12th Sep 2013, 20:27
I often wonder how people on PPRuNE think up there user names ie Krystal & Chips.

I got my rather stupid one when working at an American airbase, the tech sergeant used to drive me around the airfield and the call sign on his radio
was Dragon Superq7 at the time I thought it was really cool so I copied it.
How did you think up yours?

12th Sep 2013, 20:32
Mine is the name of a boat I saw years ago somewhere. Always liked it

12th Sep 2013, 20:33

A Red, Green and Blue Rock with the number 1 stuck at the end as an afterthought.

Alles klar?

12th Sep 2013, 20:34

I wouldn't have thought your username was from a boat but always thought that your were alluding to your being British and a gal, no? (I'll assume you're a gal. I'm pretty sure you're a gal but if not, please refrain from virtually beating me about the head and shoulders!)

Standard Noise
12th Sep 2013, 20:41
I became known for ignoring the correct phraseology for noise abatement at a former unit and just said 'cleared to......standard noise.......'.

12th Sep 2013, 20:41
It was my allocated name at work - given by the office wag who named everyone.
It was based on my initials and became my screen-name when I joined a group of flight-simmers for online flying.

My 'interest' in flight simulation was through developing photo-real scenery based on aerial photography to replace the computer-generated scenery.

(At the time the scenery was something special, although every mapping programme has it today.)

12th Sep 2013, 20:42
I drive a Dash. Simples.

12th Sep 2013, 20:43
Where I was and what I was doing at the time.

12th Sep 2013, 20:53
Name is George. Local Aerodrome is Newcastle. Botched the two together. Voila.

12th Sep 2013, 21:01
RAF (now ex) and injured.

12th Sep 2013, 21:15
My soubriquet is derived from when I was, indeed, unable to sleep, regularly and frequently passing 72 hours without a wink of sleep and thus spending my time on PPRuNe.

Now I have a cocktail of medication which (almost) guarantees me sleep within a couple of hours and which can last 6 to 8 hours.
I'm a much happier bunny these days as I have 'control'.

tony draper
12th Sep 2013, 21:33
I was given mine many decades ago long before tinternet occurred.:rolleyes:

Airborne Aircrew
12th Sep 2013, 21:44
I jumped from aircraft and then became aircrew on them... Simple really... :)

12th Sep 2013, 21:46
I used to have another user name....but I was advised an organisation I was connected with were keen to discover my identity (along with several others). Given that I was perceived to be a trouble maker, I chose Loki, who was the Norse god of mischief, and was adept at disguise and misdirection. It seemed appropriate.

12th Sep 2013, 21:48
Mine was thunked up by somebody else because I kept
talking about 787s at the time. I also dream a lot.

12th Sep 2013, 21:50
I was watching my dog lick his balls one day. From certain angles, my dog (since passed on to the great dog kennel in the sky) looked like a wolf.
If I were able to lick my balls, I figure it's a 50-50 chance that if I'd never leave the house, and thus be alone.

(Not really, but that's one way the nick could have come about)

2 sheds
12th Sep 2013, 21:52
Arthur Jackson.

12th Sep 2013, 21:53
I was watching my dog lick his balls one day.

Quite an inspiration to formulate a username! :}

12th Sep 2013, 21:53
The MD-11 has kept me and my family fed, clothed and sheltered for several decades.

You better believe I'm a fan.

12th Sep 2013, 21:55
I was watching my dog lick his balls one day.

I believe the joke was "I wish I could do that".

"Go ahead, he looks friendly enough."

Ancient Mariner
12th Sep 2013, 22:04
Take a wild guess. ;)
Per (Now that is my name)

12th Sep 2013, 22:04
Years ago when the UK unions were powerful and especially the print unions I recall reading an article where, in some scam or other, print workers signed fictitious names instead of real ones. I remember M.Mouse being one of the more popular names used. It still makes me chuckle!

12th Sep 2013, 22:20
Mine's just the serial of a particularly nice example of one of de Havillands gentleman's aerial carriages operated by "Sunshine Airways". The aerial carriage in question was just a bit older than me, which somehow added to its charm (together with that rather lovely and unique smell that seems to pervade the cockpit of de Havilland aircraft of that era).

12th Sep 2013, 22:21
A longer version of 500N is what I used on other forums.
It is the name of a rifle cartridge I use a lot.

12th Sep 2013, 22:34
I know it's a bit of a conceit but I like to think that mine sums up my personality.

12th Sep 2013, 22:39
Not, as some have asked, an Extended-Range Airbus, but rather a mundane Sign-In code at work years ago that I could never remember - unless I made it my standard user name for absolutely everything(!) :}

12th Sep 2013, 22:46
I'm Phil. I live in Redhill.

12th Sep 2013, 22:59
...what Asiana crew initially hoped for when they pranged their ride... :=

A A Gruntpuddock
12th Sep 2013, 23:19
Comes from a radio show back in the '50s - "And now, a letter from our listener, a Mr Aloysious A Gruntpuddock".

