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I have finally had enough!!!

Old 21st Jun 2011, 19:20
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Saddest Aviator, you are not alone. Many mature airline pilots express their feelings to me, which are not dis-similar. But suicidal feelings must be dispensed with, by medical help probably.

As for comments by the likes of ETOPS240, they are beneath contempt.

The saddest thing is that many arrogant young pups in the right seat have no concept of your issue, mainly due to immaturity. And although they can fly an aircraft, they have little in the way of airmanship skills. Treat them like the teenagers that they are mentally, and they will dob you in. Truly unfair.

Keep going buddy, but not necessarily in the air. My solution was that of many others. Just treat it as a factory job, and exercise your own skills purely for your own satisfaction. And try to train the immature cadets despite their arrogance. They mostly grow up.

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Old 21st Jun 2011, 22:04
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Know the feeling too SA, had no problem with management though, they were great, just totally fed up with three nights a week Tenerife, Rhodes, Heraklion etc. and weekends Palma, Malaga, Alicante etc. in a B737-200 and no prospects for change. Stayed away just over two years and then came back to flying. I took my sabbatical at forty two and was back by forty five, the older you are the harder it is to return, usually.

Have you considered working for the CAA? Plenty of BS still but at least you would be a part of it!

Farnborough takes about eighteen months to organise, have you considered working in operations support with the air show organisers?

Paid manager of a flying club/school, opportunity to fly for fun, not much money.

Become an expat. enjoy life a little!
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 22:21
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Hi SA

Been there, done that even got the T-shirt! Took a sabatical for a half year... deliverred mail for a living on foot... lost the weight and started to actually feel good... went every second day to an old age home and volunteered to talk and visit with people...The time out was great, even got in some serious fishing which was nice... and it put a whole new perspective on things... no matter how deep the BS really is... I no longer bring work home with me.... I realised how lucky we really are being above the rest... most problems go away after you suck up the gear... I actually found that the older I got, the more enjoyment I took in helping younger aviators reach their goals and objectives!
Hope things get better for you.
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It is possible to see the glass half full rather than half empty!
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 22:29
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As many have said,go to work take the money and go home,but I would add do it for your own professional pride,works for me even though I hope none of my children wantto do it for a living.
The profession is being diluted,ts and cs are changing,this is because button pushing is seen as the way forward,but it will change and when it does people like you may be appreciated again.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 03:50
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Try losing your medical to gain a sense of perspective.


The job can be tough sometimes but it doesn't compare to not being able to do
it !
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 10:48
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Saddest aviator
I went through the same thing in the late 80s.
I was one of the highest remunerated FOs in the industry but had to work for it.
It started with a weird lung infection probably from West Africa which depleted my immune system. Eight years later I had my first 3 month sick leave after catching malaria.
I applied for a flight ops position with the CAA but didn't even get an application form although I had many times more experience than others I knew were in the job. A former colleague said I was a fool as I should have known that it was for masons and guild members. I don't dispute his reasoning.
After a couple more years and a second bout of malaira I developed ME although it was a disease for weirdos and malingerers at the time.
I was already on a special roster avoiding Africa but fortunately flew with our chief training captain who recognised the symptoms and he got me a transfer to short range.
My health improved and I looked at getting out of the profession but faced with a very substantial loss of earnings and an expensive family I decided to take a couple of months unpaid leave each year.
After my command my health improved somewhat as the job was much easier than as a first officer.
18 months later I had a head injury which gave me memory/sight and hearing problems. A week later a friend topped himself whilst I was waiting for him and I started on the depression slippery slope.
I got screwed by my chief pilot (brit [email protected]@@@@e) and found myself waiting for a bus course which I didn't have the confidence to start.
I was forced to take an extremely good loss of license package but missed flying.
Gliding/paragliding/instructing and a good wife and friends helped a great deal.
I completed a weeks course with Paul Mckenna on NLP - it changed my life.

I cannot quantify your problems but the cumulative affects of being locked up in an aluminum tube, breathing [email protected]@p air, working odd hours plus the occasional stress factors ain't good for man nor beast.
I would suggest that rather than walking away from the career that you get help (BALPA?) to see what you can change to improve the quality of your life.

