Why do pilots tell us the plane’s altitude, outside temperature, and speed? Does it matter?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Well, I can tell you from my experience, if I fail to update passengers during the flight on weather, progress and all those nice things pilots say over the intercom. I'll get a few passengers comment on why didn't we talk with them or give them any updates. Many passengers expect it and it comforts them to know there is a human in the front of the plane and that they care.

It also gives the sensation of progress in a seemingly non-moving environment in the cabin. Also, some landmarks are interesting and worth pointing out.

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Why do pilots tell us the plane's altitude, outside temperature, and speed? Does it matter?

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What is the best way to avoid something bad happening to you?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

You can never truly avoid bad things happening to you. You can minimize bad things by making good decisions, following the rules and especially follow your moral compass.

That being said, bad things will always happen at some point. Just as good things will happen. Remember, if we didn't have all the bad things in life then we would never know when all the good things were happening to us. You need the negative have a positive, a yin to have the yang and so on.

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Is an airplane a Faraday cage?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

An aircraft's tubular fuselage acts as a Faraday Cage's as long as its a conductive material like metal. (Fiberglass and composites are not conductive materials)

Part of the FAA certification of a transport category aircraft (specifically Instrument Flight Rules Certified Aircraft) is that it demonstrates lightning protection

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 23.1306, 25.1316, 27.1316, and 29.1316, Electrical and electronic system lightning protection

I have been struck by lighting many times in my career and I have never had an aircraft suffer any harm to any person or major component in the aircraft. The aircraft itself had sustained some damage (a few popped rivets, composite or fiberglass material burnt, some paint burning, etc..) Sometimes a radio or antenna would be affected or unusable if the antenna experienced the electrical current.

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Is an airplane a Faraday cage?

How bad is it to turn 40 years old?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Turning 40 wasn't bad at all. I did notice the weight was harder to lose and the blood pressure was creeping up. Other than that it was a piece of cake.

I did have my third child at 40 and my fourth child at 42. Those events were more challenging to adjust to that turning 40.

It really comes down to what you make of your life events and how you want to feel about them. It really is our choice on how we feel or allow things to effect/control our emotions.

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How bad is it to turn 40 years old?

On airlines, do first-class passengers get nicer life jackets, etc?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

No, all the life jackets are exactly the same. The only exception is an infant life jacket that is smaller to accommodate the smaller body of the infant.

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On airlines, do first-class passengers get nicer life jackets, etc?

What are the cons of a lifting-body aircraft?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

I think the worst thing for me if I were a passenger would be on an outer seat in the lifting body.

If I am farther away from the rotating longitudinal axis I will be moving up and down significantly with the rolling moment of the aircraft. This would get very uncomfortable during maneuvering and turbulence.

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Is it okay to feel lost? I feel like my future is a huge question mark that is never going anywhere.

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

It is absolutely okay to feel lost. Life can be challenging and uncertain.

The great thing is that your already approaching it as the empty canvas it is, a huge question mark!

Life will go where you direct it. Most of us never learn how to direct our lives early in life and we just goof off until we get tired of "going nowhere."

 Try Goal Mapping or Personal Goal Setting!

I have personally used the SMI (Success Motivation International) programs and they are fantastic. There are all kinds of free and paid for goal setting programs advice out there. The important thing is that:

  • You write your goals (your dreams) down,
  • Your write down the steps (small goals) it would take to achieve that goal,
  • You commit to a date of completion that is realistic,
  • You re-assess your goal and your steps to make modifications and corrections as your progress to completion,
  • You stick with it and stay committed with dogged determination to complete your goal.
  • Keep your goals in a binder and add pictures, magazine cutouts and so on like a scrap book to help you imagine or affirmative you goal daily.
  • Try this Goal planner sheet for writing your goals (dreams) down.

You can also read some of the overview material on the SMI website:

Success Motivation International

Or, check out this mapping site:

Brian Mayne's Goal Mapping : FREE templates

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Is it okay to feel lost? I feel like my future is a huge question mark that is never going anywhere.