him that he is in Banglore due some important work and DGCA rejected his ATPL application as he needs minimum 1000hrs as
PIC to get his ATPL issued. And if he needs his papers back he would needs to pay  big sum of money to another DGCA agent Mr Kuldeep. He paid and got his original documents back. At least he has live Indian CPL in hand.

Captain Pinaki was so depressed with the situation,  Captain Sushmita invite him  at her flight school to get Canadian ATPL. He immidiately accepted the offer and flown to Monterial with Dad Captain Ravi who was operation same sector on Boeing 747. 

Remaining part please read in book coming soon .........


Air Traffic Control Leading the Way


ATC: Alitalia 321, continue taxi to the holding position 20R south via tango. 
Check for workers along taxiway.
Alitalia 321: Roger, 20R via tango. Workers checked, all are working.


ATC: Flight 1234, for noise abatement, turn right 45 degrees. "
Pilot: "But Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make 
up here?"
ATC: Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"


Tower: Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!
Delta 351: Give us another hint! We have digital watches!


ATC: Control tower to aircraft that just landed Bear right, next intersection.
Pilot: Roger, we have him in sight.


A student pilot became lost during a solo cross-country flight. 
While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked,
 "What was your last known position?" 
Student:"When I was number one for takeoff".


A student pilot called in and said he was unsure of his position but he 
had a town in sight. Since we didn't have him on radar, the controller told 
him to descend and look for the town's water tower, see what it said on the 
side, climb back up and tell him. Sure enough in about 3 minutes the pilot 
called back and said, "Approach, I found the water tower". The controller, 
feeling rather pleased, asked "And what did it say on the side?" 
The pilot replied, "It said Seniors, 1978".


Tower: "Aircraft on final, go around, aircraft on runway."
Solo Student Pilot: "Roger" (Continues descent.)
Tower: "Aircraft, GO AROUND"
Student: "Roger" (Continues descent.)
Tower: (Screaming) "AIRCRAFT, GO AROUND!!"
Student: "Roger" (Continues descent.)

So,the student pilot plunks his airplane down on the numbers, taxies up to where the twin is sitting in the middle of the runway, GOES AROUND it, and continues on to the taxiway.


A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down.

San Jose Tower: "American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights, and return to the airport."


Cessna 123: Approched request two practice ILS approaches, followed by the published missed to the VOR to hold, a VOR approach, two NDB approaches, and an ASR approach.
Approach: Cessna 123 squawk 4753, and would you like fries with that, sir?


Airliner: Approach, what's our sequence?
Approach: Calling for the sequence, I missed your call-sign. But if I find out what it is, you're last.

Airline Announcements?

United Flight Attendant announced, 'People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!
On landing, the stewardess said, 'Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have. '

'There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane'

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a 'Thanks for flying our airline.' He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane.

She said, 'Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?'

'Why, no, Ma'am,' said the pilot. 'What is it?'

The little old lady said, 'Did we land, or were we shot down?'

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: 'Whoa, big fella, WHOA!'

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, 'Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because sure as hell everything has shifted after a landing like that.'

Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: 'We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.'

Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo , Texas on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo .. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!'

'Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.'

'As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses........except for that gentleman over there.'

Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City . The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, 'That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt.'

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix , the attendant came on with, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.'

Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: 'We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of US Airways.'

Heard on a Southwest Airline flight - 'Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing and if you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em.'

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport . After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles . The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!' Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry i f I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!'

A passenger in Coach yelled, 'That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!'

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Read more about our production on the "A Pilot's Story" Blog.
The story of flight is a sweeping saga that has exceeded the imaginations of even
those who first dreamed it. And yet it unfolds (as all truly special stories do) in 
moments, places . . . and people. Always and ever in people.
Just above the heads of most of our brothers, sisters, coworkers, and neighbors 
there hang gossamer cathedrals of piled cotton below the cobalt dome of a perfect 
sky. But fewer than one in 500 will ever experience this through the front window 
of a flying machine. A Pilot's Story seeks out the special few who have answered 
the call of the skies, those with the discipline, aptitude, and courage to become 
Filmed in hangars and homes, at restaurants and on ramps, A Pilot's Story 
tells the story of flight in the words of pilots themselves. What it means to fly 
an airplane all alone for the first time. What it means to fly an airplane for the 
last time. The easy rapport one can have with a person who is a complete 
stranger but for the shared experience of flying.
And the excitement that consumes pilots at the opportunity to share this world 
of aviation with non-pilots, airport communities, community leaders, and anyone 
else who will listen.
A Pilot's Story is a film for anyone who has sat all alone in an aircraft, firewalled
 the throttle, charged down the runway, and rotated. And especially for those 
who might if given the chance. For most people, the sky is the limit. For a pilot,
 the sky is home.

This is the story of the journey home. A Pilot's Story.

Be an Aviator Not a Pilot Be an Aviator Not a Pilot

Be an Aviator Not a Pilot

Shekhar Gupta
Capt Ankisha Awasthi

» Synopsis

Be an Aviator Not a Pilot is a story of Pilots in Aviation who are unable to cope.

This is not a book to teach you how to get into an Aviation School or even how to live like a Pilot. In fact, it describes how one can become a Successfull Aviator not just an Airplane Driver [ So called Pilot ] with very small changes in life.

Also Why abroad trained Pilots are better Aviator and Why FAA, CASA, CAAP, CAA are better civil Aviation Authority then DGCA.

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