It showed up on the laptop the other day, it is usually just on our desktop, and it started a conversation between me and Steve. I was actually kind of surprised that he still keeps track of his flight hours. But, what do I know about logbooks.
Steve is right around 10,000 flight hours. Pretty kick ass if you ask me.
I was having a conversation with someone about this, and he shed light onto something that neither Steve or I have ever thought of. Let's break these numbers down a bit: 10,000 \ 24 = 416.6. Know where I am headed? 416 is the number of days that Steve has spent up in the air, at this point in his life. Imagine that! Over a year of his life has been spent above the clouds!
Now that Steve is mainline, he will probably be flying about 10,000 hours a decade, give or take. So, that means that for every decade he works, he will spend one year of that decade above the clouds. Steve is 36, and retirement is still about 3 decades away. That means, he still has a full three years to be above the clouds before taxing under the water cannon salute.
Oh, and remember that Steve's 10,000 flight hours does not include his other work time which includes: hotel van time, waiting for hotel vans, layover time in a crew room, preparing for the flight, weather room and walk-arounds, weather delays, ect. His 10,000 is from when the parking break is released to when the parking break is set. I think that is right? Just the other day Steve flew about 7 hours, I am guesstimating here, in one day, but due to weather his total work day was well over 12 hours.
Yeah, yeah, go ahead and do the calculations for the average 40-hours-a week-worker. Yes, they may have more hours "logged" than Steve's flight hours. But, I bet their cube is bigger than this:
I bet their bathroom is bigger than the closet they call the plane lav. I bet their office isn't a metal tube 35,000 feet in the air traveling 500mph. And most of all, the average 40-hours-a-week-worker has his feet on the ground.
Here is to only 3 more years flying the friendly skies.