Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3060 times:
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2621 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3029 times:
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
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...
JAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2988 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.
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2850 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.