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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 12:48
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Tempered with "I've only just finished my training and don't have a job yet, so have never flown a jet for real" [anyone got a job? please? I'm nice really!]

But, even with that caveat, what floats my boat:
- Every single time you sit in whatever seat you're flying from and crank open the thrust levers/throttles and get that walloping kick in the small of your back - NEVER fails to make me smile...
- Taking off early on a rainy, crappy, grey, cold, miserable day, thinking "what the hell am I doing this for" - only to break cloud into glorious blue skies and sunshine on the climb out and thinking "that'd be it then!"
- Knowing, that even if I never get paid to fly, at least I went for my dream and gave it my best. Better to regret the things you've done than those you never did and all that...
- The amount of laughs, giggles, friends (And sunburn!) I got along the way...
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 12:55
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One from training:

Flying a route and arriving home, popping out of the cloud just above minima and kissing the runway, parking up shutting down and walking back to the crew room with a smile!
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 13:13
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One particular memory for Nick14 that will live a long time in my thoughts....a certain JK finally getting his....being taped to a pole, floured, egged, ketchupd and probably any number of other things...."Maggot..."
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 13:37
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Oh the memories.......

He did like to antagonise the residents somewhat so I am hardly surprised that he got what he did
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 13:42
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757-driver

thanks for coming back and picking me up again! Its tough to juggle finances, wife, kids and studies!!! only to hear from a like beafis that after all this, I will end up with a "shitty" career.

Whilst I know it isn't true, it is something you certainly don't want to read. Hence why its been a while since I posted on PPRuNe yesterday.Too much negativity.

how old were you (if it isnt a rude question) when you first started ppl?
I did a ppl in '02 - '03 when I was 32, I had all but given up any hope of a commercial career by then but after some research and alot of sole searching and penny counting decided to go for it, on the basis that i did it all part time alongside my career.
studying and exams were done distance learning - with the first module of books dropping through the letterbox the week my first son was born in april '05! (that was a busy time!)
Exams completed by Jan 06. CPL jan-mar 06, MEP mar 06, IR apr-jun 06, MCC jul 06. Then a job offer, 757 type rating and base training completed in Nov 06. Signed off from line training in Feb 07, one month before my 37th birthday.
Don't ever let anyone tell you you cannot do these things.

I did a write up for another forum a couple of years ago - if I can find it i'll post it here.
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 15:43
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Freshly baked cookies!
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 22:39
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Excellent thread

The cloudscapes, always changing and never fail to impress

Joy of flight, thats all the bits, including the taxi, lining up, holding it on the brakes, bringing up the power levers, the rush of the wind

Cutting through cloud layers

Hand flying a procedure and hitting all the check heights

Greasing it on (Sometimes)
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Old 23rd Apr 2009, 13:24
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Excellent thread!

I can't wait to graduate from uni and start applying to schools! Keep them coming guys... us wannabes are getting all excited!
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Old 23rd Apr 2009, 21:06
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Cutting through cloud layers
Yeah - from both sides! I love the impression of speed as you gradually descend into a layer.
Coming into london the other day, ended up in the OCK hold about 50 ft above a layer of Stratus - Awesome! Our shadow flying in formation with us in the middle of a circular rainbow. I was mesmerised
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 14:10
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Now the novelty of big white fluffy fings has worn off, the reasons I like this job are:

Good money (5200pcm) - Hey I'm gonna boast!
FAF hostesses (work that acronym out yourself)
The uniform
The looks from others

Don't like greasing it. I love hard landings, windshear and turbulence. Great to give the SLF a ride. Regret never having flown Kai Tak.

Too tall for the RAF weren't I. So ended up lumbering about pushing buttons
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 14:15
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Great answer.

Chicks, Money, Power and Chicks.

Yes the uniform is great.

FAF = Fit And Foxey?
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 14:50
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I am assuming the A is just A, and the 2nd F is Friend

Once you've got that, the first word isn't too hard to work out


...i want an airline job
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 15:09
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Fit as ***K in the UK or at least where im from
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 15:37
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I've just posted on the Jet blast forum regarding my wildlife appreciation in Oxford circus around lunch time. Not flying out 'till tonight.

But yes, FAF when the sun is out. Can't wait 'till I get to the hotel sometime tomorrow evening- local time.

Honestly, I'm not going to lie because we all know it. I may not be the 'biggest' guy in the world, but being a pilot sure makes up for it.

Man I love this job. But I really should grow up. Mum has been on at me to "settle down with a lovely little lady and give me some grandchildren".

Sorry Mum, I'm only 28 and I'm going to be enjoying myself for a few more years!
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 16:15
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Man I love this job. But I really should grow up
growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional.

my son said to me the other day "Daddy when I grow up, I want to be a pilot"

I replied, "well you can't do both son"
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 16:54
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It was great inviting pax onto the flightdeck in an era when it was allowed and even encouraged.
I remember chatting to an American in the cockpit of a DC10 about 8 hours out of LAX and he asked "how would you like to be in the cockpit of an L1011 right now?
I replied "not alot". When he enquired why, I said that an L1011 would have run out of fuel about an hour ago (1975 pre-500's). He looked a bit miffed and returned to the 1st class cabin leaving his card with us..... The CEO of Lockheed..........priceless!
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 17:27
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What a shame that kids are no longer allowed to go the flight deck. Once in a while though with common sense we still give passengers a lift in the jumpseat although not in Europe or north America.
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 17:33
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I miss with a passion the 742F. To be a pilot in one was an honour. The dials made me feel like I was flying in the glamour era of the seventies. And we actually flew the thing due to the cr*pness of the autopilot.

Taking off from Jeddah 42'C OAT and landing in Anchorage at -28'C. Freight was an amazing job with proper down-to-earth pilots who did the job and didn't have to worry about corporate muppets . Flying in metallica T-shirts and shorts and using the 'other' radio for talking to other Freighters in the viscinity - south pacific flights were a non stop laugh believe it or not.

Then I was 'lucky' enough to get a 744 job with an airline. Unfortunately at 25 with 2200 hours on a 747, I was never going to get Captain anytime soon in case it p1ssed off the old timers. I make good decisions, good handling skills and am a great leader. Unfortunately I have the attitude of a London Underground Driver!

But I'm honest and i think I'm loving the job more than most.

Good money
Good Girls
No further responsibility - just how I like it!
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Old 24th Apr 2009, 17:39
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What I like about this job is ... looking out of the window!!!!

Well, more than that really...lots in fact.

I fly Airbuses ( well, alright. operate them!) and it is everything and more I expected as a child growing up.

When I was at school, looking out of the window, bored, learning history,thinking about aircraft etc in the late 1980's all I wanted to do was be "up there" looking down on Maidstone, Kent, flying a Dover 8M or 2P from LGW and all that....

I am doing this on a regular basis and I always think of those days at school or when I worked in my local supermarket stacking shelves.

To be able to look down at the earth from 35000 feet still gives me a warm feeling inside, even today.
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I have never flown behind a locked cockpit door, not sure I would like it now, great in the early 70,s having a mini skirt perched high on the jump seat! I think we had 2 jump seats so we could have 2, one for the boss and one for me!
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