cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

What`s the point ? ? ?

Highlighted
Community Veteran
Posts: 20,380
Thanks: 2,915
Fixes: 42
Registered: ‎06-11-2007

What`s the point ? ? ?

Having spent a couple of years serving on an aircraft carrier, I found it fascinating to watch the "flight deck crews" working the aircraft, both day and night... I had a privileged position, being able to access the bridge and flag deck, at any time of day or night ...

The one thing that always puzzled me, though was this guy...

 

 

POINTING.png

who points the way for the aircraft to take off ! ! !----------------------------------->.

 

 

Not sure what his title would be.... or whereabouts his position of authority is , in the control of the flightdeck... but assume that he is satisfied that every procedure has been carried out correctly, and he is indicating to the pilot that he can take off....

Just seems a bit weird..... why not have a "set of traffic lights" up on the flight deck control below the bridge

 

An interesting video about the F35b Lightnings on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXmnnFcGVSE

 

Other vids are available in the menu on the right.....

 

Picture credit to the bottom of this page   https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2020/october/01/201001-guns-contract-for-...

11 REPLIES 11
Hero
Posts: 3,428
Thanks: 1,402
Fixes: 5
Registered: ‎17-05-2013

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?


@shutter wrote:

 

 

who points the way for the aircraft to take off ! ! !----------------------------------->.

 

 

Not sure what his title would be....


Just a variation on 'Stop and go' man with a different type of signal?  Wink

man-controlling-traffic-with-a-hand-held-rotating-stop-go-sign-on-b5crnp

 

Mind you it looks like even they're being made redundant ...

Remote Stop-Go Boards:

Remote Stop-Go Boards - Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd

 

 

Highlighted
Community Veteran
Posts: 7,074
Thanks: 1,634
Fixes: 2
Registered: ‎23-09-2010

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

But as we all know any machines "artificial intelligence" never compares with the real thing.

Highlighted
Aspiring Champion
Posts: 1,514
Thanks: 453
Fixes: 5
Registered: ‎25-07-2007

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

Tradition....

Highlighted
Aspiring Legend
Posts: 12,518
Thanks: 4,415
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-11-2014

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

One thing with roadworks guys with their stop/go boards, I always wave and say thanks to them along with the chap at the other end. Nice to be appreciated for doing what is after all a rather tedious job.

Same with those pilots taking off in their planes and the flight deck crews.  Don't they salute each other or something?

 

 


Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who somebody else is today
Highlighted
Community Veteran
Posts: 20,380
Thanks: 2,915
Fixes: 42
Registered: ‎06-11-2007

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?


@Minivanman wrote:

 

Same with those pilots taking off in their planes and the flight deck crews.  Don't they salute each other or something?

 

 


The Yanks do... but can`t recall any of our chaps doing that.... certainly no-one on the flight deck "returned" the salute, if the pilot did actually salute... 

 

Highlighted
Aspiring Champion
Posts: 1,514
Thanks: 453
Fixes: 5
Registered: ‎25-07-2007

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

Could it be that the pilots are so highly trained that no matter where they are, or what hi tech kit is or is not available, they do not take their foot off the brake until they see someone performing a ritual dance on the runway ?

Highlighted
Seasoned Pro
Posts: 1,429
Thanks: 281
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-06-2009

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

He's the start crew, basically a safety man who has certain jobs to do during the start procedure and monitors the outside checking for fuel leaks, remove chocks etc. The pointy bit at the end just signals alls well from his point of view and the a/c is safe to take off.

Highlighted
Aspiring Legend
Posts: 12,518
Thanks: 4,415
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-11-2014

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

@Mayfly 

I did wonder about that and did a quick check on who he/she might have been and found this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_United_States_Navy_carrier_air_operations

Seems the UK uses the same system of crew colours which would make sense I suppose.

Capture.JPG

Just a thought @shutter 

Did the Vikings communicate using Norse code? 😆


Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who somebody else is today
Highlighted
Seasoned Pro
Posts: 1,429
Thanks: 281
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-06-2009

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

Yeah aircraft carriers are a bit different to what I used to do in the RAF but pretty much the same principles. If the start crew aren't happy for whatever reason during normal operations the a/c won't take off.

The other thing is UK military don't salute if you are not wearing the correct headwear, the Yanks on the other hand salute anything that moves.

Highlighted
Hero
Posts: 3,428
Thanks: 1,402
Fixes: 5
Registered: ‎17-05-2013

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?


@Mayfly wrote:

 

... the Yanks on the other hand salute anything that moves.


And I'm led to believe they also shoot anything that moves. 

 

And anything that doesn't move.  Roll_eyes  Cheesy

Highlighted
Aspiring Legend
Posts: 12,518
Thanks: 4,415
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎04-11-2014

Re: What`s the point ? ? ?

@RobPN 

@Mayfly 

That was also Churchills comment about the French - "they'll shoot anything and p*ss anywhere".

 


Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who somebody else is today