Day in the Life of a Pilot: 9 Very Real Things Pilots Say

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Commuting

Pilot at airport
Pilot at airport. Getty/Thomas Barwick

On commuting:

"I'm stuck at the airport. Again. The next flight home is in another 12 hours. Guess I'll miss your birthday. Again. 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Sim Training

Pilots in simulator
Pilots in simulator. Getty/sorbetto

 On sim training:

"Sorry I didn't have time to call. I've been in simulator training all day. I probably won't be able to call tomorrow, either." 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Sitting Reserve

Pilot schedule
Pilot schedule. Getty/Bob Peterson

On sitting reserve:

"I won't make it home for Christmas. Or our anniversary. Or that family vacation we planned. I'll just be sitting right here... on reserve." 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Flying the Line

Mcdonald's
Airport food. Getty/Gaku Takahashi

On flying the line:

"Yes, I really did eat McDonald's three times in one day. And Starbucks. No, they aren't fraudulent charges..." 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Scheduling

pilot schedule
Getty/Justin Horrocks

On early/late show times:

"Yes, I really do have to get up at 3 a.m. Again. I'll try not to wake the baby." 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Jet Lag

Airline pilot sleeping
airline pilot sleeping. Getty

 "I'm too tired to FaceTime. I'll talk to you in a few days." 

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Relationships

Pilot and flight attendant
pilot and flight attendant. Getty/Westend61

 On relationship problems:

"No, I'm not cheating on you. Hanging out with crew members at the hotel bar is totally normal and doesn't mean I'm hooking up with all of the flight attendants."

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Returning Home

Time
Time. Getty/The Image Bank

On the return home:

"Can I just have an hour to myself before you throw the honey-do list at me?"

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Day in the Life of a Pilot: Traveling the World

Man on beach
Man on beach. Getty/Caroline von Tuempling

On the perils of traveling the world: 

"It's just no fun without you. The weather sucks. The other crew members are boring. The food is terrible..."