Dear Lord, Thank You that I have the Privilege of flying airplanes. Thank you that I can take to the skies, see earth become small and fall away beneath me. O Lord, help me to fly with skill and diligence , to follow procedure and to keep those I carry safe.
Usually, the Captain will make a small briefing before take-off, sometimes indicating the priority for take-off (e.g. “We are third in priority for take-off, we should depart in about five minutes”). But there is always an announcement like: “ Flight attendants, prepare for take-off please.”
Usually it’s just g’day or nothing at all. This is because the end transmission by ATC is a Command. ATC if really busy will move on to the next aircraft they wish to communicate with. If not busy, they might respond with same exchange such as “ g’day ” or “Good night”, etc.
“Let’s kick the tires and light the fires” Famously uttered by Harry Connick Jr. in Independence Day, the military phrase signals that a plane is just about ready for takeoff , says Mark Baker, a commercial pilot of 35 years and current president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of pilots, aviators, and aviation.
THE phrase “Easy Victor” is one that you never want to hear your pilot say on a flight – because it means the plane is going to crash . It’s often used by pilots to warn crew to evacuate the plane without alarming passengers according to a flight attendant.
Pilots keep flight deck lights up, and engage in conversation to help keep alert. If there are additional pilots , then there is a rest break (though on a flight like JFK – LHR, there might not be as the flight time is normally less than 8 hours). If there is not an additional pilot , then there are no rest breaks.
The word ” heavy ” means a larger aircraft type, with a Maximum Takeoff Weight of 160 tonnes or more. These aircraft create wake turbulence from their wings and require extra separation between following aircraft, and the use of ” heavy ” reminds other pilots of that fact.
The “aaaaand” just helps time your call so that the important first fractions of a second of your transmission are heard.
Civilian pilots and co- pilots follow a very thorough script before each flight . This rehearsed speech checks every required box and lets passengers know what to do in any given situation. So, pilots are instructed to speak as clearly (and consistently) as possible.
Pilots talk fast because controllers listen fast . It’s mostly the same thing, same phraseology spit out day after day. If it’s something non-standard the speech rates go down, as do listening rates. 90% of communications are rote chunks that are scripted (there’s phraseology for it.)
There is no way for a fighter pilot to defecate in the cockpit. There are undignified but necessary accommodations for urination — for men; the ladies have to wear diapers — but the way to handle going number two is to not go number two.
All pilots salute to signify they are ready for takeoff . They aren’t even supposed to put their arms above the canopy rail to avoid accidental shots. There are hold bars on the throttles of some planes to avoid a situation where the throttles go to idle during the shot.
Flight attendants and pilots get there own designated sleeping areas on long-haul flights . While, flight attendants are supposed to sleep in bunk beds, pilots take rest in separate sleeping compartment.