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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 11:44   #1 (permalink)
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You know you're a pilot when....

...you read the TAFs to decide if you should hang your washing out or not
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 11:53   #2 (permalink)

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I'm not sure they're good enough in today's weather!

I've just been out delivering election leaflets and got rained on. Went home, half a mile away, to find dry pavements and sunshine. The airport is a couple of miles further away so its TAF won't give any useful predictions for my garden for the next couple of hours!
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 12:41   #3 (permalink)
 
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when....

You give your postcode in phonetics, without even thinking about what you are doing!
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 12:58   #4 (permalink)
 
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...like it Stik! I give postcode, car reg, in fact where letters are concerned, everything in phonetics...was in the florist and gave the recipients postcode in Phonetics and the assistant looked at me as though I was barking...and she should be used to it...this was in Lincoln high street!

Like the idea for using TAFs for washing...

I have found, since I have been training is that I always test the car brakes and do a "check A" when I drive it...sad or what
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 13:23   #5 (permalink)
 
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No, not sad. Sensible.

What I've started to notice, is other people who know and use the phonetic alphabet. They can't all be pilots, surely?
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 13:40   #6 (permalink)
 
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...when you catch yourself fumbling for a belt on the office chair or mentally searching for a trim wheel in a car after getting onto a straight motorway.
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What I've started to notice, is other people who know and use the phonetic alphabet. They can't all be pilots, surely?
It's also used by sailors, police, and armed forces. Airline reservation agents understand it, too.

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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 14:23   #7 (permalink)
 
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Entered solid cloud and instantly went onto instruments like a well trained IMCr pilot .....
...... then realised that I had just driven my CAR into a bank of thick fog
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 14:51   #8 (permalink)
 
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When i drive i actually find myself looking more at the sky!

Hehe only a matter of time!
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 15:00   #9 (permalink)
 
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....when you fill your car with fuel and don't wince when you insert your credit card at the kiosk.

...when you still get annoyed that the TV weather forecast no longer includes synoptic charts

...when you drive an old car because you know that buying a new car and flying will defitnitely end in divorce

...when you can help your kids understand vectors when they do maths homework
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 15:15   #10 (permalink)
 
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You say words like roger, affirm and wilco in the office
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 15:23   #11 (permalink)
 
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...you pay three times the normal price for a ruler because it's marked in NMs!

...you use the AeroWeather App to see if you need to wear a coat or not.

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What I've started to notice, is other people who know and use the phonetic alphabet. They can't all be pilots, surely?
Phonestics are used on train radio as well but there is no test of any sort before you can use it.
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 15:32   #12 (permalink)
 
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...everybody else does.
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 16:51   #13 (permalink)
 
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You reply to emails from your boss with 'Wilco G-E'

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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 17:04   #14 (permalink)
 
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Your home pages are the Metoffice TAFS page and SkyDemonLight

You realise you spend more time with aeroplanes than you do at home

You have bits of aeroplane in your car / pocket / house / (handbag)

You forget that a car has a chassis, not a fuselage

You're glad you're not married, because if you were then you'd most likely be divorced (and that costs money that would better be spent flying)
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 17:06   #15 (permalink)
 
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... get up late on a sunny Sunday morning - go to the airfield - into your own plane for lunch at Le Touquet ...

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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 17:37   #16 (permalink)
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It grates when you hear someone say "over and out" and it takes every ounce of self control to not correct them.

You hear somebody speak in phonetics who then says "nine" instead of "niner" and it irritates you.

You wish everyone would read back important instructions. "Let's meet up at the pub tonight @ 20:00" - "Ok, meet at the pub at 20:00 tonight" - "read back correct"

You wince at the price of the MOT & Service on your car as you realise you actually spend more time flying than driving your car about the place.

When installing a cat flap you find yourself measuring the height of your cat in nautical miles and then drilling everything, sawing everything, based on nautical miles.

You see co-ordinates written down and have a clue as to where that may actually be!
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Old 22nd Apr 2012, 17:46   #17 (permalink)
 
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You turn off all the electrics on your car before switching off the ignition and are offended when others don't do the same.
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Nonsense, you measure the height of the cat in feet, the width in km and the length in nautical miles. As for mouse consumption... It depends whether it's an American, British or European cat.
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... you hear your family asking each other to "Say again".
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Nonsense, you measure the height of the cat in feet, the width in km and the length in nautical miles. As for mouse consumption... It depends whether it's an American, British or European cat.
...and when finished measuring your cat(s) in various units..you discuss with them the merits of the navex which you are planning...the chart for which, incidentally, they are sitting on...
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