How cool is this? Today we had light drizzle with a temp of about 33-34F. We sat on the ramp with the engines at idle power for about an hour. I guess the low pressure in the inlet lowered the temperature to freezing and we got these amazing formations. I’d have to think if we had much more than idle power these couldn’t have formed. I’ve never seen anything like this.
There have been so many pieces of good news recently for folks interested in a career as a pilot. This article says that nearly half a million pilots will be hired by the airlines in the next two decades, and there aren’t predicted to be enough pilots to satisfy the demands of employers.
Some insight into making a career change into aviation: Thaddeus and I met at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, FL in 2000. We were participating in their Fast Track program which prepared us for jobs with the regional airlines. In May of 2001, we were hired by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (now called Express Jet). After 6 years, Thaddeus upgraded to captain and two years later, was hired by ANA. After 4 years at ANA, he upgraded to captain on the Boeing 767. Not a bad career path for our buddy who didn’t even get started as a pilot until he was in his 30’s.
Flying today with one of my clients in his Piper Arrow. We were mastering one of the more challenging IFR maneuvers, the non-published hold. My favorite method of determining the entry is the Rule of Thumb, described in the following video.
Even more great news for career-minded pilots; check out this list of airlines that are currently hiring. In all the time I’ve been a pilot, I’ve never seen this much hiring activity. The forecast is that it’s supposed to continue to be a hiring boom for pilots at least for the next decade.
Flying this time of year, during the winter in Texas, is my favorite.