Man Banned from Airline After Touched The Flight attendant ‘Politely’ on her back, Says He’ll Sue

UNITED STATES – AUGUST 26: An Alaska Airlines pilot talks to ground crew from the cockpit of a jet sitting at a gate at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, August 26, 2005. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

On an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to San Diego on Tuesday first class passenger Mike Timon was accused of “touching the flight attendant’s buttocks,” and has been banned from the airline.

He says he “he touched the woman ‘politely’ on her back — not her buttocks — to get her attention and order a drink.”

I do not think he understands how you order a drink, because it doesn’t involve touching a woman’s low back region that descends towards her buttocks (or touching her at all for that matter). I find that a simple “excuse me” usually works if I cannot get a flight attendant’s attention non-verbally.

And though it’s fairly verboten to use the call button at your seat in anything but a life threatening emergency in the U.S. (it shouldn’t be) that too would be much preferred. Indeed, the man didn’t get his drink (another flight attendant let him know he was ‘cut off’ when he pressed the call button to complain he hadn’t been served) but he did get met by police on arrival in San Diego.

Timon, who said he is a frequent first-class flier, said that after he touched the flight attendant and requested a drink, none came.

He said he later pressed his call button, and a male flight attendant came by and told him he’d had been cut off from alcohol, that he’d assaulted the flight attendant and that police would be waiting for him in San Diego.

The longtime owner of a company that bought and sold medical equipment said he’d had one drink, was not unruly and was “100 percent sober” at the time of the encounter.

Oh, he says it’s discrimination that his behavior is being made into a big deal. And he’s threatening legal action.

“What about us guys?” Timon said. “I can’t tap a flight attendant on her back to politely ask for something, yet I get accused of something? It’s out of control and I am pissed.”

Sexual harassment of flight attendants should not be permitted. Full stop. And no, a passenger cannot “tap a flight attendant on the back.” What is wrong with people? The striking thing about this story is that he’s incredulous.

It would be a mistake, however, to link zero tolerance for that sort of behavior with “reinforc[ing] our safety role as aviation’s first responders” as Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson seeks to do. “Here primarily for your safety” is code to every frequent flyer for indifference towards service.

Saying flight attendants deserve decency and respect does not mean flight attendants aren’t ambassadors for an airline’s brand and that their job doesn’t involve customer service. Put another way customer service has nothing to do with sex.

Shikhar Dhawan slams Emirates airlines after family left stranded at Dubai airport

Dubai: Shikhar Dhawan’s tour of South Africa started on a bitter note after his wife Aesha and their children weren’t allowed to board a flight from Dubai to South Africa. While other Team India members, led by skipper Virat Kohli, left India for the tour with their families on Thursday, Dhawan came across a big issue upon landing on the African continent.

The Indian opener’s family were denied from boarding the flight since they could not produce birth certificates for the children. Left unimpressed, the Delhi batsman hit back at airline service Emirates on Twitter for causing the inconvenience.

Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan appears to be a doubtful starter for the first Test against South Africa, starting January 5, due to an ankle injury. Before Indian team’s departure, Dhawan was seen entering the team hotel limping with his left ankle heavily strapped.

He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone an MRI scan.

“Shikhar Dhawan’s ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is travelling with the team. However, it can’t be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then inform KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with the dependable Murali Vijay. As per the selection pattern of the Indian teams whenever there has been an injury concern, the fourth opener currently would be Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund, who had scored 82 in his last Test appearance in Sri Lanka.

Airline passengers reveal what first-class travel is REALLY like

Economy passengers have long wondered what goes on at the front of the plane.

What the seats are like, what facilities first class passengers have access to, the standard of the food and whether you can actually sleep more comfortably are often pondered – and fantasised about.

To provide some concrete answers travellers who have been lucky enough to bag a seat in first class have been revealing exactly what the experience is like on an internet forum, from being offered pyjamas, to being able to shower before landing. Though not everyone thinks it’s worth the outlay.

The online discussion came after a thread was started on internet forum Reddit about flying on the most expensive tickets.

Forum user locks_are_paranoid asked the forum: ‘Redditors who’ve flown first class, what are the people in coach missing out on?’

