pilottj
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Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:56 am

Hey folks,
I was curious if you 'talk' to your plane. Perhaps before a checkride or solo flight. Ask it to treat you well, no suprises, promise you will make(try) a smooth landing. I talk to my bird when I fly it. So far she has kept me out of trouble so I guess it is 'good luck'. Have fun with this.

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Jeff G
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:39 am

Sometimes I do, but it's usually not very polite.
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:12 pm

Only when the engine coughs  Smile
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:23 pm

Man, that is a cool looking Comanche. Very sweet.

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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:47 pm

when flying a twin, before every take off:

"(to engines) just don't one of you fail untl i'm a few hundred feet off the runway"

when flying a single:

"(to engines) if you're gonna fail, for the love of god just do it when i'm still on the runway"
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:10 pm

I have been known to talk to my airplane and joke around with it during preflight inspection.

I probably should have had a good long chat with my plane before my PPL checkride since the plane did not behave very well. While I was approaching a power on stall, the right wing dropped about 10 knots too soon and I had to fight the plane a little bit in order to demonstrate a correct stall. Oh and there was a little thing about ATC forgetting about me and making me fly a very very long downwind, but that is a different story and not the planes fault.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:26 pm

I tend to mutter through the landing and flare "easy baby, easy" and then pat it on the spinner or cowl after tying it down and thank it for hurtling me through the air and delivering me safely back to earth. But I always remember a Reno Air Race pilot that lectured us about how an airplane will kill you in a heartbeat and has no feelings for you at all. I try to always keep in mind that flying is not a natural activity for humans. For birds, sure it is.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:39 pm

I tell the ERJ to "shutup" all the time. All the bells and aural warnings can get annoying.
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:43 pm

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 7):
I tell the ERJ to "shutup" all the time. All the bells and aural warnings can get annoying.

Love that. In the low tech airplanes I fly the only annoying thing is usually a passenger or the occasional flight instructor.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:13 pm

Every take-off I say "this is it, this is when I get an engine failure." Keeps me in check, keeps us alive, keeps us (the crew) from becoming complacent.
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Mir
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:21 pm

Well, I have to have someone to talk to on solo flights....  Smile

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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:44 pm

Whenever we are landing and 'Betty' gives us a heads up "Altitude Low" 99% of all the pilots who are on the controls usually say something.

'yes betty'

'I know baby'

'that is the point'

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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:34 pm

I know a few pilots that have a particular sequence they follow prior to their 1st flight of the day.
One gets into the NWW of a B737 & says a small prayer.
Another looks at the radome for a few seconds then punches the radome RH side before doing its Walkaround.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:09 pm

when i do my walkaround, i do usually talk to the plane. When flying and something weird happens i talk to it. But mostly when i fly solo i sing. I sang on my first solo, sort of a Prov (Providence College, Otterburne, Manitoba) tradition. I sang, "Fly like an Eagle" during my first solo, Nov. 7th, 2002.

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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:38 pm

Usually along the lines of:

-Holy Sh*t!!!
or
-What the F*ck!!!

Apart from that, no not really.
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:36 pm

I refer to the airplanes I fly as a girl..."she's ready to go!" If I'm talking to her, either something's going really well or really crappy. Either way, it's nice to talk to someone or in this case...something.
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:49 pm

I talk to my baby before and during flight all the time.. I usually pat the top of the dash after a good landing  Smile
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Tue Dec 06, 2005 2:51 am

Quoting Jeff G (Reply 1):
Sometimes I do, but it's usually not very polite.

haha, that's me on a hard crosswind landing. "Come on, damnit! Let's go we gotta do this!"

Otherwise, I usually pat the airplane on the prop spinner after a flight and tell it "good job." I sometimes do that with the big jets too, although I didn't fly 'em.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:17 am

What a bunch of weirdos...  crazy 

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thepilot
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:48 pm

Once I get up into the air, I talk to the plane a whole bunch. When turbulence occurs, the most profanity insues. However, as these planes have given most of us the greatest times of our lives, I try to be nice. However, to my 1967 Beetle I drive everywhere, that's a different story.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:01 am

When I talk to the aircraft is when I am doing an approach down to actual minimums and going missed. Cause i dont need a lost engine at the MDA, if you know what I mean.

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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:42 am

FLY2HMO I am with you!! Weirdos!! Anybody who thinks that talking to a piece of metal produces good luck obviously has some confidence issues.
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:20 am

All the time...Ill just coax it along during landing or thank it for helping me, or scold it for misbehaving. Yes I know its only interpreting my actions but when Im flying the aircraft, it becomes part of me, an extention of me.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:27 am

- Only once, my first solo landing back in the day. Oh did we talk, all the way down...  airplane 
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boeingfanyyz
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:53 am

I only talk to my plane when my plane talks to me. To not say anything back to it would just be downright rude!
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:08 am

Yes I do, on take off, as I rotate, I can be heard saying 'bite, bite', asking the wings to take hold and do their thing. When slowing the plane down I always say 'whoa now girl', I tend to wait until the last second to slow a plane down for pattern entry.
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:59 pm

Constantly! I'm creative so it just depends on what I attempt to communicate. I'm still here so as far as I'm concerned, the plane listens!
 
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RE: Pilots, Do You Talk To Your Airplane?

Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:56 am

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 7):
I tell the ERJ to "shutup" all the time. All the bells and aural warnings can get annoying.

I think this is probably true for every ERJ pilot. "Oh, shut up" is probably the most common thing said to the airplane.
Also heard when I'm flying are:
"Don't you know how to intercept a course?"
"Come on, come on, come on"
"Do NOT do this to me"
"The trim's in the green, what are you talking about?"

Come to think of it, I rarely say anything nice to it. That's a bit odd, because I love the ERJ.
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