One of the perks of working for a private jet company is that you get to sometimes fly in the private jets when they are repositioning or going up to fly after been sitting on the ground for a month in maintenance. The other day I got to fly in our Citation X, the fastest civil jet, according to Cessna! The flight was schedule for an hour before my shift at work, and it was totally worth waking up early.
After I had just started I flew in a Lear 60, I’ve been on the Citation Excel a lot because that’s what Jake flies but haven’t actually flown on it, just sitting with it on the ground in the hangar. Citation X is the biggest out of those, but not our biggest jet.
The thing I like most about it over our other Citations is it has a swept wing, the CJs and Excels have straight wings. You can also see the upgrade with each Citation in their deice/anti-ice equipment. The CJ has boots (rubber on the wings and tail that expands to crack the ice off) on both the wings and the tail. The Excel has boots on the tail, but anti-ice on the wings (metal that gets hot). The X has anti-ice on both the wings and the tail.
Maybe I could be that type of Cessna Chick one day, I wouldn’t mind that!
The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the past few months, there is much more to aviation than the airline (part 121) world and it’s worth checking it all out. Many pilots and dispatchers focus heavily on Part 121 experience, but Part 135 is an option. People do go to major airlines from the 135 world. It’s not always necessary to sell yourself short to a rough, low paying job at a regional airline. I must admit it’s hard to really believe that because the internet is filled with people saying “you must have airline experience” or you must have one thing or another. Aviation is a pretty fluid industry and the requirements of when someone was hired may not be the same as the next hiring round. Go with what makes your life happy and interesting, instead of what you believe you have to as told by the internet, even if it takes longer to get to your dream job, the journey will be worth it.