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Mar 22nd 2012 2:27PM Congratulations Kent! I've been reading your blog for years now and I'm so excited that you are finally a captain! I think it is obvious that you made the right choice. Something tells me you're going to find some unexpected things about the MD-80 that you really like. And if you happen to upgrade from the MD-80 to the A319/321 in the future, that is going to be so cool and such an interesting learning experience. Also, please don't stop taking pictures! Just because you won't have a beautiful backdrop of European streets or sandy beaches in your photos doesn't mean that I won't be looking forward to them! Enjoy your new adventure and keep sharing it with us here!
Aug 7th 2010 2:35PM This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry's assistant scolds the pilot for distracting Jerry during his stand up routine. Since the same pilot was flying Jerry's return flight, the pilot decides to kick Jerry off the plane.
Apr 13th 2010 8:50PM I was on a Southwest flight that experienced a situation much like the one Kent's brother probably did. We were mid flight at FL340 when suddenly we started descending. Everyone's ears were popping and the flight attendants were briskly securing the cabin. Soon after the captain explained that the plane wasn't maintaining pressurization properly and that we would divert and change planes. The captain also made a comment that he wasn't sure if we had even noticed the change in altitude in the back (we did).
On a different subject, Kent, I was wondering where you heard the fact about people only being able to differentiate 4 or 5 tones? As a music student I'd really be curious to understand that a little better. Thanks!
Feb 20th 2010 1:09AM I came across Gadling.com this past summer after seeing Kent's videos on youtube. Now I visit this website 3rd most behind my e-mail and facebook. I enjoy the articles about the airline industry as well as some of the random and interesting travel news I wouldn't know about otherwise. I really want to visit Thailand because my brother has lived there for over 7 years. He married a Thai woman, teaches at a Thai school, and runs his own volunteer organization. I haven't had the chance to see where he calls home. It would especially mean a lot to me to win the airfare to Thailand (the fancy hotel and restaurant would be cool, too) because I'm in graduate school and money is tight. Keep up the good work with the website. I'll continue to visit frequently. Thanks!