Don’t marry an airline pilot (Part 2)

About this time last year I suggested reasons why marrying an airline pilot might not bring you the lifestyle you had in mind. Today David Nicholas, who frequently posts comments here, has kindly sent me a link to a human interest story on the BBC website – including a video – which rather backs up my thesis.

Two captains living in a trailer in a car park does not do much for the traditional image of the airline pilot. Maybe that’s because the terms and conditions aren’t what they once were for, say, a Braniff 747 Classic captain just before deregulation in the States.

But being a commercial airline pilot has never been only about the 1970s “Braniff skipper” sort of job - that was just the cream of the crop.

And there, sitting grinning in his RV (motor home), Capt Bob Poster still says he loves his job (see video in the link above), and is totally realistic about the way things are.

 But you can’t say you haven’t been warned

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4 Responses to Don’t marry an airline pilot (Part 2)

  1. FLYER 9 August, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    Hello Mr Learmont,
    The airline Captain in the BBC video said it all, “the Old Timers said it is nothing like it used to be”. At one time military pilots looked to fly in the commercial world, but now it can be a different story, with pilots staying on for a further tour of duty. At one time flying was for some of the people, now in most cases, it is for more of the people, and they want a Cheap Seat, and they have a huge choice. But when the airline business takes off again, although a little leaner, will we be short of well Trained Pilots?
    All the Best Martin

  2. FLYER 9 August, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Dear Mr Learmount,
    I do apologize for spelling your name incorrectly, my dog Bert has taken my glasses, and I haven’t found where he has buried them yet!
    flyer1.

  3. micmox 23 October, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    air incidents

    A NORTHWEST AIRLINES Flight 52 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40 carrying 241 passengers from Detroit to Frankfurt missed its intended destination by 300km (160nm), landing at Brussels Airport by mistake on 5 September. article by David Learmount 11/10/95

    US ‘overshoot’ plane data checked
    A Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 Flight 188
    The Northwest Airlines plane involved was an Airbus A320

    Investigations are under way in the US to find out how a plane heading from San Diego to Minneapolis overshot its destination by 150 miles (240km).
    News Report 23/10/2009
    Just wondered if final reports will reveal a pattern of cockpit/atc events that are as similar as outcome.
    Regards
    micmox

  4. Hofner 10 January, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    Have a very happy new year :)