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11/07/2010 04:15 PM ID: 86208 Permalink   

Drunk Pilot Caught by Scotland Yard

 

A pilot from the Delta Airlines, George LaPerle, 48, was not allowed to fly from the Heathrow airport in London to Detroit on November 1 because he was drunk enough for ´take off´. LaPerle was caught up to him by cops in the cockpit.

His blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit for pilots. For this he was in custody. So the pilot has to appear in a British court on Nov. 16 for facing charges.

Another pilot was caught and arrested by Dutch authorities on September 15 for the same reason.

 
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  Sh*t  
 
I should of became a pilot.
 
  by: MannyisHere     11/07/2010 07:12 PM     
  Autopilot  
 
The modern planes fly almost alone... I bet nothing would have happened.
 
  by: evilrat   11/07/2010 09:33 PM     
  Yep, they can evilrat  
 
especially because no one needs to worry about taking off or landing!
Very few jets in the grand scheme of things have the ability for automated take off and landing, and there is even fewer airports with the required setup. So yeah as long as your fine for him to be in control of the take off and landing drunk, what can go wrong?


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  by: ssxxxssssss   11/08/2010 12:45 AM     
  @ ssxxxssssss  
 
I was under the impression that technology has swung the other way and it just about impossible for a pilot of a modern plane to land the plane without the computer doing most of the work.
I know in the old days auto pilot was like you said but I´m pretty sure it is the opposite now.
I know for a fact that Planes could operate completely without a pilot and they only reason they don´t is because ´customers´ want a pilot because it give some sort of impression of safety regardless of if he actually controls the plane or not. Pilots are much like train drivers in Modern trains, they are system redundancy for emergencies when the tech fails.

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  by: veya_victaous     11/08/2010 12:57 AM     
  well  
 
auto pilot does not take off or land a plane
 
  by: diehard   11/08/2010 07:15 AM     
  Wrong diehard.  
 
A few years ago, my plane tried to land at SFO in the fog. The pilot tried twice and failed. On the third time around, the pilot announced that he was letting the autopilot land the plane. Perfect landing.
 
  by: walter3ca   11/08/2010 07:31 AM     
  Not the point.  
 
Regardless of whether autopilots can/cannot be used for takeoff and landing, you absolutely should not be allowed to be in command of an aircraft if you´re drunk.

I think airline pilots should be subjected to breathalyzer tests every day. If they fail, they´re grounded until they sober up. Fail several times and you´re suspended and/or forced into an alcohol treatment program.

No reason why this shouldn´t apply to bus drivers, taxi drivers and anyone else in charge of a vehicle used by the general public.
 
  by: wildstoo   11/08/2010 10:08 AM     
  Evil,  
 
the hell would come to me during the flight if i knew that the pilot is drunk.

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  by: vizhatlan     11/08/2010 10:19 AM     
  Some can...  
 
I know for a fact that a Boeing 747 and its successive models are definitely capable of landing and taking off by themselves.

Landing a plane of that size "by hand" is incredibly difficult. That´s why it was decided that letting a well designed computer system designed by a team of avationics engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers etc. (people that know very well how to land a plane safely) was a MUCH safer alternative. Like Veya said, the pilots of those planes are there if the computer system fails and to make un-informed passengers feel safer.

don´t know about smaller/cheaper models though.

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  by: radso2   11/08/2010 06:19 PM     
  Taxiing  
 
Before you can take off you still have to taxi the plane from the terminal to the runway without running over other planes and obstacles. I have a feeling that a 747 doesn´t quite handle on the ground as well as a any car does. Dangerous or not, wreck an airplane and it´s expensive as hell.

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  by: vizhatlan     11/12/2010 12:53 PM     
  Its not about Take-off and Landing  
 
As an airline pilot I can tell you that yes most airplanes today can land themselves, kinda.... Take-off is another story.... NOT.... but you are missing the real point. It is not exactly about either... it is about judgement. There are thousands of decisions that need to be made during any flight operation, no matter how short or long the flight is. Drinking effects the ablility to judge and to reason. It effects motor skills, maybe riding a bicycle is OK, at least you are by yourself, but flying with paying passengers onboard, in a hurling piece of metal over populated areas is unaccepable in any sense. I know George, he needs help yes... but you cant teach judgement and this was a lapse in judgement it needs to be delta´d (sic) with right now.....
 
  by: RotorHead   11/12/2010 03:07 PM     
  @RotorHead  
 
I have flown my paraglider when i was drunk in the german alps. When it crashes its only me :-)
 
  by: evilrat   11/12/2010 03:55 PM     
 
 
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