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User currently onlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 581 times:

I was wondering if any of you who fly the planes do anything different or have any unusual routines that you do before a flight to ensure your safety.

What I'm talking about is things like saying a prayer, carrying any lucky charms (i.e. rabbit's foot or a picture of your wife taped to the control yoke), or anything else that might be "different" but that you always do before you take to the skies?


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 528 times:

I always carry a picture of my closest girl-friend with me in my log book. I always carry it because it keeps me going knowing that (and I quote her) she'll "always be my #1 passenger and fan!"

She can't wait for me to become an airline pilot. Sometimes, I think that's why I'm doing this... I don't want to let her down.

We're not dating or anything like that... we're just good, close friends.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 522 times:

Ok, I have this little stuffed "thing" (red, beard, pointy tail, horns) that I call my little "Gremlin". He rides co-pilot with me whenever my instructor is not there and sits in the back the rest of the time!

Superstitious, perhaps, but noting bad has happened yet! Then again, I fly Tampicos, I need all the luck I can get! [G]

Regards,
ASQX


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 524 times:

Whenever I step onto a plane, as I'm coming down the jetway, I always touch the aircraft on the outside skin, near the entry door. I guess it's my way of patting it and saying, take care of us old girl.

User currently offlineRominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 519 times:

LOL!! I do the same thing!!!  

Ual747 wrote:
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Whenever I step onto a plane, as I'm coming down the jetway, I always touch the aircraft on the outside skin, near the entry door. I guess it's my way of patting it and saying, take care of us old girl.


User currently onlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 519 times:

Well, I do the same thing - touch the outside near the door when I'm boarding. I didn't think of it as superstitious though.

I wonder if any pilots superstitiously kick the tires during the walk-around!  



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineJrcluss From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 506 times:

For many years I watched the military fighter pilots do this but never thought of it this way. Bet it was. This was years ago and I don't recall our newer pilots on the newer jets doing it. If you know the F-4 (USAF) aircraft, I wouldn't blame them if they kicked more than the tires!!!!

User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 502 times:

If I'm about to get in an airliner - I remind myself that the guys up front are just having another day at the office.

If I'm about to get in the club Cessna - A thorough pre-flight check seems to work!



L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineTeahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5287 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 500 times:

I am sure all the airlines would be very happy if everyone brought a rabbit's foot on board. NOT
I always touch the aircraft too.
Jeremiah Teahan



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