the last thing we can do with an increasing global population is GENERALIZE......
we all have to realize that the more people that do something, and the more different personalities that enter the industry will shape the general view, and shape the paradigm that it offers the culture in which it breeds.....
Let's look at aviation here... Flying a plane was dangerous, and only those who knew how to build one, or those who were brave enough to fly one, were the ones that really made the news. The barnstormers..... but as time went along, and engineers produced larger, safer, and less complicated planes, from the pilot's point of view, then more people threw themselves into the industry.
SO by the mere fact of quantity, the view of the general public shifts towards a regular 9-5 job. Now this is more true for the United States....why? because the usa has some amazing number of airports/pilots/airplanes/access for people to become pilots. In Turkey, as ive mentioned in my above post, we have like 2000+ G/A and AIrline pilots TOTAL......amongst a populus of 70 million, that's like half a needle in the stack
There are more airports in south florida, than the entire SPAN of Turkey...
So when you tell someone you're a pilot over here, then they either say holy shit you're awesome, or they say, wow that's so dangerous.... i mean yeah...live it up if you like, of if you're like me, since you didnt become a pilot overnight, you dont feel the bravery rush through your body when someone is stunned that you fly!
Another factor....money....I realize that in the USA, the motto for many ppl is "time is money" while this is true in most cases in any country, it's more an American Culture too, this is not good or bad, im keeping this objective here, so please don't misunderstand. Money is more important for airline pilots in the USA, than in Turkey. I don't see this as bad, however i see it as a diversion to the job's image across the country. Turkish airlines pilots here make about 2500$-8K when compared to the standard of living in the usa, it comes out to quite crappy if you're a starting F/O.
I realize that airline pilots make the news for one the following lately, which is unfortunate.
- drunk at work
- union strike/ unhappy with airline contract
- crash - run off the runway
- near miss
- violence in cabin/airline safety
all these issue relate to the pilot in the public's view....so i can see where some views come into play here....
but all in all...people can say what they want....busting through an overcast CU
layer with the first rays of light shining on the clouds and making them seem rigid, along with stars in the darker parts of the sky twinkling down and contrails of pink/ivory showing you the way.......is the life for me