And for most people, having more legroom and space as well as the more calming environment is the biggest difference from flying economy.

One Redditor explained: ‘My stepdad worked for an airline when I was growing up, so I got to fly first class a number of times.

‘Aside for the most obvious thing, more room, there was something better. Peace and quiet.

‘Because first class passengers aren’t packed in like sardines, there’s a sense of calm in that part of the aircraft.’

While ldn6 agreed, having recently flown first class with Singapore Airlines.

He said: ‘The biggest difference has to be the feeling of total separation; you’re in one of the quietest, most serene environments possible while 35,000ft in the air with completely personalised service.’

Traveller 9a_ praised the ability to sit crosslegged in seats while thismydallasaccount also said the quality of the seat was the biggest difference.

For most people, having more legroom and space as well as the more calming environment is the biggest difference from flying economy
For most people, having more legroom and space as well as the more calming environment is the biggest difference from flying economy

And he added: ‘People in first class have flown before. They don’t do weird s***. They don’t annoy you with small talk. They don’t reach over you to open the window. They sit in their chair and mind their own business.’

Meanwhile other people commenting on the thread said the little added perks were what made first class so much better.

Verystormy wrote: ‘I used to fly Emirates first. You board and your seat will have a pair of pyjamas waiting for you. You press a button and it seals itself off into a little private room which you can get undressed in.’

While also praising Emirates’ premium service, my-pw-is-password added: ‘Taking a shower at 40,000ft, having gourmet meals, alcohol always flowing, having less noise around you, getting chauffeured to and from the airport, being able to actually lie down flat, having a separate lounge area from your seat.’

BingoBingo1999 said they enjoyed the noise cancelling headphones the most, while Dixnorkel added: ‘The food is usually way better too, and you get unlimited service on drinks. I usually tried to get hammered whenever my dad got us upgrades on his work trips.’

Fellow traveller duncan_D_sorderly also said the food was much better, saying: ‘With Air France they had an on-board chef to individually make the meals, was a surprise to be asked how I wanted my filet steak tournedos cooked.’

And the angry_norwegian was most impressed by something completely different.

He explained: ‘The feeling of superiority as you mean mug [stare down] all the coach passengers walking past you.’

But for Makerbot2000, it’s not just the private boarding, fine fining, real linen and silverware, flat beds, free toiletries, sleep suits and superior entertainment systems that are better than coach.

Most first class cabins have seats that go totally flat and transform into beds. But not all passengers say first class is worth the money 

He added that even on the ground, the first class experience is totally different.

He explained: ‘Exit is private and escorted to fast track area to clear customs.

‘First class lounge serves everything you can imagine, as well as showers and quiet sleep areas.

‘I weep every day I don’t get to fly like this for work anymore.’

And Texastexastexas1 added: ‘Same. I had it for years and I lost it. Now I quietly weep in back with everyone else.’

However, not everyone was impressed with the first class experience, with some even saying it was not worth the money.

One Redittor b1ndvision explained: ‘On most flights? Not much, to be honest. Free drinks, hot towel, more room. Real glasses rather than cheap plastic cups.’

While MakerGrey added: ‘Honestly, it’s just okay. It’s not that first class is awesome, it’s that coach is so terrible. Thirsty? Have a cocktail. Sit in first and they’ll hang your coat and put your carryon in the bin.

‘You can sit without your a** falling asleep, and stretch your legs. You never have to fight over an armrest. They feed you. When they ask you what you’d like to eat, the attendants address you by name.

‘Does calling me Mr. Makergrey mean that much? No. The gas company calls me that.’

And pw_is_my_password said: ‘If you’re just flying domestic or not on a fancier airline, then first class probably isn’t that different from coach – mainly just nicer seats.’


Revealed: World’s Top Hidden Travel Gems (just keep it to yourself)

The world’s best-kept travel secrets are out – but they won’t stay secret for long.

Why? Because a leading tour firm have listed their top 20 following a survey when found that, when we find somewhere exclusive and special, we tend to keep it to ourselves.

Little-known destinations such as Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka, El Nido Pangalusian Island in the Philippines and Mexico’s ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan are among everything from tiny towns to palm-flecked beaches named in a list of the world’s top 20 hidden gems.

