Pilot Lifestyle

Pilot Lifestyle
November 29, 2012
The rest of the crew seemed content to “do their own thing” for the rest of the afternoon in Los Angeles.  So, a few minutes after checking into the hotel, I ventured out for a solo lunch.  There’s not much close to our hotel, but it’s always nice to go for a long walk on […]
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Working the late shift
May 9, 2012
After sleeping all day, we headed back out to Dulles for the late evening flight back to San Francisco.  It was still light at departure time, but, the sun had already set.  As we climbed up towards the flight levels, the sun rose again on the western horizon.  Basically, we out-climbed the sunset.  Shortly thereafter, […]
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De-stressing the commute
April 12, 2012
I’m becoming a huge fan of the stress-free commute.  Even if it takes a little more time, effort and money, I’m starting to take any measures necessary to eliminate the stress. A low pressure system was moving over the Bay Area the morning of my commute.  With low overcast rainy conditions forecast, I knew SFO […]
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An uncomfortable moment
March 13, 2012
I could not have asked for a better morning.  We left New York early enough to arrive on the west coast around 10:45am.  The three day trip was finished and it was time to commute home. San Francisco’s weather was beautiful.  The commute flight I’d chosen was on-time and “wide open.”  I hustled over to […]
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I am not running for that flight
February 16, 2012
The trip trade really worked in my favor.  I was scheduled to start a three day trip early Monday morning.  An evening commute and hotel room was planned for Sunday night. Saturday evening, I logged into the company system to check open time.  A trip had become available that caught my attention.  I immediately requested […]
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The mindset of a commuting pilot
February 3, 2012
“So, you live here in Colorado but work in San Francisco?” That’s the question everyone asks after a brief discussion about my work.  Yes, I am a commuting pilot.  My work week starts and ends with a flight between Colorado and California.  I commute on a jet… standby… on my own time. Over the years, […]
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Childhood memories
November 15, 2011
I met up with my mom and wife after riding Space Mountain for the second time with my five year old.  My two other girls wanted to ride the big rocket ship attraction.  It was early during our vacation day at the Magic Kingdom. “Are you sure these are your kids?” my mom asked.  “We […]