Name stuck and I decided to use it when I found my preferred (Slartibartfast) was way oversubscribed.

12th Sep 2013, 23:22
I am in touch with my name... you schwein...;)

Partly German, a lover and absolutely fine...

Erika - famous german marching song of WW2 - YouTube


12th Sep 2013, 23:39
I read the book (long before they made a film or three from it) and thought it......................."interesting"

13th Sep 2013, 00:14

"He looks friendly enough" absolutely hilarious.

"broadreach", back in the early days of Pprune, came from sailing but could also be interpreted to have something to do with broads or with the span of my interests.

Scott C
13th Sep 2013, 00:25
It's my first name and surname initial... genius! ;)

I do have another forum name which came about when I went for a medical to get a permanent residency visa for Canada. I took along my Class 1 medical certificate hoping I could dodge the blood test, as me + needles is not the best combination, unfortunately it didn't work :(

Anyway, the certificate was passed to the doctor who proceeded to call me in to his surgery, by poking his head round his door in to the corridor and saying "Ah Captain Cameron, it would appear you're next!"

Since then, several people now call me Captain Cameron whenever they see me and I now also use the name on other forums... I didn't think using it here would be the best idea considering the company i'm in ;)

Windy Militant
13th Sep 2013, 00:37
I found Pprune while looking for information about getting into Aero engineering as I was having trouble with my box ticking underwater basket weaver of a line manager. As I was working in research on alternative energy, mostly wind at the time, and they'd just rereleased the "Back at the DHSS" EP it seemed appropriate. (About 2 minutes in.)

Half Man Half Biscuit - Trumpton Riots - YouTube

Mach Turtle
13th Sep 2013, 01:03
It's not so much how I think, "Up yours," but why.

Usually it's because I feel I've been unfairly treated by someone, and wish to have no more interaction with them.

Sometimes, it's out of spite, but this isn't the case as often now as it used to be.

Airborne Aircrew
13th Sep 2013, 01:15
It's not so much how I think, "Up yours," but why.

Usually it's because I feel I've been unfairly treated by someone, and wish to have no more interaction with them.

Sometimes, it's out of spite, but this isn't the case as often now as it used to be.

Well... That's as clear as mud... :ugh:

Dak Man
13th Sep 2013, 02:26
Dak Man, fairly self explanatory I would have though but for RGB's sake I drove Daks and I'm not female.

Real name is Crepe Man.

Lightning Mate
13th Sep 2013, 08:06
I think mine is obvious.

13th Sep 2013, 08:13
I wanted angels15 after the film of the same name. That was taken -- yet I've never, ever seen a post by whoever nicked it.

So angels it was.

dubbleyew eight
13th Sep 2013, 08:16
it is not "obvious" it is Lightning Mate. cant you even read your own header?:E

Lightning Mate
13th Sep 2013, 08:17
Oi you - get back to the other thread.

Cyber Bob
13th Sep 2013, 08:47
Given to me as I resemble someone who's twice removed from the Hacker

13th Sep 2013, 09:45
Me trusty Peter Norton blocked a malicious java attack (26)
from swtcommfickner.biz when I opened El Grifo's site.

13th Sep 2013, 09:46
Not the sauce, or anything to do with fish.
More the steak - a dish best served cold.
It's a long story... one that will see the light of day eventually... but I can wait. :E

13th Sep 2013, 09:52
RADio ENGineer

Effluent Man
13th Sep 2013, 09:52
I had a car valeter working for me who was rather taken by the John Hurt character.He used to walk around trailing his leg saying in a distorted voice "I am not an animal". I thought that a forum that involved talking crap 90% of the time qualified for such a moniker.

13th Sep 2013, 09:54
Me trusty Peter Norton blocked a malicious java attack (26)
from swtcommfickner.biz when I opened El Grifo's site.

Same here with AVG

13th Sep 2013, 09:55
As one of my hobbies includes wandering round the coastal paths of East Anglia (sea fishing ) seems I could meet this fellow,although hopefully not

13th Sep 2013, 10:01
I called myself after a paint horse I had.

Lightning Mate
13th Sep 2013, 10:04
I'm worried about "orbiting uranus". :ooh:

El Grifo
13th Sep 2013, 10:27
Sorry about the "malicious attacks" whatever.

It is simply a simple link to a local Bodega which churns out the libation of my choice, El Grifo Malvasia.

It gives me no problems whatsoever here !

El G.

13th Sep 2013, 10:35
Way back, before PPRuNe, I used to lurk around one or two bulletin boards. My username came from a character in a Damon Runyon story, The Seldom Seen Kid, which I thought was a good name for a lurker.

I should change it because Iím not seen seldom enough, but Iím rather attached to it.

13th Sep 2013, 11:44
My name is Magnus, but that was taken by someone who seems to have posted just once :* so I added my surname initial.

13th Sep 2013, 11:46
When I was a trainee ATC, my instructor would express his frustration at my non -standard radio phraseology.

