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[–] [email protected] 72 points 10 months ago

What a dick move

[–] [email protected] 47 points 10 months ago (2 children)

I wonder what's the chance the was random. With all the planes that have made holding patterns over the years, I'm sure some look phallic by chance. Or maybe the tower usually makes sure not to accidentally draw that?

[–] SheeEttin 34 points 10 months ago (1 children)

Usually they do a racetrack.

[–] [email protected] 35 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago) (3 children)

Yep. 90 degree turn, 90 degree turn, hold.... 90 degree turn, 90 degree turn, hold... Repeat as long as necessary. From day 1 of flight training. It's also standard when waiting your turn to land, maintaining altitude to keep different planes in their envelopes.
Circles run the risk of losing altitude and/or airspeed.

[–] idiomaddict 8 points 10 months ago (2 children)

Why do you lose altitude or airflow with a circle?

[–] crashoverride 16 points 10 months ago

Simple, you lose energy and get disoriented when changing direction. When flying in a circle, you're constantly changing direction and at an angle to the ground. So you are consistently being disoriented as well. So you're constantly on the throttle or have to rethrottle up to gain altitude doesn't make for constant holding pattern.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 10 months ago

planes uses air pressure from the air below to lift using their wings. merely having the plane tilted to one side makes it so there's less air pressure holding the extremities of the wings, and less so on the wing whose end has the least altitude. the result is that the tilted plane slowly yaws continuously more to the side it's tilted to, which causes more roll, causing more changes to the force on the wings, causing more yaw, on a feedback loop that ultimately makes the plane lose altitude.

combine that with the plane continuously pointing its wings upwards relative to itself, and you get a constant air pressure that is pointing more directly to the bottom of the plane and less efficiently to the rotors and turbines whose job is to propel the plane forwards, which then makes the plane lose speed.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 10 months ago

The NASCAR method.

[–] Aceticon 2 points 10 months ago


My flight instructor just called it "a loop".

[–] Bananajon2 2 points 10 months ago
[–] [email protected] 28 points 10 months ago

"Guys...I...I think we just drew a dick in the sky!! I COULD FEEL IT!" - One astute passenger nobody believed

[–] [email protected] 20 points 10 months ago

Its clearly a tie get ya mind out da gutter

[–] unskilledlabor 16 points 10 months ago

If they didn't want pilots to draw dicks in the sky with multi-million dollar aircraft they wouldn't make them so easy for pilots to draw.

[–] [email protected] 13 points 10 months ago

High quality shit post

[–] Lag 10 points 10 months ago

This also highlights where the pilot giggled.

[–] o_O 5 points 10 months ago

I think He did it on purpose

[–] [email protected] 3 points 10 months ago

The pilot is a human race mvp.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 10 months ago
[–] Prater 2 points 10 months ago

Deserves a raise.

[–] stevedidWHAT 2 points 10 months ago (2 children)

What the fuck is a Lufthansa

[–] Pat12 40 points 10 months ago (2 children)

not sure if you're serious or not, lufthansa is germany's main airline

[–] stevedidWHAT 9 points 10 months ago (1 children)

Sweet, thanks man - I don’t live there so i wasn’t familiar

[–] Pat12 33 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

i think it's one of the largest airlines in the world, their hub is Frankfurt iirc so they offer flights almost anywhere and if you connect it's via Frankfurt

[–] superfiercelink 0 points 10 months ago

And they are a bag of dicks to work with too in my experience.

[–] Cold_Brew_Enema 20 points 10 months ago (1 children)

It's the thing you wash yourself with in the shower

[–] grue 12 points 10 months ago (1 children)

No, that's a loofah. A Lufthansa is what Nena was singing about 99 of.

[–] [email protected] 8 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago) (2 children)

No, those are Luftballons. A Lufthansa is a kind of electric fire starter.

[–] Aceticon 2 points 10 months ago

They're all "air"-something in german.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 10 months ago

No that’s a looftlighter. Lufthansa was the kid who got lost in the forest with his sister Luftgretel.

[–] jafo 2 points 10 months ago

Dude should get that looked at by a doctor.