Pilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6013 times:
I was curious if you 'talk' to your plane. Perhaps before a checkride or solo flight. Ask it to treat you well, no suprises, promise you will make(try) a smooth landing. I talk to my bird when I fly it. So far she has kept me out of trouble so I guess it is 'good luck'. Have fun with this.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10562 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5765 times:
I have been known to talk to my airplane and joke around with it during preflight inspection.
I probably should have had a good long chat with my plane before my PPL checkride since the plane did not behave very well. While I was approaching a power on stall, the right wing dropped about 10 knots too soon and I had to fight the plane a little bit in order to demonstrate a correct stall. Oh and there was a little thing about ATC forgetting about me and making me fly a very very long downwind, but that is a different story and not the planes fault.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
Arffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5740 times:
I tend to mutter through the landing and flare "easy baby, easy" and then pat it on the spinner or cowl after tying it down and thank it for hurtling me through the air and delivering me safely back to earth. But I always remember a Reno Air Race pilot that lectured us about how an airplane will kill you in a heartbeat and has no feelings for you at all. I try to always keep in mind that flying is not a natural activity for humans. For birds, sure it is.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31821 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5564 times:
I know a few pilots that have a particular sequence they follow prior to their 1st flight of the day.
One gets into the NWW of a B737 & says a small prayer.
Another looks at the radome for a few seconds then punches the radome RH side before doing its Walkaround.
Tguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5535 times:
when i do my walkaround, i do usually talk to the plane. When flying and something weird happens i talk to it. But mostly when i fly solo i sing. I sang on my first solo, sort of a Prov (Providence College, Otterburne, Manitoba) tradition. I sang, "Fly like an Eagle" during my first solo, Nov. 7th, 2002.
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2882 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5389 times:
I refer to the airplanes I fly as a girl..."she's ready to go!" If I'm talking to her, either something's going really well or really crappy. Either way, it's nice to talk to someone or in this case...something.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5193 times:
Once I get up into the air, I talk to the plane a whole bunch. When turbulence occurs, the most profanity insues. However, as these planes have given most of us the greatest times of our lives, I try to be nice. However, to my 1967 Beetle I drive everywhere, that's a different story.
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2617 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5143 times:
All the time...Ill just coax it along during landing or thank it for helping me, or scold it for misbehaving. Yes I know its only interpreting my actions but when Im flying the aircraft, it becomes part of me, an extention of me.