service pilots

Tips to a Safer Meet-Up

I saw a story about a wanted man who killed someone and posted the video to facebook. It made me sick, and worry a tad about the possibilities the internet holds. Especially when people who only know one another over a screen are meeting up in real life. This isn’t a way to stop it, rather keep people safe when they go and meet with online friends. If you guys have anything to add, please do. But please reblog, we have to watch out for another, right?

1) ALWAYS let someone know where you’re going. Who you’re meeting, where you’re meeting them and when. If something does go wrong, the more information a family member or friend can tell authorities the better your chances are.

2) If you feel unsafe, leave. If the place you’re going feels sketchy, hidden away or has nobody around. Maybe turn back and tell your friend to meet another time, or in another place.

3) Have your phone fully charged and ready in case of emergency. You never know when you’ll need it!

4) Know the place. If you plan on meeting up somewhere you’ve never been to (or been to only a handful of times) go ahead. Get an idea of what it looks like, possible ways to escape an unsafe situation, and places where you can run to safety/help.

5) Have someone tag along. This is optional but having someone escort you to your destination, and hang out in the background while you meet your online bud could make things a bit safer.

6) Don’t meet up at a persons house. Don’t give them your adress. Until you know the person well enough as a person (a real life in the flesh person). Houses and adresses should be a no-go. If they’re psycho or have bad intentions–you don’t want them to know where you’re living.

7) Above all else, don’t let yourself become the victim. This isn’t saying “it was your fault for leading them on” or some other blaming statement. The best way to keep safe when meeting someone for the first time is to follow your instincts. If something feels off, call it off.

8) Listen to others. If your mom, dad, best friend or even dog says “hey. Something isn’t right”, listen to what they’re saying. Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to see the real situation.

9) Just be safe. Please. I care about everyone of you (my followers, tumblr users, any social media user). I don’t want to see a story of an innocent life taken because of someone else’s dark nature.

9.5) If you need tips, or feel unsure on a situation or person that you’re meeting. TALK TO SOMEONE. Whether it be a counsellor, best friend, family, online user. Someone outside of the meeting you’re planning. As my mom always said “you can never go wrong with being safe. Better safe than sorry”.


The airline industry is annoying, trust me I know…

I made this video to address about some common complaints passengers have about the airline industry like why they overbook and etc but also explain why flight crews and gate agents do certain things, you know our jobs.

We were already HARASSED by the public before this United incident and now it’s even worst :(

Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980) was a central figure in the field of American aviation. She was instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII.

She began flying lessons in the 1930s, and by 1938 was considered the best female pilot in the United States. She set more records in distance, speed, and altitude than any other pilot in history. She was a volunteer for the Royal Air Force, and helped recruit more women pilots.


Iwashita and Nisi, Japanese and American

On July 3rd, 1944, Kunio Iwashita watched from the ground on a runway on Iwo Jima as thirty-one A6M Zero fighter planes took off to intercept a wave of incoming American planes off the coast. After a half hour of fierce dogfighting concluded, only seventeen Zeros returned.

Iwashita recalls his thoughts: “I sat upon pins and needles watching my brothers being shot down, one after another. I told Katsutoshi Yagi, my unit commander, that I wanted take to the sky the next day, by any means necessary.”

The next day, before dawn on July 4th, 1944, while suffering from stomach pains the result of a severe case of anxiety, Iwashita reported for duty. His squadron leader, Lieutenant Fujita, took him aside to offer some advice about what would be his first time in combat: Iwashita again recalls what he was told, “Your first fight is the most dangerous! I’ll teach you how to brawl. Don’t stray far from me. Follow as tightly as you can.”

Fujita was a veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack and Battle of Midway, as well as a Naval Academy Flight School classmate of Iwashita’s deceased brother, Kutaka Iwashita, who was a pilot onboard the aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and had died earlier in the war, during the Battle of Santa Cruz, inspiring two movies about his exploits in the process. Kunio had big shoes to fill.

Once in the air, the Japanese aviators assumed formation and began their patrol. Within a short time, Iwashita saw four planes ahead of his sortie, that he initially assumed were Japanese. Increasing his speed, he approached them from behind, coming within a distance of 100 meters. Once upon them, their star markings came into sight: they were American Grumman F6F Hellcats. They had failed to notice his approach - the Japanese pilot was completely undetected, allowing Iwashita to close in on the last fighter in the formation. Iwashita continued to close in on the last plane in the formation, until coming within less than 30 feet of the Hellcat, where he opened fire. His A6M5’s 20mm cannon shells tore into the Hellcat. He recalls, “The wing of the F6F broke apart - I saw the goggles and white muffler of the young pilot and the surprise on his face as he looked back at me. The F6F was instantly engulfed in flames and he lost altitude until he crashed violently into the sea. I remember glancing, noting that Suribachi was close in proximity to us.”