There are many routes and I have seen friends with worse problems than mine take different directions - one went into management and wrote his own rosters and another went to the funny farm.
good luck
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 11:40
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Tibetan Monks have none of these problems..!

I don't know you SA but very generally speaking, you seem to be suffering from being British.

Tax up - red tape up - living costs up - knife and gun crime up - overcrowding - motoring charges up - insurance up - declining levels of customer service and all of this rammed down ones throats by outfits such as the Daily Mail and Sky News forever looping rubbish to fill up air time.

The UK is wholly depressed right now and you are not the only one feeling crap. Just seeing and reading about it all the time versus Rooneys 250k per week, how much Philip Green made last month, Simon Cowell's stupid X-Factor tax bill alone being 150m, how another hedge-funder made 400m yesterday and how a Big Brother slapper just signed a 800,000 kiss and tell story with Max Clifford and the News of the World, all helps to create a country low on morale and self-worth.

I stopped reading the press and rarley watch TV except for films and the like.

Getting out of the UK has been great too (although it's not an option or even a desire for everyone)
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 16:08
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Angry

I couldn't have put it better myself, Craggenmore. We moved back to London after spending the best part of four years living in California. We have been back in England for just five months & we are moving out already. What a ghetto the cities are, scumbags on every street corner, scandalously expensive for, well, everything, what a bloody miserable summer & nicked for 'speeding' by a hidden camera for just 36 mph on the A453, which Hertz charged me an admin. fee of 42 for just to inform me that I'd got the bloody ticket! The UK has totally lost the plot & for you, SA, I would think about a relocation if that's a possibility for you. I hear everything that you say about this job but I'll tell you something: it really helps when you come home from your travels to sunshine, a positive attitude & you can afford the finer things in life rather than pumping your hard earned into the pathetic British Government's coffers.

Are you in the position to migrate, maybe start a business abroad, a franchise even?

p.s. 44 year old English guy who would never have a word said against the place until Blair & Brown destroyed the country.
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 17:06
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"until Blair & Brown destroyed the country"

Glad to see your Daily Mail subscription was worth it

On a more serious note, I would agree with those who say it might be a lot to do with how you treat your job.

I had two careers prior to aviation and I can vouch you're unlikely to be happier with an office job. Try spending half your day looking at pointless PowerPoint presentations and the other half listening to your MBA boss regurgitating one cliche expression after another. Once home, your evenings and weekends will be punctuated by Blackberry emails sent by ladder climbers who want to be seen working during home time. And you better reply. You think you have to cope with bullshit now?

I'm not saying don't quit. Maybe it's the right thing for you. But if you do, I would advise starting your own business...

If you can, go part-time and do something like instructing, para-dropping, etc. In other words, remember why you started flying in the first place. It's not the job it used to be (based on the accounts of old timers). But trust me, it's far better than most jobs out there...
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 00:26
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Okay...this might seem like a hypocritical reply but here goes! Currently on a stopover in Ibiza so yes I am working and this aspect of the job is why I carry on doing it after all the bull that carries on and continuous deteriorating ts and cs. This is coming from a corporate perspective so airline guys prob don't get a chance to enjoy a decent stop like i am right now. Stop overs like this couldn't get any better and it is probably the core reason I got into the business...in order to see and visit great places! However, I have also had my doubts about the industry due to the deterioration....what I can say after being here soaking up the atmosphere and chilling out (not a clubber) is if you can do it...move to a place like this and open your own bar or something similar. The expats that I have met who are living here doing just that are so chilled out and content that it seems like the perfect life. Of course it has it's issues like anything but come on...sun, sea, great people, great food and drink and amazing scenery. My advice...if you can find a gig that gives you the time to also do something else to focus on...start your own business in a place like this and have something to be proud of and call our own. Start enjoying life...but keep flying somehow or you will always wonder!!
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 01:27
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Absolutely Permafrost & when I'm not in the country I always remember to download my Daily Mail on the iPad, can't live without them giving me my opinions

