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Professional Flying

  • Departing EHAM – Photos

    If you have been following along you know that my last trip was to Europe and shuttled in and out of the Amsterdam a few times.. The last leg of the trip was from Amsterdam to Seattle. I had the first break for that leg, so I was in the cockpit jumpseat for the takeoff…

  • A Challenging End to the Trip

    On the final leg of my trip I was in the seat for the last 2/3, having taken the first break. I usually try to take the break that has me sleeping near the right time for my home time zone. Copilots get either the first or last break since the captain will be in…

  • A Layover Lost

    I mentioned the last time that I had been having problems sleeping in the European time zone. I guess I reached my limit of sleep deficit on that layover. We reached our layover hotel and were checked into our rooms by about  10:30 in the morning. Some of us on the crew said that we…

  • Jetlagged

    I know I’ve only been posting link articles on Fridays – I said I was going to be doing that and didn’t want to go back on my word. I’m in the middle of my second 12-day Europe trip in 30 days and it is really kicking my butt. I guess my body is too…

  • Layover Life

    Here I am, sitting at my computer again in a room someplace other than home. Yeah, I’m out on another airline trip. I’m awake again after sleeping for about five hours and it’s still dark outside. Why did I wake up? A couple of reasons. For one, the time zone where I live told my…

  • Two Flights and Fun in the Sim

      My wife recently asked me if this is how  I felt. Yeah, it pretty much described my physical state when she asked.  I was amazed to see that it had been a month since my last post. Time flies. My brief hiatus from writing started with a 4-day recovery period at the end of…