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Flat Earth Investigations / Re: Arctic Flights
« on: January 31, 2023, 02:47:48 PM »
Well, I would say disagreement is not altogether a bad thing had it not have been on the topic of flying aircraft. My experience is I have found  it is sometimes unwise even fatal to count on singularity of a subjective judgement in the cockpit since there are so many latent distortions in perception which make affirming or denying an action with a second party (tower, co-pilot) wise. Yes people fly aircraft solo and dual. Yet, I will only add that there are old pilots and bold pilots ...but no old/bold pilots ! I can assure you I have got my feet on the ground today thanks to understanding this incontrovertable principle of human fallibility.   By the way, I wrote the post merely to share my empirical perception and knowledge that arises out of quite a few thousand hours f/t and will only say too I shall not be giving away any personal details. Thank you.

Flat Earth Investigations / Re: Arctic Flights
« on: January 31, 2023, 06:23:20 AM »
Hello ...well .... whilst the C.A.A. do not 'teach' people to fly aircraft at least in its theoretical examinations it is also true they do not 'teach' people to think for themselves either.  Sorry if my contribution was a tad ambiguous ....but my point I think was explained in the post .   

Flat Earth Investigations / Flight Training
« on: January 30, 2023, 06:51:36 PM »

Hello  ...Have seen posts here on this forum about the relevance of aircraft in relation to the apparent convexity of the earths' shape. In other words, it seems that certain posts in this forum have been quick to appeal to the C.A.A. and F.A.A. flight training and flight headings which aircraft follow and, unless I am interpreting the posts wrong, it seems the suggestion is that the earth must be round because pilots know that from their flight training.

As a person who used to be a pilot I can say that the training in particular the theoretical part of the work is broad and intense. And I recall here that I did not encounter neither in theory or during a flight ever having to summon knowledge on the earths' apparent roundness and encountered little, if any, talk about its relevance among other pilots.

There is something called 'magnetic variation' which all pilots recognise. This is a difference in the readings' of true north and magnetic north on the compass which all pilots acknowledge and adjust. But as far as recognising  'the ground' and ' the sea' as convex...and making some kind of allowance in the flight plan.... I can honestly say that is something I had never heard mentioned even once.           

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