Bukchon Village in Seoul, South Korea
Bukchon Village in Seoul, South Korea

They were revealed in a study which found that eight in 10 British holidaymakers were more interested in escaping the usual tourist traps than the more well-known destinations on their next holiday.

Just one per cent of the UK has heard of Indonesia’s Gili Meno Island, selected by Kuoni due to its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. While its neighbouring island Gili Trawangan is now a hotspot for backpackers, the island of Gili Meno remains firmly off the beaten track.

View of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, India

Three quarters said they wanted to go somewhere none of their friends have been and a fifth of them thought it would make them appear more worldly.

When asked for examples, a tiny 0.1 per cent had heard, for example, about the tranquil garden complex of Mehtab Bagh, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River in India behind the Taj Mahal, according to the survey by Kuoni.

No surprise given that many people admitted that, while they enjoy visiting lesser-known places friends have recommended, they were less likely to tell others about them.

Kuoni’s spokesman Rachel O’Reilly said:

While the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal attract thousands of visitors per year between them, a generation of travellers are now seeking more secluded beauty spots.

Six in 10 of our respondents said they’d never share a travel secret with anyone else, suggesting that hidden holiday gems are very personal.

Global travel is accelerating, and many well-known sights have a huge volume of visitors, while other equally beautiful places provide seclusion, with jaw-dropping beauty and in some ways create stronger personal experiences.

People’s travelling lifespan has expanded – from a very young age people are used to travelling to new places with their families and continue to explore the world as they seek new experiences well into their seventies and eighties – so people want fresh perspectives and new inspiration which, is what our new list is all about.

And we are happy to pay for privilege. UK holidaymakers said they’d be happy to pay an average of £300 extra for their holidays, if it included an unforgettable secret sight.

The hike between OIA and Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
The hike between OIA and Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

The top 20 best kept travel secrets in the World

  1. Views of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, India
  2. The island of Gili Meno, Indonesia
  3. El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines
  4. Jaffna, north Sri Lanka
  5. Con Dao Island, Vietnam
  6. The hike between OIA and Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
  7. The island of Bequia, the Grenadines
  8. Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, Costa Rica
  9. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Virginia, USA
  10. Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), Bolivia
  11. The town of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy
  12. The koalas of Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  13. Farewell Spit, New Zealand
  14. Bukchon Village in Seoul, South Korea
  15. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  16. Omodos Village, Cyprus
  17. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa
  18. Yaxchilan, the ancient Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico
  19. Margaret River, Western Australia
  20. Zebra migration in Botswana

Do you have a hidden gem you discovered during your travels? Leave a comment (or will you keep it to yourself? – via thetravelmagazine)

Top 4 Airlines to Work for, as of December 2017

Airlines are considered some of the best employers in the U.S. – in fact, two airlines ranked in the top 50 employers for 2017, beating out companies like Apple Inc. , Microsoft Corporation  and even Ikea when it comes to treating their people well.

Perhaps that’s why competition is so fierce for airline jobs. In fact, in 2016, Delta Air Lines, Inc. received 150,000 applications for 1200 flight attendant openings, meaning less than 1% of applicants were hired. Mathematically speaking, it is five times harder to get a flight attendant job at Delta than it is to get accepted to Harvard, which had a 2016 acceptance rate of 5.4%. Delta has said recently that it is hiring another 1,000 employees for 2018 and the competition will be fierce.

That being said, for those who are accepted, the perks can be phenomenal – free travel, good pay, generous benefits and in many cases a happy work-life balance. There are 12 major U.S. airlines and a plethora of regional carriers to choose from if you’re looking for a new career in the air industry. Are you wondering who has the happiest employees?

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Delta not only breaks the top 20 in Forbes’ list of the 50 best places to work in 2017, it also won Glassdoor’s  Employees’ Choice Award for the Best Place to Work in 2016. If you love the idea of free travel, Delta has one of the more generous plans in the industry – spouses, children, parents and even friends qualify for free or reduced-price travel to the company’s worldwide destinations.

