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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 05:06
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When doing deck winching, I always spin three times anticlockwise and then arrive on the deck facing backwards.
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 07:17
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Always thank the girl for a safe flight
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 08:32
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That's the one, Hughsey. I also do that to my car!
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 08:58
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Always have a leak before you leave......
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 17:04
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"Superstition" ?!
noun:
1. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
2. a system or collection of such beliefs.
3. a custom or act based on such a belief.
4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion.
5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.

Superstition is dangerous in aircraft.
Even if it is just carrying your old man's wings (anyway that is not superstition, surely it is charming sentimentalism).
(eg Bible carrying is fatal superstition)

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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 17:12
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Before OPC/LPCs, I always spend a little time going through the notes/books/FRC drills. Might be superstitious, but it's worked so far (apart from the one time I was dropped into a no-notice Bo105 session with my previous employer. Sorry, Mike - I wasn't in the least bit ready for that one )

...and having just read AnFI's contribution before posting, I have to say that in my current job I'd rather have a single-engine failure in my twin when working below 100' on the powerlines than 2 of my predecessors had in their mighty 206. Purely personal preference, obvs.
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 17:35
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Otto Kretschmer noted U Boat commander had a horse shoe attached to the conning tower of U99. When it was sunk and he was captured it was pointed out to him that with the shoe pointing down all the luck ran out.

However there must have been a little luck left, as Kretschmer exhausted in the water after helping his men, was saved by a British sailor who climbed down the rescue nets to pull him to safety.
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 18:04
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Originally Posted by ericferret View Post
When it was sunk and he was captured it was pointed out to him that with the shoe pointing down all the luck ran out
The shoe pointing down forms a gate to welcome luck to enter.

Some explanation from the super superstitious pilot:
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Old 22nd Aug 2016, 18:21
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There you go, yet another good reason for BREXIT, we differ in our explanation of the horseshoes good luck from our Euro chums!!!!
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Old 23rd Aug 2016, 09:00
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I pee near the tail when possible during the pre-flight inspection .... it counts as superstition or is it just my prostate?
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Old 23rd Aug 2016, 13:08
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My wife often says "Good luck" when I'm leaving for work.

If she does, I always make a point of replying: "Thanks, but I prefer not to depend on luck when going flying".

It just makes me think about what I'm about to do.
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Old 23rd Aug 2016, 13:21
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On the way to start my pilots course I stopped at WH Smith to buy a note book and some pencils/pens. While I was there I picked up a Parker ball point.

The only time that ball point was not in either my bag or pocket in the last
15 000+ hours I did £ 4 000 000 of damage to a helicopter and a whole lot more to my confidence and body.

Even if that pen is not working as it needs a new re-fill it still flies in my bag. Odd I know, but I actually feel uncomfortable without it.

SND
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 16:38
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Shy,

You have it backwards....."Luck trumps Skill every time!".

Think about it!

If Lady Luck smiles on you then things will work out and you can call it Skill.

Apply the best Skills possible and if she looks the other way ....you are in trouble!
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 17:34
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SAS

now that is true...

a great wisdom; without luck, skill is nothing

they say "fortune favours the brave"

but of course it is really the brave that have the most to gain from good fortune...

... the rest cower in their timidity, hide behind 2 engines, and have no faith in their ability to dance with 'Lady Luck'

Napoleon Bonaparte: “I’d rather have lucky generals than good ones.”
Eisenhower: “I’d rather have a lucky general than a smart general. They win battles.”

You make your luck

Arnold Palmer: 'The more I practice, the luckier I get,'”

Skill becomes 'luck' , we are in a persuit where that skill (which is often called luck) is THE thing that saves the day - get skilled, get rational, don't hang your hat on the gearbox of the bureaucrat, get skilled instead.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 19:30
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... the rest cower in their timidity, hide behind 2 engines, and have no faith in their ability to dance with 'Lady Luck'
ANfI - you got your last post edited because you can't stay on topic yet you just have to ruin an otherwise reasonable post with that.
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 09:17
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I always start both engines before getting airborne, it has worked for me for years
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 16:15
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Avoid software releases ending in even digits (true since my first days working at the Technical University).
Avoid flying during the first ten hours after any major overhaul (pass the buck).
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 04:52
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Avoid flying a Brantly on any day that has a "Y" in it.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 07:16
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Tomorrow should be safe?
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 08:09
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Avoid R22s - period.
That's worked for me so far.
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