Some days are more stressful than others, and last week I had one of those days. 7 sectors and a maxed-out flight duty with only 15 minutes margin between the scheduled duration of the flights and the maximum time we were allowed to fly due to duty time restrictions. So what to do? There is actually only one thing to do and that is taking one sector (flight) at a time and do the best you can to make it work.
The Regional Pilot
Flying an airplane is not that complicated, and if you are well-organized and interested in what you are doing, it can be both fun and interesting. Though there is more to flying than just taking your seat in the cockpit and pushing some buttons, and every day, there are new decisions to be made.
The process of becoming a pilot is made up of building blocks, with each block representing a milestone that brings you closer to the goal. You start flying very small aircrafts and the first big experience is when the instructor gets out of the plane and you are up there on your own for the first time. It typically takes around 10 hours of flight training before this happens; your first solo flight.
ACMI operations are very different from working for one operator. Flexibility and readiness to embrace change is something that you have to be prepared for. The two of us @TheRegionalPilot both fly for an ACMI operator.