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Fluffy Dice In The Cockpit!  
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3051 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5237 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.


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User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Were they pink, and £7.99 from Halfords?

User currently offlineDefAeroSales From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5013 times:

Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
On a recent internal flight on CO...

I used to take external flights on CO (and other carriers) but it took hours to fix my hair.  Big grin


User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

I saw them once, ages ago on a Delta Shuttle 727- I got Seat 1C, and was able to look into the cockpit, and there was a set of Pink Fuzzy Dice hanging from the #2 Fire Warning Light in the cockpit!


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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4918 times:

Quoting DefAeroSales (Reply 2):
I used to take external flights on CO (and other carriers) but it took hours to fix my hair.

Yanno, it happens...Aquanet doesnt even hold up... bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4892 times:

How 'bout this for the yoke:




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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Might be the pilot's idea of a joke for the next crew. On Embraer aircraft I have heard of plastic tassels and even bicycle bells on the yoke.


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User currently offlineJenkingeorge From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

Make it more like home! Big grin

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 6):
bicycle bells on the yoke

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"  Wink (but would it be rang on the radio for the other a/c to hear!?!) Big grin

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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12879 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4782 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'.

User currently offlineSNfreak From Belgium, joined Feb 2005, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

I think it's normal that some guys do this for a laugh or something.
Did it myself in flight training a lot.
So 2 examples for you guys :

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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1962 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 5):
How 'bout this for the yoke:

You need the welded steel chain, much more cool than the slip on cover.


User currently offline6YJJK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Lucky dice - until a Cessna 150 jumps out from behind them! No thanks.

User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4474 times:

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. If a C150 pops out of the terminal building... we've got bigger problems.


User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4294 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.  Smile


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4183 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.



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User currently offline6YJJK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4028 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.  Smile


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3981 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.

User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3675 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.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21092 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

The next time I fly, I'm going to take one of these along. I'm sure it would help with navigating by NDBs.  biggrin 

http://www.hydrous.net/photoblog/wallpaper/50e7b552c45ad275.jpg

-Mir



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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 18):
The next time I fly, I'm going to take one of these along. I'm sure it would help with navigating by NDBs.

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!

Kris



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User currently offlineSea2Pdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3347 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.


User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

Quoting Sea2Pdx (Reply 20):
One of my favorites is Christmas lights - there's a Captain that strings those up around the holidays, along with a Santa hat.

Does he hang a stocking on the cockpit door (cabin side)?


User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1548 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3188 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!


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

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Pretty appropriate given the state of the industry


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14):

Yes it was a 757, MCO to EWR, and they sure sound like the dice.



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