JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's not your average pre-flight briefing.
But your average pilot wouldn't fly directly into the center of a hurricane.
"It's cool to fly into storms. I like roller coasters so it's a pretty great gig," said Todd Richards. He's an electronics technician aboard NOAA's P-3 hurricane hunter "Kermit The Frog."
"We've got two P-3s and a G-IV," Richards said. "The other P-3 is called Miss Piggy, the Gulfstream is Gonzo."
A look inside the flight deck and you're flooded with lights, knobs, meters and levers.
But flight engineer Joe Klippel adds his own character to the flight deck. A pair of yellow fuzzy dice hangs just over his head.
"Just good luck, that's it. The other aircraft has pink dice," Klippel said laughing.
Luck doesn't hurt, but they depend on experience.