View Full Version : This will cause a stir!
09-26-2003, 09:48 AM
What about your love of flying annoys your friends?
1. I call up the ATIS at work and play it on the speakerphone.
2. NO NO NO! Just one more picture.
3. NO NO NO! Just one more time around the pattern
The real kicker-
4. Late at night driving home past Danbury Airport after going to a club/bar/party and having to stop at my flight school, just to run onto the tarmac, flip the master switch/comms of one of the Pipers, and activate the pilot-controlled lighting, concluding with a loud "wohooo!" Now thats just pathetic.
In the simulator:
1. Turning up the speakers to get that subwoofer "engine-running" feel
2. "Can't talk right now, doing the VOR-A at Stonybrook"
3. Landing charts, fuel/weight + balance diagrams ALL over my room.
Wer Rechtschreibfehler findet darf sie behalten!
09-26-2003, 10:29 AM
You want to know what will really really annoy your fello workers? Tell them about flying out to someplace like Marthas Vinyard and getting back home in a couple of hours.
The next best is to casually drop that while the rest of you poor suckers were trying to keep dry and warm on a wet nasty weekend, you were out enjoying the sunshine a short flight away.
09-26-2003, 10:22 PM
i never really understood how pilot controled lighting worked...
09-26-2003, 10:31 PM
You mean ARCAL? I dunno how it works, I'm just glad it works when I need it! lol.
09-27-2003, 09:18 AM
I remember talking to a real life pilot about my flight-sim experience of shutting down the engines (simulating running out of fuel) over Kankakee, Illinois -- the challenge of deciding to dead-stick into Midway Airport(closer) or to stretch it to O'Hare (longer runways, more options, and intended destination). After a couple minutes of animated discussion, I suddenly realized I had a small audience of people around me (in the lobby of a convention center) who were silently listening to what they thought was a real-life story. At that point, I inserted a comment, something like, "Thank goodness it was only on Flight Simulator and not real life."
Jeff S KDTW
09-27-2003, 12:16 PM
....the lighting is hooked up to a radio that listens for "clicks". When a set number of clicks is heard by the equipment, the lights are turned on and set at the desired intensity. The intensity of the lights can be changed by varying the number of clicks. The lights turn off usually 15 minutes later.
Jeff S KDTW
09-27-2003, 12:18 PM
>The real kicker-
>4. Late at night driving home past Danbury Airport after
>going to a club/bar/party and having to stop at my flight
>school, just to run onto the tarmac, flip the master
>switch/comms of one of the Pipers, and activate the
>pilot-controlled lighting, concluding with a loud "wohooo!"
>Now thats just pathetic.
This one can be accomplished using a handheld transceiver.
09-27-2003, 02:40 PM
I'll not soon forget the funny story my buddies shared with me at the dinner table recently. They recently flew up to Duluth, MN for the airshow last weekend and while one of the guys was in the plane (trying to impress his date) he was frantically searching the sky for a "Cessna Citation" screaming at him on the radio that he had just pulled in front of him on final approach. He was really sweating, looking high and low and not finding the "traffic"...finally, out of the corner of his eye he looks down and sees his other buddy hanging out of a truck window and waving with his handheld in the the other hand.
I always wanted to do that. :)
09-28-2003, 05:24 AM
Friends? Who has friends?
I have airplanes and they suit me fine.
09-28-2003, 04:36 PM
Isn't that illegal? To transmit on a FAA regulated frequency? I thought if you interfered on a xciever you could get in big trouble??? I have a reciever, so obvisouly I can't talk, but some of my PPL friends have transcievers....
09-28-2003, 04:42 PM
Uh... people (usually) use transcievers as a backup to in-aircraft systems so it would be legal and besides i doubt that freq. was a towered one ;)
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