Later that same night, July 4th, 1944, Iwashita couldn’t sleep. He recalled all too vividly the face of the young pilot he had shot down. While his comrades slept, he left the barracks and walked along the black sands of the beach near Mount Suribachi, and looked to the spot on the sea where the American fighter had tumbled into the waves. He pressed his hands together in prayer.

During the 50th Anniversary remembrances of WWII, Iwashita delivered a speech about his experiences. He revealed that it was his deepest hope to discover the identity of his first kill, which he remembers so vividly, and pay his respects to the family. The request was passed to the US Navy Historical Society, and after some time, Kunio got his answer.

Five American pilots were shot down over Iwo Jima on July 4th, 1944. One was rescued, the other four were marked ‘Missing In Action’. Although impossible to identify precisely which plane Iwashita shot down, one photo stood out: his name was Alberto C. Nisi, who piloted F6F Hellcat #43041.

On July 4th, 1944, Alberto Nisi was 26 years old, serving aboard USS Wasp with VF-14, the “Iron Angels”. Nisi was a second generation Italian-American, and his family lived in Worcester, Massachusetts. Before the war, he attended a two-year college and earned his degree in accounting, worked for the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut, and joined the US Navy Reserves. Prior to his July 4th mission, he was constantly writing his sister, who was pregnant and expecting in early July. Instead of receiving a celebratory message from her brother when the baby arrived, there was a telegraph from the Department of The Navy. Ensign Alberto Nisi was missing in action. His nephew was born 2 days later, 2 days after his death.

The American fleet withdrew the the morning after the dogfight, July 5th, surprisingly to the Japanese, who had anticipated an invasion of Iwo Jima, and had ordered all pilots to fight as infantrymen to the last man. This fate would befall the Japanese servicemen stationed on the island just short of a year later. After their anticipated demise had simply sailed in the other direction, all surviving Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilots were ordered back to Japan on a transport plane. During their defense of Iwo Jima, Iwashita’s squadron lost 31 pilots and claimed 20 enemy planes destroyed.

After being stationed on Iwo Jima, Iwashita flew missions over the Philippines (luckily escaping Clark Airfield on the last departing transport plane, while many of his squad mates fled into the jungle, where they died of starvation or disease), Okinawa (as an escort for kamikazes enroute to the American fleet), and Mainland Japan (intercepting B-29’s).

He later remarked, “I had fought ferocious battles over Iwo Jima and the Philippine islands, but I knew within that we couldn’t win. Now, although I understood that we would not be able to win, I did not think that Japan would be defeated. Defeat was unthinkable in our minds, because we had not received education on defeat. We were taught to believe we were indestructible. We knew no such reality, however. I had a feeling that the time had come at last when it would be over. I think that most members of the Yokosuka Kokuai (the unit he was stationed with at the end of the war) accepted the end of the war with a relieved calmness.”

By the end of the war, 31 of the 35 classmates of his fighter school’s graduating class were dead.

During his service time, Iwashita became an Ace, and shot down several other aircraft, but he never witnessed another American pilot up close again. The face of the man who’s life he claimed haunted him.

On June 20th, 2003, after many negotiations and much consideration, and through some reluctance, a meeting between his family and the Nisi family was organized. After receiving reassurance from his daughter, who had done the work to contact the Nisi family, Iwashita decided to go ahead with the meeting. Although he was made many offers, Kunio declined any media coverage of the meeting - it was to be a private affair.

After introductions, Iwashita explained his recollection of the battle, and answered the family’s queries. The former Zero pilot even entertained numerous questions from Albert Nisi’s curious 11-year-old great-nephew. The atmosphere of the two-hour meeting was gentle, the Nisi family warmly embracing the man who had once been their most bitter enemy. After the meeting had concluded, the Nisi family presented Kunio with a wartime photograph of Alberto in the cockpit of his F6F Hellcat (pictured above). Iwashita immediately recognized the face that looked back at him.

Terrance Nisi reflected on the meeting, “Mr. Iwashita’s visit moved us very deeply. It took a lot of courage for him to meet us. He was proud of his days as fighter pilot, but still, pride doesn’t mitigate the feeling that you experience when you take someone’s life.”

