Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
Bored of the plastic airline food? Yes
Bored of the unsociable working hours and night flights? Yes
Bored of the 04:00 starts on those dark winter mornings? Yes
Bored of not being home for Christmas for the third year running? Yes
Bored of the potentially career-ending annual medical checks and 6 monthly sim sessions? Yes
Bored of watching the sunrise from FL390? Bored of a crisp clear approach into Milan or Venice over the Alps? Bored of that feeling lifting a jet into the sky at 150mph?
We are priveleged to do the job we do, taking the rough with the smooth is a fact of life in any job. Fact is, our smooth is so damn good, it always outweighs the rough. Even the 04:00 starts
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1324 posts, RR: 21 Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3841 times:
Some pilots are bored by the whole process. The security hassles, the medicals, the checkrides, geeky line check airmen, bankruptcy threats, poor employee relations, antiquated and overworked ATC, drug screens, alcohol screens, a Days Inn quality layover room next to the Waffle House and a major interstate highway, and 5000 other joy robbing requirements. Many airline pilots have decided that the joy of aviation is now overshadowed by the tons of crap that the job now entails.
Others just absolutely love the job no matter how tedious the job requirements.
Yes, we get bored but not always by long hours in the air.
Dmerinop From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 160 posts, RR: 12 Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
If any pilot get´s bored of their job, call me and I´ll switch job with you. You´ll be a cashier and I´ll be a pilot. Ok??? Well don´t think anyone would ever do that so just keep flying those lovely planes and keep earning good money, no better than that. I want to be a pilot !!!
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2331 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3570 times:
I don't think that any pilot actually gets "bored" I think they might get fed up with some of the things that they have to do and they might get irritated sometimes however I would have to say that 99.99% of them LOVE their jobs and couldn't and wouldn't do anything else. I think the ones that get bored are the ones that stop trying to fly with commercial passenger airlines before the 10 years it takes to get a job with a "major" airline. Now as you can see im talking about pilots that fly for the majors. I don't think that it would take that long to get a job with a smaller airline.
Adam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
Most pilots I talk with said they don't neccesarily like all of the crap that is associated with being a pilot like some other members posted. But these same people also love to fly. I've never met an airline pilot that does not love to fly.
Mog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3372 times:
I took off my stripes almost 21 years ago when I was about 27 years old because I, simply, wanted to do something else and get along with my life. However, I also wanted to keep travelling, meeting new people, seeing new places and if possible keep my certificates alive.
I would think it is not just bored, it is also question of accomplishing the "what next" question factor. I mean, ok, you command the newest biggest aircraft, and have an executive job with Director or General Manager written next to it, what next?
A few I know have gone on to start their own small airlines. More have moved on. I personally think that commercial flying should be an alternate competency for an intelligent person, and treated as such, if possible.