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7 Things Only A Pilot Understands

Because you're a pilot, and you get it.

1) No, the autopilot doesn't just fly itself.

"You mean it doesn't just do everything for you?" As a pilot, you know that it takes a lot more than hopping in and pressing the "fly" button to get off the ground.

gc232 / Live From The Flight Deck

2) You don't 'buzz the tower'

To some people, flying looks like it's all about low-level, high-speed passes. But most of the time, it's all about finding the smoothest air for your passengers so they don't throw up in your airplane.

3) First Officers are pilots too

OK First Officers - how many times has a passenger (or friend) asked when you'll become a captain so you can start flying the plane?

4) Polarized sunglasses are bad

Polarized sunglasses are awesome at reducing glare, but they cause problems in the cockpit. Lots of flight instruments have anti-glare coatings, and the combination of their coating and your glasses can make the instrument look black and unreadable.


5) "That airplane is so little - is it safe?"

Any pilot knows it doesn't really matter what airplane you fly, it's all about how you fly it.


6) Even in rough turbulence, you're not falling from the sky.

Want to get your passenger's attention? Fly through turbulence. Contrary to what many passengers think, most turbulence only moves your plane up or down a few feet.


7) You love being the smartest pilot in the room

But you don't want to wear a prop on your head. Instead, show it off the Boldmethod way, and buy a Boldmethod online course. Impress everyone in the hangar with how much you know about aviation.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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