Iwashita is still alive today, at 96, and is the president of the Zero Pilots Association of Japan.

Please fire me. I had a customer tell me that his deceased wife’s bill should have been paid off by God when she died. My response? “I apologize sir but we do not receive payments from God.” He did not believe me.

Shirley Slade, WWII WASP pilot of B-26 and B-39.

In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, so an experimental program to replace males with female pilots was created. The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. Shirley Slade was one of about 1,100 chosen. She was trained to fly the B-26 and B-39, and that got her put on the cover of Life magazine in 1943 at about 23 years old.

Pilot parallels

Rose: Rose works in customer service
The Pilot: Bill works in customer service

Rose: Montages of getting out of bed and going to work
The Pilot: Montages of getting out of bed and going to work 

Rose: Alien duplicates Rose’s love interest
The Pilot: Alien duplicates Bill’s love interest

The Lodger: Broken time space machine needs pilot and kills folks trying to get one
The Pilot: Broken time space machine needs pilot and kinda kills a girl (”you’re dead”) trying to get one

The Snowmen: Lady falls into pond and dies, but an ice duplicate of her which only mirrors other peoples speech comes back to chase everyone
The Pilot: Lady falls into puddle and dies, but a watery duplicate of her which only mirrors other peoples speech comes back to chase everyone

a LONG masterlist of haikyuu fic recs, for that one anon who asked me for fic recs about two months ago

as u all may know i read and write quite a lot of fics so i thought hey why not throw some together!!

bolded titles are like my fAVS ok

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Shirley Slade, WWII WASP pilot of B-26 and B-39.

In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, so an experimental program to replace males with female pilots was created. The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. Shirley Slade was one of about 1,100 chosen. She was trained to fly the B-26 and B-39, and that got her put on the cover of Life magazine in 1943 at about 23 years old.

anonymous asked:

Do ambulance drivers need any sort of specific training or certification?

Okay. We’re going to talk about this. I apologize in advance if my tone comes off poorly, but this is a misconception that I really, really want to slaughter.

There is no such thing as an “ambulance driver” and the term is downright disrespectful.

As in, I had to take a good couple hours and vent to somebody before I could even approach this ask. That term makes my blood boil.

Ambulances are staffed differently in different parts of the US, but there are 3 main levels of certifications that EMS workers have:

EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are trained to the level of Basic Life Support. They can splint, bandage, do CPR with defibrillators, give artificial breaths with a bag-valve-mask (AKA Ambu bag). In some areas they can give some life-saving meds, like EpiPens for anaphylaxis, and albuterol for asthma, and aspirin for a suspected heart attack. An EMT has about 3 months of training if they took a certificate course, which is common.

Paramedics are trained to an Advanced Life Support standard. We’re the ones who do IVs, EKGs, give drugs, shock patients, We intubate–put tubes down people’s throats. We make field diagnoses. Many paramedics use ventilators, give infusions. We use needles to reinflate lungs that have collapsed. Paramedics MUST be EMTs first. If they take a certificate course, this is 9 months to a year of training in addition to their EMT schooling. However, it is much better to simply get this as an Associate’s degree, with a solid A&P, microbio, and health sciences background.

Critical Care Paramedics are trained even beyond the paramedic level. We work with technologies like isolettes (AKA portable incubators) for neonates, work with Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) and ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, essentially a lung bypass) and medications that are reserved for the Intensive Care Units. We get a lot of clinical latitude to treat our patients.

Flight Paramedics are a specialized type of critical care paramedic who have training that specifically relates to performing medicine in tight spaces at altitude. We study the way altitude affects everything from head injuries to vent settings. We learn about survival and a few more other tidbits specific to working in the aeromedical environment. Most flight programs pair a flight medic with a flight nurse, which is a whole other debate, though in other parts of the world it’s typically doctors with flight medics.

(For any EMT-Is or EMT-CCs or MVOs I left out: I feel you, I see you, you’re important, but I’m keeping it to these 4 just to keep things simple for writers.)

Unless they’re very special, ground ambulances are staffed either with two EMTs, one EMT and one paramedic, or two paramedics, depending on their service. (Volunteer units sometimes roll with a lot of people, but vollies are…. unique, sometimes.) One person drives, the other “techs”–attends to the patient. But while they’re on the scene, it’s a team effort. So the person driving the ambulance is not a “driver”. They are a medical professional. (Of course, in flight services pilots are dedicated to being pilots, because of course they are.)

