Skip to comments.Missing MH370: Query Over Pilotís Flight Simulator
Posted on 03/14/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A question about a flight simulator in the home of flight MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was raised at Fridays media conference.
Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Ahnad Jauhari Yahya said Malaysia Airlines had no policy forbidding staff from owning the technology.
Jauhari said Capt Zaharie was allowed to pursue his hobbies.
There are several other guys (pilots) who also have flight simulators in their home," he told reporters.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the authorities will search the home of MH370 crew members if it was necessary to do so.
He said such a search could not be ruled out in the efforts to gather as much information as possible about the missing aircraft.
If the investigation leads us to that direction (the need to search the house) and it is within the law, we will do it, he said.
He said the whole passenger manifest was also being examined.
Capt Zaharie, 53 and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, were among the 12-member crew of the Boeing 777-200 with 227 passengers.
Hishammuddin also said the investigators were looking at several possibilities as to why the planes transponder and the Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (Acars) did not transmit any data after 1.30am on Saturday.
We are trying to find out whether they were shut down intentionally, shut down under duress or if an explosion occurred.
We are looking at various possibilities, thus that is why I refuse to speculate, he said.
Foreign media have been reporting on unverified news that police had raided the house of Capt Zaharie in Shah Alam and confiscated his flight simulator for investigations.
However, Bukit Aman sources have all denied the raid took place, saying the officers had tried to visit the family but found no one at home.
CNN reported that Capt Zaharie had posted on German online forum, X-Sim.de, that he had built a flight simulator himself in November 2012.
"About a month ago I finish assembly of FSX and FS9 with six monitors" in a message signed Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah BOEING 777 MALAYSIA AIRLINES.
Checks reveal that FSX and FS9 were over the counter flight simulator games made by Microsoft that could be easily bought online.
Capt Zaharie studied aviation at the Philippine Airlines Aviation School in Pasay City, Manila in 1980, before joining Malaysia Airlines in 1981.
The Penangite became a captain in the early 1990's and has 33-years and 18, 360 hours of flying experience under his belt.
His colleagues described him as a jovial but professional "aviation geek" who collects remote controlled miniature aircrafts, light twin engine helicopters and amphibious aircrafts.
Outside of aviation, he runs a YouTube channel dedicated to DIY projects, where he teaches viewers how to fix home appliances like air-conditioners.
It may be that he was just a little over-the-top excited about his job.................
I’ve got a friend who flies for UPS who has a pretty extensive flight simulator set up.
Saw this on another site and this is very troubling about the Captain.
And in a German online forum for simulator enthusiasts, X-Sim.de, there is a post from November 2012 in his name that says he built it himself.
About a month ago I finish assembly of FSX and FS9 with 6 monitors. The message was signed Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah BOEING 777 MALAYSIA AIRLINES
Whoah! Whoah whoah whoah!
They weren’t all over his house five hours after the plane disappeared without a trace?!
Is this the kind of third world empire BO is working to end up with in the us?
There are people, innocent people, whose families need to know, if not people who need to be found
True that. At the same time it would be interesting to see what a forensic investigation of the simulator’s hard drive would indicate.
Why have the not searched his home yet?
A little off topic, but I am curious about the following from U.S. Dept. of Defense:
“U.S. Warning Systems Detect, Track North Korean Missile Launch
From a North American Aerospace Defense Command News Release
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 11, 2012 North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST.
The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth, officials said. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea.
Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, officials said.
The missile or the resultant debris, officials added, never posed a threat to North America.”
Does that mean all of the components had special transposers on them and that if an enemy turned off the transposers on their ICBMs, we would not be able to track them???
There are people with all kinds of things in their homes. But there aren’t too many of them at the helm of a disappearing airplane, and none of that set (2 total) with a pictorial history involving a ton of professional index region.
‘Why haven’t they searched his home yet?’
They’re thinking about it
While our particular king, educated and formed in the same tradition as those in charge of this ridiculousness and likely mass coverup, is trying on sweaters at the gap
The whole world should be incredulous
Having a passion for, and enjoying your profession has become something bad ??? There are MANY pilots, of all types, that enjoy building and flying simulators.
