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8 More Pilot and Aviation Oriented Gifts

Since the shopping days before Christmas are getting short, I thought I’d look around a little more and save you some time. Here are eight more options for you to look at without having to surf the supplier’s web sites. The photos link to the product pages where the items are offered.

  1. Just in case your pilot friend cares for wine, the Chandelle Winery has several offerings, all with unique aviation-themed labels on the bottles. One special that is being offered now includes two bottles for $35 with a $15 shipping charge.
  2. Aviation-themed wines for your favorite pilot.






  3. This looks like a nice computer screen-saver with photos of Alaskan Aviation. Advertised for $14.95 from Historic Aviation.
  4. Alaskan aviation computer screen saver.

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Formation Flying

The Flight

The past three days have been spent flying from Japan to the U.S. and back. When we left Japan a couple of days ago, we were assigned Track one for the initial part of the flight, then transitioned to a random route. Air traffic control establishes specific tracks or routes across the oceans to make the flow of aircraft operate in a more orderly fashion. The tracks vary in location from day to day and sometimes throughout the day, and track messages are published giving the latest routes and their effective times. The tracks are usually roughly aligned with the most favorable winds.

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Professional Pilot Dan

A New Direction

I’m out on the road again flying to the usual places. The plane I’m flying for this airline only goes to twelve different locations, so there isn’t too much variety in the flying. Once again, I was the junior member of the crew, so I drew the first break, as did Dan, the other pilot I am paired with this trip. I wasn’t really tired, so I started out in the bunk just reading, then managed a nap for about an hour and then read some more. I just finished the Darren Rowse/Chris Garrett book from ProBlogger. I highly recommend it for anyone involved in blogging or contemplating blogging (See link in right sidebar.). It got me thinking about what I can provide to you, the readers, that might be more beneficial than just a running commentary of my flights. In mulling over the challenge, it became obvious that the only things that will change from flight to flight, other than the occasional different destination, are the weather and the crew. You can only say so much about a cloud or how low the fog goes, but each individual is a totally new subject. I thought that it might be interesting to see how we all got to this position in our careers. It may give a reader a new idea for career advancement, or it could provide insight into what it takes (or doesn’t take) to be a professional pilot.

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