Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Happy Days where ever you are …
Enjoy these two photos taken from my office. Here is a photos from the flight today over Turkey,
The world is indeed a small place when at just 40,000 feet we fly above 75% of the Earth’s atmosphere. At a ground speed of 500 knots (926 kilometres per hour) we traverse half of the globe in just under one day.
What a giant leap this is for mankind when we consider that Bert Hinkler in 1928 took 16 days to complete his record breaking solo flight from the UK to Australia in his Avro Avian (without radios, detailed maps or support). 100,000 Sydney people turned out to welcome him chanting “Hinkler, Hinkler little star, 16 days and here you are!”
The following two cockpit photos were taken two days ago just to the west of Broome, Australia heading over the Indian Ocean on the way to Dubai.
Underneath us lie continents, countries, economies, cultures, technologies and millions of wonderful people, families and loved ones.
From the vantage of 40,000 feet it is clear that more things unite us on Earth than separate us.
This second photo includes the light switches illuminated by the Annunciator light switch in test position. We sometimes use this switch position to ensure we identify the correct switch before selecting it during ECAM procedures and to also check that the lights work (though these are all highly reliable LEDs).
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For those who have enjoyed the images of Coplu’s wonderful paintings, here is a picture of my good friend taken last week in Sydney. I hope to show you more of his works in future blogs.
Wherever you are on our small shared planet Earth – Coral, Coplu (who is spending summer in Sydney) and I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, safe and happy holidays and a successful 2016.