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11 Things That Frustrate Pilots

There are some things that just get under a pilot's skin. These are a few:

1) A marshall directing you to park 300 yards away from the FBO door. (Find out why they did that here.)


2) When you ask how much a passenger weighs for weight and balance and they give you a number from 20 years ago in college.

Jason Pineau

3) When pilots have long conversations on a frequency that you're trying to use. (In the video below, check out how much chatter this King Air had to overhear while focusing on short final):

4) Learning all of the airspace weather minimums for the first time. Luckily, we have something that will make it easy to understand: National Airspace System Course.

5) When a pilot flies a left pattern for a right pattern runway. Look at the map!

Swayne Martin

6) The "camp-and-go" landing...when someone takes a long time to re-configure during a stop and go. Taxiing off the runway for a full stop landing is much more friendly to the traffic pattern if you need extra time.

Jason Pineau

7) When someone asks you, "Is this plane even safe?"

Jason Pineau

8) The pilot who keys the mike as they're switching frequencies. (Switch frequencies and wait a few seconds for your turn before you step on top of others)

Marcin Wichary

9) A long run-up that blocks other aircraft from departing the runway; try finding an apron that won't block traffic if you need to take time.

Jason Pineau

10) The pilot that explains their full decision making process while they're on the radio. (Try to keep your radio calls as concise as possible)

Barnaby Kerr

11) Taxiing to a runway only to find a major wind-shift that requires a runway change.

Live from the Flight Deck

Did we miss something that frustrates you as a pilot? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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