What isn’t said?

What airplane pilots never tell us.

1) I’m constantly under pressure to carry less fuel than I’m comfortable with.Airlines are always looking at the bottom line,and you burn fuel carrying fuel.” Captain at a major airline”.

2) Sometimes the airline won’t give us lunch breaks or even time to eat.We have to delay flights just so we can get food. “First officer on a regional carrier.”

3)” We’re heading into some thunderstorms.”What they’ll say instead:”It looks like there’s some weather{ or “rough air” or” rain showers”} up ahead.”

4) “One of our engines just failed,” Instead they’ll say;”One of our engines is indicating improperly.” (Or more likely,they’ll say nothing,and you’ll never know the difference.Most planes fly fine with one engine down.

5) “Well ,folks,the visibility out there is zero.”Instead you will hear ” There ‘s some fog in the Washington area.”

6)It’s one thing if the pilot puts on the seat belt sign for the passengers.But if he tells the flight attendants to sit down,you’d better listen.That means there’s some serious turbulence ahead. “John Graves,airline accident lawyer and former airline captain,Los Angeles.”

7) ” There’s no such thing as a water landing.”It’s called crashing into the ocean.” Pilot,South Carolina

8) ” At some airports with really short runways,you’re not going to have a smooth landing no matter how good we are; John Wayne Airport:Jackson Hole,Wyoming:Chicago-Midway; and Reagan National.” Joe D’Eon, a pilot at a major airline who produces a podcast at flywithjoe.com

9) “Most of the time ,how you land is a good indicator of a pilot’s skill.So if you want to say something nice to a pilot as you’re getting off the plane, say “Nice landing.” ” We do appreciate that.” Joe d’Eon

10) ” No, it’s not your imagination;Airlines really have adjusted their flight arrival times so they can have a better record of  on-time arrivals. So they might say a flight takes two hours when it really takes an hour and 45 minutes.” Air-Tran Airways.captain,Atlanta


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