An Adelaide pilot wrote, “I’m bored” in kilometre-long letters in the sky with his plane on. He also took the time to draw some penises too.
The recently qualified instructor from Flight Training Adelaide entertained himself by writing his feelings in the sky for all to see – well, anyone who happened to be looking at flight trackers at the time, that is.
The Diamond Star plane left Parafield Airport at 8:53 am local time, and took quite the extended route before landing at the same airport three hours later.
A FlightAware spokesperson told that it is “fairly common for pilots to get creative and trace words or other images in the sky while they fly”.
They said: “Most of the time it’s fun and a cool demonstration of talent.
“In the past, we’ve seen some really fun proposals, birthday messages and even a Texas Longhorn that appeared after a contentious UT football game.”
Australia Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesperson Peter Gibson told ABC that flight-path drawings are “uncommon but not unheard of”.
Gibson told ABC: “All pilots plan a track for their aircraft to get between where they’re going from and to.
“Now what that track looks like once it shows up on radar, of course, is another thing entirely.”
Flight Training Adelaide director Pine Pienaar told Perth Now that the exact course wasn’t approved, but suggested the pilot “got bored”.
“Young instructors, what can you do?” he said.
Neither the writing, nor the penises, were visible from the ground — unlike some of the high profile artwork of members of the U.S. Armed Forces that have been spotted drawing penises in the sky all over the world, from Germany to Washington State. The most recent U.S. military incident involved a Marine Corps pilot who also drew a penis in the sky that was only visible through flight tracking software. In that instance, the Marines responsible for the drawing were grounded, but in previous ones across three branches (Air Force, Navy, and Marines) the penalties were not quite so severe.