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Are you dating a Pilot or wondering what to expect when you date a Pilot? Of course there are many great things about dating a Pilot, but there are also several challenges you need to be aware of. If you can learn to overcome the challenges and commit to make it work however, it can make for a really wonderful, exciting and healthy partnership! Plus of course working in aviation Pilots and their partners have access to heavily reduced price airline tickets. So take advantage of this and take spontaneous trips to far-away destinations at a fraction of the price you would normally pay for an air fare!
Many people who are married to or dating long-haul Pilots will sometimes them on their overnight trips, especially if it is a long layover of two nights or more. If you have a flexible lifestyle self-employed, get lots of time off work or are financially secure enough to not have to work , ing your Pilot partner on their work trips is a great way to understand their lifestyle more, as well as being able to spend more time together and travel together.
Working as a Pilot is never a job, not even for Pilots who operate solely short-haul or domestic flights. Particularly if you are thinking of having children with a Pilot, you will have to consider if this is something you will be okay with. Pilots who fly international and long-haul flights will regularly have overnight layovers in the cities they fly to, meaning they can often be away for 3 or 4 nights at a time.
If your partner is an International Pilot, expect them to be away at least half the week. Short-haul Pilots will still work long hours — often operating 3 or 4 flights per day which means they can easily work a 12 hour day before coming home and going straight to bed as they have a long duty again the next day. Also Pilots will often operate night flights so they will have irregular sleeping schedules, often sleeping in the day to recover from a night flight or to prepare for a subsequent night duty.
As a partner to a Pilot you often have to fit your life around theirs and accept sometimes their schedule can change last minute and there is nothing they can do about it. Sometimes there is a problem with the aircraft when they land outstation, meaning they have to unexpectedly stay there overnight as opposed to coming back home as was initially planned.
Or for example if they are rostered to standby, they may have very little notice to prepare for a flight and may be called away for several days. Also delays can often happen before the plane takes off and so Pilots are busy trying to sort out problems and time slots. Remember Pilots have a very important and often stressful job so they may be preoccupied with their work tasks that they forget to check their phone or to message you and tell you they will be delayed. After the flight they may be unable to message you right away when they get to a foreign country as they may not have an international SIM on their phone or by the time they get to the hotel room and connect to the hotel wifi they are either so tired they just need to sleep, or it is a completely different time zone to you and it may not be a favourable time to call you.
As the partner of a Pilot you need to be flexible to fit your life around their schedule. You need to be ok with not always having a routine. Understand this is absolutely not a regular job. Not only will they work on weekends and special holidays often, but regularly they will work night flights, meaning they will need to get rest in the day so you will need to be understanding of this.
They can request a specific date off but there is no guarantee they will get it. You need to be flexible with this and understand that they may miss important celebrations. This is out of their control and there is very little they can do to change it as it may not be possible for them to change flights.
If your partner is flying on a special day Christmas, birthday etc , you will just have to celebrate it another day instead when you are both off work. Also sometimes Pilots will be on reserve or standby, meaning they have to wait at home or in the airport to be called for a flight last minute.
They may not get called at all, they may get called for a quick turnaround or they may have to suddenly go away for a few days — it is totally unpredictable. In which case you need to adapt and be prepared and flexible with any plans you may have made. Good communication is vital if you are in a relationship with a Pilot as they will be away a lot.
They will very rarely be contactable when they are in the sky only some airlines have wifi onboard but usually the crew need to pay to access it so you can go many hours without any form of communication, especially if there are delays or any problems onboard or with the aircraft.
If the time is not convenient, organise when you will have a call so at least once during their layover you can still talk face-to-face to each other and ensure a level of closeness in the relationship despite the distance currently between you. Make sure to address these issues properly as the problem will only get bigger if not discussed. You need to be okay with spending time alone whilst your Pilot partner is away.
Try to make friends with other partners of Pilots as they will understand the lifestyle and how you feel and so can often be very supportive. You can also have girly nights together or celebrate special occasions together if both your partners are away at the same time.
Make extra time for your hobbies and doing the things you love. Discover new passions. This will all help take your mind off being away from your partner a lot. Sometimes even your partner will be offered a flying job abroad and so you will both need to relocate and move far away from family and friends. Therefore it is very important to keep a close circle of family and friends that you can contact for support whenever you feel alone. At least you have the benefit of cheap air fare tickets so you can easily fly back to see your family and friends if you have a few days spare!
Being considerate and taking time to understand the Pilot lifestyle will really help strengthen your relationship and make them appreciate you more. Understand that they will be tired after flight, often suffering from jet-lag and trying to adapt to the time difference. Allow them their space and time to readapt. When Pilots get to their destination they may just want to sleep for a few hours before they do anything. You cannot constantly be on their back hassling them and quizzing them, fearing they are going to lie to you or cheat on you.
Trust your intuition about situations. Just like everything in life, you cannot generalise. There are plenty faithful Pilots and yes unfortunately there are plenty unfaithful Pilots in this world. Rather their morals, loyalty and respect they have for their partner will determine that. You also need to be aware that some people will see your partner in their Pilot uniform and will often instantly be attracted to them. Some people will even just try to get a Pilot into bed just for the hell of it.
If you trust your partner, trust that they will not risk your relationship for something meaningless with someone else. So as you can see, there are lots of perks as well as downfalls when you choose to date or marry a Pilot. However if you can learn to see the challenges as positives, then you can have a really strong and healthy relationship. Are you a flight attendant or thinking about becoming one? Remember me Log in.
Lost your password? Pilots get a good salary Another bonus is that your partner will be on a good salary. You can them on their layovers Many people who are married to or dating long-haul Pilots will sometimes them on their overnight trips, especially if it is a long layover of two nights or more. Pilots work long hours and are often away for several days at a time Pilots who fly international and long-haul flights will regularly have overnight layovers in the cities they fly to, meaning they can often be away for 3 or 4 nights at a time.
Their roster work schedule can often change very last minute As a partner to a Pilot you often have to fit your life around theirs and accept sometimes their schedule can change last minute and there is nothing they can do about it. Pin 4.Dating while flying
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