Pilot Lifestyle
Hello again, longevity date…
February 29, 2016
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Hello again, longevity date…
Let’s take a quick trip back to 1999. The day I walked into my airline’s training center became my date of hire.  After two weeks of basic indoctrination, a month off, ground school and simulator training, I was issued my temporary flight engineer certificate and released to Boeing 727 IOE. That day in early 2000 […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Vacation
February 15, 2016
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Vacation
My parents operated their own business for forty years. Every year, they shut down “the shop” during the first week of July and took a well deserved vacation. One week a year.  Except for taking a rare day off here or there, my parents were hard at work five or six days a week… for […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Let’s fly south for the winter
February 4, 2016
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Let’s fly south for the winter
The captain placed his suitcase on the floor and introduced himself as he shook my hand.  I was already sitting on board the 737-800 completing the initial cockpit setup.  I watched him attempt to stow his rollaboard in the small space above mine. “Looks like you packed like I did,” I said as he started […]
Flying Stories Pilot Lifestyle
Wrapping up 2015
December 31, 2015
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Wrapping up 2015
The last trip of 2015 has been entered into the logbook: Day One: EWR-AUA (deadhead/not in logbook) AUA-IAH Day Two: IAH-RTB RTB-IAH IAH-DFW Day Three: DFW-DEN DEN-EWR The pairing finished a few days before Christmas.  After a challenging commute home to Nashville, I began a stretch of eighteen days off.  Being a senior first officer […]
Flying Stories
Flying, feats and family
December 14, 2015
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Flying, feats and family
As we climbed through 10,000′, I glanced down at the flight management computer.  The PROG page predicted a touchdown in Newark at 19:20 zulu.  With nearly an entire trans-con flight from San Diego still in front of us, I normally wouldn’t have concerned myself with the arrival time.  However, it was day four of the […]
Aeronautical Randomness
The hypocritical briefing
December 2, 2015
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The hypocritical briefing
(Photo by RAF-YYC from Calgary, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons) Prior to two pilots flying together for the first time, the captain briefs the first officer.  A thorough initial briefing covers some required items and sets the overall tone for the entire trip. As I scrambled to complete the pre-flight duties, the captain […]
Pilot Lifestyle
Pointless
November 13, 2015
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Pointless
When I opened the letter from the big hotel chain, I really wasn’t sure how to react.  Some would say it was funny… others, infuriating. My emotions fell somewhere in the middle. The letter informed me that my stay-points were getting ready to expire.  If I didn’t have a “qualifying activity” in the next few […]