Dating an airforce pilot
If their spouse makes them breakfast with the hope that they'll join them, they'll sleep in.
And if asked where they want to go for dinner, they might respond with "I don't care." Information overload, constantly being in a leadership position, and the decision-making faced on the job can leave pilots-in-training in a zombie-like anti-decision-making state of mind.
If the relationship can last through the random scheduling, the missed holidays and milestones, the jealousies, and other various challenges involved with being—and being with—an airline pilot, then maybe, just maybe, the pilot and their significant other will reach a point of contentment and relief.
Chanel Cleeton is the author of the e-books Flirting with Scandal, Playing with Trouble, and Falling for Danger. Saying another plane is cooler is tantamount to hitting on another man. Feel silly introducing a grown man as “Havoc” or “Spiderman”? Call signs replace first names and you will learn to think of your man’s call sign as his alter ego and even refer to him as such. Mild-mannered husband by day, badass fighter pilot by night. Against your best intentions, you will learn the words. So if you ever need to needle your fighter pilot (and let’s be honest, you probably will), a well-timed If fighter pilots say something mundane that could also be construed as sexual, they follow it up with “so to speak.” Basically, “that’s what she said.” Yes, it’s annoying. They can take thrill seeking to extremes and that extends to lots of aspects of their lives.
There is very little time for anything else, leaving family members wondering why their husband or wife has checked out all of a sudden.
And it's true: Pilots often put their partners on hold as they check out of family life and check into a crappy hotel for a few months. And it will probably be worth it when they put on that crisp new uniform and epaulets.
The majority of pilots, however, live in a crash pad in another city while on reserve.While the weather on that layover in Honolulu may have been nice, the pilot wasn't really able to enjoy much of the destination beyond their hotel room.An airline pilot's hectic schedule begins right away, usually during simulator training.And the good news for all pilots is that when they're home, they're home.Their time is their own when they're off the clock, which is not something that is true for many other professions.