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