I confess , It was indeed Tinpis who prompted the 5 stars, just could not go past that one
The Ferry "bars" are indeed nice, and besides those guys (at least the smallgreen and yellow inner harbour cats - Supply, Alexander, Golden Grove, Lil'Jonnie ) have some great rudder controls, almost like a u-boat, still I digress, back on topic...........
Most people can walk. Most people can talk. Most people can ride a bike. Most people can drive a car. Most people can read & write, to a degree.
But most people can't fly.
Without suggesting I'm "better" than any "normal" person (whatever that's supposed to mean), I am proud of what I do for a living, regardless.
Whether that makes me better than anyone is up to the individual reading this, but I DO feel a LOT better than other people of my age group smoking dope, stealing from others trying to scratch a living, painting graffiti on bus stops and such, just as you should if you're amongst the good breed of society.
Punter – Do you want to be a commercial pilot some day
Me - I am a commercial Pilot
Punter – Are you?
Me – Look I have a licence to prove it (show punter NZ Commercial Pilot Licence)
Punter – Phah hah hah haa…. You’re funny, did you make that at home on your computer and get it laminated yourself!!!
Me – This little piece of plastic cost me $60,000
Punter – Is that right… but it doesn’t matter because pilots get paid lots of money anyway.
Me - (big sigh!!!)
Punter – So do you want to be a proper commercial pilot and fly for an airline?
Me – I’ll just pop you into the back seat of the C207… it’s the best seat in the plane…. Oh and here’s some extra air sick bags just in case you need them!!
Solicitors have nice offices to show their status, doctors have a stethoscope and a flash car to show their status, architects have flash houses to show their status.
I’ve got a crap piece of plastic, a scabby over night bag with 2minute noodles in it, a car that was built the same year I was born, and…. I’ve got three gold bars on each shoulder. A lot of blood, sweat, tears, stress, money and f*@ked up relationships have gone in to getting me where I am today and the gold bars are the only things that give “Me” any indication I’ve made it. I really don’t care what anybody else thinks. I think I’ve made it because I’m being paid to fly with gold stripes. Yeeehaaaa!!!
PS - Is your red wings similar to the "Dolmio Grin"
Last edited by Gwan B Yirheid; 14th May 2005 at 02:19.
I probably should have been more specific in what I was poking fun at, which was the comment:
a sense that you are better than normal people
Anyway, I agree with what you are saying, but the arrogance seeping out of Kornholeo's post was a little sickening (that is assuming it wasn't a wind-up, which you can never discount on PPRuNe!)
Speaking of wind-ups, drshmoo your continued efforts to gee me up have not gone unnoticed...keep up the good work buddy. Please call me next time we might cross paths so I can ensure I have my sunnies on to combat the golden glare that will no doubt be beaming out of the cockpit of the chieftain (hopefully the LHS for a change!). If I recall correctly, even the name tag was gold plated!!!! Love your work!
P.S. I have also thoroughly enjoyed this thread. P.P.S. Gwan B Yirheid - I copped exactly the same treatment from a charter pax yesterday, in addition to his greeting of "Great, i'm being flown by a kid, I hope you know the way". What a tosser.
Transition layer, keep up the clearosil and in a couple of years when your voice brakes your face will heal up.
Gwen B and all your friends, how does it make you superior by wearing some sh!t on your shoulder? The punters might put crap on you but without them you wouldn't have a job (or whatever you call paying to work).
Next thing you wankers will want to be called "Captain", you now have as many Taxi drivers as you do pilots but their on more money.
Location: Back in South Aussie and still looking for a bad bottle of red
A heck of a long time ago when I gained my CPL (now 20 yrs) I was told most forcefully by my Instructor who later owned a SA regional airline,
'If ever you fly any aircraft I own with fare paying passengers you WILL (emphasis intended) look like a professional pilot, and that means collar and tie, wings on your shirt and the appropriate epaulettes!'
You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.
So Pinky, you fly in Nomex now? you wear fire resistant gear under your nomex suit? you wear nomex gloves? a professional aerial applicator would. There is a difference between taking a job seriously and just doing what your told. I think bars on nomex overalls might be a bit much.
Some of these kids trained now are wearing all the gear before they even get a commercial, it's sort of miltiary training without the military.
Airline stuff, yes it looks the part but that has no relevance on flying 152's and 182's. Neat and tidy agreed. You can be professional without being done up like an African dictator, I think flying a 182 with bars, badges and wings would be unprofessional.
Thinking about it my last post was maybe a bit wide of the mark.
If taxi drivers and bus drivers wear epaulettes with bars all over them well pilots are at least as good as them right?
bars bars bars .. doesn't make you a better pilot!
some punters may think so but give them a good flight and they'll remember who you and your company are , not the amount of stripes on your shoulders .
Give them a bad flight and they'll remember who you are and definately remember the company you fly for .. not the amount of gold on you shoulders!
Gwan B Yirheid ... don't like what your doing/don't feel appreciated then do something else! we have all had the same old comment... you old enough to fly?... when you going be a real pilot? , are you going to get your commercial soon? etc etc take it on the chin knowing you are a professional at what you do and you will move onto bigger and better things in the future.
Super Cecil, you got me all wrong mate, I don't feel superior in any way - some days when I'm flying over glaciers and beautiful mountains on a clear still day I feel totally humbled that I get to do what I do and get paid for it. There is no better feeling than seeing a customer's face when they get to see what I see every day. I also love it when they think I’ve only been doing it for a short while – not because my flying is crap but because I’m still full of enthusiasm for it all, they think we should be bored of it after three years!!!
Am I old enough to fly?? Well my spotty face is 37 next week if that’s any indication and the funny thing is I drive taxis in my spare time to make ends meet. The fact is half the pilots in the town I work either drive taxis or buses to make ends meet.
If you want something to have a go at I reckon it’s these flying schools that make their students and instructors wear stripes. The jumped up little brats already think they’re gods gift, and to then but bars on their shoulders just makes me laugh. One stripe for PPL’s, two stripes for CPL’s, Three stripes for instructors and the CFI who hasn’t done an ATO in his life has four.
Oh yeah and the first thing we all do as soon as we’ve parked the plane up for the night is remove the above mentioned braid from our shoulders, stuff the tie in our pocket and extract a cold stubbie from the fridge.
...........That's Captain Rodger Ramjet to you sonny
Pinky, in a couple of your previous posts with your line of comment I assumed you were in the game. Anyhoo a professional fruit picker would wear a hat, sunscreen..............
Currawong, some do look like Rodger Ramjet. If blokes want to wear that stuff it's up to them, the days of putting sh!t on somebody for wearing that sort of gear are over hopefully. I think everyone wears helmets these days, the last bloke I saw without one must be 10 years ago. Overalls for AG work are practical and if their nomex all the better.