Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
Here is a home study simulator course for those who still hunger for the romance and adventure of airline flying. It will all come back to you if you practice the following at home:
1. Stay out of bed all night
2. Sit in your most uncomfortable chair, in a closet, for nine or ten hours facing a four foot wide panoramic photo of a flight deck.
3. Have two or three noisy vacuum cleaners on high, out of sight, but within hearing distance and operating throughout the night. If a vacuum cleaner fails, do the appropriate restart checklist.
4. Halfway through your nocturnal simulator course, arrange for a bright spotlight to shine directly in your face for two or three hours, simulating an eastbound flight into the sunrise.
5. Have bland overcooked food served on a tray midway through the night.
6. Have cold cups of coffee delivered from time to time. Ask your spouse to slam the door frequently.
7. At the time when you must heed nature’s call, force yourself to stand outside the bathroom door for at least ten minutes, transferring your weight from leg to leg, easing the discomfort. Don’t forget to wear your hat.
8. Leave the closet after the prescribed nine or ten hours, turn on your sprinklers and stand out in the cold and “rain” for twenty to forty minutes, simulating the wait for the crew car.
9. Head for your bedroom, wet and with your suitcase and flight bag. Stand outside the door till your wife gets up and leaves, simulating the weight you’d have while the maid makes up the hotel room.
10. When your spouse inquires, “Just what in the hell have you been doing?” just say, “Recalling the allure of all night flying to romantic places” and collapse into bed.
11. If you are a purist, do this two nights in a row.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
Myself From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 207 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1569 times:
This is great.
Makes me think of....indeed !
Don't forget to go sit in your car after the second night and try to stay awake for about one hour (time to drive home) with the radio out loud, window full open and a fan blowing air in your face (simulating the open window at 60mph)
Metwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Tsully, I know that, I wouldn't do what I do if I felt otherwise! But why do some people feel compelled to enhance there careers as so mundane that sitting in a hard chair for 8 hours or eating airline food is a fate worse than death? I'll tell you! They feel guilty!
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1294 times:
That's why I would not want to be a longhaul pilot. The pay is only partial compensation, and the fact that you're flying doesn't make up anymore either I guess (after all, after 10 years or more on the job (which is what it takes in many airlines to graduate to the longhaul types) everything gets routine and boring)...
Shorthaul seems fun, especially corporate flying where the destinations are more varried.
Jgore From Argentina, joined Feb 2002, 550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1174 times:
Well guys, many of you said "i'd better think it twice", but you didn't think about something VERY important: making a BALANCE.
If you don't wanna be 10 hours in a flight deck, just think about being a Commuter-Flights pilot.
I rather do that. Making a BALANCE between FAMILY and WORK.
De727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 14 Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1151 times:
"11. If you are a purist, do this two nights in a row."
If you fly for a major overnight package delivery company....how about five nights in a row, to include walking among the living dead during the sort, having lunch at 3am, breakfast at 2 pm, and sometimes not even seeing the sun during the winter months....
Metwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
If you are a Mechanic for a Major Airline....how about five nights in a row, to include walking among the living dead during the sort, having lunch at 3AM. breakfast at 2PM, and sometimes not even seeing the sun during the winter months....