Flybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1094 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5027 times:
Man was it ugly at SFO yesterday. Pretty uncomfortable coming in from Phoenix as well. Some nervous passangers as we flew through some heavy storm fronts; in fact, the pilot asked to fly around some weather at 11,000 feet but was denied due to traffic. I knew it was coming (probably the only person listening to Ch. 9) and it was fairly harsh.
Anyway, on a lighter note, as the A319 is ready to fly to SEA, the pilot got in a semi-argument with ATC. ATC thought our flight was moving too slow to the active runway (19R if I remember correctly) because of a company jet taking its time so the pilot said - The company jet isn't exactly moving very fast, do you want to come out fly the plane .
No comment back from ATC!
Anyone else here something like? I couldn't stop smiling until we hit crusing altitude!
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6447 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4983 times:
I was flying from ORD-MCI during a major Kansas - Missouri college football game, and the pilot asked for a score update when he started talking to the KC controllers. He than told the cabin the score, knowing many were wondering since we couldn't watch it.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3745 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4928 times:
Over the Atlantic, LHR-IAD. Channel 9 went dead for the most part and at one stage the guys just seemed to chat to each-other talking about winter sports, swapping email addresses and at one stage even playing country music across the waves!! I thought it was our captain playing a soundtrack whilst some important radio calls not destined for passengers ears were made but then some other pilots interjected with calls of 'Humpback Mountain' and the like! After a few minutes of mucking around an anonymous voice made the call to 'Cut it out guys' and the mid-Atlantic japers came to an end.
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
ATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 565 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
DEN-LAX UA 777-200 sometime in 2000-2001
I also believe I was the only one listening at the time, but we were taxiing to Runway 26L @ DEN I believe and ATC asked our pilot if he had a particular F/A on board. The pilot responded she was not working the flight and we were immediatly cleared for takeoff. While climbing, the pilot responded the flight attendant indeed was on the flight and had recently been married, but the controller did not know the married name. The pilot and ATC giggled back and forth like a couple little school girls givin the controller said she was drop dead gorgeous. A few moments after we reached cruising altitude, the cockpit door flew open and guess who came out?? You guessed it, the Captain. This was a beautiful, and full, T7. Well, it didnt take el capitan too long to find the F/A, who to my delight was one of our attendants in F. I was in seat 2A and trying my damndest to hear him trying to flirt with her, to no avail. I of course played good boy and kept my mouth shut for the duration of the flight, but DAMN this young woman was attractive.
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Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7723 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4867 times:
At SFO, KLM was taxing out for Departure and they were told to make the bay departure... KLM pilot goes oh ummmm bay departure. SFO Tower replies, KLM just follow the Continental Plane in front of you they will show you the way.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
Wireless615 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4804 times:
SJC to ORD 757. Hour into the flight the pilot announced over the cabin PA interested passengers could tune to channel 9 for a brief overview on Life as a Pilot. Talked for approximately 30 minutes describing flying for United, history and performance of the 757, bidding for routes, working the extra board and a brief history of his journey from the military to airline pilot. Superb presentation, great voice command and interesting topics. A rare treat.
FYI, on a recent trip from AUS to SFO (A319) I was seated in 2A, plugged in my headphones and channel 9 was not on. I asked the FA if he would request the captain activate channel 9. Moments later the FA returned and said the pilot had refused. A few minutes later with plane loaded and the cockpit door open I walked forward and asked through the door if I could talk with the pilot, he nodded yes. After explaining I booked the flight with UA specifically to listen to channel 9 and rarely had an opportunity to fly in the past few years the pilot agreed to turn on ATC while explaining many pilots viewed channel 9 as a passenger perk benefitting UA management and some pilots were electing to disable channel 9 as a gesture of dissatistfaction with UA mangement. Trip included 6 flights, all others flights had channel 9. I should note the pilot was polite and honored my request however alienating passengers appears to be a poor negotiating tactic.
Also, departing LAX flying home an Airbus 380 was inbound returning from a PR flight. ATC referred to the 380 as a "super" rather than a 'heavy." Another piece of information tucked away for future reference.
ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4676 times:
Last year flying LAX-SEA we were warned of moderate bumps ahead to which a WN flight ahead of us replied, "umm...little late for that isn't it?" Then a couple seconds of silence followed by "Yeeeee-haaaaaawww!!! Ride 'em cowboy!" again from the WN pilots ahead.
LHRlocal From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4567 times:
Dunno about this channel 9 business, but when they are landing on 09L at Heathrow over the M25 motorway, ive heard the controllers asking the pilots on the latest traffic conditions, guess it must be knocking off time soon!
Bingo From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4433 times:
Quoting SW733 (Reply 1): I was flying from ORD-MCI during a major Kansas - Missouri college football game, and the pilot asked for a score update when he started talking to the KC controllers. He than told the cabin the score, knowing many were wondering since we couldn't watch it.
It seems everytime I'm flying into Austin during a UT game the score always gets announced.
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2): After a few minutes of mucking around an anonymous voice made the call to 'Cut it out guys' and the mid-Atlantic japers came to an end.
One of my favorite things ive heard was a pair of F-15 RIOs flying CAP over DC playing battleship.