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What you Always Wanted to Know About Flying, but were Afraid to Ask

January 24th, 2011 at 01:46 pm

My MIL passes her Reader's Digest to me which I enjoy before passing again to my officemates (gotta love that re-using stuff!!).

Just a few from an article in their Nov 2010 issue...

Things a Pilot Will Never Say
"We're heading into a thunderstorm."
Instead it's: "It looks like there's some weather (or 'rough air') up ahead."

"Well folks, the visibility is zero out there."
Instead it's: "There's some fog in the Washington area."

How about something good to report?

"Most of the time how you land is a good indicator of a pilot's skill. So if you want to say something nice to a pilot as you're getting off the plane, say 'Nice landing.' We do appreciate that." ~ Joe D'Eon

"At some airports with really short runways, you're not going to have a smooth landing no matter how good we are; John Wayne Airport, Jackson Hole (Wyoming), Chicago Midway and Reagan National." ~ Joe D'Eon

"The two worst airports for us: Reagan National (Washington DC) and John Wayne in Orange Co, California. You're flying by the seat of your pants trying to get in and out of those airports. John Wayne is especially bad because the rich folks who live nearby don't like jet noise, so they have this noise abatement procedure where you basically have to turn the plane into a ballistic missile as soon as you're airborne." ~ Pilot, South Carolina

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"Pilots find it perplexing that so many people are afraid of turbulence. It's all but impossible for turbulence to cause a crash. We avoid turbulence not because we're afraid the wing is going to fall off but because it's annoying." ~ Patrick Smith

"Most of you wouldn't consider going down the highway at 60 mph without your seat belt on. But when we're hurtling through the air at 500 mph and we turn off the seat belt sign, half of you take your seat belts off. But if we hit a little air pocket, your head will be on the ceiling." ~ Captain at a major airline

"The smoothest place to sit is often over or near the wing. The bumpiest place to sit is in the back. A plane is like a seesaw. If you're in the middle, you don't move as much." ~ Patrick Smith

"We don't make you stow your laptop because we're worried about electronic interference. It's about having a projectile on your lap. I don't know about you, but I don't want to get hit in the head by a MacBook going 200 mph." ~ Patrick Smith

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