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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