cedarjet
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Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Sun Jun 25, 2000 9:28 pm

I am a musician but when I first left school ('90), I worked for Virgin at Heathrow looking after CIPs (Commercially Important Pax), then Thomas Cook, then started my own bucket shop selling consolidated airline tickets. I was playing in bands the whole time and accidentally had what's called a 'turntable hit' in the US with a song called 'Night Flight To Charlotte' (the overlapping between my two passions is probably obvious in the title...no-one outside this forum would ever know it was inspired by a USAir timetable) and the royalties meant I could start my own label and I've been running a small indie record label since 1995, and released one album of my own stuff, as well as a dozen compilations and a few albums by other artists including 70s British prog-rockers Wishbone Ash. (While doing bits and pieces in aviation like occasionally flying in the right hand seat of light twins on ferry flights and charters, doing the fuel, logs, nav etc.)

Anyway, I've had chronic writer's block for two years and I'm completely fed up with the personalties, egos, drugs, hours and bullshit I have to endure in the music business. There is a TV series here in the UK called 'Airline' which is a fly-on-the-wall documentary ('docusoap' is the exact name of the genre) about easyJet. It has always been entertaining, but now it's an hour long (every week) with much more of a focus on flying and less on lost pets etc. In the first episode of the new series the other night, there was three or four take-offs filmed from the cockpit, sim rides, all kinds of cool stuff. But I miss it so much and I want to be part of it very badly. At one point during the show I think I actually started growling. If I'd heard the lines 'Positive rate' 'Gear up' one more time I probably would have kicked the TV set in, out of pure frustration.

So I'm going to get a full-time job at an airline, preferably easyJet in fact cos they're a young and vibey company and every time I've flown with them I've been impressed. As long as I'm near the ramp I don't care what I'm doing. I don't need to do it for the money but I can't deny myself the pleasure of working with heavy jets. The record label isn't taking all my time as it is and if I'm doing something else I love then I'll probably find more time to do music than now.

Not really that fascinating to most of you but I feel like I've had a major brainstorm and it's about planes and I just thought I'd share it with y'all.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
Aer Lingus
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RE: Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Sun Jun 25, 2000 10:25 pm

Very strangely, probably the same time you were growling after hearing 'positive rate' and 'gear up', I got the shivers !
I'm striving to be a pilot but I'm wondering will it be boring, although I've loved planes from the age of two. So if I think being a pilot isn't for me, maybe I'll do aeronautical engineering or something like that.

Martin
 
Granite
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RE: Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Sun Jun 25, 2000 11:10 pm

Hey Cedarjet......

Have you changed your age????

I always thought you to be in your later years but this has changed.

regards
Gary Watt
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ben88
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RE: Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Mon Jun 26, 2000 1:58 am

I was also under the impression that he was in his seventies. Anyhow, good luck with your decision Cedarjet!
 
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RE: Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Mon Jun 26, 2000 2:59 am

Cedarjet...what was the name of your band, that had a hit with "Night Flight to Charlotte"

I saw that show the other night too. Easyjet does seem a vibrant airline, doesn't it? That ex army guy who was taken on. He went with another airline in the end. I wonder which one.

Who was that old American guy (an actor), who tried to con the check in crew. He was a blast!!

Good luck in your endeavours, cedarjet.
 
cedarjet
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RE: Thinking Of Going Back Into Aviation Full-time

Mon Jun 26, 2000 10:59 pm

Thanks all. Bless you for thinking I'm in my 70s, I put that for a laugh (I changed it back a few months ago). Ha, should have left it! I'm 28 in a few weeks, which is old enough. Heu Aer Lingus, I don't think it'd be boring! What are you comparing it to? I agree that long haul flying would be boring cos you're in the air for eight hours with nothing to do. A short haul airline would be great cos you'd be doing at least two and usually four take offs and landings a day (shared between two pilots, no relief pilots to give a go to), home every evening for last orders, and a higher workload cos you spend 30 minutes at cruise altitude instead of hour after featureless hour.

I'll keep you posted. I'm updating my aviation CV and writing to easyJet's head of personnel tonight.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
Granite
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I'll Be Watching Airline!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 12:11 am

Hi Cedarjet,

Ok, I'll keep watching Airline and in a few years might see you on the series  

Regards
Gary Watt
 
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RE: I'll Be Watching Airline!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 12:59 am

Best of wishes in your plan to catch on with easyjet! Have fun with those 737s!!!!!
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
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Cedarjet

Tue Jun 27, 2000 2:32 am

What I meant about it being boring is that when I had the chance of being in the jumpseat in an SD-360, I felt that it was a little uneventful. (Mind you it was in cloud for the whole journey with pretty rough turbulence). I am only 15, and loved planes from the age of two, so I@m just keeping all my options open.

Best regards,
Martin

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