I know. I am one of them.
Tanks on those planes carry some known ‘surplus’ fuel... could the plane have made it to Pakistan?
(pure passion...or insanity?)
I think people are seriously over-reacting. What is wrong with this? This is a pretty popular hobby among flying enthusiasts. I’m not even a pilot, but after flying various software sims at home, and a couple of hardware sims, I would love to have something like this.
Lots of pilots I know are aviation geeks, and they love to fly. Very common for them to have a sim at home. I would have checked his to see if the path of MH370 was on it, but having a sim at home is not unusual for pilots.
I’m pretty sure that it’s being gone over with a fine tooth comb, even as we FReep..................
Would an investigation of that pilot’s flight stimulator have a record if he used it to practice landing somewhere obscure?
Oh geeze. No.
Co piloting a disappearing plane with no trace has always been questionable. If it happens to you, the NYSB, FBI, CIA and the FAA and all their friends will be spilling their alphabet soup all over your simulator panel
And rightfully so
And a whole lot sooner than more that a week after the disappearance
“...Foreign media have been reporting on unverified news that police had raided the house of Capt Zaharie in Shah Alam and confiscated his flight simulator for investigations.
However, Bukit Aman sources have all denied the raid took place, saying the officers had tried to visit the family but found no one at home....”
“Tried to visit the family but found no one at home”?? And was there ANY curiosity at all about exactly WHERE is his family?
Who’s in charge of this investigation-—Inspector Jacques Clouseau?
I agree with you.
No, Guided missiles do not have transponders that I know of. Satellite observers stationed in Geo-synchronus orbit over that part of the world with infrared sensors detect missile launches. They track the heat trails...............
Undetected? No. Not talked about, yes.
Here are his YouTube video 'LIKES':
Take note of the hateful video against Pope Benedict, another video of Seth McFarlane on Atheism and gay rights, and another on Michael Newdow on Atheism. Zaharie 'LIKED' these videos!
This is not being handled like it would be in the us
Imagine the families
Maybe you are all not thinking about this. Do you have family that you care about? Ok. Now picture what you’re doing today as they are missing without a trace. Now picture that our fed officials are wondering a week later whether they should search this guys personal effects, while the public is leaking photos appropriately questioning this guys character with his hound dog behavior
It’s a Boeing triple seven 270 odd innocent people on board a couple of toddlers
It’s not a tail dragger or a Cessna or even a corporate jet
A break please
Yes. Or his minkey.
The aircraft’s a gonner. It undoubtedly was ditched in the Indian Ocean. Why? Because the waters are DEEP there. That’s why the aircraft was flown to that location.
I’m concerned ( since this plane seems to have been stolen ) that the guys flight simulator might also have been used to train other pilots.
Seems to me to be perfectly normal for a professional pilot to have a simulator in his home. The technology is readily available, affordable, realistic, why not?
Why, exactly, is it “troubling” that an airline captain and aviation enthusiast would have a flight simulator?
Been using flight sims for years, going back to that 747 thing for(Commodore 64/Atari 800???)...Sublogic ATP, all the MS series...until FSX.
(figured my old 'puter couldn't handle it).
Here’s why.........MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Was he running his own flight school for budding jihadists?
A Boeing triple seven does not have a sufficient heat trail?
No wonder it makes a perfect missle!
“Why, exactly, is it troubling that an airline captain and aviation enthusiast would have a flight simulator?”
I don’t think it is.
THe question really is, why, exactly is it ‘troubling’ that authorities should search the homes and personal effects of the pilots flying a plane full of people which disappeared?
FSX (fully configured) on a high performance machine. I fly mostly PMDG, RealAir and Carenado sim models. With this level, you get excellent immersion in the sim. Also design and build fictional airports for FSX. Lots of enjoyment from the hobby.
I’m not disagreeing that they should search the guys house, as well as the rest of the crew. I just think people are way off base with thinking that there is anything remotely suspicious about a pilot having some form of flight sim at home. I would actually be more surprised if he didn’t. It’s like thinking a small arms manufacturer with guns at home is suspicious, or a military officer with wargames.
