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There has NEVER been a thread that stayed on topic on this site. Thats whats so good about it!!

 

Probably because certain ones go off on tangents... I don't think this was started as a back 'n' fourth - 'pilots are better than engineers' type of post. As the families of pilots/engineers we all deal with different circumstances, all of which are relevant to those 'involved'. We're not pointing the finger saying, just because I'm with a pilot, that the engineers wife has it easy, far from it...!!

 

Anyways, for those going in to the industry, try living without your loved one for at least a month, make hardly any contact with them over that time (unless you're lucky enough to have good sat ph coverage, or a base job). And if your loved ones ok with that, I guess you're good to go. And best of luck with the future!! :up:

 

I'm going to pack now, because after three months, my young daughter and I finally get to go see 'Daddy'!! Excitement all round.

 

Safe flyin 'n' fixin everyone.

 

EEM :D

 

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And all he best to you and your family EEM. Bet your other half can't wait to see you guys. Sigh. I love reunions! And, yip this topic sure has gone around the traps and back - still like to hear more from the families tho? Do love the humour on these forums - guess we all have to retain that sense of humour to keep from thinking too much at times!

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My mom settled any potential conflict that I might have with my wife on this subject a verrrrrrry long time ago and she had all the experience in the world on this subject. It went like this in conversation with me:

 

"IF on the day of your marriage (or before), your fiance was to tell you that her profession would take her away from home for one month at a time, sometimes 1 1/2 - 2 months at a time and she would return home to have 2 weeks off with you.........then do the same thing for eons.........and have children for you to raise alone during that time........and look after sundry others items........................would you marry her?

 

My answer at the time was......."She could kiss my heinie". That feeling remians the same today after 40+ years of marriage to the same woman and three children.......and God Bless her. Males would do well to zip their yaps on this subject unless they'd like to change places. 'Nuff said.

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In honor of my beautiful wife, whom has been with me from the very start of my career. My wife was there for me when I would show up at the hanger and do free work for hours and hours, run errands for free with our gas money, deliver drums of fuel together, she'd support my time of cleaning the hanger floors, shoveling snow, cleaning the lunch room(s), and polishng the helicopter(s) she did this with ME. To help ME look good.

Then the season came where she helped me pack my bag(s), not knowing exactly how long I'd be away which ended up for the entire summer, only hearing me for a minute or two on those unreliable SAT phone calls. I still can't believe she went through that for me. And that was only one summer of my actual flying career. The next summer came same thing, gone and away, unreliable sat phone.

Then came the first big steady flying job, where she grew in company knowledge at the same pace as I. She gave me support in encouragement and growth, and how to be a great pilot, and do MY job well, because I'M getting paid for doing what I LOVE!

My wife is awesome. She has a great understanding of how the helicopter industry works, and the importance of engineers, and the rest of the company. She has been with me through all my sucesses, and been proud of each of my accomplishments. With as much enthusiasium as the very first day.

I've missed my childs pre-grade school entries, and the like. I've missed many birthdays and anniversaries. Yes most holidays.

I come home to a warm home, where everything gets taken care of as best it can be. The yard is done, the shovelings done, the house is arranged, rooms are painted.

I Thank-You Princess, for all of your understanding(s) to me and my career. Thank-You, for all of your support each and every day. Thank-you for letting me do what I love, and welcoming me back home. It is hard to leave you each time, I know it's hard or harder for you, cause it shows in the tears when I finally hold you in my arms the minute I see you on my return.

 

Thank you Princess. I Love You Princess V.

 

 

 

Prince.

 

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In honor of my beautiful wife, whom has been with me from the very start of my career. My wife was there for me when I would show up at the hanger and do free work for hours and hours, run errands for free with our gas money, deliver drums of fuel together, she'd support my time of cleaning the hanger floors, shoveling snow, cleaning the lunch room(s), and polishng the helicopter(s) she did this with ME. To help ME look good.

Then the season came where she helped me pack my bag(s), not knowing exactly how long I'd be away which ended up for the entire summer, only hearing me for a minute or two on those unreliable SAT phone calls. I still can't believe she went through that for me. And that was only one summer of my actual flying career. The next summer came same thing, gone and away, unreliable sat phone.

Then came the first big steady flying job, where she grew in company knowledge at the same pace as I. She gave me support in encouragement and growth, and how to be a great pilot, and do MY job well, because I'M getting paid for doing what I LOVE!

