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What The Hell Is Mahan Air Doing?  
User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Hi,

Whilst I was exploring a few airline sites I came across the following, which I found extremely disturbing.

On the website ( http://www.mahanairlines.com ) of the Iranian carrier Mahan Air, there is a pop-up ad when you 1st enter the site.
It reads:

Simulator Training Now Available
Training in A300-B4 simulator (GE CF6-50C2 engines) is now available in our flight crew training centre in Kerman-Iran. For more information please contact Manager of Flight Crew at airmahan@peyam.net


Now if they'd just got a simulator for the training of their crews that's OK. However, why on Earth would they advertise this fact so much and say it's 'now available' and that people can contact them for more information? It sounds to me like anyone can go on a course with Mahan Air to learn how to fly A300s even if they're not actually going to work for an airline.

I think it's obvious where I'm going with this. With quite a few f**ked up people in that part of the world who have an interest in mass murder, I find it very worrying if the airline is doing what I think it is.

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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2600 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
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Almost every airline offers their flight simulators to 3rd parties, either to meet the long-term or ad-hoc training needs of other airlines, or private individuals. As a matter of fact most airlines offer a range of training facilities to other airlines.

From the wording of the advertisement, this is clearly aimed at other airlines. There is no idication that Mahan Air would allow private individuals to fly their simulator, and you wouldn't get much from a one hour session anyway. BA allow private individuals to fly their simulators, why shouldn't Mahan Air do the same?!?

I see what you're getting at, just don't agree with it  Confused

Plus, anyone with the required qualifications can approach any major FTO and buy themselves a type rating. The sort of money you're talking about for a type rating would be fairly inconsequential to a well-funded terrorist organisation...

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Don't get your nickers in a knot, airlines have whole academies devoted to flight training, certainly not for just their pilots, that would never be profitable. As a result they train crews for other airlines. This is the same thing, on a smaller scale.

User currently offlineKdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

In Vancouver, you can fork over $250 for an hour in a sim.

K.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4791 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

You should be just as suspiscious about Air Canada and virtually every other airline. Don't be so paranoid, it won't do you much good.

User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

I was going to respond, but have decided that it isn't worth my time or energy in writing anything more than this

Can we have a two thumbs down rating for posts in future?


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

If people would only inform themselves before starting such a thread... Thankfully there are many other people here, who are well-informed and rectify such hair-raising statements.



Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Oooooh one star- my best rating yet!

I stand by my comments. Iran is a known sponsor of terrorism and for Mahan to so blatantly say "hey we'll teach anyone to fly a plane" is irresponsible as far as I'm concerned.

How can you possibley say a Middle Eastern airline offering airliner flying lessons to 'Joe Public' is just the same as a western airline?! Of course other airlines do the same, but they're not in the world's hot spot for Muslim extremists.

So think what you like about me, but I believe Mahan aren't helping the fight against terrorism by so publicly displaying the fact that it's possible for anyone to learn to fly.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8145 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

Englandair, you don't have a clue, do you?


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Orrrr you could go to virtual aviation down at Heathrow and pay £1000 to do it.

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