I fly a lot..... . 43% pilots admit to falling asleep during flight. 33% of them report waking up to find that their had fallen asleep as wel. "Man, we pilots pass out all the time. One time I got so drunk that when I woke up, plane was on the water."
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#1 - srskate (03/30/2013) [-]
"Man, we pilots pass out all the time. One time I got so drunk that when I woke up, plane was on the water."
User avatar #5 - TheHutchie (03/30/2013) [+] (22 replies)
I'd love to be a pilot. You take off the plane, talk to the passengers, then dick around in the cockpit for a few hours, talk to the passengers some more and land.

Seems like it's like 30 minutes work vs several hours is whatever the hell you feel like.
#52 - jackkingoff (03/30/2013) [+] (6 replies)
26.7% of people believe every stupid statistic they read on the internet
User avatar #3 - fitchy (03/30/2013) [+] (3 replies)
honestly with the instruments in a commercial jet they literally fly themselves. Even landing is pretty simple. they can pretty much sleep the entire flight until landing.
User avatar #74 - wernstrom (03/30/2013) [+] (3 replies)
62% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
User avatar #79 to #75 - umadproblemm (03/30/2013) [-]
4% of people still can't believe it's not butter
#136 - amahran (03/31/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Alright, I'm going to clarify a ton of things here.
A. The autopilot does almost, all the time, all the control surface control from shortly after the plane lifts off until about 5 miles out from the runway, although many airliners are certified for autolands. That does NOT mean that the autopilot does all the work and the pilots sit back as a standby in case things go wrong. The autopilot is still rather stupid and can't make judgments. The pilots fly the plane and make decisions, and the autopilot is there to take the the actual surface control off the pilots hands to relieve stress. I could count at least 493 different ways to approach Los Angeles International, 17 ways for each type of approach. Pilots are there to make that decision, make sure the flight is in safe hands, and avoid SIGMETS.

B. Pilots don't fly 10 hour flights or longer solely. If flights get that long, they have something called a relief crew, as pilots are legally not allowed to fly for longer than 10 hours per day.

C. Takeoffs aren't done by autopilots. The closest you get to that is Airbus Flybywires, which set take off thrust automatically when the throttle levers are set to either FLEX/MCT or TOGA.

D. Landings are, most of the time, done manually, and are only ever automatic when RVR (Runway Visual Range) values are near the minimums for a CAT III c approach, in which case both the plane AND it's crew have to be certified for it. Otherwise, in clear skies, landings are taken over manually starting from 5 miles out.

Source: I'm an intern mechanical design engineer at Airbus, an aviation enthusiast, and an aspiring airliner pilot.
#83 - thechosenwon (03/30/2013) [+] (1 reply)
69% of statistics are made up.
#50 - thechosentroll (03/30/2013) [+] (1 reply)
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Well, what the **** are they supposed to do for 8 hours 10 km up in the air? Watch out for pedestrians? Pretty sure they just have to keep going in a straight line, which the autopilot can probably handle.
#35 - allanenraged (03/30/2013) [-]
**allanenraged rolled a random image posted in comment #259365 at Ponyville **
mfw imminent death
User avatar #29 - Rellikthebrit (03/30/2013) [-]
Does nobody know that they have autopilot. the only things the pilots do is change something land and take off.
User avatar #20 - phanact (03/30/2013) [+] (9 replies)
I just don't fly because its expensive and driving myself is more fun

And cheaper

But this is even more reason not to fly
#123 - shmedly (03/31/2013) [+] (2 replies)
mfw 98% of the flight is controlled by auto pilot
mfw 98% of the flight is controlled by auto pilot
#124 - leotjynx (03/31/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I'm sorry, but as my father is a pilot, I find this a little hard to believe without actual sources.
User avatar #111 - rhiaanor ONLINE (03/31/2013) [+] (1 reply)
87% of statistics on the internet are made up
User avatar #110 - varrlegrimscythe (03/31/2013) [+] (4 replies)
So is that 33% of all pilots or 33% of the 43% of pilots?
#142 - DrollHumor (03/31/2013) [+] (1 reply)
I just got home from the airport.
I just got home from the airport.
#113 - ronniesan (03/31/2013) [+] (6 replies)
Anyone else agree that this movie was ******* good?
User avatar #87 - hellspawner (03/30/2013) [-]
It was actually recommended that they should sleep for a few hours on long flights and have autopilot on.
User avatar #47 - redflame (03/30/2013) [+] (1 reply)
24% of them are dead because they fell asleep during a flight
#49 to #47 - lazragoon (03/30/2013) [-]
... what are you talking about?
#9 - anonymous (03/30/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Stolen from Cracked. Not OC
User avatar #10 to #9 - dimppa (03/30/2013) [-]
stolen from who ever did the research
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