Kennyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 13442 times:
I was thinking about a thread created some time ago about how we all viewed planes and flying in general so differently and funny when we were kids This sparked the idea of creating this one.
I flew NCE-CDG the other day, and was sitting next to a boy and his father. After landing the boy asked "Why do they have flaps coming out of the wings?" and his father replied "It slows the plane down. Think about it - the air hits the wing like this [The man used his hands to represent the wing and the airflow] and it slows down the plane so we can land slowly." Now this is true, in some part, even though we know that the main use of flaps is to increase lift at slow speeds.
And right after that, the same boy commented on the approach into CDG: "Daddy, did you see? the pilot was wobbling the plane a lot when we were landing!" and his father replied "It's probably because he was trying to line up the plane with the runway" While as a matter of fact, it was pretty windy.
Yesterday on an MSP - CMX flight, I heard people say they were scared about flying on NW's Saab 340, it beeing "so small and old-looking". (ps: my first time on a Saab 340: it was a blast! Reg: N402XJ) During the approach into CMX, I overheard some passengers saying "We're landing" "It's my first time on a plane" "This is a dream come true" and "Hold on tight! We're about to touch down!" while in fact we were still flying along the left base of the pattern.
When I hear comments like those I can't help but smile, and it helps me remember how flight has been, is and will always be "magical" and entertaining, and remaining a mystery and a source of inspiration to many people
I hope you all can share comments like those that you have heard during flights or anything else that just makes you smile
AFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13215 times:
A bimbo friend of mine came back from Europe about 15 years ago. I asked her what aircraft it was and she told me it was a double decked job. I patiently explained that it would only have had a little deck above the front part, but she was adamant that it went the whole way back. I just gave up.
Other friends I have asked usually reply "it was a white/white and red/white and blue one" when asked.
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2682 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13162 times:
I heard a very amusing comment 15 years ago on a UA 727 from LAS-DEN as the flaps were extended during the approach. The man was seated next to my father, was flying for the first time, was quite nervous, and was just drunk enough to make it though the flight without having a panic attack.
Drunk Man: "What's that noise?"
My Father: "That's the flaps."
Drunk Man very loudly and concerned: "What's flapping?"
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
ARFFdude From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 145 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13052 times:
After touching down in ATL from HPN last year, we were holding on the ramp for about 15 minutes waiting for an aircraft to leave our gate. The man in the row ahead of me complained to his wife that since pilots are only paid while the engines are on, they frequently make up an excuse to simply around and wait to get more money.
As former ramp controller at ATL, I can say I've never gotten a request from a pilot to simply idle somewhere so that he could rack up a few more minutes...
When I was flying into TUS a few years ago my sister shot me a rather worried look and I replied "landing gear." It was bumpy almost the whole way from DEN and my dad was in the row behind me strangling the armrests.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 565 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12951 times:
When I had my PPL, I took a lady friend of mine on a local sightseeing flight. The ATIS at the time was labeled 'Information Juliet.' When talking to the tower, I said that we 'had Juliet.' She asked me after the flight was over if that was some kind of aviation codeword for having a female passenger. he he he
Quoting Brilondon (Reply 6): When in YXU recently I overheard some one call the E190 a jumbo jet.
I've heard some people referring to Embraers as 'Jungle Jets,' maybe that's what they said?
JetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1440 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12839 times:
I'm 14 and I became an aviation fan when I had my first flight on a DC9. My first encounter with the flaps was on a PR 737, I thought the wing broke because we landed so hard... Another funny thing moment was in my math class. We were doing this project in our laptops, as usual I finished it in a week (we were given a month) So I was looking pics on A.net on a SQ A380, then my classmate ask "They have tvs in the plane?" "I said yes, they also have chairs!" She replied in a serious manner: "really?" I was laughing inside.... I also said to her that if you are in a plane their are flight attendants who take cares of you and gives out food and drinks. She replied: "You have your own slaves?" I cant hold myself up and laughed hard.. My teacher was furios...
FghtngsiouxATC From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 209 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12707 times:
Gotta love flying the Airbus family jets and watching the reactions when the "barking dog" is barking like crazy. I had this one idiot sitting behind me comment on every noise. His excuse for the hydarulic pump was "oh that's just the brakes, I fly all the time and jets always make that sound." Right...
Flaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1176 posts, RR: 4 Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12614 times:
I remember sitting on board the aircraft at the gate one time in CLT bound for SAV. As the passengers boarded, a child in the row ahead was reading the safety card. He asked his father "what does Boeing 737-201 mean". His fathers response of "this is a 737 configured for 201 passengers" left me practically pissing myself......
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6761 posts, RR: 6 Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12592 times:
Hear stuff all the time I cant remember them all. I have friends ask me questions all the time. once I got my friend some free jet blue tickets for guessing how much it cost to fill a A320 JFK-BOS. Questions I get from friends are funny. Once my dad asked me if the plane has a "normal" car engine to drive on the ground
Once when flying from SYD-LAX someone I was talking to was saying how tired the pilots must get flying such a long flight. After explaining that there are 4 pilots they say yea but still the they have to get tired. I than explained auto pilot. Than he said oh, but someone needs to fly the plane on the route once without the autopilot to teach the autopilot how to fly right?
Person I sat next to on LAX-AKL about 3-4 hour from landing: "hey do you think they can see Auckland by now?
But my favorite was boarding an AA 738 DCA-MIA in the jet way a little kid ask his dad what type of plane they were on, he said 727! Man do I wish! Anyway his wife corrected him, and was right and stated how American always flys 737s to Miami from DC.
I will here one every time I fly, I should bring a note pad and write them down.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)