Merry Christmas from Pilots Flying!

Airline pilots, Christmas
Airline pilots, Christmas

For most people, the holiday season provides an opportunity to spend quality time with near and dear ones, but for those of us working in the airline industry, December is one of the busiest months of the year, and the December roster is something most of us are looking forward to with a mix of fear and anticipation. Will we get to spend Christmas Eve with our families? Under a palm tree? Or at flight level 350 somewhere over Russia?

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A tight schedule – Flight duty limitations

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Pilot blog

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.

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Some thoughts about long-haul vs. short-haul

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One of the reasons why I wanted to become a pilot was that I wanted to see the world. I love flying long-haul because on long-haul flights, you usually get to spend a night or two at the destination, so you can rent a car and go sightseeing. On short-haul, you often do not get to see anything else than the airport, since you are flying turnaround flights most of the time.

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From student pilot to pilot in command

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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.

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Why fly? – Why we became pilots

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Pilot blog

To many people, working as a pilot seems like the perfect job. You get paid to see the world, and it’s front row seats! Though the road to that cloud-surfing job can be both long and winding, not to mention expensive. The job comes with a lot of sacrifices such as being away from your family and working while everybody else is off. However, we still believe that we have the world’s best job, and here are our thoughts on why we became pilots.

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Be nice – You always meet people at least twice

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When I got my first airline job and was undergoing line-training, I remember flying with an old and very experienced training captain. For the life of me I can’t remember where I went or what training topics were discussed on the flight, but what really stood out to me on that day was after the flight had concluded and the de-briefing was done, the captain said to me: “Poul, the best advice I can give anyone brand new in aviation, is to always be polite and respectful towards everyone you encounter, all the way from the baggage-handler to the airline CEO, because everybody remembers an a**hole, and in this industry you always meet people at least twice”.

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