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Favorite Part Of Flying As A Pilot?  
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

To the pilots, private or commercial, what's your favorite part of flying? Relaxing at cruise altitude, the take off or the landing? Or, (pertains to small AC pilots) steep turns, spins or something else in that manner?

This topic seems susceptible to previous discussions, but a search gave nothing.

Cheers!

Johan


Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

Taking a solid 5+ m/s elevator ride right up to a high cloudbase!

Or possibly looking out after hanging on by teeth and nails to a weak blue thermal caught at 400 m, to be met by the view from 1500 m in a clear blue sky.

Powered flight? Bah, flying straight is boring! Big grin

(Yeah yeah yeah, it does get you places somewhat more reliably)

Oh, a really good landing leaves a nice aftertaste to the flight as well.

Cheers,
Fred



I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
User currently offlineFflood From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4943 times:

Landings, of course!


LINE UP AND WAIT
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

For me, it is when tower gives the 'Taxi into position and hold' instruction- for me this is when all the anticipation and excitement about the upcoming flight reach their peak.


Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4838 times:

I agree with CV990A, communication with appr./dep./twr/gnd or whatever is very stimulating and keeps you on your toes. Landings are nice though, it's a precision job and a great one leaves a smile on my face for the entire day!  Big grin

johan

PS. FredT, where do you fly your gliders? Around Linköping?



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4836 times:

The office...period!  Big thumbs up

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4800 times:

Usnseallt82 -

yeah, those F-18's must be booooring...  Big grin

johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4756 times:

BMA,
affirm, Malmen AFB. There probably aren't many flying clubs which can beat our security outfit!

Cheers,
Fred



I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4713 times:

Guess you're right on that one Fred...

JAS 39 escort every time you land, huh?  Big grin

johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineMrb757 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

The best part? Takeoffs and Landings!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4617 times:

BMA,
we're trying to get them to fly tow... problem is, our Vne is below their Vs! Big grin

Thinking more about it, the feeling of freedom is probably the greatest. "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth...", that poem captures it all for me. To be free to explore a world of clouds at will, the peace and tranquility only found when spiralling down around a soft cumulus on a sunny afternoon... the view of a landscape where the sun has set, while you are still enjoying a sunset invisible to those ground-bound. A rainbow seen from above, sun glittering off a lake or the canopies of the trees in a forest.


As for pure kicks, as most people seem to home in on... stalls are an nice feeling. I for one don't mind having my stomach displaced. I actually enjoyed spinning as well. "Whoa, where did the ground go?!"

The feeling in a zero-G pushover... or negative Gs, hanging by the shoulder straps with the earth below you. That plays an interesting trick on your sensory systems, your ears tell you that your eyes are wrong and vice versa.

There is no roller coaster able to replicate that part of flying!

Cheers,
Fred



I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

I like when we have an empty plane and we can take off and climb like a bat out of hell all the way up to altitude. ( well, that's if ATC is in a good mood)

Also I love when you in the Flight Levels and you can see for days and days, then the sun sets, Its really amazing and all the bad things that you hate about flying kinda go away for a while.


User currently offlineJayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

The best feeling for me is when air traffic is at it's peak, weather is at minimums, you've had to dodge storms, you've been vectored all over the world it seems, and then you look back at the plane once you've parked and know that it's in one piece because of the skill of the crew.


"Trying is the first step towards failure" -Homer Simpson
User currently offlineBOAC707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4478 times:

greasing the landing...every time...I wish it was everytime....but it is good to have goals and asperations.


smokey classics to the end of time
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

I do have to say, other than landings, when you fly between cloud bases, especially at night. When the lower base is overcast and then the top base(oxy-moron i know) is just broken or a few and the moon comes from between the clouds and makes it look like a lake of silver from the clouds below: thats cool.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

My favorite part has got to be flying IFR going in and out of IMC.
I also like landing.



Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Very true, BMAbound. I'm not real sure how I survive.  Big thumbs up

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

I like it when ATC gives me a complicated clearance and I actually understand it! It makes me feel like a seasoned captain.




MEA321
User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

Winch-launch for me... for sure... and thermaling in a gap in the clouds, getting above the clouds in a glider! Great! Watching my shadow on the clouds when i´m turning in a firm thermal!

Cheers,
Schreiner



Soaring the internet...
User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

I would really to be a commercial pilot but don't the long haul flights get really boring? It almost seems as if it would be more fun to fly for a regional carrier than to fly big long haul flights.


Father, Son, HOYA spirit
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

I agree, flying CRJ's on 1 hr routes would probably be more fun than a Pacific crossing. However, I do believe that for most pilots, flying the big iron is a natural step.

johan



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1005 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

When I nail a really greaser landing in my C152... hehe. Oh, and also when I passed my private checkride... ( yesterday )
also taxiing in to the ramp after a 4.5 hour XC in the rather cramped 152... =)


regards

raggi @ KHYW



Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

As for me I would say the most intense and best feelings of the flight would be as mentioned when your sitting at the end of the runway and ATC advises you to taxi into position and hold or cleared for immediate takeoff. Things happen quick, you start taxiing onto the runway at the same time your switching your transponder on, lights on, mixture rich, close the window, reply to ATC, and work the throttles and rudders all at the same time.
The the best feeling for me is after a good landing. That just makes even the worst flights seem better.


User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

I'd have to agree as well. On the worst flights, a good solid tarmac under your feet can ease the pain away! That, or a nice carrier deck...relative to the individual, of course.  Big thumbs up

Cheers!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4082 times:

the flying part.

thats about it, all i care about is flying. i dont care what the wx is, what kind of airplane it is. as long as im flying im happy.



"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
25 Futureualpilot : Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.....landing is the first! I'd agree with that.....I love flying in general, but landing requires a l
26 Post contains images Usnseallt82 : Spin recovery during training flights is always a great rush, although I believe the FAA has now outlawed that for any civilian flight school. Sorry g
27 Futureualpilot : Raggi, congrats on the private checkride, thats awsome! Usnseallt82, yeah, its been outlawed, or at least we dont need to recover from a spin for the
28 BMAbound : Really? When were spins outlawed?? I knew you didn't have to do it on your checkride, but it's good to know how to recover from one. johan
29 Post contains images Futureualpilot : BMAbound, I don't know for sure if spins were actually outlawed (Im too lazy right now to get the dang FAR/AIM out to look it up ), but on almost all
30 Cessna172RG : About 5 seconds after rotation, and when the gear goes up really tells me that "Yes, you are losing your connection with the ground and you are above
31 Usnseallt82 : Yeah, they outlawed the spin recovery instruction because of too many students attempting it without proper training. Of course, this begs the questio
32 Saleem : A perfect landing, but before that approach on finals, when runway in view straight, .... turning finals
33 Post contains images FredT : I heard they tore it out of the curriculum, but training it certainly can't be outlawed? If it is, I expect we will see the US disappear from the aero
34 Post contains images 707CMF : When I line up on the runway (on solo flights), apply full throttle, keep the aircraft perfectly alligned while building up some speed, giving a very
35 Post contains links and images UTA_flyingHIGH : And here are the aforementioned taildragger and pilot : View Large View MediumPhoto © William Ronciere UTA
36 Tupozure : Number 1 take off! Number 2 landing!
37 Post contains images Usnseallt82 : Try some short finals aboard the massive CE-150 in the wake of some Air Force C-130's churning their vortices! That'll make any pilot wake up! Great f
38 Cytz_pilot : I used to like the spin training...part of the curriculum here, although there's a lot of rules concerning fuel load, weight and balance, passengers,
39 Post contains images BMAbound : Well, first of all the CG must fall within the utility category envelope in order for anyone to practice spins. However, some GA planes do not have th
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