UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7365 times:
How about a thread about weird/strange/remarkable things you find in aviation.
Here's my contribution:
At LHR, in the mornings, you are probably going to see the largest collection of US based 777's in the world at one airport. Not even in the US does one airport see that many US based 777's at one particular time.
Irobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7355 times:
That I can fly from Toronto to Montreal (1hr:10min) on Air Canada and upon booking, have my choice of practically every type of aircraft in their fleet, depending on what time of day I want to go. I'm not just talking the ERJs and A319/320s, I mean A330s and 767s too! Only one I haven't seen is the A343/5. Any reason for this? Are the continuing on overseas and just make the stop for more passengers? They certainly can't be having that kind of traffic on that route to warrant filling an A330...
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7299 times:
You can stand up and walk around an airplane flying at 600 mph, but when you are taxiing at 20 mph you must "remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened until the captain has parked the plane at the gate and the seat belt sign is turned off".
People wouldn't drive a 30 year old car across the state, but don't think a thing about flying in a 30 year old airplane much further.
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VarigB707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7132 times:
I find weird the way passengers are treated by the airline employees.
First, the curbside guy. He will toss your luggage better than olympic athlet going for the gold medal.
Next, the ticketing agent. Dare not asking them any questions or you'll the silent treatment.
Then, the flight attendants. I'm sure they wouldn't mind using a whip on all of us, if that'd be permited by law.
Finally, upon arrival when your luggage is nowhere to be found, the baggage claim staff. They will look down on you and with a (sarcasti) smile on their faces, they tell you "your baggage will be on the next flight".
And don't get me started with the ticket prices....
SapphireLHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7052 times:
What always amazed me was that a fighter pilot to fly at a mere Mach 1 had to be extremely fit, pass a very tough medical, wear a pressure suit, helmet and googles and wear a parachute and then be able to fly only for a limited amount of time at that speed.....BUT you could fly at + Mach 2, be a 100 year old Granny, not have to supply even a medical certificate, sit in your own clothes in comfort sipping Champagne for hours on a Concorde flight....SPOOKY !!!!
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4539 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6910 times:
One of the weirdest parts of any airline to me is the pricing structure. It sort of defies logic sometimes.
I could book a flight one day at a set price, but the next day it could have gone up $50. Or down $50. Demand is an invisible variable to the consumer. The guy sitting next to me could have paid double what I paid. Or 20% less.
Leaving from a small regional airport can sometimes save you money; other times it can cost you hundreds more. Flying direct is usually cheaper than connecting, where possible, but not always.
I know very well that there is a "method to the madness" but it is sort of a mystery nonetheless.
RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 4020 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6822 times:
Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 4): What about this one. 500,000lb metal tubes with big fans and wings flying across the world. Who would have ever thought that Aviation would come to what it is today!
Agreed! Still amazes me now when I see a 747 lift off the ground. Yes with enough thrust and a couple of bits of metal shaped just so, anything will become airborne, but something the size and weight of a 747?!! Mind-boggling!
Quoting SapphireLHR (Reply 8): What always amazed me was that a fighter pilot to fly at a mere Mach 1 had to be extremely fit, pass a very tough medical, wear a pressure suit, helmet and googles and wear a parachute and then be able to fly only for a limited amount of time at that speed.....BUT you could fly at + Mach 2, be a 100 year old Granny, not have to supply even a medical certificate, sit in your own clothes in comfort sipping Champagne for hours on a Concorde flight....SPOOKY !!!!
I presume you have seen the Timewatch documentary on Concorde where one of the guys who worked on the project (can't remember the role) was sitting onboard a flight and was somewhat annoyed that the team had gone to enormous effort to get the aircraft supersonic and one of a kind etc, yet nobody was getting up in the aisles and cheering about it. Then it struck him that was the whole point of the aircraft. It made supersonic travel normal!
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6732 times:
Quoting CitationJet (Reply 3): You can stand up and walk around an airplane flying at 600 mph, but when you are taxiing at 20 mph you must "remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened until the captain has parked the plane at the gate and the seat belt sign is turned off".
Quoting RobK (Reply 10): Agreed! Still amazes me now when I see a 747 lift off the ground. Yes with enough thrust and a couple of bits of metal shaped just so, anything will become airborne, but something the size and weight of a 747?!! Mind-boggling!
