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Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?  
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Hey folks,
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.

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Cheers
TJ


God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
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User currently offlineJeff G From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 442 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5146 times:

Sometimes I do, but it's usually not very polite.

User currently offlineJoness0154 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Only when the engine coughs  Smile


I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5078 times:

Man, that is a cool looking Comanche. Very sweet.

Steve


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3539 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5046 times:

when flying a twin, before every take off:

"(to engines) just don't one of you fail untl i'm a few hundred feet off the runway"

when flying a single:

"(to engines) if you're gonna fail, for the love of god just do it when i'm still on the runway"



Do you like movies about gladiators?
User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9817 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5005 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!
User currently offlineArffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4980 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.


Time to spare, go by air.
User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1963 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

I tell the ERJ to "shutup" all the time. All the bells and aural warnings can get annoying.

User currently offlineArffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 7):
I tell the ERJ to "shutup" all the time. All the bells and aural warnings can get annoying.

Love that. In the low tech airplanes I fly the only annoying thing is usually a passenger or the occasional flight instructor.



Time to spare, go by air.
User currently offlineJumppilot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Every take-off I say "this is it, this is when I get an engine failure." Keeps me in check, keeps us alive, keeps us (the crew) from becoming complacent.


pull back to go up, pull way back to go down!
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

Well, I have to have someone to talk to on solo flights....  Smile

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineLongbowPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4842 times:
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Whenever we are landing and 'Betty' gives us a heads up "Altitude Low" 99% of all the pilots who are on the controls usually say something.

'yes betty'

'I know baby'

'that is the point'

Everyone has there own style.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4804 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.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineTguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4775 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.

TGUman



Life is a Mine Field.
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

Usually along the lines of:

-Holy Sh*t!!!
or
-What the F*ck!!!

Apart from that, no not really.


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2819 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4629 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.

User currently offlineGoaliemn From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 463 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

I talk to my baby before and during flight all the time.. I usually pat the top of the dash after a good landing  Smile

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8370 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4481 times:

Quoting Jeff G (Reply 1):
Sometimes I do, but it's usually not very polite.

haha, that's me on a hard crosswind landing. "Come on, damnit! Let's go we gotta do this!"

Otherwise, I usually pat the airplane on the prop spinner after a flight and tell it "good job." I sometimes do that with the big jets too, although I didn't fly 'em.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

What a bunch of weirdos...  crazy 

Ooooh!!! That 737 flying over me looks like a horny slut!!!  cutie   devil   drool 




 Wink


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4433 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.


From YVR
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4419 times:

When I talk to the aircraft is when I am doing an approach down to actual minimums and going missed. Cause i dont need a lost engine at the MDA, if you know what I mean.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

FLY2HMO I am with you!! Weirdos!! Anybody who thinks that talking to a piece of metal produces good luck obviously has some confidence issues.

User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4383 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.


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

- Only once, my first solo landing back in the day. Oh did we talk, all the way down...  airplane 


Globally Yours
User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

I only talk to my plane when my plane talks to me. To not say anything back to it would just be downright rude!
Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
25 Aerobalance : Yes I do, on take off, as I rotate, I can be heard saying 'bite, bite', asking the wings to take hold and do their thing. When slowing the plane down
26 Dreamflight767 : Constantly! I'm creative so it just depends on what I attempt to communicate. I'm still here so as far as I'm concerned, the plane listens!
27 Turnit56N : I think this is probably true for every ERJ pilot. "Oh, shut up" is probably the most common thing said to the airplane. Also heard when I'm flying a
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