I've wanted to fly for a fractional jet ownership company for a while. It's a good combination of being able to provide personal, high-end service, while still having a lot of variety, and the training resources of a big company. I was looking at NetJets website, where they lay out the duties and working conditions.
- Cockpit/Pilot station size – Pilots must fit and be able to fully function in NetJets aircraft. Aircraft assignments or changes to assignments are not based upon pilot size.
- Owners will bring baggage and cargo of various sizes and weights that will be loaded by crewmembers
- Owners and passengers can and will smoke during flight
- Animals (including, but not limited to dogs, cats and birds) can and will be carried aboard the aircraft in the main cabin. Animals are not usually in cages. This means NetJets pilots have direct contact with animal hair, feathers, etc. Human remains (container after cremation, coffin or body bag) may be carried in the cabin
- With few exceptions, the maximum required duty day is 14 hours
- The minimum rest period is 10 hours
I'm just trying to imagine if the actual working conditions os a northern airline were detailed that way. But it's a good list. I hadn't actually considered whether I wanted to work in an environment full of stogie-chomping customers with poorly-trained dogs. A pilot told me you can jut crank up the cockpit air and it doesn't bother you. The nicotine, that is. You'd have to have one hell of a bleed air valve to use airflow to fend off dog attacks.