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JohnCocktoastin 11 points ago +11 / -0

You wouldn't believe the insanely asinine shit I see flying. I could fill this place up with stories and still not be done. One of my favorites was awhile back I was flying a single engine piper cross country. Was probably 6 or 7 hours of flight time that day. I would say from the rockies eastward, there are so many radar dead spots at the lower altitudes that it is common that ATC cannot see you.

I was just about 100nm northeast of OKC and I hear ATC calling this guy repeatedly over the course of about 5-10 minutes. I remember hearing the call sign on this particular center for at least 30-45 minutes. Probably even followed on the handoff. ATC starts asking other traffic to call this guy in case radio is out of range. Nothing.

About 10 min after ATC gave up, this dipshit calls back. He says "Center, this is XXXXX callsign, sorry about that, I'm with you know." ATC replies "Everything ok? Been looking for you." He says "Ya everything is fine now...accidentally hit the master switch off..."

Keep in mind, that is not dissimilar to turning your car ignition off. You really gotta try pretty hard to do something that retarded. And it shuts your entire electrical system down. No radios, no nav, nothing...yes the engine keeps running. But you might as well be blind. At this point I begin to panic that this dipshit is near me.

Somehow dumbasses like this will get a pilot certificate. No idea how.

Another time, I was circling the west houston airport and trying to enter the pattern to land. Flying vfr, and that airport has no tower. I hear this guy calling saying he is on short final, which would have put him really damn close to me so I start looking everywhere. Come to realize, this moron is on short final for the wrong way down the runway. There was 15kt wind that day, so he's going with the wind instead of into it. I watch from about 2000 feet above the field as this guy floats way fuckin long down the runway, touches down slightly past halfway, and balloons. A non dumbass immediately initiates the go around. He didn't. And ran off the end of the runway, goes another 50-75 foot into a ditch, upends on the other side like a skateboard ramp, then nose plants. Idiot...

RussianLimbaugh 2 points ago +2 / -0

I watch famous flight simulator videos sometimes & the number of in-air collisions throughout history scares the shit out of me.

JohnCocktoastin 2 points ago +2 / -0

Luckily they are truly rare events. Back in the day not so much. But the way the rules and ATC flight tracking are, they don't happen much. Pilot error is the cause of almost all incidents. We really have gotten the mechanics down to a science. But the human aspect is still evolving. Even the best of us do stupid shit. I have done my share of dumb. Sadly, it is only in hind sight you realize what a poor decision it was. Fortunately, no harm no foul.

MarkSuckABug 2 points ago +2 / -0

I found that really funny, like laugh-out-loud funny... Now I'm kinda worried I'm not normal.