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Ok this has always intrigued me and should make an interesting weekend fun questionaire.What would virtual as well as real pilots like as their Dream flying job.Imagine you could have any job flying in the world whether it was flying as Captain of a long haul Boeing 747, a fighter pilot, a cattle hurder in a helicopter, a business jet jocky, a float plane pilot???............the list is a mile long :-)We all have our dreams, for many of us for many reasons those dreams dont come true and always remain as dreams.What would yours be? Even if its flying a load of bunny girls in a big black jet ;-)Peter

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As I have been building my hours I have been thinking about that. I have been thinking about creating my own job. Finding a company in the local area that travels frequently on the airlines and propose a solution via their own aircraft.I also have had thoughts of flying for someone in Hollywood. Going to different locations all of the time, I am sure they pamper you well. These jobs are a rare find I imagine, but it all comes down to how well you have networked, in my opinion.At this point in the aviation ballgame, any job that paid well enough to live on would be a good one. :)Craig

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Peter,I've already got my dream job :). Now I just need a Socata TBM-700 so I can fly to seminars, open up a couple more offices and fly between them. I can't imagine a nicer to fly airplane, I just need the income to afford it. I'd find plenty of excuses to fly it :).Zane

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Believe it or not I would like to have a flying position with a fractional jet company (say NetJets). Flying to vastly different places, meeting different people every day. Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2, Omega 2.7.90 (4xAA 16xAF)

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It reminds me of a story....There once was a pilot flying along in his Piper Cub. He looked up and saw a twin engine aircraft passing by. As he looked up he said... Now man, that is really flying!The twin engine pilot looked up and saw a jetliner passing by.As the twin engine pilot looked up he said...Now man, that is really flying!The jetliner pilot looked up and saw a fighter jet passing by.As the jetliner pilot looked up he said...Now man, that is really flying!The fighter pilot looked up and saw the space shuttle passing by.As the fighter pilot looked up he said...Now man, that is really flying!The space shuttle pilot "looked down" and saw the Piper Cub flying along. As the space shuttle pilot "looked down" he said...Now man, that is really flying!Its all a matter of perspective. For me? I am happy to be flying. Period.Regards,Jim Rhoads

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I would have liked to have been a missionary pilot when I was young. Flying other missionaries, medical supplies, food, Bibles etc, to remote locations all over the world. But I'm not young and I'm to old start so I'm content to fly a flight simulator and donate money to the people who do what I would have like do have done.John

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ZaneI flew a TBM700 to Tarbes in the south of France with their test Pilot.Fantastic aircraft which on another demo he flew along the runway pulled vertically up and we ended up stall turning thousands of feet over the airfield, then we went vertically down, stopped on the props and ended up on finals at 80 kts ;-)Peter

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MichaelYou will have to come and join me on the Bravo ;-)Peter

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John That would have been a very satisfying and interesting Job especially when you are such a lifeline to people and so needed.Peter

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I have never really wanted to *work* as a pilot actually - to me flying should be about fun, not work. My current "dream" is to get a pilot license after I've finished my studies at university and get a good job so that I can afford to fly.However, if I were to work as a pilot, it would either be as a float/bush pilot or as a long-haul freight pilot :)

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>You will have to come and join me on the Bravo ;-)Peter, with great pleasure. Sign me up as your copilot.Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2, Omega 2.7.90 (4xAA 16xAF)

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Hi Peter.I'd rather you fly the big black jet, and I'll ride in the back with the bunny girls. ;-)Dick

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After reading stories like those at the Stoenworks site, I would think the Corporate pilot life would be really interesting. Flying into just about anywhere, big or small sounds like fun! Put me behind the controls of a Cessna Citation X and I'll be happy!

