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Old 03-08-2008, 06:09 PM
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Ok guys, got hired at ASA last year and Ive been having a blast since. Just got junior manned to the 700 and thats been going well also, but I have a question.

The end of last week found me in Miami Beach with some buddies of mine who are still in college, and we had an amazing time. However thinking of working was in the back of my mind the entire time, when i was coherent enough to think.

I dunno its weird, I actually look forward to going in to work, out over the numerous jobs i've ever had, never have I felt like that. How long till feeling like this goes away? Some sidenotes: I live in domicile 5 mins away from airport, unmarried, no kids, and I turn 24 in 4 months.

Hmmmmmmmm....I hope it last a lifetime you are still relatively young.

As for me I would rather be in negril with a redstripe or st martin sippin on barcardi, I love flying, however I fly to live not Live to Fly
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:24 PM
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I love flying. Sure there are times when you want a 4 day trip to be over and sleep in your own bed. But who doesn't get tired of their job every now and then? Its everything you make it. Keep a positive attitude and it will always be fun.
My grandpa started working for capital airlines in 1954. He stayed there and was eventually merged with United. He still tells me everytime I see him, (because he has alzheimers and can't remember) that he "never had a job because he was paid to fly airplanes."
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:54 PM
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Been flying almost 20 years and still act like a kid in a candy store at times ,but then again It,s me I guess.
one of the few with this type of thinking or are there more of us like this ?
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:19 PM
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Been flying almost 20 years and still act like a kid in a candy store at times ,but then again It,s me I guess.
one of the few with this type of thinking or are there more of us like this ?

I think we're all like that sometimes. I definitely want to be like that. If my company appropriately compensated me for my labor, skills, knowledge, and experience, both monetarily AND MOST IMPORTANTLY with the personal time to make up for the time I'm away from everything else in my life, I'd be a happier and more productive employee. As Blkflyer said, fly to live. That's the best arrangement. Once we lose that, and all we are doing is flying and not living, and it's been forced upon you, well then screw.
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Old 03-08-2008, 08:59 PM
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You don't know how much you really like or want flying until you can't do it anymore. Then you understand just how precious it can be, or, decide that you can live without and never look back.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jedinein View Post
You don't know how much you really like or want flying until you can't do it anymore. Then you understand just how precious it can be, or, decide that you can live without and never look back.
This is EXACTLY what I was thinking needed to be said! Spot on Jedi!
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:43 PM
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I remember loving flying in my early 20's. I couldn't wait to get back to work after some time off and would eagerly take on additional work whenever I could just so I could be in the sky.

By 30 it was all gone. By then my focus changed to building a life and family. Airplanes had became torture tubes that tore me away from home.

I think it is easy to retain that joy of aviation if you have little else in your life to take your attention. Aviation demands a lot of your time and chooses where, how and how well you live.

Perhaps if I was able to secure a better flying job by my 30's I would have had a better time with my chosen profession, but poor and away from home stinks.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:47 PM
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You don't know how much you really like or want flying until you can't do it anymore. Then you understand just how precious it can be, or, decide that you can live without and never look back.
I am in the middle. I miss flying, but remember all to well red-eyes, troublesome captains and crew scheduling. It took nearly five years to not flinch whenever my cell phone rings.

I wish I could go back but now it is way too difficult and demands too much of ones life.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:55 PM
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You don't know how much you really like or want flying until you can't do it anymore. Then you understand just how precious it can be, or, decide that you can live without and never look back.
Yeah but that's the starving ethiopian argument (which always pops up). This is to say, compared to a starving ethiopian, we're all priviledged enough to fly an airplane, therefore it is unreasonable to be unhappy about such condition...well, no. Set the benchmark on a relevant datum instead. People strive to fulfill their passion in life, but one shouldn't be EXPECTED to STARVE in order to fulfill one's passion in life. That's where the problem lies. If the job compensated properly for the amount of time spent away from home, and was a more stable platform to provide for the things any job is supposed to provide for (regardless whether said profession is one's passion or not) then it would be a dream, otherwise it's just another crappy job.

The "I'd do this for free" mantra is illogical in its core argument. It doesn't matter if you get enjoyment out of something, if you cannot satisfy one's basic needs, satisfying your self-fulfillment is irrelevant. In other words, you cannot meet your self-fulfilment (higher order) without meeting your basic needs first (lower order). Furthermore, suggesting you CAN do it in reverse is fundamentally disingenuous....parents/trust fund doesn't count as it is an artificial subsidy. Which is why an unmarried 24 y/o male living 5 minutes from base is the only scenario that can actually fulfill his basic needs on a regional gig pay/schedule and therefore has the luxury to wonder if he is being self-fulfilled by a flying gig. Everybody else cannot even visit the question with a straight face, unless you don't need the money. So spare the "do it for the love of it" feel good until you make mortgage on the 2nd.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:11 PM
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You don't know how much you really like or want flying until you can't do it anymore. Then you understand just how precious it can be, or, decide that you can live without and never look back.
Great Statement! and for those of you who think flying as part of a flight crew can get old.....just think about the little people (like me) who you look to and say there is a mech. problem or a three hour UPDATE for out edct time and thats when I turn around and have to say....for those of you on flt 1234 to xyz Im sorry to say that there is a problem.....and 50-100 pax come running up to the gate to say what f#%$ and your a a#$hole its your fault, this airline sucks, what are you going to do about it...thats when I say I will book you for tomorrow and they say FFFFFFFFFF U I have my wedding tomorrow GET ME THERE TONIGHT! Thats why Im trying my hardest to get into the right seat asap! I hate my job! Anyone who thinks being a pilot sucks, come with work with me for a day and see how you like it! By the way we not only work the gate, but the ticket counter, baggage, ramp, and ops.... gotta love cost saving...one person can do it all. Come join the fun!
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