Seriously, I find it very sad when any pilot says that he's so pissed with the industry that he wants out. From whichever background, we all go through strenuous training to get where we want to be in this industry & without a doubt the Ts & Cs along with all the peripheral BS is continuing to decline. Bean-counters, HR people, so called security fascists have all knocked our professional lives. I do believe, however, that if you can take what you can from the job & have a balanced life outside of work then it's still a reasonable career. On a personal level I've found England to be the most expensive, & yet conversely, most miserable place in which to live. There is no end to the doom & gloom, the endless rain (when they unbelievably claim that we are in a drought situation ) & the general national attitude.

So I say to SA try to find another place in the world through your profession or open that business in the sunshine if you are able to. If it doesn't work for you then you'll know that for you you actually had it good living in the SE of England & flying for a living. If your life change works out then great, what have you got to lose. Either way you won't be left years down the line wondering, "what if...!"
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 06:47
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Ayn Rand was right

Ayn Rand was right

This article touches on some of the sentiments expressed by posters in this thread.
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 07:03
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UK is a country of crooks. the whole gov is a joke!
when you put one foot in london, bingo you start to pay for everything!
you will all struggle under debt, the end of UK is soon over.

one day, I asked a brit what was the difference between a legal & non legal immigrant, he asked me:" when you came by train, were you in the train or on top of the train?"
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 08:10
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Saddest Aviator: Have you thought about becoming a piano player in a whore house ?

Compared to 'professional aviation' these days, it'd be a step UP the career ladder, certainly so in terms of gaining self-respect, plus I've heard that the tips aren't bad, and there's always the fringe benefits that come with it too!

Slasher, does any of your vast & worldly-wise experience perhaps encompass this area of employment and, if anybody knows of such an opening, would they please let me know asap, so that I can apply for it myself ?!
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 08:48
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I don't know you SA but very generally speaking, you seem to be suffering from being British.
Quote of the day, made me laugh out loud literally
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 08:56
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There's a very nice upmarket whorehouse in Sydney which
needed some sort of musical talent a while ago OKC, but I
don't think it was piano playing. Maybe in Texas you'll find
an odd job bashing the ivories but I don't know for sure.

Plenty of opportunity around Thailand for that sort of thing
but they employ locals only.

Ayn Rand was right
Spot on! Some of the reasons mentioned is why I left Ostraya
for good many moons ago under a similar socialist regime and
never looked back. I hear its much much worse down there
than when I left.
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 08:57
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Glad to see your Daily Mail subscription was worth it
Hey Permafrost - easyJets paper of choice

Hope all is well...
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 09:30
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You will not find what you are looking for in another career. Not without a change in mindset first!

Accept that the world is full of BS, it might smell a little different elsewhere, might be a slightly different colour in some parts of the world, hell- some companies might even tie it up in a pretty bow for you... but its still BS.

Your career does not define who you are. Find an outlet outside of your job and get some perspective back....rediscover what motivates you.....once youve found that out you will have an easier time working out what you want to do career wise.

The grass always seems greener. It isn't. Someone mentioned self employment...try 7 days a week, 12 hours a day for a few years ( dealing with guess what? Thats right BS from customers ) then come and talk to me about how green the grass is as a company director.

Good luck.
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 09:49
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Clunk is right as is Etops, although I wouldn't necessarily couch it in those terms. If you resign on Friday, you've solved the problem that you expressed in post #1.

However, that doesn't mean a thing come Monday morning. There really are no dream jobs for the overwhelming majority of people, most of us have to put up with some form of tosser or other interfering in our daily lives. I quit the corporate world to get away form useless managers & faceless beauracracy & also to make a few quid.

Whilst it worked for me, I inevitably have to take it up the japside from customers once in a while; my new masters, so unless Holly Vallance is looking for a new Brazillian wax technician, I would think long & hard about the motivations before telling the boss to poke it up his hole.
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Old 23rd Jun 2011, 09:59
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I reckon you gotta be thankful for what you've got... and be the best damn whatever it is you are...
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