Delta’s retirement plan is pretty generous, too, with an automatic 2% contribution and 100% matching on up to 6% of the eligible salary. There’s also profit sharing (in 2016, the company distributed over $1 billion in profit sharing). Medical, dental and vision insurance plus a flex spending account and optional disability round out the insurance benefits. Delta currently employs about 80,000 people worldwide. (See also: Delta Employees to Receive 6% Raise.)

Southwest Airlines Co.

If job security is your number one concern, you’ll love Southwest. In 45 years of operations, the company has never laid off a single employee (there are currently over 53,500 of them). Southwest also ranks on the Forbes Top 50 list and was recognized with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. Most workers cited flexibility and a culture of appreciation as the reasons they loved working at Southwest.

The company has a generous free and reduced-rate travel policy – Southwest offers a Guest Pass program so employees can “share the love” with people not covered by the dependent flight program. In addition, the company matches up to 9.3% of eligible 401(k) contributions and has an employee stock purchase plan. The company website says that health insurance benefits cost as little as $15 per month for medical, dental and vision.

JetBlue Airways Corporation

In 2016, JetBlue took the top spot on the Forbes list of top employers in the transportation and logistics category and came in at number eight overall, although it dropped a few places in 2017. Competition is stiff for a job with the nation’s favorite economy airline – there are currently just 20,000 employees, and JetBlue’s applicant acceptance rate is around 5%.

The company’s website is vague when it comes to employee perks, but JetBlue does offer a comprehensive package of insurance, retirement and profit-sharing benefits. In addition to free JetBlue travel, employees receive reduced-rate standby flights on other major airlines. The pay tends to be a bit low in comparison with other carriers, but employees seem to think that the corporate culture and perks are worth the salary trade-off.

United Continental Holdings, Inc.

There’s no denying that United had some serious problems after its merger with Continental in 2010, and customers made their displeasure known. Plus, the company’s CEO stepped down amid a Department of Justice investigation around his business dealings. In this context, it’s no wonder that employee morale bottomed out. However, new CEO Oscar Munoz prioritized an engaged and happy workforce, and his efforts have paid off.

Today, despite a string of bad press over customer service fails that have left passengers less than impressed with the carrier, United consistently receives high ranks from its employees, who appreciate the company’s flexibility, opportunities for growth and advancement, and generous benefits. Plus, pay rates are consistently among the highest in the industry across all occupations. In addition to free travel, a robust retirement plan and profit sharing, employees are eligible for bonuses for customer satisfaction and on-time arrival. The company currently has about 80,000 employees.

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First Class Amenity Kits from 7 of the World’s Best Airlines

When you’re traveling in first or business class, flying becomes just as enjoyable an experience as the rest of your trip. Apart from the roomy, fully-reclining seats, fine meals, and in-flight entertainment, one thing travelers look forward to is the luxury amenity kits. Here’s what you can expect from airlines who’ve placed among the top 10 in the Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards, which is considered the “Oscars of the aviation industry.”

Cathay Pacific
Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 5

Business class travelers get a Seventy Eight Percent wash bag with lip balm, day care cream, and hand cream from Jurlique, along with anti-skid socks, eyeshades, a toothbrush, ear plugs, and a monitor-cleaning cloth.

First class male passengers get the same items in an Aesop zip case, plus Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip cream, mouthwash, and a hairbrush. No need to pack your pajamas in your carry-on bag—you’ll be given a sleep suit, slippers, and eyemask designed by Chinese fashion brand PYE.

Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 6

The Taiwanese airline’s Rimowa amenity kits are so popular, people are selling them on eBay. Offered on Royal Laurel Business Class, the kits come in seal gray and pearl white, and include honey skincare products from French brand Melvita.


ANA All Nippon Airways
Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 3

British brand Neal’s Yard Remedies provides business class travelers with their Bee Lovely Hand Cream, White Tea Facial Mist, and Shea Nut and Orange Organic Lip Formula.

IMAGE ANA All Nippon Airways

First class passengers get a Samsonite amenity kit, which contains The Ginza Cosmetics energizing lotion, moisturizing emulsion, creamy cleansing foam, and facial cotton pads.

