A Day/Trip in the Life…of an Airline Pilot

Greetings TPN! This post was started a while ago, before I wrote my Second Year in Review. I’d been trying to come up with something impactful or profound to write for you…and had failed miserably for quite a while. I’ve started work on a large-scale, exciting project, but it won’t be ready very soon. In […]

Seniority is Everything

I was scheduled to work a grueling 13 days last month. I got paid for all 13 days, but only worked for 8 of them. I can’t even make this stuff up…working for a major airline is just great living. Why bother telling you? Bragging? Image crafting? Sorry, but I’m a pilot…I don’t really care […]

Dear Helicopter Pilots

A few months ago, a TPN Hangar Fly in Tampa included an awesome discussion with a pair of Army aviators. Both are reservists, and both have enough fixed-wing turbine time to be competitive for a major airline job. They’re working on their applications, but mentioned something about many of their coworkers that shocked me. Apparently, […]

BogiDope, F-15 and MD- 10.

Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle – Part 2

Part 1 of Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle generated some great questions and commentary for the BogiDope staff.  We focused on the how to commute and highlighted some of the benefits and challenges associated with that lifestyle.  We received questions from lots of folks who asked, “What’s best—commuting to my airline job or commuting to my […]

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Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle – Part 1

When you get your new airline job there will be many uncertainties.  On your first day of class, you’ll show up knowing little more than the name of the airline that you are employed by.  You probably won’t even know the location of your new base and which aircraft you will fly.  Sure, there will […]

BogiDope, 737 sits on the ramp.

It’s Who You Know: Asking For—and Getting—A Quality Recommendation

The airline application process can seem endless.  The amount of paperwork is immense; there is the application itself, the resume, cover letter, a list of everyplace you’ve lived for ten years, every job you’ve had, copies of every identification document in existence, your logbooks—you’ll quickly begin to feel like you need to hire a personal […]

BogiDope, a A-10 Thunderbolt taxis on the ramp with the canopy up.

Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

One of the things that made it frustrating trying to figure out whether to stay in the Air Force or get out was the lack of concrete information about the airline industry. I think we worry about making someone angry by asking directly and we don’t necessarily even know whom to ask in the first […]

BogiDope, F-15E takeoff at RAF Lakenheath in afterburner.

How Do I Get My Airline Application Noticed?

I recently got hired by a major airline and have been asked several times for advice on applications, interviews, etc. from other hopeful future airline pilots. One of the questions I’ve repeatedly fielded is: “My app has been in the system for a while, but I haven't heard from anyone. What can I do to […]

BogiDope, KC-10 preparing to air refuel

Your Job as an Airline Pilot: The Hidden Benefits

Being an airline pilot is a cool job.  As a pilot, you get a view of the world that is unmatched in any other profession.  You don’t go to an office—your place of business goes as far as the fuel in the tanks.  As a pilot you don’t have to wait months for a project to […]

BogiDope, F-16 completing air refueling

Airline Comparisons: Beyond the Pay Scales

It’s a shopper’s market if you are looking for an airline job today. For the first time in many years, a pilot entering the airline business for the first time has a range of possible options of employment.  With the shortage of available pilots, regional airlines are offering enticing incentives like signing bonuses.  Even the major […]