Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 344 times:
For me, neither. I especially hate the moments right after take-off when the aircraft makes those sharp turns to the left or right. Ugh...... Whenever I look down at the ground, it always looks as if I'm suspended in mid air, and free-falling towards the ground.
I remember a year ago I took a flight from CPH-VIE, and we had particularly bad weather. It was at night, and was so bad all you could see were dark grey clouds. Well, I was really groggy on lots of wine (it was really bumby and I just wanted to forget everything), and all I remember was we were coming in way too fast. I opened the window, and it was so surreal. You couldn't tell up from down, everything was grey with white diagonal needles coming straight at you. You had no idea where the ground was, and all I kept thinking was, crap, we're coming in too fast, too fast!!! I kept expecting to thump right into the ground and skid onto some highway. You could feel the heavy concentration from the cockpit, and at that moment I started planning my escape (just in case!) and wishing I had cleaned my apartment (nothing worse than dying and having your parents and friends find your apartment looking like a pig sty). That was not a fun flight.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6414 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 330 times:
Ah yes, the days of thrusting tubes into the air. Sigh. Those days have passed for me. Nowadays the tube has to be coaxed into the air and treated gently to increase altitude. But the landing is so nice. That first touch of the gear is still my favourite part.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 328 times:
Landings!! Although both takeoffs and landings are great, its just the whole experience of a landing thats so great. Flying low, looking around outside, watching out the window as the plane soars over some airport grass and slowly and hopefully smoothly glides down to the runway. It's just great. I love take-offs too, but I think I'd prefer more landings. I sometimes try to book non-direct flight, so I have a stop over, not only because I love stop-overs, but also because I get two landings and two takeoffs .
Zbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 261 times:
Depends on what I'm doing in the plane. If I'm a passenger I definitely prefer the takeoff for excitement value.
If I'm PIC I vote difinitely the landing!! You get used to them, but there is definitely more skill involved in setting the bird down in one piece To give takeoffs the respect they deserve though, I'll admit there is something magical about reciting that phrase: 'V1......Rotate'