Overall, I have over 100 college credits to my name; about half are medical, and half are liberal arts. My critical care course and flight medic certification–which is a board certification, by the way–aren’t even factored in to that number. And I’m starting a fellowship in February that’s intended for physicians.

So you have to understand, anon, when you say “ambulance driver” what you’re basically calling us are “medical taxi drivers”. And I know that, somewhere in our history, my predecessors were just that: they drove the ambulance. But EMTs and paramedics have existed as certification levels since the 1970s.

No other first responder gets called by their vehicle. No one points to a firefighter and says “The firetruck is here!”, or points to a police officer and says “the squad car is here!”. But people point to us routinely and say “the ambulance is here!”. I’ve had critically ill patients complain that we weren’t driving them to their hospital–not the closest hospital, but their hospital–while I’m doing interventions to actively save their lives.

There’s a whole set of issues as to how we are portrayed in media, and frankly I don’t want to bore you all with it. The bottom line is that I’m highly skilled clinician with a decade of experience. It hurts

If you have to refer to an EMS worker, and you don’t know our level of skill, just call us that: EMS workers. We’ll be okay with it. And we tend to write REALLY BIG on some part of our uniform what we are, so no one gets confused.

But also try to remember… we have names. Ask. I swear we’ll tell you. We’re people. Really-truly. We have feelings and everything. Call us “sir” or “ma’am”, or “Jim” or “Tara” or “Aunt Scripty”. Call us “Hey EMS”.

Just please don’t call us “ambulance drivers”.

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


hey so I was in an original play about the WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilots). we worked really hard on it, so I thought I might as well share it with u guys!!! (I play Mabel Rawlinson if ur curious)

McGowan's casting as Hawaiian stirs up whitewashing controversy

Los Angeles, May 10 (IANS) American actor Zach McGowan has been cast as Hawaiian native Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in historical drama “Niihau”, which has reignited the debate around whitewashing in Hollywood where Asian and Pacific Islanders are portrayed by white actors.

The film chronicles the true story of the Ni'ihau incident, in which Kanahele rescued Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot who participated in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after he crashed his plane onto the Hawaii island of Ni'ihau.

McGowan, who has appeared in “Shameless” and “Black Sails”, is Caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes. Kanahele was a native Hawaiian with brown skin and dark hair. McGowan’s casting is the latest in a series of whitewashed roles, reports

Other examples include Emma Stone’s casting as a half-Hawaiian/half-Chinese character in the Bradley Cooper film “Aloha”, and Tilda Swinton’s casting as The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange”, a mystic who was depicted as Tibetan in the original comics.

Actress Scarlett Johansson also came under fire after being cast as the lead in “Ghost in the Shell”, which was adapted from a Japanese manga comic series.

This latest instalment of Hollywood whitewashing has prompted a backlash on Twitter. Some posted side-by-side photos of Kanahele and McGowan, reports

One user wrote: “Zach McGowan to play Ben Kanahele in film, Ni'ihau–based on a true story. This whitewashing is unacceptable” while another wrote “ Ni'ihau is also actual history involving a real place and a real person. Benehakaka Kanahele. Whitewashing him is insulting to him”.

Another one posted: “Iron Fist and GITS annoyed me, but they were at least fictional. Whitewashing actual history is rage-inducing”, and one user said that it is shocking one is “just going to erase who he is”.



Disney During World War II: Fifinella and The Women of WASP

Fifinella was a female ‘gremlin’ originally created by Walt Disney Productions for an unmade film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, The Gremlins. During World War II, the Fifinella Patch (a.k.a. ‘Fifi’) was worn by a heroic group of young American servicewomen – the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a.k.a. WASP.

The women of WASP were the first females trained to fly American military aircraft. Together, they flew over 60 million miles, piloting every type of military aircraft. They ferried new planes to air bases and piloted planes towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery training. Ultimately, 38 members of WASP died while serving their country in this manner.

Sadly, when their service was no longer needed, the women of WASP were released from duty without veteran rank or GI benefits. Making matters worse, all records of the WASP were classified and sealed for 35 years, making their contributions to the war effort virtually unknown to historians until 1975!

The Fifi patch, like most other Disney-themed unit patches worn during WWII, was designed by Hank Porter.

For lots more info about what Disney was doing during WWII, check out John Baxter’s beautiful book, Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War.