My dad sent me this:
In today's world, we typically spend a good deal of time traveling, and with a lot of that travel by air, I thought you might enjoy the attached. Jerry Cosley is an acquaintance of mine, someone I worked with at TWA, and among his other positions he was the Staff Vice President of Public Relations. Now that TWA is gone, Jerry is involved with others in sifting through some of the memorabilia and historical items. He ran across this item, provided by Stout Air Services, a predecessor of TWA, and wanted to share it. In 1929, TWA was the hot ticket - you could get from New York to California in only 48 hours, flying by day and riding on the train through the night. #4 of course is difficult on today's airplanes. By way of comparison, in 1979 I flew in a 747 from LA to JFK in 3 hours, 58 minutes.The rules read like this:
I asked Dad about the LA to JFK trip in less than 4 hours; turns out, it was a record. When they reached Chicago and realized just how fast they'd been flying, they called ahead to JFK ATC (Air Traffic Control) to ask them for a straight vector in, and were granted it on the grounds of (in Dad's words), "Eh, why not?". I don't know what tornado they rode to make that trip, but... wow. By comparison, on a trip back from the UK (Heathrow -> JFK -> SeaTac), it took 6 hours to go from Heathrow to JFK, and then 6.5 hours to go from JFK to SeaTac. (We must've run into the same tornado Dad did, but going the other way.)
How to Get the Maximum Enjoyment Out of Flying(These simple rules are provided by the Stout Air Services, Inc.)
- DONT WORRY. Relax. Settle back and enjoy life. If theres any worrying to do let the pilot do it. Thats what hes paid for.
- The pilot always takes off and lands into the wind. Be patient while the plane taxies to a corner of the field before taking off.
- The pilot always banks the plane when turning in the air. Just as a race track is banked at the corners, so is an airplane tilted when making a perfect turn. Take the turns naturally with the plane. Dont try to hold up the lower wing with the muscles of your abdomen; its unfair to yourself and an unjust criticism of your pilot.
- The atmosphere is like an ocean. It supports the plane just as firmly as the ocean supports a ship. At the speed you are traveling the air has a densitypractically equivalent to water. To satisfy yourself, put your hand out of the window and feel the tremendous pressure. That ever-present pressure is your guarantee of absolute safety.
- The wind is similar to an ocean current. Once in a while the wind is gusty and rough, like the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida. These gusts used to be called air pockets, but they are nothing more than billows of warm and cool air and are nothing to be alarmed over.
- The air pressure changes with the altitude. Some people have ears that are sensitive to the slightest change in air density at different altitudes. If yours are, swallow once in a while, or breathe a little through the mouth. If you hold your nose and swallow, your will hear a little crack in your ears, caused by the suction of air on the ear drums. Try it.
- Dizziness is unknown in airplanes. There is no discomfort in looking downward while flying, because there is no connection with the earth. Owing to the altitude you may think you are moving veryslowly, although the normal flying speed is above 105 miles an hour.
- WHEN ABOUT TO LAND: The pilot throttles the engine preparatory to gliding down to the airport. The engine is not needed in landing and the plane can be landed perfectly with the engine entirely cut off. FROM AN ALTITUDE 0F 2,500 FEET IT IS POSSIBLE TO GLIDE WITH ENGINE STOPPED TO ANY FIELD WITHIN A RADIUS OF FOUR MILES!