A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Mon Jan 22, 2001 4:11 am

Well semester-end is coming up and for my journalism class I have to write a feature story...and came up with "A Day In the Life of an Airline Pilot" (I know Doug has a great one on his site, but I can't use it Sad).
So for any airline pilots out there, I have a few questions...

What is your day like? From leaving for the airport (or even air commuting) until the time you spend on layover (not too graphic here please...hehe).

What is your favorite part of your work day?

How many days of the month do you usually work?

Where are you based from; what airline; what a/c?

...and anything else interesting that you can think of. And, of course, I can't use it in the story if it doesn't have a name with it, so please leave a full name if you don't have one in your profile.

Thanks so much! I would have posted this yesterday, but I had such a bad migrane I couldn't open my eyes, and from what I understand the site was down anyway.

And Timobear/UAL_777_FO/whatever-else, please refrain from posting.  Smile


RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Mon Jan 22, 2001 4:56 am

The typical airline pilot's day: Show up; grab the paperwork; if the weather's good - do a walk around, if it's raining or snowing very hard - do a run around; load the passengers; close and lock the cockpit door; push back; takeoff - fly a SID or take vectors for the departure, fly to "where ever", then a STAR and/or vectors to an ILS and land; if the landing was a good one - open the door and shake everyone's hand as they get off, if the landing was shall we say, less than good - keep the door closed until everyone has deplaned. Then repeat ad nausium.

RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Mon Jan 22, 2001 11:56 am

Wake up, give the flight attendent cab fare home, light a smoke, have a coffee, check out the stock market, shower, shave, jump in the Vette, have the F/O do all of the paperwork........double check it, in case he is an idiot, meet-and-greet the flight attendents (sizing up "possibilities"), strap on the Big Iron, boot up the FMS, tell the F/O it's his leg, turn-and-burn, suck up the gear, break out the Wall Street Journal at cruise, config a CAT IIIb landing, let the aircraft land itself, chat up the "hose-monster" you've identified on the way to the crew bus, go to the hotel room, wake up........and do it again.

Capt Dirk Savage...........Heavy Jet God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RE: Dirk Savage

Mon Jan 22, 2001 12:35 pm

that is the funniest thing i've ever read!!!!!!!!

RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Mon Jan 22, 2001 1:27 pm

Hahaha... I like that, DS. Pretty funny. And I like your profile in which your hobbies are stated as "Inflating road kill carcasses with Helium". Hilarious.  Smile
But, unfortunatly, I don't think I will be able to use that in my report....  Sad hehe


RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Tue Jan 23, 2001 8:29 am

Thanks to everyone who responded, either by email or a post... I'll be handing it in tomorrow and hopefully will get a pretty good grade on it.


RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Tue Jan 23, 2001 1:05 pm

LOL!!! I think Dirk Savage has hit the nail right on the head. That post is the entire reason I am in flight school now. Maybe one day I will be half the pilot he has described... Just kidding... I'm here because I LVE TO FLY AIRPLANES!!!


RE: A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot

Wed Jan 24, 2001 12:24 am

Dirk Savage, I hope to be a pilot just like you man. See stuff like that, they don't teach in flight school, you have to just have it, you know.

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