The reality of it is, however, that in an airline or team-driven environment, certain people will be required to wear both hats. But how do you decide which hat to wear? When does your team look up to you as a leader or a manager? Here is my conclusion to the dilemna:
A cockpit needs a Manager. An airplane needs a Leader.
Another flash. The night seemed like day for a fraction of a second, as once light streaked through the sky. As we raced between clouds and rain, it was hard to tell how far – or how close – it had been. Looking back on the night, it really hadn’t started badly. But it still … Continue reading
Was I daring? – or simply doing my job?… I pondered as I waited for the hangar door to open. I accepted the trip based on our company’s SOPs and my own comfort level, knowing full well that although the ride would be rough, it would none-the-less be safe. Continue reading
“One in four persons you meet will not get along well with you” my coworker told me one day. Really? I get along well with everybody! Mostly.. “But”, he added “I don’t know why. I just heard it and thought it was an interesting statistics”. Wait, you mean one out of four pilots I work with will cause me grief in the cockpit? Continue reading
To my young friends who are in training, or even just only dreaming of one day flying as a career, this is for you:
“What you want to do, and what you can do, is limited only by what you can dream.” – Mike Melville
I’ve dreamed of it. I’ve worked all my life for it. I’ve sacrificed for it, I’ve loved it, I’ve WANTED it. And now I have it. Let me introduce myself: J.D.M, Professional Pilot. Greek mythology tells of a young man who, like you and me, once dreamed of flying – Icarus. His dream was so … Continue reading
Meet Nathan Carriker. Airline Pilot, Flight Instructor, Author. Oh, and I forgot: Life aficionado. I’ve met Nathan via Twitter, and quickly discovered a passionate man. He gives himself 100% in everything, and his new book is no different. But I’ll let him do the talking… Continue reading
Give, and take. You, then me. It’s a common addage, the human nature, a set way of dealing with people we know as well as complete strangers. Friends, family, co-workers, even bosses… But what if we could go just a little further?
As a professional pilot in a highly competitive industry, I believe that it is truly important to demarcate oneself from the crowd. Continue reading
”When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci I know it might sound a bit cliché, but I’ve been dreaming of growing wings since I was a little kid. … Continue reading