Colleen Mondor is a former dispatcher for a Fairbanks-based air carrier. Her book, The Map Of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska, details her years working in the Alaska aviation industry. The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. Contact Colleen Mondor at colleen(at)alaskadispatch.com.
I do not know Colleen's history, but she is promoting her book: http://www.chasingray.com/http://www.amazon.com/The-Map-Dead-Pilots-Dangerous/dp/0762786868
As we all know everyone likes to blame someone else for their mistakes. Everybody who operates a piece of equipment (bus, train, forklift, bulldozer, boat, plane etc...) is pressured to pay the bills. The difference between a professional and recreational/amateur operator. The "Professional" is a "Professional" because their training and experience prevents bad things from happening.
Anytime a pilot or mechanic would convey to me that they felt pressured I would teach them what is expected from a person collecting compensation. Stand -up straight and find your backbone. The customer looks up to you and respects your every decision prove to them you are not subject to peer pressure.... "You are the peer now".
Several guys have got out of Aviation after given that lecture.
Klaus Marx - Piper Pacer Pilot
Juneau, AK & Wenatchee, WA . . . . . . Click on Link Bar to view the 'non-profit' group.