be on the pad

Hien Pham

Senior Member

For the pilot who is going to fly, someone said: Be on the pad. What does that mean?

Edit: the context is: the Colonel wanted to check Murphy fly tomorrow so he said to him: Be on the pad, 12 sharp.
This is from movie Blue Thunder. Murphy is a police helicopter pilot.

Thank you.
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  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Absolutely. My first reading of the subject line "be on the pad" brought to mind police being paid off for looking the other way. There was a list of police that had to be paid off, and if you were "on the pad" you received a portion of that collected money.

    So, yes, context is all important. Especially since Blue Thunder was a police movie as well as featuring helicopters.

    Note: I should have been responding to GreenWhiteBlue with this post. My error, but my heart was in the right place.:)


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's also called a landing pad. Pad is the short form of that, too.

    They're usually a square and/or circle. Here's one on top of a high-rise building.
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