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What It Takes To Be A Pilot  
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9382 times:

These are some of the things I have learned along the way in my flight training. When I started taking flying lessons at the age of 14, most of my knowledge of aviation was commercial aviation. I had been on only a few SWA 737s, along with some AWA 737s and a few others. My first flight in a small aircraft was in an old Piper Tomahawk. My dad told me it was much different than riding in an airliner, that you can feel every little jolt of wind, etc. I sat in the left seat, and we took off from Georgetown Airport. I enjoyed each 20 minutes of the whole flight. I then said that this experience made me 100% certain, that I'm going to be a pilot. Well, the following day, I was mowing the yard, the mower quit on me right in the middle of the yard. It wouldn't start back up, so I kicked it. My dad saw me and said, "If your engine quits on a plane, are you going to step out and kick it?". I had learned one of my first lessons of being a pilot, always think about the problem and calmly think of a solution. All the mower needed was some oil. During training hours to get my P.L., the instructor pulled out a bag full of black caps, and placed them on all of the gauges. Then he told me to land it. I think I did pretty well, but I learned another thing. Gauges won't help you fly the plane, they give you information, and you've got to calculate it in your head. Here's a few other things I've learned during training:

1.) Don't get mad or unstable if someting goes wrong, calmly think about a solution to the problem

2.) Don't let the airplane confuse you, you know the basics to flying an aircraft, don't get over-loaded in your mind

3.) If you think you can fly a plane by knowing all of the gauges and switches (like I did), you're not ready

4.) If you don't like roller coasters, I suggest you be a train engineer instead  Smile (hint: don't be afraid of where you are in the air)

5.) If you think you know it all about flying after 1000 hours of flying, you're wrong

6.) Always think that something could be going wrong, and that you are in control

7.) If you are 99.9% sure you want to be a pilot, you won't get there, take it very seriously, and be mature

8.) Never ever act immature around your instuctors, that gives them a sign that you don't take flying seriously

9.) When a problem arises, STAY CALM, or you're bound to crash in flames

10.) Just for fun, don't walk into a propeller that is in motion please  Smile


These are just some of the things I have learned over my years of flying.

To future pilots, please take these seriously.

To pilots currently in training, like me, feel free to post some things you've learned along the way.


Best Regards,

B744

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User currently offlineWISHIHADALIFE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9320 times:

That's just great. What we all want to know is when your novel is coming out and where the book signing will be.

User currently offlineVictor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9296 times:

Hey thanks for the interesting post.
VH


User currently offlineSkippy208 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9293 times:

To future pilots, please take these seriously.

In the words of William F. Buckley how "monumentally hubristic".

Skippy


User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 705 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9278 times:

Great post Boeing747-400!!
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

you get 5!

Tim


User currently offlineA330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9271 times:

Actually, I do not like roller coasters very much, but am thrilled when doing negative G manoevres, and unusual attitude training...

Also, a joke is never out of place, even on the flightdeck, relax and get to know your instructor personally. But always act like a professional, that means NEVER think that it will be all right, it won't.



Shiek!
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9253 times:

>>a joke is never out of place, even on the flightdeck

I have found this to be especially true when we're both frustrated!

I have earned the nickname of "Sarcastro" from my sarcastic jibes!

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineEva744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9248 times:

GREED. you need to be ...


.... monetarily motivated to be a pilot.

you have to be .....


... willing to screw over lives just so you can get a pay raise for 100 hours a work a month.



you have to ....


.... be in it for the money.

true pilots will fly for next to nothing, they just need their mansion in palm beach, someone to pay their jag payments and their 3 time shares around the world.


User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9247 times:

Here is a very important tip:

Always fly the airplane first! If you have an emergency, don't fixate on the problem you must continue to fly the aircraft first, then work on the problem at hand.

I think the excerise in "partial panel" was a good one. This demonstrates how you must "feel" the aircraft (though less likely in larger aircraft) to maintain control. I hope you are also getting time "under the hood", it makes the instrument rating that much easier if you start this kind of training early. Just wait until your instructor pulls out those patches while you are under the hood!

Your tip on props was a good one. I got some time in a J-3 Piper Cub that didn't have an electric starter, we had to hand-prop it. One night we were at MLU and a passenger jumped out of an aircraft in front of us just as the pilot
was positioning the aircraft on the runway for take off. He ran into one of the props on the BE-55 Baron. We didn't actually see the victim, but were asked by the tower if we could turn around on the taxiway and use the other runway. I did read in the paper the next day that the guy survived.

Good luck on your flight training.




Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineDC-9CAPT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9243 times:

>>>"... monetarily motivated to be a pilot."<<<

Yep, you SAID IT! I certainly was motivated for six figures when I left Anderson Consulting (After the Marine Corps) to fly: (1). Cancelled Checks in MU2s, (2). Convair 580s for ERA, and (3). BE 1900s for Great Lakes. That was in 1995. If I saved every average paycheck from those companies from 1995 to now I would now have $120,000. Yep I did it for the money.

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>>>"... willing to screw over lives just so you can get a pay raise for 100 hours a work a month.<<<

Eva, do you ride on a school bus that is shorter than the other kids'?

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>>>".... be in it for the money."

See my first comment above

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>>>"true pilots will fly for next to nothing, they just need their mansion in palm beach, someone to pay their jag payments and their 3 time shares around the world."

Let me ask you something: What the fuck do you know about being a "true" pilot? Like I have told some others, come back and talk to me after you've done a night trap in heavy seas with a rolling deck...or experience your first smoky sam miss your wing by a matter of feet.

I don't own a jag, mister...I have a Cadillac Escalade and my wife drives a Boxter....thanks to HER income, not mine.

I WISH I owned a home in Palm Beach....when I get off my probationary period and move to the left seat of the 76 (about 10 years from now) maybe we'll consider it.

Three time shares around the world? Dream on. My wife and I still take those interline vacation deals that I find posted in ops and non-rev in middle seats just like everyone else..when we get the time off. We're looking into a little lake house near Rhinelander, though.


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Hey bud, if you have any interest in aviation whatsoever, maybe you ought to read Boeing's post. It was a good one. Let me leave you with two pieces of sound advice: (1). "...don't walk into a propeller that is in motion please" and (2). Don't do drugs.


User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9236 times:

wow, there really are some ass wipes on here. not every pilot makes 6 figuires actuallty only about 5% of the total force does. BOEING 747-400 that was a good post and great advice, very inspirational.


"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9231 times:

And you think some people didn't know that?
 Confused


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9223 times:

Great post! This shows that what you learn while training to a pilot can be used on other things too.

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9211 times:

Jaspike,

It is to tell what I've learned and to tell it to future pilots in training.

Galaxy5,

Thanks!  Smile BTW, how does the C-5 fly?


Thanks for your responses everyone, I will share some more things later on!

Best Regards,

B744


User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9209 times:

I think you only have one problem. But there could be two causes:1)The cataracs have taken over or, 2) Even though you got it in, your head will now not come out of your anus.

What did you expect, this is not a pilot bashing forum, but an AIRLINERS forum. Appearently you have some sort of debilitating disease that will not allow you to be a pilot, or you wouldn't have such a stick up your ass. You should know better.


User currently offlineQantasA330 From Iraq, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9205 times:

Fantastic post Boeing747-400.

:::QantasA330:::


User currently offlineMaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9202 times:

Don't go on the announcements and ask if anyone in the cabin knows how to start the airplane! My friend did that once and he almost got fired by Delta. It was sure funny though. I was in frist class and 4 people got up but he came on again and said it was a joke, it was the best flight i had in my life. Best take off and landing ever.

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