A Day in the Life
After reading a few other blog posts related to the aviation business, I thought it would be fun (for me at least) to start a small mini series of “a day in the life”. I would like to think there are people out there who are curious about the life of an airline pilot, both on, and off the job. So what I have come up with is to write a series of posts on the following:
A day in the Life: Day Off – what does the typical day hold for an expat in Hong Kong? What is different then home in Canada, and what is the same? Just a few of the questions to be answered.
A day in the Life: Time to go to Work – the job begins when I get to the airport, but the preparation starts hours earlier. A daily routine before a long haul flight is very important and can make an all night challenge to stay awake, much easier if a few things are followed. So before I even start thinking about work, there are some must do’s to prepare. Then of course once I am in “work mode” I need to prepare for the flight of the day.
A day in the Life: Layover – One of the several perks about this job is that we get to spend 24-48 hours or more in some amazing places that we might not get to see otherwise. Virtually everywhere I have flown too has some unique experiences, so I will try and highlight some of these things in the various cities I have flown too. Those cities include, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Anchorage, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I will also discuss the routine while away from home to make sure I am rested, and prepared for the long flight home to Hong Kong.
I may also include:
A day in the Life: Recovery Day – obviously after a long haul flight crossing many time zones, through all hours of the day or night, it can be a challenge to re-acclimatize to a “Hong Kong Body Clock”. I will discuss some of my routines to help with this, as well as what I find works best when on a “super compact roster” where I return to Hong Kong with around 24-36 hours, before departing on another long haul flight.
I hope this has some interest to some of my readers, and will be working on these posts over the next few days, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope everyone has enjoyed the Labour Day weekend in North America.