Qatar Airways
Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 1

It looks like luggage-themed kits are a thing this year—Qatar Airways has teamed up with Italian luggage brand BRIC’s to create miniature versions of their suitcases for first and business class long-haul passengers. Each case contains Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio lip balm, hydrating facial mist, and anti-aging moisturizer. The first class kit contains the same, along with night recovery cream and a BRIC’s signature luggage tag. Both business and first class passengers get sleeper suits and cotton slippers designed by The White Company.

Medium-haul first class and business class passengers get Nappa Dori canvas bags printed with images of Thailand, the Netherlands, China, and Doha, along with Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio lip balm, socks, and eyeshades.

Singapore Airlines
Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 2

Singapore Airlines’ business class amenities are either surprisingly practical or underwhelming, depending on whether you do your laundry while traveling. The carrier has done away with the usual toothbrush, hand creams, and facial mists in favor of fabric care items from The Laundress.

These include The Laundress Crease Release, which “removes moderate wrinkles;” Fabric Fresh Classic, an anti-bacterial spray that removes odors; and a Wash & Stain Bar—perfect for when turbulence causes you to spill coffee on your shirt. If you find yourself in need of a toothbrush, the business class washroom is well stocked with dental kits.

On the other hand, the first class amenity kit is unabashedly luxe. Supplied by Ferragamo, it contains Acqua Essenziale BLU Eau de Toilette for men and Signorina Eleganza Eau de Parfum for women, along with after shave balm, lip balm, and a cleansing towel.


Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 8

Etihad’s eye-catching business class amenity packs stand out not just because of their vibrant designs, but also because they come with LUXE City Guides—pretty useful for first visits. They also contain skincare products from Scaramouche + Fandango.


The first class kits, which designed by Christian Lacroix, come in gray for men and plum for ladies. They carry lip balm, hand cream, and moisturizer from Omorovicza, a Hungarian luxury skincare brand.


Skytrax 2017 World Aviation Awards Rank: 4

When it comes to in-flight luxury, Emirates simply takes the cake. The airline is the first to provide moisturizing loungewear especially designed for long-haul flights. First-class passengers receive these sleep suits, along with faux sheep-skin comforters and Bulgari kits made from real leather. These amenity bags, which are also given to business class passengers in different designs, contain Bulgari’s woody floral fragrance, Eau de Parfumée au thé noir, and skincare products.




Emirates First Class Amenity Kits


Emirates Mens’ First Class Amenity Kit

Emirates Business Class Amenity Kits

Emirates Mens’ Business Class Amenity Kit


Blind Air travellers can get around an airport more easily with new app

A new app that’s helping blind and visually impaired travelers find their way around an airport in Kentucky could be coming to other airports next.

Using Bluetooth technology, the free “Indoor Explorer” function of the existing Nearby Explorer app transforms a smartphone into an audio guide that can tell users exactly where they are in the airport and guide them – turn by turn, step by step – to gates, ticket counters, baggage claims or the nearest Starbucks. Besides operating with the ease of a smartphone, the app provides much more interactive data about the environment inside the airport building.

The new feature for Nearby Explorer – which was developed by the American Printing House for the Blind and officially launched this week – has been in road-testing since October at Louisville International Airport. But the app’s developers hope to see it replicated elsewhere so that visually impaired travelers can navigate an airport with a more detailed idea of what’s around them, and without having to rely on airport personnel, inadequate signage or the kindness of strangers.

Although it’s been nearly three decades since the Americans With Disabilities Act became law, and airports have made accommodations for people with disabilities, many forms of assistance for the blind and visually impaired are often at only the most basic level, said Craig Meador, president of the American Printing House for the Blind.

“In general, one of the most important things it does is it allows you to maintain your independence and your dignity,” said Larry Skutchan, who has been blind for most of his adulthood and developed the app. “But even in a more practical sense, there’s not always people around in an airport. I got stuck in the Detroit airport at 4:30 a.m. about six months ago, and there was nobody around.”

While wayfinding apps have become more common, the Louisville-based nonprofit says its app is the first of its kind for visually impaired travelers.

Earlier this month, Amtrak announced the availability of a new app called FindYourWay to navigate New York City’s sprawling and chaotic Penn Station. Amtrak’s free app – which was developed with Zyter and is available for iOS and Android users – provides travelers with information on gates, trains and boarding times while also helping them to navigate to exits, ATMs and restaurants. Amtrak also plans to develop similar apps for other stations.

