Aussieland Day Four: Melbourne

After a very late night with the penguins, we awoke early with an hour drive ahead of us to meet our helicopter pilot. Yes, oh yes, we were headed to see the 12 Apostles! I should point out that in Australia they refer to them as simply the Apostles because there are no longer 12 of them and there haven’t been 12 for decades. And they will get annoyed and correct you. Every. Time.   We hit the road and made our way from the east side of the bay to the west. Most people who head out to see […]

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Aussieland Day Three: Melbourne

On day three we woke up fairly early and decided to check out of our hostel early. We headed to the airport and were off to Melbourne! Melbourne (pronounced Mel-bin) was on my list of cities to see for two reasons: Phillip Island and the 12 Apostles. When we landed we found ourselves instantly surrounded with a sea of people of China. What I didn’t realize was that we had decided to travel on Chinese New Year and Australia is an extremely popular vacation destination from people in China! We found a payphone in baggage claim and called our hotel […]

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Aussieland Day Two: Sydney

With the 19 hour time difference we were awake bright and early on our first full day in Sydney. We were out and exploring before most businesses were open, found a cute fountain down the street from our hostel and headed back to the Harbour.    We went into the Royal Botanical Garden which is free to enter and explore and is a nice big park where lots of people go running and do yoga. On our walk, we passed by what looked like a very skinny pine tree with shore branches and up high in the top of the […]

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Aussieland Day One: Sydney

After nearly missing our flight from LAX to Sydney due to a visa issue we were so thankful just to get on the flight. We were both in middle seats in row 50 but ended up being able to switch some seats around to sit next to each other. The 14 hour flight was long but bearable thanks to a few essentials: a good travel pillow, ear plugs and an OTC sleep aid. When we arrived in Sydney it was about 8:30 am local time and we hit the ground running. Sydney has an amazing transportation system that is easy […]

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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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