Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2871 times:
Probably it does get a bit cold if they aren't running the heat (to save fuel). Russian mothers are famous for overdressing their children, and this carries into adulthood. Older Russian/Ukrainian/Belarussian/whatever women will often stop strangers on the street and scold them if they are not wearing proper clothing (in their opinion). The pilot is being a good boy and wearing his hat. If he has a cold, he likely has put mustard compresses in his socks too!
Jimpop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
I'm not the least bit familiar with Russian pilots/aircraft but i now see some interesting things in that pix. For starters, it looks like his coat collar is flipped up, suggesting that he could be cold after all. It also looks like he may not even be a pilot, more like an engineer, as looking out the windows suggests that he is in a maintenance area. I don't know enough about flight controls to know the aircraft's present state, but the throttles look somewhat "engaged" yet the gentleman is not wearing a safety harness. Maybe the cap is just part of his skydrol protection plan.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 74 Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2599 times:
Just my guess...
1. He's bald or severe thin hair up there... he doesn't want to tangle them in the headset.
2. If he's gonna save on the heating while crusing, that probably explains the jacket and scalpwarmer in August... It couldbe 100F down on the ground and it can me -50F up there...
He's the pilot most likely... The engineer would use a handset and cockpit speakers :P
He's not in a maintenance area but in the cargo area... Cargo planes don't sit on the pretty side of the airport...
Engines are still off... that's why he's not wearing a harness.
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 31 Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
It also looks like he may not even be a pilot, more like an engineer, as looking out the windows suggests that he is in a maintenance area.
Judging from the photo, it looks like the plane is parked here, in the top left corner of this ramp at EWR. As you can see, there is a lot of crap laying around, and it is where they usually park cargo planes: