The flying, that is….
Waiting at the base is the hardest part for a new fire pilot. My first year required significant effort to adjust. This year, we have 3 new pilots with our company. One of our new guys will call occasionally, frustrated with the “hurry up and wait” of our job.
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As a fire pilot, we have a mandated schedule of “12 days on, 2 days off”…and there’s no choice about when those days will be….the lucky ones get a part of a weekend, most of us get a random couple of weekdays. Recently, I found myself on a day off, driving along the interstate, and saw a sign…”scenic route”.
I’ve never been a big fan of “scenic routes”….sometimes some great scenery, but often stuck behind a vehicle that has a peculiar talent for speeding up in passing areas, and slowing down in the “no-passing zone”. But, this day, when I had hours to spend prior to arriving back at my motel for the night, I chose to drive the scenic route….. Continue reading →