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Old 09-20-2006, 11:39 AM   #1  
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Default What's up with instructors wearing pilot uniforms??

Isn't it the stupidest thing you see? I was at the local grocery store and I see someone with a full uniform, euplets and all, come out of the car. Normally I don't ask pilots who they fly for but I did for this guy because he was really young and my age, maybe 20-22. So the guy says I'm an instructor at an academy. Since I was in a good mood I left it at that but seriously why do academies do that, is it because they want their students to keep the SJS or to give an illusion that they are airline pilots??
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That's what I like about working at ATP, no wannabe airline pilot uniforms. I think that when those guys get out of a little GA plane they look ridiculous. I would be embarrassed to wear something like that.
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I saw a guy at a baseball game wearing a white shirt with four-stripe epaulets. Wondering why a pilot would attend a game in uniform, I got close enough to read the logo on his shirt. He was a bus driver.
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I saw a guy at a baseball game wearing a white shirt with four-stripe epaulets. Wondering why a pilot would attend a game in uniform, I got close enough to read the logo on his shirt. He was a bus driver.

The sad thing is he probably makes more than me.
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I did my comm/multi/instrument at a big 141 school. No uniforms worn by anyone. One day I was there getting ready for a flight (in my uniform: jeans and T-shirt) and a student walks by in a flight suit. It was a blue cotton flight suit like the Blue Angels wear. He had his E6B and Sectional charts in the pockets. We all had a good laugh.
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ATP almost went to unifroms to simulate a "Professional Career", I about died when I was a month into 5 months of training when we got the e-mail. All students will be required to wear epaulettes and the whole get-up, when inside the ATP buildings and while conducting flight activities.

Thank you Lord for sparing us that headache (I thought to myself)!

I am already embarrassed to explain to people that I don't really fly for anybody yet, I am a flight instructor. And then comes the "Oh", I feel like I just ruined the party afterward.

It is funny to see though, reminds me of some security guards that dress up like swat team members. You think "wow", then I read the array of patches and realize, "This guy is a rent-a-cop!"
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Well I agree there is some merit to the uniform theory, it makes the pilot feel a little more focused. I never fly with tennis shoes, shorts and a t-shirt because I want to keep a level of seriousness, but going all the way with the epaulets and the wings and name tag, it's just overkill.
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I just wake up in the morning and put whatever on. I am not being paid to do fly yet... Just because you dress up nice does not mean you are serious about what you do. My girlfriend is attending Texas Culinary Academy and they wear their chef uniforms to school... That is chef school, not flying though...
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I never fly with tennis shoes, shorts and a t-shirt because I want to keep a level of seriousness, but going all the way with the epaulets and the wings and name tag, it's just overkill.
You're kidding, right?
Every pilot I know would say that putting decent clothes on for an afternoon flight around the patch is overkill. Heck, some would say that putting shoes on is overkill.
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Nothing wrong with business casual. In fact, pants and a good sturdy pair of shoes can become very practical in the event of a forced landing. However, the bars on the shoulders are a bit of overkill for a cessna.
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