UPDATE to this blog post for those who want to know more about: Dating an Airline Pilot
Many of you may know already that I’m dating a regional airline pilot. I’ll actually tell you his name, Jake. I’m also just sick of writing “my boyfriend.” He is the reason why I’m interested in aviation, but we could break up and I’d still want to fly.
Now, the real reason I’m writing this post. When you date a pilot, you’re inducted into this special society of “pilot wives/girlfriends” which is nice in a way, because the lifestyle is different having your S.O. away for 4 days every week. But I find a lot of these women are prone to “pilot worship” their husband is GOD because he flies a plane. Him being a pilot is also always the excuse for any less-than-satisfactory-behavior. Just blame it on “oh, it’s a pilot thing.”
Alright, I’m getting closer to my actual point. These two articles have been floating around: 6 Reasons You Should Date A Pilot and What Every Girl Should Know About Dating A Pilot and I absolutely hate them.
Not only the feminist in me is disgusted that the women who wrote these articles is focusing on the only reason you should date a man is the perks from his job, but also, that all pilots are men. The one article references “The Boys” and “Ego” obviously are only referencing male pilots. Or the other saying you should enjoy your man at the helm and every woman loves a man in uniform, whatever. I don’t like it, I don’t agree with them.
You may argue that they are just meant to be humorous articles. I thought that through, while the one does have humor in it, I believe the overall message isn’t a humorous one. Therein lies the problem.
For me, the best thing about dating a pilot, is learning about the world of aviation. And you know what, it’s actually dating anyone you get to learn and share their hobbies, passions, careers. So I think these articles are extremely flawed in their views of relationships.
It inspired me to write my own list, what you should know about dating a pilot, general aviation, flight instructor or airline, male or female! So here I go:
What You Should Know About Dating A Pilot
1. You will forever have to read out letters in the phonetic alphabet.
What airport are you going to? Echo Whiskey Romeo. What’s your apartment number? 11 Bravo. You get the idea.
2. Something aviation related on TV? You’re watching it.
I am very guilty of this. Just started Air Aces, super excited! We just need to set our default channel to the Military Channel.
3. You know when a plane is around because they’ll be looking up.
I know I do, and we live by 3 major airports, so there are planes always around.
4. Whether it’s YouTube or Pinterest, you’ll spend hours looking at or watching planes.
I’ve had to watch countless videos and he has watched me on Pinterst going nuts with plane pictures. This is by far my favorite plane video.
5. You’ll always know more accurate weather because the only way to properly check it is by looking at the TAFs.
It is true. That’s how I plan beach days….you know, if I ever went to the beach.
That’s my take on the article that can be true across the board. Now, I must be off because I’m being punished for blogging by Jake. He turned on a WWII documentary, but it’s NOT about planes.