You know you're a pilot when

I called a friend to go to lunch today and when we hung up, he told me to squawk 1200.
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add yours, can be virtual.

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When your wife and kids are in the car and have shut the doors, you yell CLEAR before starting the engine.

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when, no matter what you are doing, or who you are talking to, at the faint sound of an aircraft flying overhead, your gaze involuntarily drifts skyward… It doesn’t matter if it is a 747 or a Cessna 150.

‘Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been, and there you will always long to return.’ - Leonardo da Vinci

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When the moment you sit in the car, everything else follows a mental checklist including the lights, seatbelt, stereo, hvac, parking break all the way to putting the car in gear.

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When you stall the engine of your car at an intersection, you yell ENGINE FAILURE!

Or, if you break something. Anything, really. You calmly state I can MEL release that.

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When you have AIRBUS theme set on this forums, am I right @fearlessfrog !? :sunglasses:

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When your driving at 77 Mph in the car on the motorway and it showed on the digital dashboard and looks like the first half of a squawk and you PANIC your transmitting mayday

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You can read this.

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I am going to flip the argument:

You know you’re a virtual pilot when…

…while flying for real you get a traffic call and your finger jumps to the “zoom” button on the yoke.

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As you are rolling into the driveway turn a little fast, you say to your wife in passenger seat “Coming in hot!”

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To check cross traffic at an intersection you slightly turn your head while keeping eyes focused forward…

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Ha! A lot of this certainly involves our wives. In most cases you can plead, “Well, you knew that I was a pilot when you married me.”

Claudia has learned to take compass headings for street directions, as in “turn 270 at the next stop sign”, or “your 090 is clear”.

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She’s a keeper! Mine regularly tells me to turn into the free parking space on our right… ‘what space’ “I mean the other right”

:roll_eyes:

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More importantly, how do you know if someone else is a pilot?

Don’t worry, they’ll be sure to tell you.

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By the size of their watch of course.

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Would my clock fool you?

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No but I WANT!

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I’m not a pilot in this life but I’m obviously been one in a previous because those words fit me like a shadow. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Somewhat related…

How do you know that your date with a US Naval Aviator is half over?

“Well enough about me. Let’s talk about flying.” :sunglasses:

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You know you are a virtual pilot when you react to a bandit on your six in your dream which wakes you up from said dream because you spun from your back to your stomach as quickly as possible which mimicked the start of the Split-S you made while trying to evade the bandit on your six in your dream.

Wheels

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