Scary flight home

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  1. Brian 1

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    The captain said it would be a little turbulent, we finished up in the jet stream and wow it was horrendous, it was throwing us about for an hour, take my hat off to the pilots they did a good job.
     
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    What did they do?
     
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    I had a 'bumpy' flight back from Sweden some years back. We were all a little concerned when the cabin crew all strapped in after securing the galley.
    One always knows it's bad when the usual 'business chatter' goes silent! Several overhead storage bins burst open...
    After about 30min I was beginning to feel rather unwell, numerous horrendous vertical drops followed by massive side shocks. I remember thinking "People pay good money at theme parks for this sort of ride!!"
     
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    Drove the plane?
     
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    Surely one 'pilots' a plane (in flight)?
     
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    Was this anything to do with you complaining about the "Eco Tax " in Greece. ?

    Steve
     
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    Made it possible to write this.....lol
     
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    Most autopilot systems (especially in fly-by-wire aircraft) are far quicker and more accurate in keeping the aircraft as stable as possible although there will always be hands on the controls or very close by.

    In theses circumstances a human is much better put to use monitoring aircraft systems and weather patterns ahead to then initiate course changes as required to try to avoid the worst of the weather.
     
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    Really?
     
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    Yep, up front in the drivers seat.
     
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    No, George (well, these days, it's more Alexa/Siri/Cortana/Bixby/Watson/Viv) does all that. The pilots are only there to do the checklists, the takeoffs and landings, and the brakes and nosewheel steering while taxying.
     
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    This will naturally move to requiring one Pilot and a dog.

    The role of the Pilot is to feed the dog, the dog will be there to bite the Pilot if he touches anything..................... :)
     
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    While taking a flying lesson in a Cessna a few years ago, we passed through some turbulence and the instruction was to "hold the controls steady" and not to correct.Clearly the instruction was correct, as I am still alive to tell the tale.

    I always used to imagine a white knuckled pilot fighting the controls, but the 'plane just bounced and steadied again of it's own volition.The nearest parallel I can think of is driving on a bumpy road.
     
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    Yes, when the cabin crew strap themselves you know it's going to be rough. Only ever witnessed it once (on a flight to Malta, over 20 years ago).
     
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    I had in my mind an image of Scotty sitting in the co-pilot's seat during severe turbulence and shouting "She can't take much more, Captain!".
     
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    ...they didn't bale out?
     
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    More likely they were trying not to spill their drinks.

    I get the impression that some people think the flight crew are up front struggling with the yoke and rudder pedals in turbulence when the reality is that the plane is flying itself - and the crew might be trying to figure alternative route or height options with ATC - and watching weather radar depending on circumstances.
     
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    Not if you work for Ryanair. The little leprechaun calls his pilots 'Bus drivers'...Nice show of respect there.
     
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    For the pilots or bus drivers?
     
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    I love turbulence me - makes me feel alive!
     
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