It makes you wonder about those poor unfortunates that fly without a propeller at the front!A great example I saw once was this: "That big propeller at the front is just for keeping the pilot cool. When it stops spinning, you'll see the pilot start to sweat!"
Re: her startle, the TCAS & GPWS warnings (and the cabin call buzzer!) are quite loud, and can be a bit startling if you’re not expecting them, but after that you just flow into the procedure. In my airline, either the Captain or First Officer (whoever is Pilot Flying) will fly the TCAS. If a Second Officer is the Pilot Flying in the seat, they would announce “TCAS, you have control”, handing over to the Captain or F/O (whoever was in the other seat). Not to say that the S/O isn’t qualified to fly the manoeuvre... it is one of the exercises that is done in every sim, it is just Company policy in my airline - obviously, if the S/O was alone in the flight deck for whatever reason, they would fly the avoidance manoeuvre themselves.A330?
Interesting to see that a TCAS message means transferring control to the captain. I wonder about the reasoning for that... it seems that a transfer of control can be a destabilizing factor, at a moment when you REALLY need to be paying attention at what's happening!
On topic, this looks like a good example of being scared but keeping it together!
I remember watching a documentary about the British Airways flight where the windscreen popped out, and the Captain got sucked out and was stuck by his feet in the yoke. The FO did a phenomenal job of staying cool and handling the crisis. After, as he was leaving the airplane, he was so drained he could barely walk. People were holding him up.can't say I took the time to get scared. Scared implies you're sitting there contemplating your emergency. Now I have had a couple emergencies that made be a bit scared afterwards.
A friend is a recently retired American Airlines senior pilot, who did long passenger flights. He told me it gets boring at times, but that he has been concerned during flight. They too are human + can run into nasty weather, etc.I have always wondered if pilots get scared at all like ever when they are flying?