Back to The Future
By Jerry Cosley

As today’s airlines continue to be pummeled globally by intense competition, skyrocketing fuel costs (again), weather disruptions, and politically-motivated “Passengers Bills of Rights, they might take some encouragement from reading this story from The Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle of June 30, 1929, part of our predecessor TAT’s “Coast-To-Coast In 48 Hours” promotion.

Sleep on trains, see country from air; new routes laid out by railroads; bring California within 48 hours of New York.

How to Get the Maximum

Enjoyment Out of Flying

(These simple rules are provided by the Stout Air Services, Inc.)

DON’T WORRY. Relax. Settle back and enjoy life. If there’s any worrying to do let the pilot do it. That’s what he’s paid for.

The pilot always takes off and lands into the wind. Be patient while the plane taxies to a corner of the field before taking off.

The pilot always banks the plane when turning in the air. Just as a race track is banked at the corners, so is an airplane tilted when making a perfect turn. Take the turns naturally with the plane. Don’t try to hold up the lower wing with the muscles of your abdomen; it’s unfair to yourself and an unjust criticism of your pilot. (at times there may be justified criticism of cockpit crews, but that’s a tale for another time).

The atmosphere is like an ocean. It supports the plane just as firmly as the ocean supports a ship. At the speed you are traveling the air has a density practically equivalent to water. To satisfy yourself, put your hand out of the window and feel the tremendous pressure. That ever-present pressure is your guarantee of absolute safety.

The wind is similar to an ocean current. Once in a while the wind is gusty and rough, like the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida. These gusts used to be called “air pockets,” but they are nothing more than billows of warm and cool air and are nothing to be alarmed over.

The air pressure changes with the altitude. Some people have ears that are sensitive to the slightest change in air density at different altitudes. If yours are, swallow once in a while, or breathe a little through the mouth. If you hold your nose and swallow, your will hear a little crack in your ears, caused by the suction of air on the ear drums. Try it.

Dizziness is unknown in airplanes. There is no discomfort in looking downward while flying, because there is no connection with the earth. Owing to the altitude you may think you are moving very slowly, although the normal flying speed is above 105 miles an hour.

WHEN ABOUT TO LAND: The pilot throttles the engine preparatory to gliding down to the airport. The engine is not needed in landing and the plane can be landed perfectly with the engine entirely cut off.  FROM AN ALTITUDE 0F 2,500 FEET IT IS POSSIBLE TO GLIDE WITH ENGINE STOPPED TO ANY FIELD WITHIN A RADIUS OF FOUR MILES!

There you have it …“ and will the passenger in Row 402C PLEASE sit down and fasten his seatbelt and quit trying to stow that 200-pound Cello in the overhead storage bins, as your behavior is unforgivably rude and inconveniencing the other non-rev passengers who already are upset because they didn’t get a meal or pretzels … even!”