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Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:12 am

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Well, from reading stuff on this website, I get the idea that there are a few pilots on I would like to ask, is a pilots job really as good as it looks, because I have looked at many "case studies" where of course they all say how brilliant their job is, but I would like to know, is it really as good as they are saying, because there have surley got to be some bad points ? ? ?


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RE: Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:19 am

Being A Pilot, The Downsides? (by DC10Widebody May 9 2007 in Tech Ops)
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RE: Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:53 am

Everyone likes to say the downsides of flying... My ex-step-dad is on the left seat of the 340/330 and he is making lots of money... has tons of time off... and has his own aircraft (a warbird)...he is 100% happy with his job. He also has very nice property and a very nice car... Plus he has gone threw a divorce a while ago and there for does not even have all the money he could be making... yet still has money for toys. Lots of people tend to look down on the industry because the first few years suck... The top end is really good!
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RE: Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:01 am

I'm not a pilot, but in the future, I hope I will be! I think for pilots, like cabin crew, the job is as good as you make it to be! Some people like to know they're working 9-5, and have Saturday and Sunday off, and earn $2000 a month! Pilots and Cabin crew do neither! Different hours, different cities, different crews! Its constant change, and its great! I think if you begin to dislike the job, you need to get out of it too, as airline hours/conditions arent for the faint hearted!
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RE: Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:18 pm

Every job has upsides and downsides. That said, one should always remember to "do what you love" when it comes to work.

Me? I love flying and all aspects of aviation. Right now I don't work in aviation but I fully intend on being some sort of professional pilot within five year (hopefully airlines). I know some pilots at SkyWest, ExpressJet, Mesaba and United (everything from a B777 check airman to a Saab 340 F/O) and they tell me the ins and outs of their jobs. Yeah, there are aspects that suck but I believe the good outweighs the bad. I honestly just wouldn't be happy doing anything else...

But hey, what do I know? I'm just a 170TT C-172 pilot.  Smile
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RE: Do Pilots Really Have A "high Flying" Career?

Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:23 am

I too have often though that those of us non-pilots who love air travel sometimes overly romanticize the job of a pilot. I do sometimes daydream about becoming a pilot (and I'm sure I'm not the only one), but then I think about how my current job allows me to more or less show up and leave whenever I want and even work from home sometimes, no one cares if I show up wearing a t-shirt and shorts and go for a week without shaving, I can take my vacation whenever I choose, etc. A pilot would pretty much have the opposite of all those things.

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