10 Instagram Worthy Pool Floaties You NEED For Summer Travels!

Heads up: This is post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. Summer is upon us! Long days, warm sunshine and lazy afternoons on the water are here! Whether you’re flying, road tripping, hitting up summer festivals or staying put, inflatables are awesome to take along with you to all your summer activities because they’re so portable! Before you hit the water, check out my top 10 best pool floats for […]

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Non-Revving: Not for the faint of heart

One of the amazing perks of being married to a pilot is taking advantage of the flight benefits. You get to fly anywhere in the world at heavily discounted prices depending on the agreement your husband’s airline has with the airline you’re trying to fly on. Every airline is different and has different rules so being prepared is key. The major downfall of being able to fly this way is that you have to fly standby. No guaranteed seat. We have been stranded and it has been a nail biter on more than one occasion. But, overall we’ve gotten pretty […]

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Private Pilot Flight School: Financials

Are you ready for some hard truth? Flight school is crazy expensive. Like private university expensive. In my last post I talked about how holding a job is a really bad idea for pilots first starting out but it’s also very expensive. Your best bet is to scrimp, save, live on ramen, take on roommates, donate plasma, do whatever you need to do in order to avoid holding a job that will interfere with training. To cut down on costs DH started his training at a community college. Even though the program was through the University, it was significantly cheaper […]

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Private Pilot Flight School Training: Weather and Flexibility

At the very beginning of flight training, with 0 flight hours under his belt, DH had a ton of limitations as far as what kind of weather he was allowed to fly in. Weather plays a huge factor in whether or not your flight is cancelled. As you gain certifications and ratings you’re allowed to fly in different weather conditions. But, it takes many many hours to get to that point. His first year of training took place in Eastern Washington which can be known for wind and rain, especially in the Fall. Which isn’t the greatest time to be […]

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Learning to Fly by the Seat of your Pants

I am a former control freak. I did not roll well with sudden changes. I did not like surprises. Actually, I still don’t like surprises. But, I am less of a control freak than I used to be but now I’d like to just call myself a “planner”. I used to have a plan. If things did not go according to that plan I rarely handled it well. It has taken me years to evolve into someone who can simply go with the flow. I can think of a few moments in particular that have forced me to let go […]

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Regional Airlines: Seniority and Bases

DH has been on with a regional airline for a little over two years now. There is a lot going on within the system and a heck of a lot to learn. But, I think after two years I might actually have it down to a science. The first thing you have to know about any airline is that everything is based on seniority. Airlines have thousands of pilots as employees. The only main interaction is between the first officer, the captain, the flight attendants and the gate agents. While the captain has the ultimate say as to what goes on […]

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Getting Hired by an Airline

When it comes to job interviews I always tell myself that it has to be a good fit for both parties. The interview isn’t just about the company trying to see if you’re a right fit for the job. It’s also about you trying to see if this company, job, schedule and work environment is the right fit for you too. Now, more than ever, airlines are evaluating personality as much as your resume. When you get hired on by an airline you immediately enter into this ladder of seniority. It determines your schedule, where you’re based and how much […]

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The Route We Choose

There are so many ways to get from student pilot to professional pilot. There are different end goals and different routes to get there. At every crossroads we weighed our options and chose the shortest road even if it was toughest, which may not work for everyone. My husband and I were born and raised in the suburbs of Seattle. After graduating high school in 2006 we moved to Spokane where we both attended a community college. My dream program was at this school and it just so happened that his dream school had a satellite commercial aviation program at […]

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