BMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5477 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?
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BMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5240 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!
PS. FredT, where do you fly your gliders? Around Linköping?
FredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5019 times:
we're trying to get them to fly tow... problem is, our Vne is below their Vs!
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!
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
Jayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4895 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
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2498 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4856 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.
Raggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4555 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... =)
TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4516 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.