Familie, Freunde und Sex – Das Sozialleben eines Piloten

Familie, Freunde und Sex – Das Sozialleben eines Piloten
05/08/2018 pilotpatrick
social life of a pilot

Hallo mein Aviator, 

kürzlich habe ich in meinen Instagram Stories gefragt, über was ich als nächstes auf meinem Blog schreiben soll. Die Anzahl der Rückmeldungen war beeindruckend. Ein Thema wurde dabei besonders häufig angesprochen: Das Sozialleben eines Piloten. In diesem Artikel werde ich Deine Fragen zum Thema Sozialleben eines Piloten beantworten. Kann ein Pilot Freundschaften pflegen, Familie haben und hat man Sex auf seien ständigen Reisen?

Check out also my new Video on my YouTube channel.

Pilot life vs. social life

You have been wondering how I manage to have a social/private life as a pilot when traveling so much and being absent from home a lot. Especially those of you who strive to become a pilot in the future asked me this question and informed me about their concerns. Everything is still possible but only a little bit more complicated.

Which challenges do pilots face balancing a long lasting relationship vs. work?

First off all a relationship is possible, but definitely not easy. In my case, I am gone from home about 15 days a month. Imagine the other partner also has to travel for work. This requires good planning to have enough time together to keep the relationship running. Another challenge couples could face are the base (the location from where crews start their duty) It happens that you need to relocate for a new cockpit job, but the partner is unable to move with you. Aviation requires flexibility in many ways.

my awesome vacation in Dubai

With friends in Dubai

Mile high club

In case it counts when I saw a couple having fun, then I joined the mile high club already 😉 The story behind it: I was flying as a private first officer when a woman had her head between the lap of a man. There was no door between the cockpit and the cabin in this aircraft only a curtain. I had a look behind to check if everything is okay, and I had to find out that they were having a good time on board.

Sex life and affairs with stewardesses

Yes, pilots do have a sex life as everyone else. Since the beginning of my career, I have been running quite well not to f*** the company. Relationship and affairs within the same company only cause problems. Especially in smaller companies. In the private jet company, I used to fly for I got to know a flight attended how had sex with a captain, then moved on to the head of flight operations and in the end, she was in the relationship with a First Officer. You can imagine that this was not easy for everyone involved.

One reason why there is so much “love” in the air in aviation is that crews are sometimes stuck together for days and that they are forced to work together in a small environment

Nude flying!

I have never heard of this! the only thing we take off is the airplane and the tie when it is too hot outside.

A working day of a private jet versus an airline pilot

Private jet crew

Does it depend on the airline how your social life looks like

The flight operation in the Business Aviation required me to overnight at those locations wherever the last flight of the day took me. Whereas the flights of many low-cost airlines end at their home base, which equals basically to a 9 to 5 job. The current operation once in while allows me to spend a night at home or it happens that a rotation is only of 2-3 days. But I could imagine that an operation, which allows you to sleep at home every night, can be a big advantage once you want to build a family.

As you can see it really depends on the type of operation and airline how many days a month you can spend at home. A minimum of 8 days are granted by the aviation authority. But Only 8 days at home this would be not enough for me to have enough time for family, friends and hobbies. 

private life as a pilot

8 years in Berlin

Do you miss out on anything in your private life?

I have arranged myself with the absence from home quite well. I have a social life with friends and private activities like everyone else. Unfortunately, I can not attend all events (like birthdays, concerts, parties and family events) but due to good organization skills I get the best of my free time and I never have a big feeling that I miss out on something.

The benefits of a pilot life?

The greatest benefit of a pilot is that I get paid for traveling. When I finish my duty I leave work behind in the airplane and so I can use my off time to the fullest. Then I have minimum 4 days off in a row guaranteed without taking leave.

Watch my video on my YouTube channel to find out what I do during my off days in Berlin.

Please be aware that those are my impressions and feelings. There probably pilots who would tell you something else.

Could you imagine to have a travel job and which problems do you face in your job?

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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2 Kommentare

  1. Sandra 2 Jahren vor

    Nicht nur das Leben als Pilot bringt diverse Probleme mit sich. So manches hat jeder in seinem Alltag zu meistern. Eine Partnerschaft ist natürlich eine eigene Herausforderung und es liegt an beiden, diese zu bewältigen. Ob Pilot oder nicht, wenn man sich wirklich liebt und vertraut und beide bereit zu Kompromissen sind, dann funktioniert eine Beziehung mit Sicherheit perfekt. Es ist alles eine Frage des Managements. Am wichtigsten ist, das man die gemeinsame Zeit die man hat genießt und bestmöglich ausnutzt. Und wenn das so mancher vielleicht anders sieht, aber Piloten sind auch nur Menschen und keine Götter in Uniform. Ein schnelles Abenteuer hat vielleicht etwas reizvolles an sich, aber eine Beziehung mit dem Menschen den man wirklich liebt, ist unbezahlbar. Alles im Leben hat seine Vor- und Nachteile und die Entscheidungen liegen letztendlich bei jedem selber. Man sollte nur wissen, was man wirklich will!

    Liebe Grüße

  2. Coen 2 Jahren vor

    Thank goodness ure not using a ghost writer. I can tell that u re taking your time to blog yourself. Thunbs up for that! My aunt is a flight attended and has 2 kids with her first officer husband 😀

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