Latechpilot From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4027 times:
"Routine" is the best way to describe the job. I'm sure some pilots get bored because they just turn on the autopilot and order their coffee, but at the airline I fly for, the aircraft are not equipped with autopilots, so we hand-fly 100% of the time. It keeps us from getting bored.
Me From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3940 times:
There is no better job. At times it can be boring, at times it can be demanding (usually during recurrent sim training). I spend alot of time away from home(2-4 days a week). To quote my wife "you don't have a job, you have a hobby that pays well".
Latechpilot From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3907 times:
I fly a Beechcraft 1900 D. The airplanes were built the same time as the 777, still with no autopilot. I think it has something to do with weight. I'm sure an autopilot would add almost 100 pounds to the empty weight of the aircraft. Most GA aircraft are better equipped than the Beech. No GPS, FMS, INS...just good old VOR/DME and ADF. Flying it keeps my basic skills up. It does have GPWS, TCAS, Radar Altimeter, WX Radar, EFIS, etc. No automation whatsoever.
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3846 times:
Not everyone wants to be a pilot! The more I see of the life our regional pilots have, the happier I am to be an engineer. They fly the same routes, day after day, back and forth, then get to stay overnight in some dinky little town. I don't like to see people putting others down in this forum, and I'm not doing it either. A job is only boring if you think it is. More power to them if they like it, but it is not for me.
Victor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3769 times:
Ok this is probably off the subject a bit but what do you think is the best way to become a comercial pilot, I was thinking of trying to get a bachelor of science and aviation, any suggestions would be great.