Aeronautical Randomness
Wrapping up 2014 with a new look
December 23, 2014

I’m going to be honest with you:

A few weeks ago, I thought I was done.

I was a little bored of writing, sick of the blog’s “look” and a little concerned that the media was starting to turn on pilots like me who willfully contribute our experiences to others.

I took the site offline.

Either I was going to address all three concerns or walk away forever.

After about a week, I came to the realization that I really wanted to keep blogging.

The first problem took care of itself.  On my last four day trip, a few things happened that had me thinking about new blog posts.  New blog posts would be difficult to write without actually having a blog.  I started to regret taking down the site.

So, I attacked my second concern.

The old blog was a bunch of web design band-aids patched together over time to deliver the content to you.  It was a free WordPress theme that I hacked into something somewhat presentable.

With the site down, it gave me a good opportunity to start from scratch by purchasing and modifying a premium theme.  I’ve been working for the last week to bring this new site to you.

Here are some things I’d like to bring to your attention about the “new” renewedpilot.com:

  • The site should run more streamlined than the old one.
  • The new design is responsive.  It will automatically size to your browser to fit a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop monitor.
  • All the site’s “like” statistics have been reset to take advantage of this site’s built-in social media functionality.  So, if you’re new here, please know that lots of good readers have shared these posts on social media.  As always, if you like it…. SHARE IT!
  • The comments now display the reader’s Gravatar image next to his/her contribution to the post.
  • I’ve deleted the Facebook page associated with the blog.

As for the last issue… what can I say?

I’m a rule follower.  Therefore, I won’t be posting any pictures from an aircraft unless I’m riding in the cabin.  I realize that using a “real camera” in lieu of a cell in a non-sterile cockpit is legal, but that doesn’t mean a negative article cannot spin it the other way.

I’m just not willing to subject myself to that kind of scrutiny.

2014 was a great year for me.

I said goodbye to my temporary flying job and was welcomed back to the legacy carrier with open arms.  (The third time’s a charm!)

I’m flying the schedule I want to fly and living where I want to live.

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family.

The cost of a barrel of oil is tanking.

I wish I could freeze this snapshot in time.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family.

See you in 2015.


This is all I really have to say about the safety risks of taking pictures in-flight.

This is all I really have to say about the safety risks of taking pictures in-flight.

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 19 comments

  • Arthur says:

    So glad you decided to keep blogging. I found your blog about four months ago and I read all of your posts in a day! If I could afford flight school I’d be dumping my current job in a heartbeat to experience what you wrote about. Can’t wait for your next post!

    • One day? Wow… that’s 4+ years worth of posts.

      I don’t know your situation, but it’s never too late to start earning a private pilot certificate. Granted, it won’t provide the experiences in this blog… but, it would be something you’d never regret.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Thank you for reconsidering. I’m glad you’re “back”. The public needs to hear what exactly happens on the flight deck.
    I understand your frustration with the media. As a former member of that profession I am dismayed with what it has become. I blame it on lack of leadership in the news organizations, along with the race to-the-cheapest in who they can hire. Reporters rarely specialize any more so you don’t see people with any background in medicine or flying or any of the important aspects of our lives. (This is aimed mostly at mid and small markets, not the major news organizations.) The major news organizations contribute their part by jumping on something without looking at all sides…or even how stupid it is.
    We need to hold them accountable for what they say or no effort will ever be made to get thing’s correct.
    Just to put it in perspective – be glad you’re not a cop right now.


    • The biggest threat I see is the people trying to “break in the business” to “make a name for themselves.” They come up with a theory, gather any “facts” they can to support their little hypothesis and write a scathing misleading article. The major news outlets pick it up and it suddenly becomes fact to those who don’t understand.

      I’m happy to have you reading along… Thanks for the comment!

  • NB says:

    I’m glad you’ve reconsidered. As a passenger, I always enjoy your perspectives from the cockpit. The Quartz scuffle had two sides and personally I thought the journalism was solid and much of the response to be inflammatory and over-personalized. That aside, the more we can see the world from each others’ seats…and agree on the miracle of air travel…the better off we’ll be. Hang in there. I look forward to reading your ongoing posts.

  • Dave W says:

    I would like to add my thanks for you keeping going, I’m sure you get readership statistics but I feel it’s important to leave a comment once in a while to show that your efforts are appreciated (and they certainly are!).

    I am but a geek and a simmer so blogs such as yours are the closest I will ever get to the flight deck!

    Dave W

    • You’re welcome. That’s why I write this blog… to bring people into something they otherwise couldn’t see.

      Well, and clarify some of the erroneous information out there… 🙂

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate you taking the time to write it!

  • James Duffer says:

    Glad you decided to stay, and with a fresh start (restart). Hoping for CAVU for you.

  • carol says:

    Glad you changed your mind. Always enjoy your posts.. informative.. usually learn something..puts a FACE on the flight deck.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Mike says:

    I have a question for you. Do you ever have days now that you’re in your 40s with a family at home when the job just isn’t as much fun as it was when you were you? Do you ever wish you had a regular job where you just come home every night and have dinner with the family? How do you get past those midlife crisis kind of moments… because I’ve been having some lately.

    • When I was furloughed the first time, I took a job as a consultant near Washington, DC.

      When I have bad days, I think back to that desk job… the commute each way… five days in a row… office politics… only two days off each week… home every night but only for a few hours before bed time to start over the next day.

      I miss my family when I’m on the road. But, I also enjoy being home for several days between trips without any interference from work.

      Granted, this isn’t fun and games anymore. It’s a job. But, if I have to work for a living, I cannot think of anything else that would make me any more happy.

      Hang in there… I suspect your perspective will change once you’re off 1st year pay over there… 🙂

      • This is so nice approach – appreciating our current conditions comparing them to some less lucky or happy time/job/experience and being grateful for what´s better in our lives now. I have a regular office job nowadays and I have to confirm your words – sometimes it´s just better to enjoy several days at home without any interference from work than to be at home every night but constantly overloaded with work which has to be done in your overtime. (My case.)

  • Michael says:

    Thanks for hanging in there! I look forward to reading your posts. Always interesting.

  • Cedarglen says:

    Thanks for renewing, RP. When I saw your ‘down’ notice, a little bird said, “wait,” before deleting the link; glad I did!
    A few new rules and policies? So what? It is your blog. No FD pix? Most have seen far too many, most look +/- the same and a little CYA is necessary these days.
    Glad that you are back and I look forward to reading whatever you wish to write. -CG

  • Kathryn says:

    Great blog; I’m so glad you did not stop before I even had a chance to find it!

    I’m dating a commercial airline pilot whom I absolutely adore and deeply respect, but whose work life looks to me like it’s on another planet. My relationships before now have always been with other office types in the 9-to-5 (OK, I’m a lawyer, honestly more like 8-6) world. I am not sure I would have thought to look to the skies to find my match, but he and I happened to reconnect through a mutual friend, many years after meeting in college, and, well, kismet! I find your articulate reflections here, and the explanations of the context of the industry, are really helpful windows into how I can be good partner to this terrific man in what is decidedly not a standard gig – not to mention a source for a great shared laugh now and then (tuxedo-toting “wedding crasher” guy, for starters). Thanks, and please keep writing!

    • Thank you for the kind words.

      I love your comment. I never really considered anyone coming to the blog to gain the perspective you describe. Glad to give you the insight.

      Contact me or comment on a post if you ever have any questions.

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