AerMickey
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Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Tue Jan 21, 2003 12:44 pm

Although it was about a year ago, this is just too funny that I have to share with all of you. After the plane had pulled into the gate, the captain and myself were standing on the jet bridge wishing the passengers farewell, when all of the sudden this dork walks off of the plane(which happened to be a Canadair RJ) and said,

"YOU DID NOT DO A MAGNETO CHECK!!! YOU'RE COMPANY IS GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. YOU WILL NEVER SEE MY BUSINESS AGAIN!!!!"

It was just too funny to be true. If you have any stories or comments from private pilots that were used against your expertise, please post for our amusement.

Cheers

Mickey
 
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RE: Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Tue Jan 21, 2003 1:25 pm

After getting off my Dash 8, I had a fella tell me that he thought we were way to close to stall speed and that he might call the FAA. I asked him what made him think that and he whipped out his private pilot certificate... his TEMPORARY private pilot certificate. I just said,"Congratulations on your private... we'll be sure to watch our airspeed next time. Have a nice day."

Another time, in an ATR-42, a passenger wrote us a note on a napkin that he had observed the left engine "jumping up and down." Now, if you watch the spinner on a turboprop closely, you will notice that it appears to move a very little up and down vertically in relationship to the nacelle. After landing (and noticing no irregularities in flight) we asked the passenger about his note. He insisted that the motion was excessive, becoming rather excited. Just to defuse a possible "jumpy passenger" episode, we decided to have maintainance check it out. Turns out the passenger was correct... one of our engine mounts had crack all the way through. Lesson learned: Every once in a great while, the passenger can contribute to flight safety.
 
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RE: Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Tue Jan 21, 2003 3:29 pm

I have noticed, that after flying light aircraft, it does seem kinda strange approaching at about twice the cruise speed of what you're flying. Obviously I'm not dumb enough to say anything to the pilot, because its quite obvious that they know what they are doing much more than I do.

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RE: Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Tue Jan 21, 2003 5:03 pm

A few years back, I got to talking to someone who claimed to be a pilot. A few minutes of conversations convinced me that this guy couldn't be a licensed pilot (or at least SHOULDN'T be), but more likely he hadn't touched an airplane before. I looked him up in the FAA records and couldn't find anything under his name. Then I asked him what kind of pilot license he had, and he simply answered "Class C".  Smile


"YOU DID NOT DO A MAGNETO CHECK!!! YOU'RE COMPANY IS GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. YOU WILL NEVER SEE MY BUSINESS AGAIN!!!!"

He could have been referring to the runup procedure in general. When I started learning to fly, I often wondered why running up the engine before taking the runway wasn't a standard procedure in a jet. That's still very funny though. Remind me of the scene from "Airplane" where Striker calls "Mixture Rich!" LOL!
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RE: Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Wed Jan 22, 2003 1:40 am

"I have noticed, that after flying light aircraft, it does seem kinda strange approaching at about twice the cruise speed of what you're flying. Obviously I'm not dumb enough to say anything to the pilot, because its quite obvious that they know what they are doing much more than I do."

Yeah! As a passenger, approaches, flares, and touchdowns in fast airplanes usually scare the crap out of me. I, of course, never say anything, because I'm sure that the guys up front are right on their target airspeed. But I'm just so used to seeing a slower approach, and a much lower flare. I'm sure that if I ever get the chance to fly big or fast airplanes, I'll get used to it.

'Speed

 
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RE: Airline Pilot Vs. Private Pilot

Wed Jan 22, 2003 7:50 am

Dear AerMickey -
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I earn my salary flying a 747... so I am an airline pilot... (and no, I do not perform magneto checks before takeoff, Mr. Boeing forgot to put a selector in the cockpit for these...) -
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And on my days off, I fly my little Piper L-21 and teach my son to fly, and for all practical purposes, around the aeroclub I am an avid "private pilot"... and perform MAG check before takeoff...
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I often get to have pilots among my passengers, most of them "private" - none of them (yet) asked me why he did not see a steady green light from the control tower to clear us for takeoff... - oh well...
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