Nothing’s decided until we say it is.
I believe there is a lack of imagination that this guy could be complicit in the disappearance of his airplane, the most mysterious disappearance of an airplane that, some have said, and rightly so, ever. Or that, at least, there could be some indication of the whereabouts of the aircraft.
It’s just 270 people. nothing to see here. He’s a pilot - innocent super human. And don’t mention the babes he had on the flight deck during flight.
The difference here is no one was looking for the 777. NK is monitored.
That would be the M.O. of some terrorists who know that getting a bomb on board is difficult and instead of killing passengers immediately want to prolong the terror and cause uncertainty among future flyers.
That was the copilot.
the most mysterious disappearance of an airplane that, some have said, and rightly so, ever.
Then the 'some who said' are idiots. It hasn't been that long since it 'disappeared'. The world is a big place, some of it isn't under everyday surveillance and control. Thank God.
Go to the simulator and find out where he has been practicing landings.
TransponDers and no. If it reflect radar energy it is visible to radar. If there is no radar coverage, then it doesn't matter whether the transponder was on or not.
Yesterday I tried loading up some of Gottfried Razek's photo-real scenery...heh, brought my rig to a standstill in SoCal trying to load up all those texture tiles.
Anything new in the future of the flight sim world on the horizon?
(other than Prepar3D, XPlane, etc.?)
Nothing suspicious about a pilot having a sim at home.
Everything suspicious about anyone involved in this flight, even the pilots and especially the pilots. And any pilot here would expect the feds to be all over his home if he and his airplane went missing, or flying into a building.
I don’t care if no one claimed responsibility for this, nor that if someone did, it’s being covered up.
The pilot, in this case, serves the passengers who have reasonable, if reluctant, expectation to arrive at his destination safely.
Any American pilot knows that if that doesn’t happen he’s going to be looked at poked prodded gone over, as well as flight simulators at home, and especially simulators at home.
I mean where is your sense of what happened on 911? the guys were trained at flight schools here, using cash. The insturctors and their schools are innocent?
Why do Americans think like stupid Bugs Bunny hunting dogs?
“Duh, the pilot was innocent in the 911 deal, so it’s always going to fit that pattern”
Why can’t they do something different? Because we are all powerful and we don’t want them to?
THe reasonable person can imagine, in this case, that the pilots had involvement at least one of them and that there could be a wide conspiracy of at least 19 people.
There could be a much larger outcome to this situation and precious pilots’ sensitivity will be insulted.
this guy was making a good wage and part of that is guaranteeing public and customer safety. If that means authorities poring over his stuff, with him in suspect mode, so what?
No Air Force pilot I know wouldn’t be, hasn’t been, gone over with a toothed comb after an accident. they would never publicly whine about it, either, theyre all subject to it.
I don’t understand people here anymore.
There’s such stupidity and forgetfulness.
So submarine launch from area would be safe from detection?
Sounds like a dedicated pilot to me.
Hmm. Ok. well, you can keep trying to protect the precious pilots, co pilot, captain, whoever. to say this is not a big mystery is wasting my time.
If my family member is missing for a week inexplicably, I’m not defending the pilot who, by the way, is responsible for the safety of my loved one. That’s what he’s paid to do. If someone was paying him more, and he was bribable, or turned a blind eye to a copilot who was so, I want the authorities all over his house, care, family, girlfriends, drinking buddies, everything, and a whole heck of a lot sooner than one week later.
You are wasting my time.
By Joel Achenbach, Published: March 11 E-mail the writer
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is the kind of mystery thats not supposed to be possible anymore. The Information Age is also the age of surveillance, of interconnectedness, of cloud computing, of GPS satellites, of intelligence agencies that can monitor terrorists from space or call in a drone strike from a control console on the other side of the world.
But so far, all the technological eyes and ears of the world have failed to find the missing plane. The Boeing 777 jetliner, with 239 people aboard, silently vanished early Saturday morning on its way to China, disappearing from radar so suddenly and inexplicably that it might as well have flown into another dimension.