How do they get over 400 tonnes of stuff into the air and keep it there. You're right, it is mind boggling!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
They certainly can't be having that kind of traffic on that route to warrant filling an A330...
Every time I've been on the A330 YUL-YYZ, it has been completely full. Its just to increase the aircraft utilization. Plus, it is a nice bonus for frequent business travellers.
I would say the most amazing (but not really weird) thing in aviation is the fast progress in the 1950s-early 70s and the relativley small progress since then. We went from F-86 Sabres to F-14s and F-15s, and DH Comets to the Concorde, B747-100/200, DC-10, A300 and L1011. There haven't really been any great leaps since then IMHO, just gradual improvements.
MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1351 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6563 times:
It amazes me that anyone actually invests in this industry. It amazes me that the experts cannot make any money running these companies, yet everyone thinks they know a better way. It still amazes me when a big airplane takes flight. It amazes me that a huge aircraft can touch down so softly that you (the pilot flying) cannot actually know whether your on the ground or not without referencing the autospoilers. Wing flex amazes me. The base nature of the flying public amazes me at times. And the graciousness of the occasional passenger amazes me. Sunrises and sunsets in cruise, the beauty of the earth and sky, the beauty of thunderstorms, and the stars over the ocean amaze me. It truly is an awsome profession.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2950 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6522 times:
It amazes me that customers think that an airline should charge the same price they charged 3 years ago to go on the same flight...because gasoline prices increasing has nothing to do with jet fuel prices LOL!
"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5896 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6439 times:
Quoting CPDC10-30 (Reply 14): We went from F-86 Sabres to F-14s and F-15s, and DH Comets to the Concorde, B747-100/200, DC-10, A300 and L1011.
A couple of years back a few of us were having a DVD night and watched "Midway" then "Final Countdown" (USS Nimitz transported back to the day before Pearl Harbour) and a friend commented it was remarkable that in only 30 years,1942-1972 they had gone from Essex/Yorktown with Wildcats etc to the Nimitz and F-14s. I thought it more remarkable that in the next 32 years they had gone from the Nimitz and Tomcats to.... well the Nimitz and Tomcats.
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
Kazzie From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 1684 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6370 times:
Quoting Galleyhag (Reply 21): The fact that people leave their brains at home when they enter an aiport and ask stupid questions
So true... From today:
Me: Hello, are you flying to Reus?
Me: Where are you flying to?
Also some others:
Me: There you go boarding from gate number 3 today at 1300.
PAX: Whats a gate?
Me: Have you packed the bags yourself?
PAX: Lifts up hand luggage
Me: Anything sharp in your hold luggage
Pax: Are Razors sharp?
*Bear in mind we have all the destinations displayed above us*
Me: Morning sir, are you for the Milan flight
Me *takes confirmation number*
Me: It does not match and your not on the manifest, your flying to Milan today yes
Me: *Looks at Confirmation again * "It says here your flying to Vasteras sir?"
PAX: Vasteras, Yes.
PAX: A group of 25 of us to check-in
Me: ok no problem can I take you 1 at a time?
PAX: No no We are here to check-in
Me: Yes sir, but can I take each Passenger 1 at a time?
PAX: NO NO you NO Listen! We are flying and need to check-in!
Me: Yes I understand sir, I am going to check you all in 1 at a time..
PAX: no we are here to check-in! can we check in!
Me: Yes sir, I can check you all in but 1 at a time please to the desk.
PAX: NO NO we check-in now! Passengers here!
Me:Hello sir, How many traveling?
PAX: 2 please
Me: Where is the other passenger?
PAX: Parking the car....
Me: Check-in will close in 5 mins if they are not here by then we have to close im afraid.
PAX: can you not hold the plane for us? We are hu8ngry and want to get something to eat.
PAX: Why? That is UNFAIR and OUTRAGEOUS!
Me: *thinking* then why turn up at the last possible moment?
Wolsingerjet From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6359 times:
The fact you are in your uniform with a flightcrew pass on,and see the same security agents over and over again,and they still dont know who you are.Or the question I get the most ''are you operating a flight today''??? Ummmm what do you think I just put this uniform on to impress the chicks???Well I used to like the attention when I was new but now getting ready to get married and stuff has changed that...Security people need to pay more attention!!!
Guess what???I dont like you either...
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