Hello! Thanks for visiting the Renewed Pilot Blog.
As pilots, we are constantly renewing. Every six to twelve months, we must renew our medical certificate. Flight instructor certificates must be renewed every twenty four months. Professional pilots attend recurrent training every year. You’ll get about seven years out of a passport. Just about everything on the airplane needs to be inspected after a certain number of months. You name it… if it’s involved with aviation, it needs to be renewed.
So, what happens when a pilot’s whole career needs renewal? Things start out really well, then absolutely flop? Not once, but, twice? Should I give up the career? Or, start it on a path of renewal?
Starting over at another airline means starting at the bottom. Minimum pay, and no seniority. A CEO at one company would never be given a “mail room” job at another corporation. But, that’s exactly what happens to a pilot. I said I would never start over again. Well, as I should have learned a long time ago, never say never. Soon, I start all over again as an Airbus A320 First Officer with Virgin America Airlines.
At this point in my career, I would not accept employment with another “legacy” carrier. I have no interest in staying at the bottom of another seniority list. Virgin America seems to be different. They plan to grow and treat their employees very, very well. When I went to San Francisco for the interview, they impressed me. So, why not? My career could use some serious renewal.
Throughout the next week, I will take you through my aviation career up until this point. Then, I intend to bring you along as I experience new hire training at Virgin America Airlines. I will detail the indoctrination and simulator training. Then, I will bring you along on my initial flights and into my first year of employment.
Whether you are a seasoned aviation professional, college student, or just plain interested in aviation, please feel free to enjoy and comment on the adventure!