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An Office To Dream About

by John M. White |

Years ago I passed up the chance to fly for an airline, but many of my friends decided to go for it. Over the years they endured all of the layoffs, the consolidations and the bankruptcies. Some fared well, others returned to other careers as school teachers and civil engineers. I took a different path, and went for corporate aviation. For over 7 years I flew for a corporation and we operated a number of different aircraft, ranging from a Cessna 411A at the start and 3 DC-3s, a Turbo Commander and a Hawker at the end. The flight department continued on while I pursued a different dream, that being an aviation insurance business I ran for 30 years until I sold it in 2004.
But for many the dream of flying for the airlines remains alive and well, in particular for one young man from Brazil. To document his dream he prepared the following video:



I am not unhappy that I did not chase the dream of flying for the airlines, but it is a great career for those who love to fly. The airlines are highly structured, but the work can be brutal and the demands great. My son flies as a "roadie" on DC-8s and Boeing 767s, a mechanic who travels with the airplane in order to make sure it keeps going when operating out of strange places like Ascension Island or Diego Garcia. What about you? Is this your dream? Aviation is a phenomenal field full of excitement, challenges, learning and danger. If you want to fly join the club! Leave a comment and let me know what your dream is. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 WOMEN RULE While the C-5 was turning over its engines, a female crewman gave the G.I.s on board the usual information regarding seat belts, emergency exits, etc. Finally, she said, 'Now sit back and enjoy your trip while your captain, Judith Campbell, and crew take you safely to Afghanistan ' An old MSgt. sitting in the eighth row thought to himself, 'Did I hear her right? Is the captain a woman? ' When the attendant came by he said 'Did I understand you right? Is the Captain a woman?' 'Yes,'! said the attendant, 'In fact, this entire crew is female.' 'My God,' he said, 'I wish I had two double scotch and sodas. I don't know what to think with only women up there in the cockpit.' 'That's another thing, Sergeant,' said the crew member, 'We No Longer Call It The Cockpit' 'It's The Box Office.'

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