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Old 06-11-2014, 01:05 PM   #11  
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They have been opening us pilot bases...
I must've been hiding under a rock. Where and which airlines?
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. I don't understand why Asia is so set on thousands of hours in type. I think a guy with 5,000 hrs in a 737 is qualified for an A320 or 757 gig.
There are several non- typed jobs in Asia
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So what would really be accent free? Even British and Americans have their regional accents, let alone other international English accent.

So what English accent are you referring to? Looks like the pilots will be giving speech over the radio than communicating with ATC!
Ho I' m going to hate myself... Engrish wit ha noh accrent.
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Accent free English...that's a riot. I refused to fly with a few Chinese FO's because they couldn't understand my accent free American English on a good day.
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Do not know of any Chinese airlines specifically other than Hainan which had the option of an A330 base in Seattle. Air China is offering an A330 base in Vancouver as well as several bases in Europe and Australia. What several of the Chinese Airlines are beginning to offer is a month on/month off option. Chengdu Airlines, Tianjin Airlines both offer this that I know of and I have heard other say that West Air and Spring Air will allow it as well. 6/3 is also becoming a lot more common.
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Part of the reason the medical is so tough in China is due to the punitive Chinese culture. If a foreign captain becomes incapacitated and the inexperienced FO (not all are inexperienced) has issues with getting the aircraft on the ground and there is an accident or incident, the Chinese authorities will look for someone to be blamed and punish. There is a good chance they will look to the doctor who certified the foreign captain who was incapacitated. In the Chinese mindset, if the doctor had done his job correctly the captain would have never have had any issues. So the doctor must be punished for his failings. A good example of this is about two years ago a foreign captain had a mild stroke while in flight. Now the Chinese medical has added a neck ultrasound (to look for buildup in the arteries leading to the brain) and a CAT scan of the brain.
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Ah yes, I was a victim of that particular campaign...had been flying there almost 4 years with absolutely no problems with medicals when we were all told we had to go to Beijing for the brain scan, it was done in assembly line fashion, month and a half later I was told I had had a stroke and shortly after that I left China(of course I was ok to fly the flight back to base). On my return to US had all the tests done and there was absolutely no indication of stroke or anything else, who knows who's scan they were looking at.....like everyone says, go at your own risk.
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Ah yes, I was a victim of that particular campaign...had been flying there almost 4 years with absolutely no problems with medicals when we were all told we had to go to Beijing for the brain scan, it was done in assembly line fashion, month and a half later I was told I had had a stroke and shortly after that I left China(of course I was ok to fly the flight back to base). On my return to US had all the tests done and there was absolutely no indication of stroke or anything else, who knows who's scan they were looking at.....like everyone says, go at your own risk.
I am thinking I just heard your story. By chance did you used to fly for USA 3000 and Sichuan Airlines?

I have a friend who failed the medical here in China after being told he had heart irregularities. He went back home to Sweden and told his doctors there what the Chinese had found. They ran a whole battery of tests and concluded the Chinese were full of BS. He promptly had his EASA class 1 medical renewed with no issues. I know of another guy who had his medical issuance delayed here in China because of something in his blood test. He checked with his doctor back in the states and his doctor was floored the Chinese would have an issue with it. I cannot remember the name of it, but it is a hormone (I think) that is elevated in people who exercise regularly. This guy was an avid runner. His American doctor said it was an indication of very good health and of a healthy lifestyle, but the Chinese quacks were not happy with it. Even though I passed the medical I am about 15 pounds overweight. I loved having the Chinese doctor tell me I was too fat as he puffed on his third cigarette in the 15 minutes I was in his office...

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So what would really be accent free? Even British and Americans have their regional accents, let alone other international English accent.

So what English accent are you referring to? Looks like the pilots will be giving speech over the radio than communicating with ATC!
I'm thinking the Stephen Hawking type automated voice you hear on the ATIS at large airports. Or, Larry the cable guy maybe? I could get there with some practice.
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Heard a story the other day of a guy who got sent home because he failed the Chinese HIV test! Needless to say it was quite a shock but when he got back to the States everything checked out ok.
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