Captain Moya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1809 times:
Fellow airliner enthusiasts,
I've read the "Most Preferred Moments In Pilot's Life" and they were quite interesting. I'm an aspiring airline pilot so I can't give input on that. But as a passenger for now, I'd like to know what is your favorite phase of a flight aboard an airliner when flying as a passenger. Personally, I look forward to the landing roll. See the spoilers pop up, and hear the engines spool up for reverse. At the same time, take a look at the wingtips as they vibrate on the roll. Oh, almost forgot when on the landing roll you feel the seatbelt across your stomach as the plane deccelerates.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
I'd say its a tie between take-off and landing. Nothing quite like the kick in the pants you get as the plane accelerates down the runway, that great feeling as the plane pitches up and lifts-off, and watching the ground shrink below you. As for landings I love watching from behind the wing as the aircraft gracefully glids in, flaps extending, watching how close the ground is getting, and the feeling of touching terra firma with the spoilers extending, and those reversers roaring to life.
PS- All pilots should come in high for landings so you have deccelerate faster and harder. WEEEEEEHAW!
N766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
Landing. Definately. Especially when you are over your home city, you're going really slow and can see everything from the air (I like landing north at SEA as we pass right by my house). I also like the touchdown and rapid deceleration...fun!
GoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1719 times:
Mine is definitely landing, especially on a UA flight and listening to the ATC system. I live in Chicago, and am constantly amazed at how the ATC'ers can bring everyone in safely. And at the same time I enjoy listening to the flight crew, and watching and listening as the flaps extend, the wheels drop, and the plane comes back to earth.
But equally memorable are particular flights. I used to live in DC, and would love to take the last USAir or Delta Shuttle to LGA, especially on a clear night with an approach from the South, with Manhattan to the left. Or early morning flights into National from O'Hare on AA or UA, flying low over the hazy Shenandoah Mountains, and, if lucky, landing on Runway 18. I also like short jaunts on the USAirways Express Dash-8s. It's a great plane, feels solid, and flying around the East Coast I saw a lot of interesting stuff. Like one of the pilot's responses, I also like skimming along the cirrus. My favorite flight, though, was from CLE to DCA about 5 years ago. Late night, first row of first class on a Continental MD-80 or -88. We followed a line of T-storms that must have tracked from NW to SE. The clouds shimmered with near-constant flashes of blue color from the lightning. But we flew a perfectly smooth flight in clear weather. Since I was at the front of the MD, the engines were nearly silient, as was the lightning, of course, and I turned off the reading lights and watched a great show. A really sublime experience, especially for someone who usually sits in coach!
Cdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1341 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
The sudden decrease in engine thrust
The 3-5 second "float"
The slight bumb
The wing looking as if its opening up
The sound of the engines sppoling up as if you were about to takeoff again...but you feel the aircraft slowing down.
Yes....I'm talking the approach, flare and touchdown.
The very best!!!!