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Yeah, it's something else. I haven't done vertical but I did chop the power at 20k and pointed it towards earth descending at 260 indicated and over 6,000ft/min... breathtaking and your experience would have been even more so. What amazed me was how much easier it was to handle than the T206 I'd just flown two days earlier. Probably the perfect personal transporter. I'll have to wait till the price on early 90's models drops a bit more, then swap out the KLN89 for a 94 and KMD850 for the radar display... will be almost as good as a new one.Have fun flyin'Zane

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JimThat is a fantastic writing and really so true. We are always dissatisfied and always striving for what we perceive as better and better.As we go higher up the scale better means more expensive which means we have to fly someone elses aircraft.But even in the aircraft I am flying with its fancy electronic displays and autopilot systems way above the weather I was used to operating in I wonder???thanksPeter

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Mines a bit corny. If I had the money to do it I would start a non-profit company that gets goods directly to needy people in other countries. The aircraft would be a C-130 and I would advertise fly-ins to local airports where people could bring anything useable, canned foods blankets, water pumps, building materials, tools whatever they had that would be useful for whichever area was being helped out, maybee specific advertising for certain goods for certain flights ect..Then for free time, I would have some nice motorcycles load them on the plane, and me and my friends would fly somewhere for a nice vacation and see all the historical locations around the world in my free time,(rather when the wives would allow it, if ever.)Reality is, the money it costs for fuel, maintenance ect... on the C-130 would be better off sent to the country directly were it would do more good, not to mention the red tape of even attempting to get clearance to even fly to the locations in need, oh-well.So reality is, get a decent amphibian and a nice lake retreat somewhere, before I hit 100."We have come to the realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. Necessitous men are not free men."

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Interesting topic... figured I'd tell my 0 time to where I am story and where I wanna get to.I remember being 6 years old and standing at the Air Canada Cargo building at the end of runway 31 at Winnipeg International. These were the days of CP Air DC8s and DC10s, Pacific Western 737s, Wardair 747-200s and DC10s, Air Canada L1011s.. all these were common in Winnipeg going across the pond to England and such. Well those days are over for Winnipeg now and the biggest scheduled thing in here now is the UPS 757 :) Air Canada has reduced to A319s and A320s, and CRJs, Westjet 700s, Northwest DC9s and the occasional CRJ..anyways on with the story... At 18 I figured I wanna be an F18 fighter pilot... so son, hows your vision, well I wear contacts and I admit without glasses or contacts well its not pretty... well you can't be a fighter pilot, you could be a C130 Navigator... a Navigator, forget that stuff, I wanna fly the damned thing. Well after the airforce saying my vision sucked I figured there was no way I'd ever get on with an airline, so I washed the whole flying deal and got a Computer degree from University. First job, my boss is actually sitting in his office playing flightsim 98... hmmmm interesting I say... I need a computer at home to play this "thing". Well that company folded (as did the 5 other computer companies I worked for over the next 5 years) So I get my computer and flightsim 98... hmm I could handle doing this... lets take a real hard look into doing this again. Well I landed my last computer job, and the pay was great... sooo lets take ALL the money I make from there, and do it... a year later I'm a Commercial Pilot with a Multi IFR rating.. you know the typical 220 hour wonder who thinks you know everything but you really know Jack***t (And trust me, everyone who has 220 hours you really do know NOTHING) The aviation world is ALOT different for a commercial pilot than what you are told in training. So I have a job interview and do a groundschool at one company and I don't get picked with a bunch of other 200 hour wonders... how can I not get picked... I'm the only one that answered every question correctly I was asked... I'm later told I don't have enough "experience" Well no one else did either... and this is where I started learning about aviation... its not what you know (or think you know) Its WHO you know... everyone else in there was buddies with a Captain there except me... ahhh I get it now...So I go and get an instructor rating and get a job 60 miles away from home, and I drove there and back 4-5 times a week to fly for maybe 5 hours a week sometimes, and collect practically no money at all. Well 9/11 comes along, and kills the whole industry... no need to say anything else there everyone knows about that. Then I meet the right person, remember its not what you know, its WHO you know... so you wanna be IFR copilot on our Navajo Chieftain... its really rare you'll fly but when we do go IFR we'll need you, damn rights I'll take it... about 6 months later I was cut loose on a PA-23 Aztec. Hmmm multi time... I like this.... a year of that and I'm a Cheiftain Captain / IFR Training Captain... now I really like this, 5 months after that ATPL rated with 2100 hours... and thats where I sit now...My goals... well the ATPL has opened a few more "doors" to get on bigger and better places, for me I'd like to get on at Air Canada flying a 767-300 from Vancouver to Honolulu... but for now I'll keep flying the Navajo until something better comes along...

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>I also have had thoughts of flying for someone in Hollywood.>Going to different locations all of the time, I am sure they>pamper you well. These jobs are a rare find I imagine, but it>all comes down to how well you have networked, in my opinion.I have a very good friend who was a corporate jet pilot for nearly thirty-five years. He's told me that with a few rare exceptions, he was treated as if he were a Greyhound bus driver... i.e., not very well at all.If the owner went to some exotic destination, he & his copilot would be sent to a third-class, seedy hotel, and would have to remain "on-call" 24/7... :( From conversations I've had with other corp-pilots, I've heard similar stories.

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If you've read Bob Buck's North Star Over My Shoulder he's had several dream jobs. One was flying a B17 (as a civilian) during World War II doing weather research. They had carte blanche to fly anywhere they wanted to chase down thunderstorms.Later, he became a 747 driver for TWA flying Newark to Paris. I'm sure that would get boring after a while, but the idea of spending a few days in one of the great cities of the World each month -- Paris, Rome, London, New York, Singapore, etc. -- that's what I'd call a dream job.If you've read the Golden Argosy series at flightsim.com you'll see how much the author loved his layovers in Rome.That said, my ultimate fantasy would be to fly, just once, in an F18 off a carrier.Wonder why? Watch this: http://www.grouchymedia.com/other_videos/m..._ride/index.cfm

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So much of this hits a chord. It is so important to be a D*amned pest until people get so tired of you that they give you a ride and might even start to like your dogged determination.And that is the crux, dogged determination, being targeted, a little bit manipulative ;-)and then "watching your back", because its a dog eat dog world with everyone else trying to grab your fought after position.After a short spell in jets I seemed to be destined to be the worlds highest time Seneca Five Pilot.I wanted to move on before I got to old and I am sure everyone here was getting fed up with yet another Seneca five real world picture.Now I am in a position flying an almost brand new glass cockpit all singing all dancing, bells and whistles Citation Bravo.All of a sudden another opening flying a 20 year old smoking Citation 2 to fill the gaps.Funny thing but everyone used to envy me flying the Seneca Five, but its true you are always looking up at the guy above you and wishing you could fly that.Maybe I too will look down and envy the bright yellow piper Cub skimming the trees way below.Peter

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Hi Peter,I haven't even gotten my PPL and have been simming since September 2003 (but I really "took off" starting February 2003 on my "World Trip" :).My dream would be to fly a 747-400 with any good company like KLM in long haul flights. Maybe even from Amsterdam Schipol (EHAM) to Princess Juliana airport in Netherland Antilles (Saint-Martin, or more correctly, SINT-MAARTEN, Mullet Beach) TNCM...The Jumbo is definitely my favourite aircraft by far but any other jet from 737/A320 class or bigger is also good. I just purchased the Ready For Pushback 747-200 and also the Flight1 Cessna SkyHawk 172R... *sigh* ... if only I could REALLY fly.I hope to save some money and start flying lessons, perhaps by next summer, we'll see.Happy "flying" everyone!John

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My dream jobs:1) SpaceShipOne pilot for space tourists.2) Corporate pilot for a high-profile NASCAR team.3) Giving floatplane tours of the Hawaiian Islands.

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>Believe it or not I would like to have a flying position with>a fractional jet company (say NetJets). Flying to vastly>different places, meeting different people every day. >>Michael J.>WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB>Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2, Omega 2.7.90 (4xAA 16xAF)Ditto!!!

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Jeeeezus Wept!!! That's pretty intense!! An amazing video, beautiful, but made all the more disconcerting as the camera is pointing backwards all the way...when that plane hits the carrier deck and stops, you can't help but roll with it!! I almost fell off my couch...ha ha!! The G-forces must be incredible...Thanks for sharing that link :)

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