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I just wondered, looking at your book Captain Keith, you talk about the plane's ability to glide for 30 mins, which is really reassuring. Can I ask whether this is still applicable though during take off or landing? On my last landing it felt as though the nose was dipping down for a second until the pilot booted up the power upon descent.
Also you talk in your dvd about the planes' abilities nowadays to fly themselves' (bigger planes etc) - but this makes me slightly nervous because it relies upon the plane rather than the pilot , and if something goes wrong the pilot being able to over-ride the planes electronic system and understanding what/where the problem is. Airbus apparently use a 'fly by wire' system which apparently some pilots are nervous about as it is so electronic and automated, can you reassure me that airbus is as safe as boeing? The last few crashes which have happened to planes of European/American countries (with safer records on the whole) tend to have been airbus - i remember one where a pilot used the rudder on take off and it snapped off as it wasn't intended to be used on take off, and the Air France crash was also an airbus. I have flown airbus before and found them to feel lighter than a boeing and actually preferred the flying experience - but i feel now they're more dangerous personally maybe too electronic and not as sturdy, do you have opinion on this?
Sorry to ask, i know i've done my flights now which were really smooth and enjoyable - but these thoughts are hanging over my head and I know i'll have to fly again probably fairly soon
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be a child again, and just enjoy the experience and the thrill and the views, without the possibility entering your head that something (however incredibly slim the chance) may happen.