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Swinging by~

Saw this on FB and this is πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―. 

What is it like to be an AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER?

1. The job often sucks

    Even for those of us who love it 

2. We are not appreciated by anyone outside of our profession 

3. We hold more lives in our hands in one average shift than a medical doctor does in his whole career 

4. Pilots don’t understand us or even listen sometimes but they rely on us to save their asses when they need us and will probably never say “Thank you” 

5. Everything we say is recorded 

6. We have to be prepared to defend every word we say in a court of law should the unthinkable happen 

7. We are responsible for knowing more rules than humanly possible 

Those rules are subject to daily change 

8. We can’t imagine doing any other job 

9. We carry around in our heads the equivalent amount of data as the average 10. metropolitan phone book 

11. We don’t have time to look anything up 

12. We aren’t allowed to make mistakes 

13. We don’t have a God complex 

14. We are Gods 

15. We receive more training than physicians 

16. We can’t make our “clients” wait in a waiting room until we’re ready for them 

17. We are always in control 

18. We control everything in our environment 

19. This affects our personal life in ways that a non-controller cannot fathom 

20. Our spouses will never understand us or what we do 

21. We can’t bring the job home. But it is always with us 

22. We all have crash dreams

23. We will control traffic in our sleep 

24. We never have to worry about a foot-high inbox when we come into work 

25. We can’t put an airplane back in the inbox to deal with later 

26. We take extreme pride in the quality of our work, no matter how negatively the FAA, the media and some politicians portray us 

27. No, you can not imagine the stress 

28. We aren’t able to tolerate a read-back error at a drive thru restaurant 

29. Indecision is unacceptable in any scenario

30. We don’t get bathroom breaks whenever we need them 

31. We learn to hold it until we get a break 

32. There is always something that needs to be done right now 

33. We have a lack of tolerance for miscommunication

34. We get grumpy when we don’t have enough airplanes to keep us busy 

35. We get grumpy when we have too many 

36. We are the only ones who know where we draw this invisible line between the two 

37. When we retire, we will seek out, socialize with, and keep close friendships with other controllers

38. They are still the only people who come close to understanding us or are willing to put up with us 

39. We get to retire “early” but most of us won’t live more than ten years after retirement 

40. We expect people to say what they mean and mean what they say 

41. Everything in life is either black or white there is no gray 

42. We can drink a hotel bar dry in about two hours. 

43. We use anticipated separation when we drive 

44. We can’t understand people who don’t know how to calculate speed differences to hit gaps on the highway 

45. There is something “off” about ALL of us 

46. We all want children to have “normal” lives and “normal” jobs 

But we are so proud when they choose to become controllers themselves 

47. We are not allowed to treat our depression or anxiety with FDA-approved medicine Or even admit out loud that we suffer from either 

48. We will lose our jobs if we do 

49. But we can drink our weight in Jim Beam 

As long as we are at least 8 hours from our next shift 

50. Most of us look 10 yrs older than our age and act 10 yrs younger 

51. We know all the different variations of the word “stress” 

52. We are drawn to extremely dangerous pastimes 

53. We will eventually be on blood pressure medication 

54. We don’t know what normal sleep patterns are 

55. We’re not allowed to use sleep aids 

56. We work in the middle of the night and on Christmas and weekends and your birthday 

57. We will never have “normal” days off 

58. We will never have a regular social life 

59. We can’t participate in our kids’ school activities 

60. We know that our worth isn’t reflected by our position in the FAA or our rank in the military 

61. A newly-checked out controller who can move metal will always have more of our respect than a member of management or a highly ranked officer who can’t separate two flies with a screen door 

62. Our friends won’t understand that we can’t just leave work or get off work or stop thinking about work 

63. We are not “Disney-friendly” 

64. People think that we are the guys on the ramp with the flashlights and that we get to fly for free 

65. You have the house and the cars and the vacation home and the time with your family 

66. We have the clothes, the watch, the sunglasses and the attitude 

67. We are fluent in three languages: English, Acronyms and Cursing 

68. We speak all three simultaneously and loudly 

69. We don’t say “goodbye” when we hang up the phone, we give our operating initials 

70. We are brutally, ridiculously, ruthlessly hard on each other 

71. We have thick skin 

72. We will be the last person a pilot talks to on this earth 

73. We will hear the terror in his voice 

74. We will calmly use every tool we have to bring him down safely 

75. We will hear his screams when we can’t 

76. We will never forget it 

77. We will relive it again and again 

78. We will go right back to work the next day and do it again 

79. We aren’t allowed to cry 

80. When one of us fails we will laugh at him 

81. When one of us succeeds we won’t acknowledge it

82. We don’t have time to pat ourselves or each other on the back 

83. We have vectoring to do

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