G-MUNI Mooney M20J SE 201
Information for Passengers
Flying in a light aircraft is different from an airliner (and a lot more fun!). The ride can be a bit bumpy at times due to turbulence—like driving down a rough track in your car—so don’t be surprised or alarmed. It can also seem a bit noisy on take-off as the engine is taken up to full power, but that’s normal and will be quieter once you are cruising along. You will have some headphones which help deaden the noise and make it easier to talk to one another in the aircraft. You will hear the same air traffic control messages as the pilot, but don’t worry about them hearing you—the pilot has a switch to enable him to talk to them; they will not hear you. It would help if you stopped talking whenever you hear a message over the radio, it might be for your aircraft, and it is essential that you remain quiet during the critical periods of take-off and landing—other than that chat away as normal.
Some useful tips and reminders for the flight are:
· DO take the chance to go to the toilet before the flight—else you could find yourself crossing your legs until landing!
· DO walk on the black wing area when getting in
· DON’T step on the white areas, especially the flaps
· DON’T slam the door shut—just pull gently closed and secure with the latch at the front
· DO wear the seat belt, especially for take-off and landing, but preferably at all times
· DO let the pilot know if you are uncomfortable in any way or feel unwell at all (dizzy, airsick etc.)
· DO keep an eye out for other aircraft and let the pilot know if you see any nearby (he should have seen them already, but won’t mind the extra help)
· DON’T fiddle with any of the switches or controls if you are sitting in the co-pilot seat, unless you have been asked to—especially do not grab hold of the steering yoke, say, to steady yourself
· DO know how to open both the main door and emergency (luggage) door, so that in the highly unlikely event of an emergency off airfield landing you know how to get out
· DON’T panic if anything appears to be wrong—part of training to be a private pilot involves learning how to manage problems and how to land the aircraft safely, in an emergency, off an airfield if necessary
· DON’T inflate your lifejacket (used for trips out over the sea) inside the aircraft; after an emergency landing on water get out first
And MOST IMPORTANT of all:
· DO have a great time; enjoy the great views of the world passing by below you—it looks so different from the way we normally see it!