Posts Tagged ‘pilot’

Finnair Instameet

Finnair Instameet

Are you social media savvy? Do you use Instagram? You have probably heard about Instameets  where participants post pictures simultaneously about one common theme. How about Finnair Instameet? You’ll see one happening on Monday 30th November. Three pilots and three flight attendants will gather  for a few hours at  Helsinki Airport and will post all

Finnair five – a classic route

You always get that extra little buzz when it says ‘AY 005’ on the flight preparation papers. One long-haul flight out of many, but for us it’s the oldest and most traditional one. Finnair’s first long-haul destination was New York, and the route ran via Copenhagen and Amsterdam on a DC-8 aircraft. Pilots, at least,

For the love of flying

Standards, discipline and routines. Technique and physics. But, at the same time, flying is all about feeling. I recognised that feeling the moment I took off on my first training flight in a Cessna 152. To rise off the surface of the earth, controlling the aircraft with your own two hands. To ascend, to descend

More than a thousand words

Flying an aircraft is very visual work. Communicating the events and details of a day in the life of a pilot using only words would be difficult.  There are times when you would love to share the view opening up in front of you with the cabin, if that only were possible. A photo is

My fellow pilots

My blogger friend Petra once told about a conversation she had had in the cabin about the line-up of the cockpit. Is it really true that there could be two people sitting there who do not know each other? How on earth can that kind of cooperation even work? After all, we Finns don’t just

Pilots under the microscope

What an unfortunate title, though I did write it myself. My idea was to shed some light on how the professional skills of pilots are monitored throughout their careers. Different kinds of examinations are quite a natural part of our job description. It is indeed a factor of great importance for safety to make sure

From copilot to skipper – Practice makes perfect

Finnair recruits its new pilots in the same way as most other airlines. After successfully passing two to three years of college-level professional pilot training, a person can apply for first officer- and other type rating courses. After completing these company courses, pupils become a copilot on one of Finnair’s commercial aircraft

Finnair brings Lions to the Market Square this evening

Finland’s ice hockey team enjoyed a sweet victory over Sweden and at the same time won their second-ever World Championship. The win on Sunday night sparked huge celebrations in Finland. Immediately the next morning, Finnair, the Lions’ long-term cooperation partner, sent a special flight to Bratislava to pick up Finland’s ice hockey heroes. The victory

Thoughts on jet lag

There are surely as many ways of coping and alleviating the problems caused by jet lag as there are travellers. That’s why what follows is based on my own experiences, and it should not be considered a universally applicable prescription on how to overcome the full spectrum of jet lag problems. Sleep issues in particular

Santa's flight crew licence

Before Santa Claus can once again take to the air, he has to fulfil the minimum requirements for a pilot. The annual medical examination is performed in good time during the autumn. In the sight test, his prescription for reading glasses is renewed. The hearing test goes well, because in Santa’s home at Korvatunturi there