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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vlog: Livin' the Dream!

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Ladies and gentlemen, from the flight deck, I am proud to present . . .


   Flying airliners is a decidedly left brain activity; no room for creativity in this business. (“What’s our Flight Plan today, Cap’n?” “Oh, I don’t know, Fred. Let’s just take off and wing it!”)
   While the Hollywood image of an airline pilot is a stoic, Type A, John Wayne who is all business—i.e., a left-brained, bulletproof über hero—pilots are human.
   And humans have two brain hemispheres.
   From age five I dreamed of flying. From that same age, I began telling stories through pictures and words. Nearly five decades later, I am still flying airplanes and spinning tales. Only now, I get to do so through my Airbus, my keyboard . . . and my camera.
   But telling a story with a camera is much more than tapping “Record” on the iPhone, as I learned in high school while splicing 8mm skateboard movies together with scotch tape.
   “Livin’ the Dream!” is a common greeting among pilots. It’s a facetious acknowledgment that reality rarely meets one’s expectations—and this brutal business has more warts than most. My personal career has survived over a dozen flying outfits, ten moves, three airline bankruptcies, two divorces, a downgrade and a furlough. (See my post, "Top 10 Downers of an Airline Pilot Career.")
  Even so, I don’t know a single pilot that would trade their career for a desk job. Warts aside, we truly are living out our dream.
   Through my blog, novels, photos and videos, I strive to inspire the “chairborne” and avgeek, and fuel our up-and-coming generation of pilots with the passion of flight. But I always temper this message with a healthy dose of reality. Yes, the dream is attainable, but there is a gritty truth that comes with it. Through humor, I try to convey that as well.
   This video is the culmination of those goals.


Livin' the Dream! Another Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot from Capnaux on Vimeo.

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    2. Totally awesome video - out of this world!!!

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    3. Great blog and video. It was all over facebook yesterday. A welcome relief from all the one minute facebook life videos.

      1. Haha, thank you, threestorks!

        It's funny, I got inspired one morning and made a parody of those obnoxious 1-minute FB vids. Nobody viewed it, thinking it was yet another sappy one!

        So glad you enjoyed it, threestorks!

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      1. Haha anon, through the miracle of Hollywood special effects! I actually take about 6 vitamins/day.

        A secret: for the vid, I was actually crunching ICE! ;-)

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