My wife is awesome. She has a great understanding of how the helicopter industry works, and the importance of engineers, and the rest of the company. She has been with me through all my sucesses, and been proud of each of my accomplishments. With as much enthusiasium as the very first day.

I've missed my childs pre-grade school entries, and the like. I've missed many birthdays and anniversaries. Yes most holidays.

I come home to a warm home, where everything gets taken care of as best it can be. The yard is done, the shovelings done, the house is arranged, rooms are painted.

I Thank-You Princess, for all of your understanding(s) to me and my career. Thank-You, for all of your support each and every day. Thank-you for letting me do what I love, and welcoming me back home. It is hard to leave you each time, I know it's hard or harder for you, cause it shows in the tears when I finally hold you in my arms the minute I see you on my return.

 

Thank you Princess. I Love You Princess V.

 

 

 

Prince.

 

I cried when I read this post. And felt ashamed of myself for not being this for my own (x) husband. Thanks for your (and your wifes) example. I'm printing this out. And paisting it in the book I carry with me. I have no other words. Thanks.

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I always kinda smirk when I read about just how "hard"pilots and their families have it!! I suppose, if people don'ty know much about other occupations, theirs is alawys the hardest, most dangerous, most demanding ( insert your own description here).

 

The fact is folks, we have it good! try trading places with the folks in the military and getting by with what they get paid, then come back and tell me again how hard it is on you and your families. I said before and I'll say it again, We HAVE IT EASY!! 30 day, 60 day rotations, - they're diddly squat!!!

 

Try 6 month, 1 year and 2 year rotations, with six months off (MAYBE) in between. Then throw in the likely hood of comming home in a body bag.

 

We HAVE IT EASY!! I know because like many on this site, I've worked in both arenas. And quite frankly, the aviation sector is easy!

 

Get over it, it part and parcel of the business and we get paid very, very well for what we do!!

 

And just for the record, i've been married to the same lady for 35 + years and we've raised two kids! HSe thinks y';all are spoiled rotten!! No doubt the wives and kids dislike the separations from dad/mom during the tours. But it is a fact of life, if you're in this business.

 

We have it good, if they don't see that, Boo hoo!!

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I always kinda smirk when I read about just how "hard"pilots and their families have it!! I suppose, if people don'ty know much about other occupations, theirs is alawys the hardest, most dangerous, most demanding ( insert your own description here).

 

The fact is folks, we have it good! try trading places with the folks in the military and getting by with what they get paid, then come back and tell me again how hard it is on you and your families. I said before and I'll say it again, We HAVE IT EASY!! 30 day, 60 day rotations, - they're diddly squat!!!

 

Try 6 month, 1 year and 2 year rotations, with six months off (MAYBE) in between. Then throw in the likely hood of comming home in a body bag.

 

We HAVE IT EASY!! I know because like many on this site, I've worked in both arenas. And quite frankly, the aviation sector is easy!

 

Get over it, it part and parcel of the business and we get paid very, very well for what we do!!

 

And just for the record, i've been married to the same lady for 35 + years and we've raised two kids! HSe thinks y';all are spoiled rotten!! No doubt the wives and kids dislike the separations from dad/mom during the tours. But it is a fact of life, if you're in this business.

 

We have it good, if they don't see that, Boo hoo!!

 

This Old Fart agrees with you 100% BR!!!

 

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Just an observation, for what it's worth... hopefully not off topic. And still part of the greater whole.

 

It seems as though the older generations (pre-"Generation-X" / "13th Generation") are somehow a lot tougher this way compared to the post Gen-X generation which is said to be a predominantly "Reactive" or "Nomad" generation, composed of those who were children during a (so-called) spiritual awakening.

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Just an observation, for what it's worth... hopefully not off topic. And still part of the greater whole.

 

It seems as though the older generations (pre-"Generation-X" / "13th Generation") are somehow a lot tougher this way compared to the post Gen-X generation which is said to be a predominantly "Reactive" or "Nomad" generation, composed of those who were children during a (so-called) spiritual awakening.

 

That is very true HB. The "older generation" knows how to "suck it up, stop whining, and be thankfull for what we have" I myself have travelled, worked and lived all over the world and am very well aware of just how good we have it in Canada compared to the rest of the world, including the U.S.

 

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