The American Printing House for the Blind’s new wayfinding tool uses data from the OpenStreetMap database and more than 140 beacons placed inside the airport terminal to orient the app’s user. The beacons interact with the phone, which gives audible information about the person’s location, along with points of interest. The app also allows a person to use GeoBeam or Compass to point to locations inside the building.

Skutchan said the app transforms the experience of air travel that in a way that he described as “empowering.”

“I’ve been going through this Louisville airport for 30 years, and I can get to the gates . . . but I never know what I’m passing,” Skutchan said. “Just to see what your options are around is amazing – and liberating.”

The new feature – which was created with assistance from the Louisville mayor’s office and the James Graham Brown Foundation – is only available on iOS devices for now, and can be found by searching for “Nearby Explorer” in the App Store.

10 Best Aviation Apps for Airline Pilots for iPhone, iPad and Android Devices

Aviation apps can be very helpful, both for pilots (commercial, or private), and learners. They can help you check detailed weather reports, flight statuses, and a lot more, right from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device’s display. There are also a lot of apps that can actually prove to be quite useful in-flight. So, if you’re looking for some aviation apps that will make your flying experience a lot better, here are the 10 best aviation apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device:

1. MyRadar Weather Radar

As the name suggests, “MyRadar Weather Radar” is an app that shows animated weather around your location. This will allow you to quickly check what kind of weather is coming your way. The app uses raw NOAA weather data, from the NWS. The radar in the app is quite high definition, and you can zoom in as much as you want, and you’ll still be able to clearly see the kind of weather coming in.


The app also comes with a number of layers that you can overlay on the map, to get additional information. There are a number of layers, including the “aviation layer“, which displays SIGMETS and AIRMETS on the map, so you can be aware before, or during your flight. It also displays TFRs on the map. Another layer that may be useful is the “Clouds” layer, which overlays the position of clouds on the map.

The app is free, and you can remove ads with an in-app purchase. It also supports the Apple Watch, so you can get the most important information directly from your wrist.

Download MyRadar for Android, and iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)

2. FltPlan Go

FltPlan Go is actually a companion app for the Fltplan website, and brings the most important, and useful tools of the website to your iPad, or Android tablet, for inflight use. The app comes with powerful route, and mapping features that you can use inflight, and even while offline. The app brings a plethora of useful features, such as information about Airports, and FBOs. For private fliers, the app can also display fuel prices along the route, so you can make stop-overs in places that suit you best. The moving maps (that come with sectionals), charts, navlogs, and in-flight weather, will definitely prove useful during flights. If you use the Fltplan website, as well, you’ll find it extremely handy, that the app automatically syncs with the website, so all your data will always remain up to date, and synced.


The app also comes with connectivity support for Dynon, and Avidyne Avionics, along with Pathfinder, Dual XGPS-170 & XGPS-190, and much more. It also has two simulators built-in: X-Plane Simulator, and FSX & Prepar3D GPS, which you’ll definitely find great.

Download FltPlan Go on Android, and iOS (Free)

3. Garmin Pilot

Another app that you must have on your in-flight iPad, or Android tablet, is Garmin Pilot. Garmin Pilot is one of the most comprehensive tools built for pilots, both private, and commercial. So, if you’re looking for a tool that can serve as your all in one tool for flying, Garmin Pilot will probably fit the bill. The app breaks down the entire process of flying an aircraft into four categories – Plan, File, Fly, and Log – and offers features for each and every one of those categories, which is why it claims to be the one of the most comprehensive tools for flying.

For the planning stage, the app offer pilots the ability to get comprehensive aviation weather results, so that they can make better informed in-flight decisions. Pilots can also check NEXRAD radar, visible and infrared cloud imagery, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, TFRs, and a lot more detail that will be potentially useful to them while flying.


In the File, and Fly stages, the app offers Pilots the ability to create flight plansin the app, and directly edit them on the interactive map that is available in the app. Pre-loaded forms in the app make it incredibly easy to fill out entire flight plans easily. During the flight, as well, the Pilot can easily view live weather details for the US, and the app provides in-flight navigation. The app also comes with an electronic log that automatically gets filled with the GPS data from the flight.

