June 16th, 2012
Some Friday flying banter for everyone…
Over at Reader’s Digest, there’s a pretty interesting post in their ‘Advice’ section listing some of unrevealing facts behind flying — from the perspective of pilots.
A few tidbits:
“Pilots find it perplexing that so many people are afraid of turbulence. It’s all but impossible for turbulence to cause a crash. We avoid turbulence not because we’re afraid the wing is going to fall off but because it’s annoying.” -Patrick Smith
“I’ve been struck by lightning twice. Most pilots have. Airplanes are built to take it. You hear a big boom and see a big flash and that’s it. You’re not going to fall out of the sky.” -Pilot for a regional carrier, Charlotte, North Carolina
“Do pilots sleep in there? Definitely. Sometimes it’s just a ten-minute catnap, but it happens.” -John Greaves
Albeit the article was from way back (November 2010), it’s still a fun read — for all walks of life!