I like wathcing planes, land, takeoff, fly, I love how they look on the tarmac, and just generally think everything about them is really cool. I knew as a kid that I had to be a pilot and learn how to fly. Getting my pilots licenses has been the best thing I have ever done.
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I'm pretty sure flying is in there. There is NO reason anyone should subject themselves to such an expensive, dangerous pastime- but we do!
Flight schools are pushers of this drug, and their behaviour is just like a dealer. Fam flights- the first one's cheap. Then you start selling your possessions to keep up. Eventually you destroy your relationships and bank account because of this DISEASE called flying.
Here are how a couple of pilots stopped flying:
1. We admitted we were powerless over the urge to fly—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings, and forgive all of our bad landings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or crew or passengers.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it, and documented it in the No Flying Logbook.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to pilots, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
If you're not ready to do all of that, just have fun up there in the sky!
I started flying because it's fun as hell and the view is great! Now where's that VISA bill I gotta pay?
I did, however, meet my wife while I was....a furniture mover. She understood that as a pilot I was clearly destined to be a millionaire by the time I was 37 and I can happily say that I am half way there.... I am indeed 37.
I also like being on the move, going places, maybe I'm running from deep internal conflict? Anyways, I love what I do.
Flew with my grandpa back when I was 6 or so. Never set my mind on another career goal after that. Best view in the world. Times are tough, do not even have my first job, but never stray from the dream.
“De inimico non loquaris male, sed cogites"-
Do not wish death for your enemy, plan it.
My dad medicalled out, but was a very avid model airplane builder all this life, so I grew up with balsa dust in my hair, dried glue on my fingers, and sniffed nitrate dope a lot while covering wings. I still fly models, although not as much the last 3 or 4 years.
I started PPL lessons about 6 times and had to quit because I ran out of money, but kept going back and picking up where I had left off. Then it was carry on through ATPL and flew about 70 different types. That describes almost 40 years of my career.
Here's something to think about. In one of the last conversations I had with my dad before he died, he said "You've never worked a day in your life..."
For a few seconds, I jumped down his throat for saying that. Then he answered "no, you took it the wrong way, I had to go out and get a job only because I had bills to pay and a family to provide for. You've been lucky enough to do what you've liked to do since you were a kid, and make it pay."
He was right.
Regards to all,
The Old Fogducker
- Grandfather takes delivery of a new deHaviland Moth delivered by Lee Capreol
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A guy I flew with not too long ago put it right. It’s nice to not have to bring your work home with you….or worry about how much work you have to do when you’re not in the office. You go in, go fly, come home, have a beer, have sex and repeat!
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Ass, Licence, Job. In that order.
She brought home die-cast airplanes
I grew up playing with them, and fell in love with aviation
Even though I had motion sickness problems
And the doctors told me not to fly because they thought it wasnt gonna go away
I still insisted on flying
There were times when I fell
But I always stood back up
And now, I'm used to the environment
I fly, for love, for passion, and for PIE!
Then for the next three years I worked as Radio Operator, and relief Towerman, travelling to Forest Look Out Towers to give the operator a week or two off, or to train a new operator when they quit. I did that in Slave Lake Forest, and Peace River Forest. ( Alberta used to be divided into 12 forest districts complete with superintendents. ) I rode in those greentails a lot and always wondered IF i could do it.
So, I went back to Edmonton got a job, learned how to fly, went crop spraying, Instructing, got my Helicopter add on, flew C185, and went to work for a company that had both C185 and Bell47s. That got me a chance to fly the Bell47J. And, they gave me the Jet Ranger endorsement after the first summer on the 47. Then I went and got the Multi IFR.. ALL, because i wondered IF I could do it - that's all. Not for a higher spot on the Social Economic Ladder, just out of interest. Wrong attitude if you want to make money at this. It's a GREAT job if you don't starve getting started. It's a Career if you focus on the dollars, only Airline Pilots actually get paid. I spent 1 & 1/2 years as a rampie for Gateway Aviation for $2hr.
then i saw Top Gun.
then i actually got my licenses and endorsements, and now im in a puppy mill.
However, there is absolutely nothing better than when its shite on the ground and you pop through the layer to see the sun going down and moon rising. THAT, makes it worth it.