Alaska Airline flight 261

If you are interested in flight accident, there is a fantastic documentary about that. It is called « Mayday » in the US, but you can also find it under the name « Air Crash Investigation« . They are already 16 seasons and 140 episodes! I haven’t watched them all but you can find plenty of them on Youtube.

Today I am gonna give you a summary of flight Alaska Airline 261. I did not hear of these airline before watching the episode. After the crash the company probably went bankrupt. in the 90s the airline was experiencing a high competition and, in order to reduce cost, they were being sloppy with maintenance. At the time the airline fleet was made of MD-80. This aircraft did have a Jackscrew in the tail of the plane in order to control the horizontal stabiliser. Unfortunately because of an improper maintenance, the screw has never been grease before the accident, and the jackscrew just stripped out of the screw. Without a proper stabiliser the plane nose dived in the ocean, killing everyone on board.

One of the mechanic even contacted the authority, and an investigation started a while back before the accident but the fine wasn’t enough for the Airline to stop cutting corner. The mechanic has been fired by telling the truth, and he did not manage to find a job in any other Airline. Not such a good thing to be a whistleblower, not even in these industry.

Enjoy the show:

 

Hub and Spoke model vs Point to Point model

Probably the best explanation about how the fly industry works, and why we’ll probably fly smaller airplanes in the future.

 

Before the flood

Not so bad DiCaprio

Update: the full video isn’t available anymore on Youtube. Here is the trailer:

 

Watch list of the month

Black Mirror

A new season has started with the first episode describing a world where your social ranking highlight your success in life.

King of Kong

a Documentary about a guy that decided to be the Number one player of Donkey Kong.

Raiders

A crazy project by a group of eleven years old boys. They decided one summer to do the movie « raiders of the lost Arch » by themselves. It took them 7 years to do so. 20 years later they decide to invest in finalising it and shoot the one scene missing from the movie: the plane desert fight.

Halloween selection by Le fossoyeur de films

Carnival of Soul

By Herk Harvey (1962)

The entity

By Sydney Furie (1982)

Drag me to hell

By Sam Raimi, the guy behing evil Dead and Spiderman

 

Ultimate checklist for the traveler geek

If your job let you travel for work, you often have to prepare your suitcase to be ready to go. On the other hand you want to enjoy your geek gears on the go. Nothing more annoying than to forget an adapter and not be able to use your device.

Must Have in your bag

Passport
That’s pretty obvious, but if there is one thing not to forget, it’s definitely your passport. So before doing anything else just find it and store it in your bag as a first step.

Business Cards
This one is tricky, not as embarrassing as not having your Passport, but really it will avoid you some awkward situation while you meet clients (specially if you go Japan).

Your laptop / Tablet
No chance your forget this one right? But why not loading it with movies or TV Shows. Most of airlines have a great movie selection, but just in case your flying on an old aircraft, you will maybe end up watching movies on a game boy first generation like screen. Try to load your movies in advance, because waiting the last minute to download the last bit of it can cause you some anxiety, when the taxi is waiting for you.

Chargers
There is always some boring situation when you have to think about which charger to take and which cable to carry. If you are on Apple environment or Android, this is easier, but if you mix the both of it, be sure to take the correct cable

International plug
Same thing do not forget it, it will avoid you having to explain why your laptop is out of juice because you left it at home. Also buying 3 times the same gear, is always painful.

A power bank
Smartphone still have a quite small lifespan , so better be safe and be able to access Google Map when you are lost in a new town.

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