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How Do Airline Pilots Cure Boredom?  
User currently offlineRichm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 798 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

Hi,

I was just wondering, what do you guys do to stop yourselves from getting bored during flight? I know that most of you will love your job and all that, but it must get boring at times during those medium/long haul flights!
Are you allowed to listen to music, read magazine's and books etc? Or do you have to be monitoring/piloting the aircraft every second?

Thanks!

- Rich

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User currently offlineMoman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

Didn't the pilots of the United flight that crashed in Colorado Springs or Denver on takeoff during a snowstorm (late 1980s or early 1990s) spend their 'bored' time before the flight talking about sexual acts with one of the stewardess'?

Moman

[Edited 2004-11-04 06:21:31]


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User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4447 times:

By making an annoucement when everyone has just drifted off to sleep, I think?

User currently offlineFlyboy1980 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

When I was a F/A, our pilots read newspapers, magazine, books etc as we were only domestic and regional flights.

I dunno what they do long haul though!


User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

Go to http://www.airdisaster.com and there is transmissions of a DL flight at DFW were they are taking about lude stuff and then they crash and die on take off. Not sure which flight or how long ago.

If it was a long haul, some a/c have rest areas for crew to lay down. My CFI flys for AA and goes ORD-FRA, GLA, FCO, and ORD-HNL. He uses his Apple Ipod and paper back novels to pass time. They also have an F class seat on flights so I'm sure they could use the PTV.

AA777jr

[Edited 2004-11-04 06:36:55]

User currently offlineBoeingfever777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 409 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

Didn't the pilots of the United flight that crashed in Colorado Springs or Denver on takeoff during a snowstorm (late 1980s or early 1990s) spend their 'bored' time before the flight talking about sexual acts with one of the stewardess'?

wrong carrier, wrong airport!

and why would you even bring that up? how sad.  Sad

Delta flt#1141
DFW 8/31/88

http://www.airdisaster.com/special/special-dl1141.shtml

To pass time I would assume they do alot of reading.

BoeingFever777



Faire du ciel le plus bel endroit de la terre.
User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4115 times:

If you are flying with someone interesting, you can talk about stuff for hours. Some people bore you to death immediately. Time to pull out the newspaper. Some jerks won't let you read in the cockpit. I never really minded if the FO did it. At least he didn't fall asleep!

On long haul, the FA's will get bored and come up and talk.TC



FL450, M.85
User currently offlineCruzinaltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

Lets see, reading (which I love), Flirting with the FAs (which I love), bullshitting (which I love) and flying the damn airplane. Why oh WHY couldn't it be a better time to become an airline pilot!!!!

User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3884 times:

IIRC, it was just after Canadian Regional became part of Jazz that the rule came down, no non-essential reading material in the cockpit. For example, newspapers, magazines, paperbacks,etc were not allowed. Not many crews seemed to worry about it, but that was company policy.

User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

Well, weren't the two pilots found naked in the cockpit (already!) prior to the flight some time ago..??!!

User currently offlineHz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
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Didn't the pilots of the United flight that crashed in Colorado Springs or Denver on takeoff during a snowstorm (late 1980s or early 1990s) spend their 'bored' time before the flight talking about sexual acts with one of the stewardess'?

I guess we never know what they talk about when flights go well.



Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlineNBGskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

I don't think its that we won't know...I think its probibly better if we didn't know.


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User currently offlineStealthpilot From India, joined May 2004, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

On the 744 (Air India’s at least) the pilot response warning goes of if the controls are not touched for 20 mins. Someone correct me if im wrong on the 20 mins thing……. So.... in the meantime I guess they read newspapers, go over airport diagrams, and take pictures of other aircrafts if they are lucky enough to fly close enough hehehehe.... but they still do lots of work  Smile


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User currently offlineCoa764 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 328 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

Or they could just get naked like those Southwest pilots did a few years back..

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2003/2003-04-25-sw-naked-pilots.htm



Please oh please Mr Moderator Nazi, dont delete my thread.
User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Fall asleep!!!!!111
No just kidding!
SR



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3198 times:
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I'm far from an airline pilot, but on long, slow, cross-country flights in one of the Cessnas, I surf AM radio stations on the ADF. There used to be a hip-hop station up in GRR that played ghetto jams all day long. They'd play Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Eminem, etc.

Nothing like bumpin' to Snoop with the autopilot on...


2H4




P.S. - Unfortunately, that station went out of business. Now it's f***ing "Radio Disney".



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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
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