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A little pilot party never killed nobody, except that it did
A little pilot party never killed nobody, except that it did

It is often said that pilots and flight attendants have one of the most stressful jobs out there. They fly extensive hours, cross numerous time zones and, most of the time, are 30 000 ft above ground. Due to job related stress, wish for fun or just a shear desire of a little celebration now and then, some pilots do seem to enjoy their bottoms up a tiny bit more than the others.

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The most stupid pilots in the history of aviation
The most stupid pilots in the history of aviation

According to the National Institute for Play, having fun at work can significantly boost productivity. However, few would argue that when it comes to aviation, it is not the industry for those who tend to fiddle while Rome burns. Unfortunately, some aviation ‘professionals’ still sometimes surrender to the temptation of hamming it up… whilst 30 000ft in the air and in charge of a plane full of passengers. However, if I, by any chance, had found myself amongst the passengers flying on a plane operated by one of these pilots, I would probably be more afraid of laughing myself to death rather than falling 30 000ft down into the ocean… 

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Social media in aviation – a helping hand or a slippery slope?
Social media in aviation – a helping hand or a slippery slope?

According to the latest Jobvite survey, more than 75% of enterprises are planning to increase their spending on recruitment via social networks in 2015. This comes as no surprise, considering that currently about 2 billion people on earth are using social media every single day – pilots, flight crew and other aviation workers included. As a result, in aviation and other industries social media is becoming a key tool in shaping brand image as well as attracting new talent. Nonetheless, while social media may serve as a beneficial aid in most cases, one silly move on Facebook can also send you downhill, fast. 

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 Vietnam - new El Dorado for aviation expats
Vietnam - new El Dorado for aviation expats

In March, 2015 a Vietnam Airlines pilot and an attendant were arrested under the suspicion of gold smuggling into South Korea. It has been the second case when Vietnam Airlines crew resorted to such illegal measures to supplement their income in less than six months. While it may seem as a pure coincidence to some, the situation in the flight crew segment of Vietnam may be the underlying reason for succumbing to the temptation. Currently, local aviation workers in the country are earning 4 times less than their expat colleagues, making the market a tough place for locals and a paradise for foreigners.

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