No, I only play one on TV… Just kidding. I was leaving class last week and a young Lady asked if I was a pilot, her brother is wanting to get into aviation and wants to be a pilot. I explained why I wound up where I did and given that aviation is in my blood, anytime I fly I look forward to the flight more than the destination.. Being a pilot is a passion, mind you the money is not bad once you get into the top tier, but not everyone gets there.
A couple I know are both First Officers(aka Co-pilots), the guys/gals, in this case, with three stripes on the shoulder, Captain’s have four stripes.. They are both with Air Canada and fly the Boeing 777, which is the largest aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet AIr Canada Boeing 777-300. They only do a few flights a month, but are usually away for at least 3-4 days at a time. They have been around the world. It probably took 15-20 years to reach this level, they have been through layoffs and all the hassles of doing the commuter flying. They are the exception, most pilots usually never hit that level, they wind up doing more cycles per day(Take offs and landings) on the smaller aircraft.
Most people get into aviation because it is in there blood, if you approach it to become rich you will be disappointed. You also get a certain rush when you fly, the picture I have posted is obviously pre 9/11, thank god I got rid of the cheesy mustache!! The one friend I spoke of used to take me ‘flying’, it was a simulator, but it was a real Air Canada simulator. First time I went, when I got home that evening I boxed up my Flight Simulator program on my computer and threw it out.
Like sports or anything else in life, you have to enjoy what you are doing, not everyone gets to play for the Blue Jays, but a lot of us enjoy the sport. Have some fun, and if you get paid for it even better..