Saturday, May 2


Helicopter Malfunction—————

A helicopter was flying above
Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s
electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds and
haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position and course to
steer to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled,
drew a handwritten sign and held it up in the helicopter window. The pilot’s
sign said,“Where am I?” in large letters. The people in the tall building
quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign and held it to the
window of their building. Their sign read,“You are in a helicopter.” The
pilot smiled, waved, looked at the map, determined the course to steer to the SEATAC
airport and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the copilot asked
the pilot how the “You are in a helicopter” sign helped determine their
position. The pilot responded, “I knew that had to be the Microsoft building
because, similar to their help-lines, they gave me a technically correct
but completely useless answer.

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