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    Virtual China is an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China. The topic is also the primary research area for the Institute for the Future's Asia Focus Program in 2006. IFTF is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 35 years of forecasting experience based in Palo Alto, CA.
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October 07, 2007



I don't agree that they should have a non-verbal way of communication. These pilots really must speak English, otherwise, they shouldn't be flying outside of China.


I wasn't trying to say that they shouldn't learn English, but given that learning a language is not something that can be achieved overnight, I think it'd be safer if they had non-verbal backups or workarounds, at least for now.


So much for WSJ's article about the incredible leap that China has made in aviation safety.


Isn't Air China a Taiwanese company? Shouldn't that make it all the more surprising?

It does to me.

Tim Maddog

Robert, it's "Air China," not the confusingly-named (and equally frightening) "China Airlines."

Tim Maddog


Oh. Thanks Tim.

That is confusing.


Because they train at RMIT flight training in australia, the air china management know that no quality and most instructor in RMIT flight training doesn't even hold an instrument rating so...

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It's really fascinating that The Chinese pilot speaks gibberish, starting off with an English word but then mumbling sounds for the rest of the sentence.

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