Readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
On a recent internal flight on CO I took my seat in First and through the open cockpit door I could clearly see a large pair of Fluffy Dice hanging in the centre of the window above the instrument panel. Is this just a USA thing, I guess they only put them up there when they are parked.
you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
GREAT IDEA, just the thing needed when queuing for departure, a bell would show the others who's boss! And it would come in handy for "air rage" (but would it be rang on the radio for the other a/c to hear!?!)
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13411 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5201 times:
'fuzzy dice' were popular in the 1950's - 60's with cars in the USA, usually hung from the inside roof rear view mirror. It is kinda a joke, a little bit of fun. In cars they are actually illegal as are a 'distraction'.
Elcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4713 times:
Along the same lines, I have flown with a captain that had one of those small dancing hula girls set on the dash. He isan interesting sort. I mean, when he isn't flying CRJs, he tools around in a MiG-17 atr airshows.
Former ZW F/A | "Wisconsin 72A, contact departure, see ya."
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter): On a recent internal flight on CO I took my seat in First and through the open cockpit door I could clearly see a large pair of Fluffy Dice hanging in the centre of the window above the instrument panel. Is this just a USA thing, I guess they only put them up there when they are parked.
Was it a 757 flight and were they white with black dots? If they were, I know who the captain was. He is excellent on every level. He does it for a bit of his personality in the cockpit. I laugh every time I go in.
6YJJK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4447 times:
Quoting OB1504 (Reply 12): Quoting 6YJJK (Reply 11):
Lucky dice - until a Cessna 150 jumps out from behind them! No thanks.
As I understand it, they're put up as a joke for the next crew while the airplane is parked and serviced.
Fair enough - though the photo in reply 9 worries me. Okay, yes, if you're VFR you should be moving your head to see round window frames and the like anyway, but why give the guy who's going to kill you somewhere to hide? A 150'll hide behind a squashed bug till it's too close for comfort. I wouldn't have had those things dangling there when I was flying. Maybe I'm just anal.
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2345 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
On my last flight out of Ottawa on an AC A320 in June the pilots had a hula doll on the dash as well. It wasn't doing the hula and not sure if he took it down prior to push back because by then the door was closed.
SkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4094 times:
We have a few pilots at Skyway that put things in the windows. One guy throws up a small stuffed animal and another guy hangs a key chain head of Captain Kirk. It's just their way of adding a little fun to their job and making others smile.
Sea2Pdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3766 times:
Quoting KBFIspotter (Reply 19): I saw a QX captian pull one of those out of his flight bag and hand it to his new FO, while at the same time telling the FO that he might need this for a few CATIII approaches.
I started cracking up when I saw that!
I've seen the same thing, along with numerous other items on QX flight decks. The joke around here is that when the easy button is on the Q400, its MEL'd. One of my favorites is Christmas lights - there's a Captain that strings those up around the holidays, along with a Santa hat.
Tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1784 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3607 times:
At Kalitta, we hang them on the compass of our Falcon 20's. It was a good luck thing, when we brought them out of RFD where they sat upwards of a year before we bought them, the Chief Pilot hung them up for good luck for their flights home to YIP. I like them!