One day in the middle of a busy sequence, a pilot was dawdling onto the runway and did not seem to understand the clearance "cleared for IMMEDIATE take off".

Yr OB't Servant, losing patience, said in a firm, clear and amplified tone of voice, KEEP IT ROLLING. Said aircraft got airborne fairly smartly, go around for the following traffic avoided.

In the debrief, my instructor mentioned this sequence and confessed that my non standard instruction had cured the problem better than the book phrase.


Worrals in the wilds
13th Sep 2013, 11:59
And thus became precedent. :8
At any rate 'keep it rolling' is now standard phraseology here, in practice if not theory.

13th Sep 2013, 13:01
I have a keen interest in meteorology and my old house in Guernsey was named 'Beaufort', a name I've brought up to Alderney. The '1' I had to attach as somebody had already registered it as a user name.

13th Sep 2013, 13:13
always thought that your were alluding to your being British and a gal

Yes to the above-that's why I liked the name-simples :)

13th Sep 2013, 13:18

You were watching your dog lick its balls?

Lonewolf, you really do need to get out more often. There's a big world out there (Connecticut not included) and a lot to discover. (Aside from the sight of your former dog's testicles.)


13th Sep 2013, 13:48
Anagram of an aircraft I was flying at the time of joining. :ok:

13th Sep 2013, 14:03
That's not how you spell Lysander

13th Sep 2013, 14:04
The day I joined PPrune (back in 1999) was also the day I bought my first digital camera.

When confronted with the need to provide a user name I looked around for inspiration and on the table saw the box the camera came in...

13th Sep 2013, 14:32
Mach Turtle Airborne Aircrew and other puzzled Ppruners - try googling it - seasys (following the unnecessary addition of S to a perfectly acceptable word)

Buster Hyman
13th Sep 2013, 14:33
Can't, for the life of me, remember...

13th Sep 2013, 14:33
the first radio call I made as a very nervous student, my intentions i.e. "local flight east" was the bit I missed out, leading to ATC asking me rather tersly "to do WHAT?"

it still haunts me to this day !! ;)

Clare Prop
13th Sep 2013, 14:37
Something I hear a lot at work.

Started using it when I forgot what email address I used for Xena - Piper Warrior Princess.

13th Sep 2013, 15:11
Caco wrote: I am in touch with my name... you schwein...;)

Partly German, a lover and absolutely fine...

Erika - famous german marching song of WW2 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u1sEt3NjHNA)

I do remember that the "Erika" music was indeed used in the "Battle Of Britain" movie, but don't recall if it was when the remnants of the Luftwaffe "were throwing down their parachutes and exchanging them for infantary rifles", or perhaps when one of the "higher-ups" (Goering etc.) visited France...

Whatever, my real "mittel name" is Erwin. Apparently dad had some great respect for Rommel, though he never actually served in North Africa (serving in the Indian Army - Intelligence services) back then. :confused:

Concerning airship, well, back in 2003, it was still available (?!), AIRSHIP INDUSTRIES and similar were going out of business rapidly. Represents both my interests in aviation and shipping. Aside from the usual cheap shots, where fellow JBers accuse me of being full of hot-air or whatever, I've never had cause to regret this choice of username.

Having said that, I'm willing to consider all serious offers for transfer of "airship" to any serious buyers with EUR 5,000 or more to offer... :ok:

13th Sep 2013, 17:04
airship wrote:

Having said that, I'm willing to consider all serious offers for transfer of "airship" to any serious buyers with EUR 5,000 or more to offer..

EUR 5,000 for the user name airship?

Would you take $.02 US instead?

13th Sep 2013, 17:55
Gentlemen. We have a bid and we have an offer.

Ergo, we have a market.

You could drive a bus through the spread though.....

Sailor Vee
13th Sep 2013, 18:21
airship, methinks you may be a tad confused about the movie. The scene of kit being thrown down was the infantry dumping their life-jackets after the invasion was 'delayed'. The music was used as Goering pulled up in his special train.

Username? Hopefully self explanatory from the 'translation' supplied! :rolleyes:

13th Sep 2013, 18:26
I buy vehicles for my living. The firm I work for is a large dealer group, the stock I buy has a source code G (for group), + GR are my initials. Quite boring really compared to some which are thought provoking.


13th Sep 2013, 18:46
So no one will ever demand to know my airline and never criticize my SOP. I can drink while flying. I wish I'd used Pilot Poseur.

13th Sep 2013, 18:58
All the good names were already taken. IFMU = In Flight Management Unit. It was the name of a computer we used on an unmanned helicopter project at a major airframer back in the 90's. I wrote software on it.

Super VC-10
13th Sep 2013, 21:36
Mine is the aircraft I really wanted a flight on, but never got the chance. Best looking jet airliner IMHO. :D

13th Sep 2013, 22:44
Back in 1990 I started an internet search engine specialising in flying stuff.
It was called Funfly.
However, as we have seen, the days of 'specialist' search engines are long past and things have moved on. Things were not very sophisticated in them there days and it was a lot of work for bugger all.
Meanwhile I'm off to watch my dog lick his balls. Actually I haven't got a dog so I will have a go at licking my own.

