“Good evening, this is the captain.” We are used to the fact that on a flight the person in charge on board addresses us with this phrase, tells us at what altitude we fly, estimated time of arrival at our destination and atmospheric conditions that will accompany us during the flight.
Few are able to see them, since they do not show too much in airplanes, but there are a number of things that pilots want to share with passengers. In these lines we reveal the secrets they have and are willing to tell us:
- The turbulence seems relative: Pilots can avoid the turbulence they have been informed of, but even so, there is no guarantee that the flight will be quiet. The atmosphere is a constantly changing fluid in which turbulence can occur almost instantaneously. So you always have to wear your belt while you’re sitting. “
- Chris Manno, author of the JetHead blog and American Airlines pilot.
- Patrick Smith says in Ask the pilot “The plane is not going to fall when it crosses heaving heavens”
- The planes usually receive lightning: “One of the effects on the plane is that the surface directly touched by the lightning melts a little, but the aerospace industry is highly conservative and tests so rigorously that passengers are not in danger” Mamu Haddad, university professor and director of the Ray Laboratory at the University of Cardiff.
- The menu on board is taken very seriously: At lunchtime, the pilot and co-pilot have different menus and sharing plates is prohibited. This norm must be fulfilled fully and for the good of all. In the event that one of them misses the food, the other would be able to continue the flight.
- The truth about oxygen masks: The oxygen mask that each passenger has in the case of a depressurization of the cabin only has the capacity to offer 15 minutes of oxygen (any documentation that explains the operation of a chemical oxygen generator. confirms). Long enough that a pilot has to descend to an altitude at which passengers can breathe without complications. Believe it or not, it’s time for the pilot to get the plane to plan at a lower altitude.
- The lights are turned off on purpose: The reason why the lights are dimmed or dimmed before landing an overnight flight is because, in case you need to evacuate quickly the plane, the dim lights will help your eyes get used to the darkness so you can move quickly.
- The expression “on time” has an official definition, and is not what you think: “For exits, it is considered that everything goes according to the schedule when the plane leaves the boarding gate at the official time of departure (and until 14 minutes later.) For arrivals, it is considered that they arrive ‘on time’ if the plane arrives at the time or up to 14 minutes later.” Pilot who wishes to remain anonymous.
- Pilots also do not like flights to be canceled: “As a passenger, one of the worst things that can happen is that a late flight is canceled after a long wait, it is a chore to miss a wedding, a cruise or the child’s baseball game, but I would like the passengers to know when we cancel a flight, the staff also has to cancel their plans. ” – Karlene Petitt, author of the blog Flight to Success.