BrodieBrazil From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 88 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6451 times:
As a pilot there are a few weird superstitions I have each time I fly. For example I like to take the same driving route to the base airport, also i like to call out (usually to myself) v1 and v2 on takeoff roll. What are your unique superstitions about flying?
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 65
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6329 times:
No superstitions really, but some things that almost amount to a ritual. The last thing I do at the start of the takeoff roll is tap the handle toward CLOSED on the sliding window on my side. I don't even remember the event that made me start doing that.
I've heard of a USAF F-84 pilot who, on a walkaround, would duck under the intake and exhaust. When asked he said: "Never let that engine see you! If it sees you it will kill you!" Of course it was an F-84 he was talking about!
While on active duty I carried a pair of wire cutting pliers in the cigarette pocket of my flight suit. Might have been considered a superstition but - have you ever reached for an emergency handle and found it safetied with a coat hanger?
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Buzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6320 times:
Hi Brodie Brazil, Buzz here. As a bit of humor, when i was learning to fly i'd have "my lucky shop rag" tucked into my flight bag. I needed a shop rag for doing the walk around, carried the same one around all summer. So instead of a "lucky rabbit's foot", i made a joke out of it and decided on a lucky shop rag. I've since washed a bunch of them, and my landings are still good... (grin)
One habit i have so i don't get "unlucky" on high wing airplanes is to reach out and touch the trailing edge when walking from back to front. I know a few guys who have the distinctive diamond shape scar in their head from running their head into the trailing edge of a Cessna flap. I call it a "courtesy tap" - if i tap it with my finger then i won't tap it with my head. (grin)
Buzz Fuselsausge: Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice, taildragger pilot for fun.
FinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6302 times:
I don't have any superstitions rituals when I'm part of the flight crew, however always when I'm on board as a passenger I'll keep my right thumb up from the beginning of take-off run to the point when we are passing approx FL100... I don't know the reason why I'm doing that but it has been a habit for a long time...
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6165 times:
Touch the nose....a time honored and easy ritual.
Also, on my nav bag, I have one of my father's nametags velcroed on the outside. It's one of his old flightsuit nametags, gold Naval Aviator wings on it, and his callsign, "Smiley" on it. He gave me that nametag when I was like 3, back when he was flying A-7 Corsairs....now the gold has worn a bit, and it looks a little tired, but I always hung on to it, and it is my little good luck charm thats always with me "Flyin against a ghost huh"
Vneplus5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6127 times:
For me, there are no superstitions/rituals associated with the actual act of flying. It's more to do with the non-flying aspect.
Whenever I go on a trip, I think "What if I don't return ... what will the person think when they come into my room/house to remove everything?"
I always make my bed and completely tidy my desk. Everything is sorted/filed/folded/tidied. Sometimes, if I know it will be a 'higher-risk' trip, I will write an appropriate comment on the day's page in my diary which is always left open on my desk.
That way, if I do return (100% success rate so far), it's always to a clean and tidy house with a bed that I can collapse into if I'm tired.
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4296 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6126 times:
No superstitions..just routines. Keeps an order to the chaos. Get in nice and early...check in..print out my trip... check who im flying with... check my mailbox and look for the piles of jepp updates and alert bullitens.. go out to the airplane about 30 prior. Check in with the gate agent, look over the release and pull out my copy... write my usual notes on it...
Put my overnight bag in the back bin, laptop behind my seat, flight kit in its little place... sit down..adjust seat and rudder pedals...test O2 mask and radio altimeter, pull out jepps and headset...do my walk around. Come back in...intialize the FMS, load the acars, get the PDC and such, load the FMS...wait for el capitan to call for the flight deck inspection check...then off we go....
Vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 11903 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6045 times:
I'm not a pilot or anything, and this isn't exactly superstition. But having been in a commercial plane crash, I look at the safety card every time I board a plane as a passenger, even if I already know where every damn door is. It doesn't really show me anything I didn't already know, but somehow it's important, because lives really are saved.
I'm watching Jeopardy. The category is worst Madonna songs. "This one from 1987 is terrible".
LAXinYYZ From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6022 times:
I am not a pilot either, but I have a superstition, I count to 30 as soon as we start moving down the runway. A long time ago I was told that most accidents happen within 30 seconds of take off, after that we are OK, right?
I am sure this is not true, but I will still keep counting.
"Don't trust any statistic that you didn't falsify yourself"
OpsGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6017 times:
While I am doing my preflight I always run my hand along the fuselage on the pilots side for good luck. I don't know why I started, but no sense in stopping now. When flying commercially I always tap the fuselage while entering the aircraft. Ironically enough, a Virgin Flight Attendant saw me doing this while I was boarding Mustang Sally and said, "Don't worry the aircraft is brand new!"
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5983 times:
well, I am a pilot and I dont believe in such things! When you think about that too much then you get afraid of every flight! Just enjoy every flight and try to see it as a gift to cruise at high level with high speed from A to B
I just love it and I am thankful vor every minute up there...