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Pilots: Tremendous Burden  
User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

I have often wandered while I took a walk back to economy to avoid DVT in my old legs, at all the families, babies, elderly, etc. And I wonder if the Cockpit crews ever feel the tremendous responsibility they shoulder at the mass of life in there hands? I would never for a second be able to have this kind of awesome liability resting on my ability as a professional. Seems like they just come on board, close the door and do there thing without ever seeing or thinking about the 400-500 souls a few feet away who trust them like a brain surgeon.

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User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

LJ--If a brain surgeon screws up, he doesn't die, too. Thankfully for the pax, survival is a powerful instinct.

Now, with RPV's that goes out the window... I can see it now---"Hey, grab me another beer and come watch this approach. Those folks are in for a ride!"TC



FL450, M.85
User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4189 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

I keep myself alive and get the plane there safely and want to live another day..thats enough right there.

Now then...keeping things as smooth as possible and not yanking and banking and going "weeeeee"..thats for the passengers.  Smile

I'd have alot more fun if there weren't all those meatballs back there complaining about every bump...but they pay for me to do this cool job..so I dont mind, haha.

Aa717driver- I'm gonna have to see about getting a beer cooler on the barbie funjet...we need one of those.  Smile



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

I've always said that this would be a really great job if we could drink beer while we're doing it! (You know, like cops and construction workers... Big grin )TC


FL450, M.85
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16975 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 1239 times:

Seems like they just come on board, close the door and do there thing without ever seeing or thinking about the 400-500 souls a few feet away who trust them like a brain surgeon.

Well, you can't think of the responsibility like that. It would totally jinx you. That's true in any job. When I was a stock broker I sometimes lost money. It was part of the job. No risk, no reward. But you can't let the fear get to you. Note, I don't mean by that that pilots sometimes make big mistakes  Big grin, just that responsibility is part of a job and you get used to it.

Piloting a commercial airliner is a technical and challenging job, but it doesn't require a superhuman, just a very highly trained human. As in anything, practice makes perfect. If you do it often enough, it becomes second nature.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineScootertrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 569 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

If my butt gets there so does theirs!

'nuff said  Big thumbs up

Scooter


User currently offlineTarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

My kids ride on a school bus with 35-40 other kids. The bus driver makes approx. $9000.00 a year & drives on the dangerous roads where there are road raged drivers, drunks and other serious distractions. I bet it is safer "driving" around at 37k feet than on the streets in USA.

User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Tarantine--You are absolutely right. It is really quite safe at FL370.

It's getting there and getting back down that gets far trickier than your local school bus route.TC



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