LEARJET23
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Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sat Sep 11, 2004 3:39 am

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.
 
AA717driver
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sat Sep 11, 2004 6:17 am

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
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:22 am

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
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sat Sep 11, 2004 2:34 pm

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
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:24 pm

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.
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:08 am

If my butt gets there so does theirs!

'nuff said  Big thumbs up

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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: Tremendous Burden

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:39 am

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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