The app comes with a 30 day free trial, after which you will have to purchase a subscription, using the in-app purchases that the app offers. The app is available on both iOS, and Android platforms, and while it is designed to work with iPhones, iPods, as well, the fact remains that the app works, and looks the best on an iPad.

Download Garmin Pilot on Android, and iOS (30 days free trial, subscriptions start from $9.99)

4. FlightAware Flight Tracker

FlightAware Flight Tracker is an app that will let you track the real time flight status, and live track any commercial flight in the world. However, it can show private, and charter flights only in the US, and in Canada. There are a plethora of ways that you can track flights using the app, such as, using the flight number, tail number of the flight, the source, and destination airports for the flight, and more.


The app does only one thing, and does it well. You can easily locate, and track any flight in the world using FlightAware. The app is available for both iOS, and Android devices, for free.

Download FlightAware for Android, and iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)

5. Avare

Avare is a very well known Android app, which is basically aimed only at pilots that are flying in the USA, and in some parts of Canada. However, the app does provide data such as TPC charts for most of the world, along with ONC charts for Canada, South Asia, and some other countries.


The app provides offline maps on all FAA charts, along with airport diagrams, and terminal procedures. The app also includes features such as GPS status, terrain and elevation maps, obstacles, and much more. When connected to the internet, the app can also fetch METAR & TAF data, TFRs, and a lot more information that you may find useful.

Download Avare for Android (Free)

6. Naviator

Naviator is an Android only app, which is basically a fully featured, moving GPS map, focussed on pilots. The GPS map in the app displays information such as airports, TFRs, and other details that may be useful to the pilot. Perhaps the best feature of the app, is that it downloads all of the navigational data to your Android device, so you don’t need to have a data connection in order to get accurate GPS data. The app also comes with features such as a vertical navigation calculator, and with NMEA output, Naviator can drive your aircraft’s autopilot.


The app comes for a free 30 day trial period, after which, you’ll have to subscribe to the service.

Download Naviator for Android (Free 30 day trial, subscription starts at $4.99)

7. ForeFlight

ForeFlight is an iOS only app, that offers a lot of great features, such as touch planning, interactive route editing, SID/STAR previews, along with a lot more. With ForeFlight Graphical Briefing, you will get up to date weather information before your flight, so you can be prepared. You can also use the app to file, edit, or cancel visual flight rules (VFRs), directly from your mobile device. Like almost all of the other apps, ForeFlight will also let you view SIGMETs, AIRMETs, and TFRs on your iPhone, or iPad. And, with the Apple Watch support that the app comes with, you can get all this information with a glance towards your wrist.


ForeFlight also comes with a plethora of other features such as hazard advisors, synthetic visiontaxi charts, and a lot more that you will definitely find useful while flying.

Download ForeFlight for iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)

8. FlightRadar

FlightRadar is an app that will let you turn your iOS, or Android device into a flight tracker. The app can display every commercial flight in the world, in real time, and you can easily track any flight that you’re interested in. You can even simply point your device at a plane in the sky to get the app to identify it. With FlightRadar, you can search for flights, see images of aircrafts, and get the callsign info for any flight that you want.


If you want, you can also use the app to experience what a pilot is seeing, in real time, and in 3D. You can get comprehensive flight information by simply tapping on a plane, which definitely makes it easier to get the time of arrival of a flight, along with a lot of other information. However, these features are only available in the paid version of the aviation app, that you can get on your iPad for $3.99.

Download FlightRadar on Android, and iOS (Free and Paid apps, both available)

9. CloudAhoy

CloudAhoy is an aviation app for iPhone, and iPad, that is meant as a post-flight debriefing app for pilots. The app continuously logs in data during the flight, and once the flight ends, it displays data such as the flight path (in both 2D and 3D), VFR and IFR, wind, instrument approaches, and a lot more. All this data can prove extremely valuable, especially for students.


