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It takes a college degree to fly a plane but only a high school diploma to fix one, which may not be very reassuring for those of us whose jobs require us to take frequent flights!

After every flight Qantas pilots fill out a form, called ‘gripe sheet’, which tells the mechanics about any problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems and document their repairs on the form; then the pilots review the gripe sheet before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas pilots (marked with a P ) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S ) by maintenance engineers.

Incidentally, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.

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