Nope, it can't be done, wife looking at me very suspiciously, not offering to help I may add:rolleyes:.

13th Sep 2013, 22:53
Redsnail would it be the Islander? ;)

13th Sep 2013, 23:48
Fairly obvious - mind you, when they steal my Staff Travel concessions off me next April 1st ( an auspicuous date ?) I'll change it, won't want to be associated with the barstewards after that.

G-CPTN - and there was I thinking you were a Captain of a British registered aircraft ?

14th Sep 2013, 02:05
rgbrock, re dogs licking balls, either Connecticut dogs are more well mannered or their balls have been removed. I have two labs and a weimaraner, all males, and no matter how much you "get out", when you get back they're still at it. Having said that, the old weimar had his removed a few months ago due to a tumour and no longer has anything to lick.

14th Sep 2013, 02:34
In my younger days I went out with a nurse for a year. It's the nick name she gave me.

Airborne Aircrew
14th Sep 2013, 02:43

But it gets me wondering, if I could 'teabag' myself like my dog does, would I do it???

Everyone, including the women on the planet, know that if all men were sufficiently well endowed to be able to auto-fellate then we would have little need for women other than cleaning... Because the average man can cook for himself... :ok:

14th Sep 2013, 02:46
I learnt to fly in a banged up old C152, and my instructor at the time was a big (and old) fella. He'd point at the VSI which would be sagging under the weight, and say "a homesick angel she aint"..
Always made me laugh - Always stuck with me.. Come to think of it that old bastards words often reverberate in my head..

Tower Ranger
14th Sep 2013, 06:47
The locker I inherited at a previous unit had a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers sticker on the outside so it wasn't exactly a large jump of creativity.

Cyber Bob
14th Sep 2013, 07:19
AA - I wonder, are most of your dinner's destined for the Dog?

14th Sep 2013, 11:08
the old weimar had his removed a few months ago due to a tumour and no longer has anything to lick.

Well, at least he still has the sack they came in.


14th Sep 2013, 11:19
I had an Alfa Romeo Bertone GTV that was involved in an accident with an uninsured vehicle. The poor battered thing was restored to functionality, but not beauty, and cleaning never seemed to happen any more. A friend of mine said "It's beginning to look like an old mole"....so Mole she became. Later on, I acquired an ex-Gas Board Minivan, to which someone had fitted side windows; I fitted a full race 998cc Cooper engine and she'd howl about like a good 'un....naturally, this became "Mole Mk II".

My brother and I got fed up with paying stupid money for car parts, and invented a company so that we could get trade discount...casting about for a name, it had to be "Mole Motors"...also, our "premises" were a hole in the ground....when I needed a nom de web, a contraction of this resulted in Molemot!!

14th Sep 2013, 11:20
I wanted 'Wolfman' but somebody already had it....I felt kinda blue about that, so here I am ;-)

14th Sep 2013, 11:38
The air gets rather cold where I'm up in the sky, so for want of a better name I went for 'coldair' .

14th Sep 2013, 11:40
I have given you 12 hours, I am tired and I want to go home; so ask the man on the ship for the way home - Request Pidgeons

cockney steve
14th Sep 2013, 12:18
Born in Essex, moved to Lancashire in 1975...southern accent was described as "cockney"...so I went along with it.
Yep, Steve's my name!
Nearly used" Bagobitz" From the model Heli forum....describes the result of my attempted flights.:O

14th Sep 2013, 12:24
Reminds me of cockney rebel

made me smile

14th Sep 2013, 14:24
Even though El Grifo claims the link he posted earlier is clean, it is not. It has downloaded malware called AntiVirus Security Pro onto my machine. Do a google search and you will see what I mean about this nasty malware which is trying to get your personal data for identity theft purposes. Do not click on this link or you will have your day wasted just as mine has been.

Although El Grifo has been warned by a couple of posters to this thread of the problem, he seems to think all is ok. It is a ridiculously selfish attitude. Does he really think we are all just making this up?

I've sent him a pm to let him know he should remove his link, and I've also reported the post to the site administrators and asked them to remove the link in the absense of El Grifo being prepared to do so.

Anyway, whatever you do, don't click on his link. You will regret it if you do.

14th Sep 2013, 15:32
I am a SLF who loves flying, and I was 70 when I joined PPRuNe.

El Grifo
14th Sep 2013, 16:23
The Post is removed !

Do not get too paranoid my friend. The link is exactly as I said, a link to a local bodega on the Island called El Grifo , nothing else.
No malice, no machevellian plot.

Funny thing is, when I click it, it is as pure as the driven snow.

Explain that if you can :D

El G.

Charlie Foxtrot India
14th Sep 2013, 17:22
In my first instructing job, the CFI was always referred in hushed tones as Charlie Foxtrot India.

Eg "you must be in the **** because Charlie Foxtrot India wants to see you in his office" :\ :( :=

Now I is a CFI so ...there you go.

