Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 19 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7531 times:
I'm not a pilot, but I figure is I were called that, I'd be a bit pissed. With some seats getting as cheap as riding a train, nobody is calling airliners 'air trains' but with lower and lower cost fares, it may get worse. Soon they'll call you guys 'air taxi drivers.'
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Solnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 892 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7298 times:
Personly I would be honoured to be called "busdriver"!!
waaay higher paycheck and no handling a wheel just pushing buttons for feet and speed, relaxing with a great meal cruising at 850-900 km/h....
I think 99% would be a "busdriver", dont you?
Iluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6682 times:
"Bus Driver" is an accurate term. With airfare so inexpensive, you now haul much of the same type of folks... just look at the A/C when everyone deplanes... garbage, peanuts, and crap laying everywhere. Bus, taxi, or airplane... its almost the same in today's society - sad but true.
What separates us from them is the pilots... they are the elite! Oh - another difference... when the cab or bus is traveling at speed, the passenger is anywhere from three to six feet from the ground... In an aircraft - many thousands of feet!
A lack of planning on your behalf does not create an emergency on my behalf.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6637 times:
I'm a pilot but by no means anywhere near ATP status, but among the pilots we use some variation on the term "drive" often. If a non-pilot or someone "on the outside" uses that term, it all depends on the context they use it in. If they use it in a derogatory manner, even if talking to me the "Cessna 152 driver", I just kindly remind them that the pilot in command is the final authority as to the safe operation of the aircraft, a big responsibility. As I've stated already, I'm nowhere near the level of the big riggers around here (<--there I go again ), but that's just where I come from on the issue. Plenty of morons in the world, the worst thing you can do to yourself is get hellbent over them. Life isn't worth that, so why do people get so wound up?
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6623 times:
I'm a paramedic. Calling a paramedic an "ambulance driver" is considered a minor insult. Ambulance drivers were the guys dressed in spiffy white uniforms that tooled around in Cadillac hearses in the 1950's and 1960's. Their primary role was to throw you on a stretcher and drive to the hospitalas fast as they could...no care or treatment at all.
Type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6350 times:
I frequently find that people who call pilots "Bus Drivers" do it just to see if they can get a rise (or reaction) out of the pilot. I learned to ignore these types years ago as most have advised in this thread.