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Why are we told the pilots' names?

Old 24th Mar 2019, 12:49
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Why are we told the pilots' names?

These days, air travel is pretty similar to bus or train travel. Book and ticket, turn up at the station/airport, get on the bus/plane/train, get off. We don't get to hear the name of the driver. On a long distance train you might get to hear the first name of the train manager/guard.

It is an anachronism that we are told the names of the pilots. Is it relevant any more? The only time I experienced any excitement at hearing the name of the pilot was when I realised that the same all female crew that had flown me from Rome to Heathrow, were about to fly me to Manchester. But can't say I would have noticed had it been two men in the cockpit.
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 13:10
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Espada III I really think that you need to get out more often....
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 15:55
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Originally Posted by Espada III View Post
Why are we told the pilots' names?
Because if it's HAL, I'm getting off.
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 16:13
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Originally Posted by RevMan2 View Post
Espada III I really think that you need to get out more often....
Agreed............ Just because it is not common place on buses and trains does not mean it should happen on aircraft.
Usually know the name of the captain aboard cruise liners, often other members of the crew as well.

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Why are we told the pilots' names?
Because we are special and the world needs to know who we are at all times.
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 18:47
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I like it. Captain Chris, who is a Flybe captain based at Doncaster not only speaks Yorkshire, but makes fine and clear PA announcements...
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 21:09
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What is the difference between God and a pilot?
God doesn't think He's a pilot...

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Old 24th Mar 2019, 22:02
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Originally Posted by EEngr View Post
Because if it's HAL, I'm getting off.
If I remember correctly that's exactly what NOT to do
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 18:16
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Maybe because it takes more training and skill to "pilot" a plane or ship than to "drive" a bus or train?
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 20:46
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I'm guessing that it's another hand over from the days of sailing ships but, Tower Dog is probably correct.
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Old 30th Mar 2019, 10:48
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Why are we told the name of just about anyone who appears on the media? Why are (many) journalists given bylines? Why do pilots sometimes give the names of cabin crew where the complement is small? Think of your own examples.

I guess its a combination of status (cleaners don't generally get a mention) - pilots don't want to be seen as bus drivers and trying to humanise the process of flying. .

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Old 30th Mar 2019, 10:56
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Tbh, most pilots rattle their name off so rapidly (because they know what their name is) that I struggle to comprehend it. May I therefore suggest that, if you wish to introduce yourself to your passengers, you enunciate your name clearly.
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Old 30th Mar 2019, 20:48
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What's wrong with giving out your name?
Shows a little bit of pride in your job. Coach drivers do it, guards or whatever they are now called on trains do it...
which reminds me, a year or two back I was on a SWT train before they were taken over by SWR, and the Guard was Tom Riddle...... I did ask him when he was inspecting the tickets, if he was a Lord etc etc, but apparently few people picked up on it (mostly young children)
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 16:53
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With the flight deck door closed these days, it's important for passengers (especially nervous flyers) to realise that there are real people up the front.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 17:04
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I thought all pilots are called Nigel.
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Old 31st Mar 2019, 22:07
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What is the difference between God and a pilot?
Psychiatrist died and went to Heaven, met at the gate by St. Peter, who said " Glad to see you, we're having a little trouble with God, he thinks he's a BOAC Captain.

( yes, it's been around for a few years, and very relevant at the time ! )
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Old 1st Apr 2019, 08:24
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
I thought all pilots are called Nigel.
... and their family name (or surname) is "Speaking".

Surely you have heard the announcement
"This is YOUR Captain Speaking"



I'll get my coat......
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