Airline pilots and dating

To follow up on my previous question, how do you handle planning things in advance with your families and friends when you receive your monthly flight schedules on such short notice? At United we receive our schedules on the 17th of the month prior, meaning that I will receive my December schedule on November 17th.I have always found that to be plenty of notice to schedule family events, doctors appointments, etc.What can they say about the sacrifices made to be in a relationship with a pilot?I’ve read stories from partners both very happy with the lifestyle, as well as plenty of horror stories.I missed far too many little league games, school plays etc and you can never get that time back.

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Do any of your wives, girlfriends, significant others have some insight?

Last resort is having good friends that’ll help you out.

Every pilot has this problem at some point or another so if a friend calls and asks hey I need this day off can we swap or can you just take this trip, a smart friend will ALWAYS help cause then they owe you when it’s your turn. Btw, (and I probably shouldn’t be telling you this) but pilots are also REALLY good at using this whole “terrible” scheduling thing to their advantage.

Hello all, My name is Elaine and I am new to the forum, but have found it incredibly useful already. I am not a pilot, nor aspiring to be a pilot, but my boyfriend is currently looking into flight training and financing options for the near future.

I want to know all about the industry so that I can better support him and help him to develop a solid plan when he pursues this dream.

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