I get kind of irked by capts who are oblivious to the parking break’s position and do random stuff for 5 minutes after the main cabin door is closed. The flight is now late, and we haven’t been getting paid. Over the course of a 4 day, your negligence added up to costing us an hour of pay. Although you say you are laid back, you go on a power trip if I casually ask if you have dropped the break yet.
This same capt will usually bark reprimands at his crew for crossing seatbelts and tidying the cabin on a quick turn, because ‘we don’t do seatbelts on a quick turn.’ The reason your FO and forward flight attendant are crossing seatbelts is because we are done with the rest of our duties and have the time while we wait for the pax, but more importantly, when your FO leaves to do the walk around, you start passing gas in the flight deck, and mistakenly think that no one will be the wiser. You make the whole front of the plane smell like rotten swamp-ass. Head into the terminal bathroom for that, or heaven forbid offer to do a walk for your FO to take care of your incessant flatulents outside.
...says the 600 hour wonder pilot.
That overweight sleeping Captain has farts with more experience than you. Stop whining and breath deep, you might learn something.
You were a 600hr pilot once too. Experienced pilots never make any mistakes.
TT has nothing to do with general complaints. Stinking up the cockpit once happens, doing it every leg for 4 days would annoy even a 20,000 hr pilot!.
But...the point of this thread is complaining about the other guy. I guess it just rubs me wrong when I see it from so low time.
Additionally, one shouldn't be presumed to be a "know-it-all" simply because they complain.
I was a 600hr wonder at one time, flying a jet, and had the captain repeatedly tell me how to talk on the radio - down to what to say. That was pretty annoying; the assumption that I didn't know how to talk on the radio because of my TT, with total disregard for the type & quality of flight experience I *did* have.
I kept my mouth shut and got over it...but that didn't make the captain's actions "right".
The big one for me is hand flying. New guys always seem to think it is fun to hand fly up into the mid 20's. First off I don't want to have to watch everything like a hawk. Second no one likes the ride every time you notice you are drifting left or right and you jerk it back the other way. I have been in the back of these flights and everyone is ready for you to turn on the auto pilot. I can't believe I am the only one this bugs
Do you mention that he/she should work on being smooth? Do you demonstrate smooth and precise hand-flying on YOUR leg? Or, do you just mumble about how "unprofessional" it is to NOT use the automation 100% of the time (that is until it fails).
Yes I do, however there is no reason to hand fly up to 270. I don't understand the fun of it but I also let them fly the airplane they way they want to. I don't say anything to them and I don't mumble about it, it just cause me more work and can make the passengers sick. Hand fly up to 10 and maybe a little past and your are just like everyone else. Hand fly for the first 30 minutes of the flight and you you make yourself look like the FNG.
It's not just FO's who suck at hand flying. Hand flying a jet up to cruise is easier than a 172 and if you really think this keeps you sharp, it doesn't. All it does is make everyone nauseous.
Yes, let's stay sharp on hand flying skills. But hand flying past 10K is rude. It forces the other guy to focus on your flying. Really, if you're 15K+ turn on the f@*king autopilot.
As a pilot and passenger I love a good, smooth autopilot as much as the next guy, but geez, have we been so indoctrinated as systems monitors instead of aviators that people really think there's a difference between hand-flying at 5,000ft or 25,000ft?
Ernie Gann is rolling in his grave.
If one's hand-flying skills are lacking, its because they have been allowed to atrophy due to use of automation. It happens to all of us, but there's only one way to get those skills back...