Mike X
14th Sep 2013, 18:11
DHC-2 Eater should be obvious !

No, not to the great unwashed. Please expound. :E

Hello, my name is Mike and I was banned for life under a previous name, hence the X.

14th Sep 2013, 19:00
I'm a VFR pilot (not professional.)

In the US, the visibility must be 3 statute miles before you can fly near civilization.

Chapter 3.?Airspace (http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/aim0301.html)
(Scroll down to TBL 3-1-1 Basic VFR Weather Minimums.)


El Grifo
14th Sep 2013, 19:34
Not sure whether this should be PM or public, but as my integrity is slightly under attack and since I am a long standing member of Pprune, added to which any valid motive for deliberately dumping malaware here escapes me, here are some facts

Here is a result of a 2 hour + scan of a machine on which the only seconds before starting, the "El Grifo" bodega site was opened and navigated through.

If anyone can explain why 3 people have had malaware issues and I have not, then I would be happy to listen !

I have opened the link on 3 computers with identical results.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download (http://www.malwarebytes.org)

Database version: v2013.09.14.05

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
Ronn :: OFFICE [administrator]

9/14/2013 5:04:02 PM
mbam-log-2013-09-14 (17-04-02).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|)
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 366638
Time elapsed: 2 hour(s), 17 minute(s),

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)


El G.

14th Sep 2013, 20:02

A certain apparal worn by men from a northerly country, and what you get when you follow the football team overseas, in a part of the male anatomy

Lord Spandex Masher
14th Sep 2013, 20:04
I just thought you murdered rubbish.

14th Sep 2013, 20:35
Glider pilot

Mad Monk
14th Sep 2013, 21:01
Apparently I used to bear a remarkable resemblance to an historical figure.

14th Sep 2013, 21:25
Probably quite self-explanatory: considerably more flight hours, types flown, airports visited etc. (as well as engine-out landings and crashes, let alone being shot down*) in front of the PC than in a real plane and/or sim (and more hours spent with aviation and safety literature than checklists).

* sincerely hope to maintain the current RL zero count for the last three items!

14th Sep 2013, 21:26
Grounded and stuck at BHX :sad:

Uncle Fred
14th Sep 2013, 21:46
Mine comes from a P.G. Wodehouse character.

14th Sep 2013, 23:02
Ask Bruce.:ok:

14th Sep 2013, 23:21
First name plus year of birth

Takan Inchovit
15th Sep 2013, 08:55
I usually fall short.

15th Sep 2013, 11:24
I was doing German at night school and this was originally my login, it's a play on my name,date of birth and my wedding date, but when pprune had a meltdown a long time ago it suddenly became my username :hmm:
Regards, Den.

15th Sep 2013, 14:15
Well as a first post in years here, mine is a phonetic representation of my name! R4= Arthur. the rest can be worked out if you are in the know!

Airborne Aircrew
15th Sep 2013, 14:27
I was instructor for a special pilot training program

And there was me thinking pilots didn't need training to be speshul... :}

15th Sep 2013, 14:33
Many moons ago in my prior job as a cop in Canada, I was working on many Indian reserves. The members came from all over the country and the natives had difficulties with the names sometime. So we all got nick names. Because of my size, I became Sasquash. When I was running around on my days off with my Young baby girl, she too was nicknamed with Little Sasquash. It stucked!

15th Sep 2013, 16:34
Back in the 70's, I was an excited 10 year old with my Dad in Cape Canaveral to watch the launch of Mariner 9, which was one of the early Mars exploration spacecraft.

40 years later and with 20-odd years working in the Maritime industry, it seemed an apt fit!

15th Sep 2013, 18:58
mouse t'ache

15th Sep 2013, 21:08
I wanted DC10 but it was taken, I shortened it to DC1 but that was taken.I took the 1 and put it in front of DC and that was ok so i used it..

16th Sep 2013, 20:38
Spent many years flying around in Nimrods as a 'Lead Wet' (Acoustics).
If the Nav dropped the active sonobuoy where I'd asked him to, we'd get a 'Ping' as the sonobuoy transmitted and a 'Dit' from the submarine echo return when we made contact.

16th Sep 2013, 21:14
Well, it mentions my year of birth and an RAF B.O.B. squadron who also flew the Phantom.

Besides, I thought "Mr Wonderful" might have been seen as pretentious :).

Self Loathing Freight
16th Sep 2013, 23:42
As I am close to 1MM miles on United, I loathe traveling for business. However, put me up front using FF miles and I'll go just about anywhere for fun!

Vankem Spankfaart
17th Sep 2013, 12:04
It was only once, over 30 years ago - and she still hasn't forgiven me :E

Chris P Bacon
17th Sep 2013, 12:26
It is what breakfast rolls were made for.

