Annoying Stall Warning Horn

There definitely are some sounds that, for whatever reason, tap into some subconscious mental programming of each person. Like sound effects in radio commercials that sound like an alarm signal from the cockpit, for example. In my case, I get extremely stressed by the ring of a classic doorbell. Not the “ding-dong” type, but the “rrrrriiiiing” type, if you know what I mean. I had a doorbell like that in one of my old apartments. I don’t know why, but whenever that bell rang, my heart jumped a beat and I became totally stressed and anxious. Glad I don’t live there anymore.

Since becoming a dad, I’ve become susceptible to children’s cries and screams, but that just gets my attention and doesn’t stress me.

I’m sure you guys also have example for sounds like that. Maybe the stall warning horn even? 🙂


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10 comments on “Annoying Stall Warning Horn
  1. Karl Winters says:

    Same thing for that pesky gear-up horn. Who needs that kind of distraction when you’re about to land?

  2. Joshua says:

    We disable them on arobatic aircraft all the time. Really, really annoying when the stall is intentional. Chuck should use that argument!

  3. stef says:

    Haha, that’s a great idea, Joshua! Totally sounds like an point Chuck would make! 😀

  4. Rwill says:

    When working as a mechanic, we had a customer that landed his plane gear up. He said he just forgot to lower them, but the gear-up warning horn didn’t sound. It worked fine after the accident though. Then at the next annual he wanted us to install a switch that would turn off the gear-up horn. We refused and he got a pissy and said that some mechanic in Florida was installing them. So we suggested he take his plane to him from now on, as this wasn’t the first time we had to deal with unapproved parts and mods on his plane.

  5. Jon Steensen says:

    There was for period an advetisement with a sound effect of the siren of an emergency vehicle. That tricked me everytime when I heard it in the car radio, and I got stressed when I could not locate the vehicle making it.

    Sirens/alarms should be prohibited in the radio, in order to not distract drivers or factory workers thinking there is something seriously wrong (like a fire, they are about to being hit by a forklift or things are about to explode etc.)

    Alarms are designed to grap our attentions, and that abillity should not be hijacked to sell products. Else they may then loose their effect which is harming people when they are actually important but is ignored.
    Sometimes we need to be scared to hell, which hightens our senses and makes us act faster. Alarms are perfect for that, but please avoid doing that when it is not nessesary, by using an out of place sound.

  6. Fbs says:

    Karl : I love your comment. This will empty the second category of pilots quickly (first category is those who landed gear up. Second is those that will)

    Look about the tb20 vidéo on youtube that belly landed at megeve. 3 on board, alarm screaming all the way down, and nobody noticed – maybe the alarm is useless after all

    But seriously, the stall warning horn on a c172 is barely earable, and this is even worse with the noise cancelling headsets. I can’t believe this is annoying even for Chuck (or did they install électric ones on recent C172s ?)

  7. Ryan Leeward says:

    If the stall horn isn’t going off, you’re not landing correctly.

  8. Franck Mée says:

    Actually, I have the reverse problem. Anytime a truck goes in reverse and puts a two-tone alarm, ti-tu-ti-tu-ti-tu, my brain dismisses that as the intro of Beethoven’s Für Elise and I don’t hear the alarm. That could prove dangerous one day…

  9. BryceKat says:

    My Phone ring tone and the person I’m having a conversation with, their notification alert. Inevitably, our conversation just ended 🤣🤣🤣❗️People become unbelievably uncomfortable when I won’t answer my phone and continue my conversation with them. Very few humans, maybe 3, can resist notifications, including me. Mine are turned off except for my the phone.

  10. Karel A.J. ADAMS says:

    This was discussed on a well-known UK forum recently, in the GA sub-forum. I stated there that I find this kind of apparatus totally unneeded on GA planes, but was corrected insofar as it may be useful on high-performance planes. I cannot argue there, for lack of knowledge/experience. But on a benign plane like a C172, there should be no need for such contraptions – any person not feeling an approaching stall through the seat of her/his pants/skirt is not worth being a pilot. I find it especially revolting that they are considered an essential bit of equipment – on my own pride and beauty I have the liberty to add or remove whatever I wish – rulemakers know very well that myself am the first victim if I do something fundamentally silly.

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