The app also comes with various other features, such as the “cockpit view“, which will allow you to review your flight, from your perspective, using 3D animation. For accurate GPS tracking, you can even use the app with external GPS receivers, but the app works just fine with the iPhone, or iPad’s GPS, as well.

Download CloudAhoy for iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)

10. Takeoff

Takeoff is another iOS only app, which aims at ensuring that pilots get access to the latest in aviation technologies, and practices. The app delivers fresh content to users’ iPhones, and iPads everyday. Users can even customize the app to get content that they’re most interested in. The app has a plethora of features, such as, engaging video tips, educational articles, podcasts, aviation news, and a lot more.


The app offers a curated selection of the best aviation videos, pictures, and articles, in one place. It is definitely a must have, for pilots of all skill levels, as it offers content that is customizable to the level of the pilot.

Download Takeoff for iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)

Use these Aviation Apps for iOS and Android

These were the best aviation apps for iOS, and Android devices, that you should definitely install on your devices. You can use these apps to get alerted about weather conditions, TFRs, and more, along with planning out your flight with accurate details about everything you might encounter on your way. So, what apps do you use to stay updated, and ready, before piloting a plane? If you know of any other app that you think deserves to be on this list, do let us know in the comment section below.


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The Secret Codes Behind Every Airbus Plane Name

Although it may seem like the letters and numbers assigned to aircraft are completely arbitrary, there is actually a fine-tuned system behind the naming. Airbus, for example, has a pretty rigid code by which they name their planes.

The very first Airbus ever made was the A300. In this case, the “A” stood for Airbus and 300 was the original capacity. After some time, Airbus realized that the plane would be better with only 260 passengers (instead of 300). However, rather than rename the plane the A260, they decided to go with A300B.

After that, Airbus decided to continue with their system and started naming their planes by multiples of 10 — A310, A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380. (The company decided to skip A360 and A370 in case they ever wanted to go back and create planes that are somewhere in between the A350 and the A380 in terms of size.)

When Airbus decides to tweak a plane just a bit, they will stick to numbers close by. For example, the shorter variants of the A320, A318, and A319.

But these four letters and numbers are only part of the aircraft’s name. A full, proper Airbus name would be, for example, the Airbus A320-231. This plane belongs to the A320 family, and the last three digits specify the plane even more.

The first digit means that it was part of the Airbus A320-200 series — the second version of this plane. The last digits correspond to the type of engine used. (A full list of engine codes is available here.)

For those who are curious: Boeing’s system of naming airplanes is a bit more complicated. The numbering process is laid out here.

What’s the Funniest Thing a Pilot Has Ever Said to Passengers? is a question-and-answer site where content is written and edited by its community of users. Occasionally we syndicate content from the site if we think it will interest TPG readers. This article originally appeared on in response to the question, What Is the Coolest Line a Pilot Has Said to His Passengers? and was written by multiple authors.

Tim Morgan, commercial pilot:

Oh, that’s an easy one. In 1982, British Airways flight 9 from Singapore to Australia flew next to an erupting volcano near Indonesia, and ash shut down all four of the 747’s engines. The captain, in inimitably perfect British stoicism, said over the PA:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”

Philip Wakeling, private pilot and aerospace aluminum metallurgical engineer:

I was on an AirCal flight from Oakland to Los Angeles back in the 1980s. AirCal was a West Coast airline that flew B737’s with more legroom. Unfortunately, it was purchased by American Airlines and that benefit went away. Anyhow. After taking off, the captain made the usual post-departure announcements about altitude, route of the flight, time of arrival, etc. Then, he said:

“So, sit back, relax and join us in a cocktail.” About 10 seconds later, he was back on the intercom saying “Of course, we are not drinking cocktails up here on the flight deck. So go ahead without us. We don’t mind.”

Everyone onboard enjoyed the comment.

Doug Massey, former microchip designer, tutor/mentor in retirement:

My favorite is what the pilot said to me when I was the ONLY passenger on a plane meant for 100 on a flight from Philadelphia to Burlington, VT:

“Welcome to the Doug Massey Private Airline. We hope you enjoy your flight to Burlington — after we’ve reached the cruising altitude, I’ll turn off the seat belt sign and encourage you to try all the other seats in the cabin and let us know which one you like best.”

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