Alloa Akbar
17th Sep 2013, 13:01
I needed to change my username a few years ago due to "Unwanted attentions" and one of my good friends (A fellow Ppruner) suggested this one.. It relates to my home town and was dreampt up just after the Glasgow Airport incident.. I have often felt my witty mate should change his name to "Falkirk Fatwah" in keeping with the general spirit of things :ok:

Dan Gerous
17th Sep 2013, 13:04
My name is Danny. I added Gerous, to Dan, to make me sound windswept and interesting. http://forums.airshows.co.uk/images/smilies/tumbleweed.gif (http://forums.airshows.co.uk/posting.php?mode=reply&f=2&t=40689#)

B Fraser
17th Sep 2013, 22:03
I used my own name as I'm not a walt. Perhaps I should have created a character such as "Mullah Lite" preaching moderation in all things such as only having one hobnob with your tea during Ramadan.

My vote for the best name goes to that well known Bavarian tour operator, Art E. Fischler-Reisen. Absolutely brilliant.

Whiskey Kilo Wanderer
17th Sep 2013, 23:01
Short form of the aircraft reg., combined with a somewhat haphazard approach to navigation.

17th Sep 2013, 23:25
last plane in the fleet that I had to fly when would rather have been enjoying a bit of that strange blue gin that I can't seem to remember the name of....

18th Sep 2013, 07:07
Spent many years flying piston and turboprop aircraft for the little national carriers of South Pacific states, and often shared the upcurrents on the edge of cumulus buildups with other wanderers. ....(Don't recall seeing them in the cells or the cyclones though....)

18th Sep 2013, 07:38
I didn't - someone else did. Come to think of it, he might have hit the leopard's spot.

B Fraser
18th Sep 2013, 07:59
Is there a subliminal message there Probes ?

Also, I wonder when FlapsForty will be along or is she remaining tight lipped ?


Alloa Akbar
18th Sep 2013, 08:52
`I seem to recall seeing the answer to FlapsForty's name a while back.. sadly it had nothing to do with her penchant for pink, and a lot to do with aircraft of all things.. How bloody disappointing!

Anyway, I'll see your "Art E. Fischler-Reisen" and raise you a "Fishtits" :ok:

Capt Casper
18th Sep 2013, 09:06
Was once.
Short arse.
Ghost name.

Voodoo 3
18th Sep 2013, 09:42
From one of the last lines in Top Gun,

Merlin, 'Mustang, this is Voodoo 3, remaining Migs are buggin' out"

Aire de Drome
18th Sep 2013, 17:06
Mine's an almost accurate name of a services area, (coffee stop), with two hours to drive home in the Ardeche.

Bradley Hardacre
18th Sep 2013, 17:27
A Mill Owner

18th Sep 2013, 17:37
Just seen a good one elesewhere - Vlad the Inhaler.

Big Hammer
18th Sep 2013, 20:30
Mine? As a composite engineer with some electronics experience my usual approach was to use a big hammer to sort problems. Easy!

18th Sep 2013, 22:52
Because I was OFSO for ten years, before becoming DOCS. So that'll be my next one.

(I can still come wide awake in 0.0001 seconds when someone whispers in my ear "OFSO, OFSO, on the briefing loop" at 3 a.m.. Fast asleep with headset on and eyes open. Those were Happy Days.)

21st Sep 2013, 14:11

Does that stand for Ordnance field safety officer ?

21st Sep 2013, 15:00
Ozslf - pretty obvious. No exaggerating my piloting skills or experience!

Besides, dunnundaslf would have been a crazy name...

21st Sep 2013, 15:13
Office of Foreign Service Operations.

21st Sep 2013, 15:41
Operations Facilities Scheduling Office. If it was a Facility and you needed it for Operations, you came to my Office or Console. (And smiled nicely).

21st Sep 2013, 16:55
with a penchant for the wonderful biplanes of the thirties, hunted round for a while. . . Demon . .. . no. . .. . . Fury . .. no . .. . . Hart .. . no . . .. Bulldog . .. no. . . . .. .

frigate bird is a beauty .. . FB. . . . . . The allusion is so in much in line with the PG Taylor story. How he named his Catalina Frigate Bird 11 (seen today in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney .) . how Roberto Parrague-Singer named his Cat Manutara (the same bird) and the poignant Easter Island story of Roberto's Cat coming to grief there, while Taylor's survived close encounters with tempestuous seas on his staging through there in 1951.

B Fraser are you saying that people using nom de plumes are all Walts? and if so, can you define a Walt ? . .. is he like a Barry or a Craig or a Bruce? a Warren even. ?

