What do pilots do after landing

Pilots confess: in these cases we get nervous

If even the pilot would like to leave the plane: Users discussed these and other situations on the “Quora” portal. Some of them, who say they work as pilots, shared their experiences and revealed what to look out for when flying.

Trigger warning: If you suffer from fear of flying, then you should think carefully about whether you want to continue reading. The warning signs the pilots watch out for can classify them on a professional level - while they could panic you under certain circumstances.

1. The crew

Of course, it is not the pilots alone that contribute to well-being on board. The whole crew gives us a feeling of security and is in most cases our first point of contact. In the thread, too, pilots point out that they would look carefully over the shoulders of their colleagues.

In an emergency, they too have to be able to count on the professionalism of the crew. User Russell Jack writes that he would pay attention to efficiency and care, for example with the safety briefing.

2. Odors

Speaking of professionalism: Sitting in the cockpit while under the influence of alcohol is an absolute no-go. This is strictly regulated and punished by the aviation authorities. However, this happens more often than we'd like. The travel reporter recently reported on four pilots who wanted to fly drunk on the Indian Spicejet. An anonymous user complains about the drug use and carelessness. He would work as a pilot in Iran and face such situations frequently.

Another alarming smell, in addition to the alcohol plume, is that of fuel or hydraulic fluid. When Tom Farrier, who describes himself as a security expert at the International Air Transport Association, the umbrella organization for airlines, the alarm bells go off. Because these smells could indicate problems with the engine or the tanks.

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3. The emergency exit

You may also have heard that some people count the rows of seats to the nearest emergency exit. Basically, the corridors are emergency lit so that we can find the exit in an exceptional situation. In the worst case, for example when there is a lot of smoke, this may be unnecessary.

The hack that we see again and again in Hollywood films seems to be used by professionals as well, according to John Cruise, retired US pilot. In principle, you can do this inconspicuously while boarding.

4. Take-off and landing

We know that take-off and landing are the riskiest phases. For us laypeople it is difficult to see which movements, noises and processes are possibly abnormal.

However, Alan Matthews, who flies himself, once recognized a deviation from the usual flight maneuver. Although the landing had already been initiated, he believed that the aircraft had been in the air for too long afterwards. He suspected that something was wrong with the landing flaps - and, he says, they were actually supposed to have been replaced after landing.

Pilot Hachi Ko also mentally goes through all the routine steps during landing, which are clocked down to the second.