Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What Pilots Want You to Know

There's a lot we take for granted when flying, so here are a few things that pilots really want you to remember on your next trip:

If you’re going to recline your seat, for God’s sake, please check behind you first. You have no idea how many laptops are broken every year by boorish passengers who slam their seat back with total disregard to what’s going on behind them.
John Nance

The smoothest place to sit is often over or near the wing. The bumpiest place to sit is in the back. A plane is like a seesaw. If you’re in the middle, you don’t move as much.
Patrick Smith

Why can’t you use your cell phones? What can happen is 12 people will call someone just before landing, and I can get a false reading on my instruments saying that we are higher than we really are.
Jim Tilmon, retired American Airlines pilot

We ask you to put up the window shade so the flight attendants can see outside in an emergency, to assess if one side is better for an evacuation. It also lets light into the cabin if it goes dark and helps passengers get oriented if the plane flips or rolls over.
Patrick Smith

The glory days of aviation are long gone. Airline companies are cutting wages and conditions wherever they can, and the crew are expected to do more than they once did. As aircraft get more fuel efficient, we fly longer distances than in the past, often with minimum rest, working at hours when most people are asleep.
Airline pilot based in Sydney

How tired we are a lot of the time! We can go away on a five-day trip and start work at 5am daily, waking around 3.30am, and then fly four or five sectors over a ten- or 11-hour day, dealing with inclement weather, passenger delays, mechanical problems, tight schedules and no proper meal.
Qantas pilot

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Photo by jurvetson.

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