TWO BY TWO once claimed the name meant TOO LOUD and TOO OFTEN

Justin Eidelburger has had a run elsewhere, as has Pontious, time and again.

but flippancy aside, Duke Elegant will always evoke fond memories of that most memorable man who
frequented these forums for so long, so articulately, and kept his readership
enthralled right up to the end. QUE HOMBRE!


ditto BINOS

ps all should be grateful to Centaurus for his extensive memoirs and commentaries (as a sim instructor) on current training standards for airline aspirants and the gross deficiencies he sometimes encounters. He took his name from the powerplant of the Sea Fury he once, and so fortuitously, got to fly on the most casual of introductions and briefest of briefings, at Nowra.
The lucky bugger.

http://media5.picsearch.com/is?HHQC_mL1kIzkMI8K3VARAP_K-MtzehgNXSJd6g1LjqQ&height=160 (http://www.airwar.ru/enc/fww1/fantome.html) Разработчик: Fairey
http://media5.picsearch.com/is?u-9mwUZJeXqGV4uwe9UZVUOHo1UsSnMBLmeVKA0nzJ8&height=185 (http://www.airwar.ru/enc/fww1/fantome.html) Прототип Fantome
http://media3.picsearch.com/is?8LvI2ttsViu1fnIyS80FLvPHQMwj9a6727n_nP4It3Y&height=166 (http://www.kitcutters.com/Nex/NexFaireyFantome.htm)

David Marshall's painting of Frigate Bird 11
at Easter Island - he has put the image of the
real Frigate Bird flying above her namesake -



26th Apr 2014, 23:56
Lots of new members recently so USER NAMES HOW DID YOU THINK UP YOURS ?

PS still waiting for Krystal to post.

27th Apr 2014, 00:09
'Cos Fubar was already taken, so I added an 'absolutely' to it.

27th Apr 2014, 02:07
The name of the aviation cooperative which built the 'Flora Tubski' with which I chase buzzards on the rare occasions when it is serviceable.

AC4 - Sifowpedia! (http://sifowpedia.webs.com/ac4.htm)

Not that the builders get a mention here though...

27th Apr 2014, 02:37
I used to have a navigator who, when the 'stick monkey' in the front did some of that good pilot shit, would give me a banana - literally. He carried one of those telescopic car aerials with a hook thingie on the end, and a banana would appear over my shoulder from the back cockpit.
A guns kill (Fox 3 in the Cold War) would have me saying.........

27th Apr 2014, 03:12
I didn't. My parents did.

27th Apr 2014, 03:24
Used to post under my real name for many years but have since 'moved on'.

This is my work related call-sign.

27th Apr 2014, 04:07

When that fella said "9-11 was an inside job" I thought about putting a large crowbar up his backside.
What I said was "Up yours."

That's how I thought Up Yours. :8

27th Apr 2014, 04:57
sadly, nothing more exciting than my real first name, and the numerical part of the designation of the largest product of the company in SW England that I was working for on the day I joined PPRuNe.

Pinky the pilot
27th Apr 2014, 08:21
Started work on an American owned Seismic survey crew way out west of Alice Springs in late 1981. It was a tradition that no-one was ever called by their real name. My first name is Lloyd so the naming procedure went to Floyd, then Pink Floyd and finally Pinky.

After gaining my CPL in 1985 I returned to the company and a bloke who had just started on the crew had the surname of Pinkerton, and the wags had named him Pinky as well.

So to avoid confusion I became Pinky the pilot. Liked it so it became my username.

27th Apr 2014, 08:32
My team leader at the time (big Ron god bless him) had three of us with the same first name. One cold and wet winters day I had just arrived in the office and was walking down the corridor towards him looking grumpy.

He looked up, smiled and announced that from now on he would call me "Ogre, because you are big, ugly, and I woul not like to get on the wrong side of you in a dark alley....."

Sort of stuck, many years before that Shrek fella came on the scene

27th Apr 2014, 08:54
I used to be Megle years back ( Meg was my red cattle dog ) but I upset the mods so I had to become something else. Being blessed with a creative mind I became Megle2

27th Apr 2014, 09:52
A name that was given to me by a long succession of Flight Attendants.

During my (too many) years as an FO, they would invariably take the Captain's drink of meal order before turning to me and saying "Andu?"

27th Apr 2014, 10:06
Mine is a contraction of my trades. Avionics Tech and Electrician (Elec fitter)

27th Apr 2014, 10:30
Mine is obvious, first name, last initial.

Worrals in the wilds
27th Apr 2014, 11:03
Loved the stories, fit the same general phyisical description (not to mention the ladylike aggro :}) and was learning to fly small aircraft at the time.
With hindsight, Worrals Carries On may have been more appropriate...:\

27th Apr 2014, 11:26
Shouldn't be too difficult to guess ?

27th Apr 2014, 12:09

I am delighted to learn that "Captain" W. E. Johns wrote stories for girls as well as boys (I know that one of my sisters used to read some of the Biggles books and that modern PC says we shouldn't think of books specifically for girls or boys but I think that is balderdash).

Johns was an interesting chap it seems as well as being one of my favourite childhood authors along with Leif Hamre.

I wonder if there are any Gimlets lurking in the pantheon of PPRuNe monickers?

Shooting oneís own propeller off with a forward-mounted machine-gun with malfunctioning synchronisation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronization_gear) was a fairly common accident, and it happened to Johns twice. The Commanding Officer at Marske was a Major Champion, known as 'Gimlet', a name used later by
Johns for the hero of a series of stories. Johns served as a flying instructor
until August 1918 when he transferred to the Western Front (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Front_(World_War_I)).

