Aeronautical Randomness
August 26, 2013

Today, my little aviation blog turns three years old.

A lot has changed in the last three years.  Back then, I was an unemployed pilot anxious to start a new adventure.  Today, I am a very senior first officer entering my fourth year with this company.  Since we stopped taking aircraft deliveries, the upward movement has evaporated.  I haven’t been able to upgrade to captain, but I’m really enjoying handpicking a great schedule month after month.

Initially, I started this blog to document my new-hire training during the first few months of employment.  I hoped to obtain a bit of readership from family, friends and “up and coming” pilots.  I wish there had been blogs that followed a pilot through airline training back when I was working on my ratings.

While I may not have the most popular aviation blog on the net, I’m still surprised and very happy with the readership I’ve gained.

The number of posts have been scaled back since the first year.  I have no interest in publishing a bunch or garbage for the sake of website statistics.  Also, I won’t boast about the analytics since much of that data is artificially bloated by bots and crawlers.

Going forward, here’s my plan for the blog:

  • I will tell stories.  Whether it was years ago or in my present life, I will share stories if they relate to aviation.  To be honest, coming up with material is a bit difficult.  This is kind of a redundant life.  I will not regurgitate the mundane.  (ie: “This week, I flew to LA, flew a four day trip and flew back to Nashville.” That’s every week.)
  • I will occasionally comment on current events like the media coverage of the Asiana crash.  However, as was eloquently pointed out by an offended visitor, I am not a journalist.
  • I will continue to educate the non-flyers about our profession.  You’ll see my inner-CFI emerge whenever I attempt to explain something complex in layman’s terms.  If you have a question or idea for a blog post, please submit it via my contact page.

I’d like to publicly thank all of you who read and promote my blog.  In particular, I’d like to thank Brad Tate and Eric Auxier.  They are the two big-time aviation bloggers who consistently promote the material I post.  Gentlemen, I love your writing and appreciate your support. (For the .001% reading here unfamiliar with Brad’s or Eric’s blogs, their websites are Airline Pilot Chatter and The Adventures of Cap’n Aux.)

Today, I celebrated this blogiversary by flying from JFK to LAX.  It was a great day to fly across the country.  The average headwind was one knot.  Another twenty seven hour four day trip is in the books.

Now, I sit and wait to fly back to Nashville.

Readers wanted!

I appreciate each and every one of you who read this on a regular basis.

Could you please do me a favor?  If you like what you read here, please take a moment to use one of the social media buttons below.  If people keep reading this blog, I’ll keep writing.

Also, are you following on Twitter?  If not, please follow @RenewedPilot.  I tweet out blog updates and mostly random nonsense on a regular basis.


About author

Renewed Pilot

I've endured a roller coaster career in the U.S. Aviation Industry. Currently flying the 737 on my third try with the same legacy carrier, I have also flown for a regional, fractional and start-up carrier. My piloting experience includes the 737, A320, 727, Citation Excel, Citation Bravo, Saab 340 and many light singles and twin engine aircraft. I reside in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee.

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There are 11 comments

  • Eric Auxier says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I am flattered and honored by your mention! And I can say that your blog, being a year older than mine, has taught me a few tricks! And Brad is also an excellent example to follow as well.

    I like your idea of “telling stories.” That is always my goal, almost like hanging out in the hangar (no pun intended) and telling “There I wuz” flying stories. Those are always my favorite as well!

    Your blog definitely chronicles the “Lost Decade” as you call it, and it’s a good eye-opener for those starstruck wanting into the biz. That said, there is definitely something to being able to handpick one’s schedule each month. Nevertheless, best of luck for a speedy upgrade!


  • Adam says:

    Just started reading your blog and I love it!
    I’m gonna be playing u in fantasy so good luck!

    • Thanks. I’m not able to participate in the draft. I’m looking forward to seeing how my auto draft team does against all you guys with lots of knowledge of the game. Should be fun!

  • I’ve enjoyed the recent photos and have you on my reading list. Keep up the good work.

  • Brad Tate says:

    Happy Blogiversary Brian,

    Like Eric, I am flattered and honored to be mentioned in the post. The concept of your blog (as I see it)…a pilot negatively affected by post 9/11 turmoil, displaced from what was probably viewed as your dream job at some point in your life and renewed at a new and exciting airline…really hits home for me. As you know, the last ten years haven’t been a cake walk for me either and I narrowly avoided furlough more than once.

    Through all of it though, there’s a lot to love about the job, and your blog helps to make that point. I enjoy your perspective and hope to continue reading for years to come.

    All the best,

    • Thanks, Brad.

      I often comment that the only thing worse than getting furloughed is almost getting furloughed.

      After the initial blow, I landed back on my feet. If I’d clung to the bottom at United, I’d have 14 years seniority and be on reserve. Overall, I’m much happier I got axed and had this new opportunity. I truly feel for guys in your position.

      Hang in there… Better times are coming.

  • Leslie S-P says:

    Brian- Good blog posts always- directly aviation-related, professional and well-written! Puts one up there with you doing the job: where one would really like to be! Thanks and please continue. All the best, Leslie S-P

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