[TRAVEL] 35 Secrets your pilot won’t tell you

I just came across this article from yahoo, which surveyed pilot from all over to get the inside scoop of what really goes on Up in the Air!

What You Don’t Want to Know

 

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“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. Sometimes if you carry just enough fuel and you hit thunderstorms or delays, then suddenly you’re running out of gas and you have to go to an alternate airport.” -Captain at a major airline

 

“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

“We tell passengers what they need to know. We don’t tell them things that are going to scare the pants off them. So you’ll never hear me say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we just had an engine failure,’ even if that’s true.” -Jim Tilmon, retired American Airlines pilot, Phoenix

“The Department of Transportation has put such an emphasis on on-time performance that we pretty much aren’t allowed to delay a flight anymore, even if there are 20 people on a connecting flight that’s coming in just a little late.” -Commercial pilot, Charlotte, North Carolina

“The truth is, we’re exhausted. Our work rules allow us to be on duty 16 hours without a break. That’s many more hours than a truck driver. And unlike a truck driver, who can pull over at the next rest stop, we can’t pull over at the next cloud.” -Captain at a major airline

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Comments

  1. Working for an airline at JFK I can tell you with the most certainty some of this is 100% correct, some of it is greatly exaggerated and all of it varies from airline to airline, station to station.

    Some things that jump out at me. Here are just a few;

    “A plane flies into a massive updraft, which you can’t see on the radar at night, and it’s like hitting a giant speed bump at 500 miles an hour. It throws everything up in the air and then down very violently. That’s not the same as turbulence, which bounces everyone around for a while.”

    - Yeah I've known some flight attendents to have injured limbs or even be knocked out due to this.

    "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"

    - Maybe the company I work for is different but I've seen the Pilot/In-flight lounges. If this person didn't have time to eat its likely because he was draggign his feet or running his mouth during the time he should have been getting food.

    "The truth is, we’re exhausted. Our work rules allow us to be on duty 16 hours without a break. That’s many more hours than a truck driver. And unlike a truck driver, who can pull over at the next rest stop, we can’t pull over at the next cloud."

    - This guy must work for one of those airlines with the old planes. Ya know, ones without autopilot LOL. Most of these new planes though fly themselves. Captain doesnt have to do much more then take-off, land and take over if there is bad turbulence.

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