2 Responses to “PhotoGeek Week#83 Walking the dog”

  1. UK Pom March 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    I say dear chaps, you woke me up mentioning my name and something about sharing disgust at North American marketing….
    In the UK we are used to being shafted from all angles Adobe & Microsoft transversing the $ for £ sign for exports to UK etc etc
    You may have missed this article last year…it seems I am not the only one
    to be sent to sleep………….
    “Derrick Lining first noticed something wrong with the short commuter flight from Honolulu as it approached Hawaii’s Big Island. “When I noticed we weren’t descending I told my wife, she was sitting on the left, I mentioned to her I think something is kind of weird with this flight pattern,” he told a local TV station.
    Rather than descending for its scheduled landing at Hilo, Go! Airlines flight 1002 carried on at its cruising altitude of 21,000 feet. Frantic, air traffic controllers tried in vain to contact the flight’s two pilots.But despite making a dozen calls in 17 minutes there was no response. The explanation was simple: the pilots were asleep.
    By the time controllers eventually roused the pair, the flight, possibly on autopilot, had overshot the runway by 15 miles.
    Captain Scott Oltman, 54, and first officer Dillon Shipley, 24, were both suspended for 60 days and 45 days respectively by the Federal Aviation Authority for the careless and reckless operation of an aircraft during the February flight.
    A June report by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that, “the pilots unintentionally fell asleep”. Oltman and Shipley were subsequently diagnosed with “severe photogeek podcast sleep apnea”. The condition interrupts the breathing, preventing restful sleep. The drowsy pilots, who were fired by the airline, completed their suspensions on September 9. It was not known whether they have found other employment. The airline was not fined by the FAA, which concluded that it had done nothing wrong.”

  2. UK Pom March 17, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    I say dear chaps, you woke me up mentioning my name and something about sharing disgust at North American marketing….
    In the UK we are used to being shafted from all angles Adobe & Microsoft transversing the $ for £ sign for exports to UK etc etc
    You may have missed this article last year…it seems I am not the only one to be sent to sleep………….
    “Derrick Lining first noticed something wrong with the short commuter flight from Honolulu as it approached Hawaii’s Big Island. “When I noticed we weren’t descending I told my wife, she was sitting on the left, I mentioned to her I think something is kind of weird with this flight pattern,” he told a local TV station.
    Rather than descending for its scheduled landing at Hilo, Go! Airlines flight 1002 carried on at its cruising altitude of 21,000 feet. Frantic, air traffic controllers tried in vain to contact the flight’s two pilots.But despite making a dozen calls in 17 minutes there was no response. The explanation was simple: the pilots were asleep.
    By the time controllers eventually roused the pair, the flight, possibly on autopilot, had overshot the runway by 15 miles.
    Captain Scott Oltman, 54, and first officer Dillon Shipley, 24, were both suspended for 60 days and 45 days respectively by the Federal Aviation Authority for the careless and reckless operation of an aircraft during the February flight.
    A June report by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that, “the pilots unintentionally fell asleep”. Oltman and Shipley were subsequently diagnosed with “severe photogeek podcast sleep apnea”. The condition interrupts the breathing, preventing restful sleep. The drowsy pilots, who were fired by the airline, completed their suspensions on September 9. It was not known whether they have found other employment. The airline was not fined by the FAA, which concluded that it had done nothing wrong.”