Things you don’t want to hear from a pilot

“Because of the weather, there is no smooth flight path into Brisbane . . .”

That’s what the pilot told the passengers flying from Townsville yesterday.

We followed his instructions to fasten seatbelts and waited with varying levels of trepidation but all we got were a couple of minor shakes.

Whenever pilots have warned of turbulence when I’ve been flying into New Zealand airports it’s meant a stomach-swooping buffeting.

Maybe Australians have  a stricter definition of a rocky ride, or perhaps it’s just we were lucky that yesterday the forecast didn’t live up to expectations.

5 Responses to Things you don’t want to hear from a pilot

  1. Stef says:

    No I think that anyone who has flown out of wellington airport has high expectations of what turbulence actually is.

  2. pdm says:

    In to or out of Wellington and years ago I had a real rumpty flight out of Rotorua on a 10 seater. The pilot was a pom and he turned round while we waited for clearance and said – it could be a bit loompy – he was right and `a bit’ was probably the under statement for that particular year.

  3. phillip says:

    “I don’t mean to alarm you, but…”, said by a chopper pilot over Golden Bay while we were 10 minutes flying time from land.

  4. Rob Hosking says:

    Heh. When pilots warn about “a little bit of turbulence” [a phrase I’ve heard many times, flying into Wellington] it is a bit like when a medical professional says “you may feel some discomfort”.

    Both are a warning to grab hold of something and hang on tight, ‘cos its going to be rough.

  5. gravedodger says:

    Flying into WGN with Ansett from CHC one day when we were told on takeoff we would be diverting to PN. As we crossed Cape Campbell the Pilot came on with “there is a possible window of opportunity to make WGN and I am going to try to land”. My long term friend and lover tightened her already vice like grip on my arm and hoarsely whispered I hope he is bloody going to do a lot better than try. It was the only landing at WGN that day and reminded me of the old flyboy sentiment “any landing you walk away from is a goodun”.
    Turbulence seemed somewhat inadequate as a description and that airport is such a small target

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