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Friday, April 1, 2011

Sense of humour downunder style :)

One of "our" readers sent me this link. It's Air New Zealand's new safety video. I'm certain this sense of humour won't make it to the United Sates or Canada none too soon.

I can see Transport Canada's and the FAA's faces now. Contorted would be one word to describe their view on this. Funny Air New Zealand is our STAR partner.

But like Richard Simmons says in the video, "the Captain says let's kick butt."


Just working on a talk I'll give tomorrow night to new graduates of the four year University of Western Ontario commercial aviation management program. My big task is to convince they did the right thing and the future is rosy. But like Simmons says, "the captain says to kick butt" so onward and upward.


Christer said...

Wow! At least they didn't use Richard Simmons to portray one of their captains

Have fun and good luck tomorrow! Just tell 'em the price of oil is coming down and airlines will be buying endless amounts of new planes. Just don't try to speculate as to when- now that could get you into trouble...:)


From the Flight Deck said...

Christer. Maybe Simmons would look better in a captain's hat. The boss tells me I do. LOL

Good point about the price of oil.
Like I said, I don't want to scare them.

They just dropped a ton of money but they will all do well.

Mike Kear said...

My guess is that a FAR higher proportion of passengers will see this safety message than the regular boring ones. Which is, of course, the point.

From the Flight Deck said...

Mike...you nailed it! Look around and watch how many passengers are actually listening to the mandatory rant.
People are reading the newspaper, looking out the window, for me when I commuted I made sure I had a
crossword or sudoko near by. It's one of the reasons I detested commuting - "the auto rant."

Oops, I'm ranting.... :)

Bas said...

That's one awesome way to get people's their attention! Nice & thanks for sharing!

Let us now how it went!

mark said...

its cute, but i still think that cebu air is the best:



Adam aka "The Winnipeger" said...

Hey Captain Doug!
What a funny post on such a interesting day! (April 1st AKA My Birthday!):)

The Winnipeger,

Cedarglen said...

Well!! After a thoughtfully composed note, it DUMPED me. I guess I'll take another week off.

Anonymous said...

Not a Pax safety briefing as such but the Cap'n's info brief - RAF C130 heading back to UK from the USofA....


Captain: Welcome on board for your flight home this evening, you are being flown today by 47 Sqn, and we have a long tradition on the squadron that in the unlikely event of an emergency the Captain is always the last man to leave the aircraft.
So, should you wake up and find yourself all alone, please consider yourself to be the Captain. The time on route etc etc..

Ahh... time for coffee!

Anonymous said...


THAT was funny!

The other Anon. :)

Enjoy your coffee.

Daniel Asuncion said...

So the SIM is actually named after Richard.
[You learn something new everyday]

Anonymous said...

and Daniel,

THAT was funny too! :)))

Everyone's on a roll...

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Bas.

Firstly, your blog is shaping up well. Good for you!

I've done some great talks and I've done some "not so great" talks. I bet you can guess what last night's fell under. :)

Yes, we tend to be hard on ourselves, but last night taught me some valuable lessons. Free talks or next to free will be a thing of the past.

It takes way too much time and preparation and I only sold one book.

The group was great. Lots of energy and I would hire them all.

I wish them all the best!

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Mark. I agree I would rather look at those flight attendants than Richard Simmons. LOL

I posted that same video a few months ago. It got me talking about "mundane" announcements then and my opinion still hasn't wavered. We can diminish the "fun" of a beautiful airplane ride by bombarding passengers with announcements. I better quit while I'm ahead. :)

I know if I were "President for a day," what I would be changing. LOL

Thanks for the link Mark.

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Adam (The YWGer) Happy belated birthday!!! Love your avatar!

And speaking of avatars and birthdays, a frequent commenter had her birthday yesterday!!!

Mine is three months away and it will be a special one. :)

Again, happy birthday from Captain Doug. Maybe we can get Richard Simmons to sing you happy birthday? LOL

From the Flight Deck said...

Cedarglen (Craig) Sorry to hear about your computer woes.

I hate that when that happens. Although, sometimes I think it is an omen. lol

ScurvyDog said...

While I can't stand Richard Simmons, I think it is a great idea. Far more passengers would pay attention to the safety briefing. TC and FAA needs to become a little more open minded.

Bas said...

I think they should've read my book review about your book I just put up Captain! I bet you would've sold hundreds of 'm haha!

I hope they appreciated what you did for them :)


jack said...

Hey Captain Doug. I am not sure if you have read this yet, but it may be of interest to you. It is written by a Delta 767 captain recounting his arrival into Japan during the earthquake. It was a pretty interesting read.


From the Flight Deck said...

ScurvyDog. Amen to your comments about TC and the FAA. For example, seat belts are mandatory in the U.S and Canada. Well at least here in Canada, and
yet we have to tell/show passengers how to fasten them. Just an observation. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Good one! That would be a tough way to "fast track" in being a captain.

Speaking of coffee, just won one! We still have "Roll up the Rim" here in Canada. :)

Your coffee emporiums across the "pond" should think about it.

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. I haven't seen Richard in years and lo and behold, he is "simming" in shorts.

The funny thing is, he hasn't changed. Not sure if that is a good thing. LOL

From the Flight Deck said...

The other Anon. Looks like you were holding down the fort while I gave my talk last night.
Good for you! :)

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Bas. I just posted on your blog. What a write up on my book! One of the best! Again, I need you as my P.R guy because I only sold one book last night.

Funny, I have yet to sell a book to the Air Canada new hires either. Everyone is broke...I guess?

Captain Doug saying thanks to Bas in the Netherlands.

From the Flight Deck said...

Jack. Just read the captain's recount. Wow! They prepare us for some things in the simulator, but not with scenarios like this.

You are basically all on your own. I witnessed first hand 9/11 but at least there were runways to land on.

Sometimes at flight level you think about the "what ifs," but after awhile you give your head a shake and hope it will never be on your shift.

Captain Doug

Adam aka "The Winnipeger" said...

Hey Captain Doug!
Thanks for the birthday wishes, and who knows anything can happen!! lol
Off to watch Wipeout Canada, My Dad's friend is on there! Troy Westwood.. he is an ex Winnipeg Blue Bomber punter!

Thanks Again,
The Winnipeger,

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the "Roll the Rim" win, Cap'n. I hope you got a BIG one!!

The "promotion" of choice over here is the little tokens on the side of the cup; peel 'em off, stick on card.... collect six tokens = free coffee... unless you loose card!!!!!!!!!!

The latest is application of "collect the tokens" is to buy six greeting cards from a famous UK high street retailer - bought Mothers Day card on Wednesday, token card went in trash on Thursday... &1$$

Time for some 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine!

Cheers, mine's a big'un...

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Yeah, I remember having a Starbuck's card in London.

Still really can't handle all that trimethylxanthine in their coffee.

Isn't it a bit late for coffee over there?


Daniel Asuncion said...

Thanks "Anonymous".

Online humour is like jumping from one rooftop to another.
(If I miss, it's going to hurt)