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Mystery at Auckland International Airport: A Puzzle in the Skies

Published 3 months ago • 2 min read

Mystery at Auckland International: A Puzzle in the Skies

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Hi Reader, Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Also hope you like a good puzzle!

Whispered among the echoing calls of Auckland International Airport is a challenge that's anything but ordinary. Hidden in plain sight, a question simmers beneath the surface, targeting those with a knack for unraveling mysteries. It's not about the destinations or the jet engines' roar but a deeper inquiry into the experiences of those who pilot these aircraft.

Which of these first officers has steered their aircraft through the chaos of a thunderstorm in the last 48 hours?

This puzzle, inspired by the legendary intellect of Einstein (he devised a very similar puzzle), challenges us to think beyond the obvious and to connect seemingly unrelated dots in a meaningful way. A useful skill for pilots to develop.


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The Scene is set

Five aircraft, each from a different part of the world, sit silently at their gates. The captains have momentarily stepped away (probably off getting their lunch!), leaving their first officers in a situation that's anything but ordinary. These first officers, each with distinct nationalities and personal preferences, have recently faced various weather systems. The question is simple yet complex: Who among them has braved a thunderstorm in the last 48 hours?

A Challenge Beyond the Clouds

This puzzle, which we first introduced to our students at PilotLifeTraining.com (formally ATPLOnline.co.nz) in 2017, sparked immense interest. It's more than just an exercise in logic; it's an exploration of the skills and insights that define the essence of flying. Now, we're inviting you into this captivating narrative through our latest podcast episode. You will need to listen to this episode to hear the full story and gather up the clues.

Why This Puzzle?

Engaging with this puzzle offers more than just entertainment. It's a chance to refine your logical and deductive skills, to immerse yourself in the world of aviation from a new perspective. It challenges you to piece together information, to navigate through clues with the precision of a pilot navigating through the skies. Oh...and it's a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding to crack the puzzle!

The Invitation

Our newsletter post today is merely a teaser, an invitation to take a deeper dive into this enigmatic challenge by listening to this mystery on our podcast. This isn't just about uncovering who flew through the storm; it's an opportunity to engage with a community of like-minded individuals, to test your wit against a puzzle that intertwines logic with the passion for flight. Get together with fellow crew members, or attempt the puzzle on your own.

Take on the Challenge

So, are you ready to embark on this adventure? Tune into the podcast, arm yourself with clues, and see if you can solve the puzzle. Whether you're an aviation enthusiast, a pilot, a puzzle lover, or someone in search of a mental workout, this episode promises to be as enlightening as it is engaging.

Good Luck!

Hope you all have a happy and safe week.

Kia kaha.

Mark and the team from Perspectives and Pilot Life Training


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