Friday, April 08, 2005

My Job

I'm a commercial pilot. This does not mean that I fly Boeing 747s. It means I get paid to fly. My current job is the lowliest job in commercial aviation. It's the fallback job. The "if you can't get a real flying job" job. I know. I've returned to it more than once. I mean no disrespect to my colleagues, some of whom have managed to make a proper career out of this, but they too routinely have to respond to the customer question, "So have you ever considered becoming a commercial pilot?"

I work for a good company, among the best in the country, with better conditions and pay than typical at this end of the industry. I'm well treated and have great co-workers, but it still means low pay, and I cannot go further in the company without joining the ranks of management. And that would mean less flying and more paperwork, so no thanks. My days are divided among flying, looking for a better job, sleeping, and procrastinating, although not in that order.

I have at other times worked in operations certified under part 702, 703 and 704 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. All I need is 705 to complete the set, and I intend to document my progress towards that goal here.

I suppose the real purpose of this blog is to articulate my attempts to advance myself, thereby subjecting them to the scrutiny of strangers, and elevating them to the status of commitments. If I make a commitment to others, it gets done. For some reason I don't habitually extend that same courtesy to myself. Therefore I will regularly make commitments to you, who probably neither know nor care who I am, and trick myself into carrying them through. If I don't make a regular, reasonable effort to advance my career, not only will I lack that happy sense of accomplishment that I crave, but complete strangers will mock me.


sweavo said...

I (who neither know you, nor care THAT much, but a little nonetheless) solemnly swear to mock you if you fail to get a 705.

Lord Hutton said...

You're right about making a committment. I'd messing around in some rubbish chatroom, if I hadn't promised all this stuff to people

silver horde said...

I won't mock you. I'll be interested as my son wants to ba a pilot and I like to know what it takes!!

Lost Av8r said...

silver horde, A love and desire for aviation that you never question....and a strong liver :)

Aviatrix, when you make 705....hopefully I'm right there with you

Anonymous said...

You're right, this anonymity thing is tricky. I do know who you are, and I suspect that anyone else who does know you would never truly mock you. Some of us would happily engage in mock mocking, of course.

gerry said...

I've readt some of your blogs about different engines.. piston/gasturbine-turboprop and I'm wondering what type of aircraft your flying..

Love the way you explain things btw.. funny and very clear!


Nicolas said...

yeah this anonymity thing sucks big time. I actually do care. I want to know what kind of plane you fly and all that but alas I'll just have to settle for praising you if you succeed and mocking you if you don't.

Adrian Brutus Gonzalez said...

HEY!!! Girl!! come on!! please!! see.. there are people all the way from MEXICO reading your wonderful stories!! and come on!! you keep it Anonymous!!! please!! give us a breaK!! at least give us the name of the company and planes you fly!! Be merciful!!
We just as you love flying and everything related to aviation, and in orther to get into your stories, we need details!! we want to feel what you felt! and be able to have a greater picture of the whole thing!!