While being a commercial pilot has always been my dream, I am slowly opening to the idea of corporate flying. Why you ask? Because you truly get to see the world in the rawest sense.
You see as a commercial you know your schedule a month out. Where you will fly, how many days you will be flying and how many hard days off you will get. You will also be flying into major airports where most if not all instruments for the purpose of an approach are functional.
Corporate on the other is a whole another world. One day in the middle of nowhere in Montana in your local fbo and then the next 2 days in Maldives. Schedule is unpredictable and most corporate jobs are on call basis. Flying into your local fbo with instruments are a hit or miss. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. It’s not often in the commercial world you will shoot a dme arc, a loc back course approach, or a circle to land one. In the corporate world you will take anything you can get.
Anyways I have gone way off my intended post, so let’s get back into it.
Got a call a couple days back from someone who wanted me to pick their grandfather from Iowa and bring him to Austin, TX. I accepted and was greeted with a pleasant surprise.
An abandoned Beech 18 about 50 yards off the runway I noticed downwind during my approach. I was intrigued. As I shutdown the plane, put in my fuel order I had to take a look. Walked through snow and there she was in all her glory…
This plane specifically was used as a feeder routes for ups in the 1940’s
Here’s more info for those interested.
Have a great day gents AND ladies.