Freddy From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1117 times:
I'd like to say though that I'd rather fly an old DC-8 cargo to exotic locations than fly for a regular airline.
The experience and adventure gained by flying the old cargo airliner must be much higher than just flying for Delta or something. Maybe the pay isn't as good but who cares, it's not money that matters, it's having a worth while life.
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
If the differences section of your flight manual is "thicker" than the systems section.
Pretty sad? I know many people who would voluntarily hack of vestigial body parts to have this as a first job. The funny thing about the list is that pilots who have had these jobs, and there aren't many who haven't, can go down the list and say "yeah that pretty much sums it up".
Unless you fly freight for UPS, Fed Ex, Atlas Or Challenge this is about says it all. We have captains that fly in undershirts and shorts. There are people in this business who believe unproffesionalism is an olympic sport and their striving for highest podium.
I've been in the simulator doing training flights with new hire F/0 who ddin't know what entry to use when entering a published hold. I've had captains start engines while I'm still doing my preflight walk around. You meet all sorts in the lower end of the business. You just have to remember never to lower your standards, and conduct yourself in a proffesional manner. This is only a stepping stone for most. The other 15% are the ones that can't go anywhere else for one reason or another.