W. E. Johns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E._Johns)


27th Apr 2014, 12:38
David is my name and 1300 is the engine capacity of 2 of my motorbikes. Not very imaginative, but I can remember it :ok:

28th Apr 2014, 00:28

fit the same general phyisical description

According to the Free Online Dictionary, that would be......

"An Egyptian fork-tongued lizard, about four feet long when full grown" ? :p

Nah!!!! Couldn't possibly be..............:E

Worrals in the wilds
28th Apr 2014, 00:55
I never knew that :8. In fairness that's a Worral though, not a Worrals. :}

28th Apr 2014, 01:03
a Worral though

Don't Worral be happy ... ;)

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy - YouTube


28th Apr 2014, 01:13
Worrals is obviously not someone to be tangled with.
She's endorsed to fly any aircraft (including seaplanes, apparently), can parachute out of same, handle any type or size of rifle with deadly accuracy, drive any type of car, lorry or motorbike with aplomb, swims like a fish, and she's also an ex-WAAF.
She claims to be brunette - but in many instances, she appears to be more 'ranga, than brunette.
I reckon she's particularly selective, and would only mate with Biggles - and it's pretty obvious, you cross with her, at your peril!! :eek: :)

Girls' Town (http://www.aristasia.info/girlstown18.html)

28th Apr 2014, 01:16

I am merely a man...:ok:


28th Apr 2014, 03:56
As with many others, my first choice was gone. I wanted to be Paxman. So I decided that, since a female of my acquaintance says that I've never grown up - PAXboy it was/is.

As with many others, I have hardly seen any posts from Paxman. [Grr] On one occasion that I did (in SLF forum) I posted directly after - but it was a lost cause.

On the W.E.Johns 'Worrals' books - I never knew they existed. My father read the Biggles stories to my siblings and I extensively (his father was RFC in Se5A) and so they obviously had resonance for him. But dad NEVER mentioned that there was a lday pilot! So I must tell my sister about this.

My father's own WWII RAF experience taught me all about Pilot Officer Prune, so as soon as I saw 'PPRuNe' I knew what it was about.

28th Apr 2014, 11:06
I got mine from a story once told:-

A wet and windy day at a certain Large Airline outstation in Germany.

An IGS BAC-111 arrives from Berlin, deplanes, and local Duty Engineer arrives along with ramp agent to carry out the rituals required during turnround. Engineer looks at Tech log, and with furrowed brow, growls at the ramp agent "vat doss diss mean???"

Ramp agent looks at tech log, which says - "this aircraft flies like a bent banana....."
After various hand signals to describe the action, the tech log takes an unexpected solo flight.....:E:E

28th Apr 2014, 12:15
God! Not Erica! - good luck with the bees!

Natstrackalpha - This name is derived from the most northerly North Atlantic Track system. Alpha - referred to by many as NATs Track Alpha. The southerly one`s in descending order are Bravo, Charlie, etc., etc.

USA(Westbound Tracks <------------)UK

The tracks are determined by among other things - the winds across the Atlantic if there were no winds blowing FROM the West in the Northern part of the Atlantic around the track of Alpha then all the airlines would use that track today - going Westbound, if the other tracks contained stronger headwinds.

Obviously, all the inbound flights to the UK want to use the tailwinds or at least minimum headwind components and all the outbound flights from the UK want the same so traffic-wise its a little beauty as all inbounds will use one track and outbounds another - nice, that way they don`t have to worry about opposite direction traffic.

The tracks are defined using waypoints or rather geographical coordinates across the Atlantic. so everybody uses the same track. Indeed, on a clear night across the Atlantic you can see the lights of all the airliners who are crossing the pond, it looks like a river of lights.

Due to the fact that we are out of the range of ground based radar systems, then our positions in mid Atlantic are programmed into a computer to determine where we are and when US ATC can expect us.

Today with modern technology we give our position by radio which is relayed to ATC or indeed by CPDLC which is quite similar to a simple texting system which gives our position and Flight Level and ETA to the next position - so we and the rest of the people on the ground can accurately plot our position on a digital or hard-copy (paper) chart - it also helps if in the event we get an insatiable urge to divert to Greenland to buy an ice cream say, then we can safely plot a course from our exact known position. Using modern Satt technology we can even easily track any one airliner - unfortunately, if we are not actively tracking it, then we cannot determine where it might be - hence why we do position reports - like Malaysia, like, geddit?

Sorry, to bore you all fatless in Jet Blast land but hence the name Natstrackalpha.

Here is a link -

P.S. Don`t read the words just look at the pictures - Natstrackalpha should be up there in the North of the lines going across `the pond` sorry about the crap resolution, pixels, clarity, thing. non HD thang.

28th Apr 2014, 12:17
Very boring, Ian is my 'preferred forename' and my RAF career stated as a member of the 16th Entry of Boy Entrants.

28th Apr 2014, 14:01
'cos I are one.