high altitude pilot gear

“As a kid I wanted to be a jet fighter pilot. I wanted it so badly I swear I could taste the rubber in the hoses. Now I realize the closest I’ll ever get is a CPAP mask…..”


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  1. Here’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. Short: snoring. BMI = 38/39 (276#). Sleep study: bad news: 60 episodes an hour…. CPAP machine. Loved it. Faithful. Tried a variety of masks. The noise. The whooshing. The Doxepin to help me sleep. Almost two years. Slowly giving up. Studying alternatives. Then trying to get into a clinical trial for implant. Needed a BMI of 35.0 (233#). Since January I lost 35 pounds. Sleep study. I am good. I eliminated myself from the study. BMI, weight loss: not a candidate. Now my pulmonologist tells me another 10 pounds…I might qualify for flight school. :o) Ten pounds, 225 and I might heal myself out of apnea. The machine is in the closet. No more man in the mask.

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  2. You’re right – being a Jet Pilot would be pretty cool, but Hey… being a doctor of medicine and changing lives, saving lives and bringing new life into the world – I just happen to think that’s pretty cool to.

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  3. Never give up on your dreams, just modify them to work. Get your Pilot’s license and then be a flying doctor.Think of who you could help then….
    I have had a CPAP since the 1986 when they were huge machines. Saved my life!

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  4. There are actually companies that offered rides in fighter trainer jets with an experienced pilot. You can fly it and even participate in dog fights.

    I’ve always wanted to fly a plane. A fighter would be good but I would prefer something big and lumbering – like me – such as a transport plane or a 747 or an A380. A fighter and pilot require a huge number of support systems and people. They are finicky and without all that support they could not operate. A transport plane supplies fighters and other groups. I’ve always had a penchant for logistics, even from a young age, and I get a big thrill from giving others exactly what they want and need,when they need it and in perfect condition. I love the idea of flying heavy planes and doing deliveries.

    I’ll make you a deal Victo – we will both get our pilot’s licences then you fly the fighter and I’ll fly the transport needed to supply your fighter. πŸ˜€

    As far as making life’s dreams come true, I have found that I can always manage to try the dream temporarily so I can have the memories, and then figure out what emotions and desires drive my attraction for that job and find another way to satisfy those emotions. Like writing about it.


      • Thanks so much for the compliment Victo – you know I applied for a medical position in logistics because I thought I would be good at it and be able to contribute and I was told No. The reason given was my MBA – everyone sees it as a degree that teaches how to turn value into money – lots and lots of money. The thing is the relation ship between value and money is the same both ways . Which means that the degree can be just as easily used to turn money into value – i.e. health care. They wouldn’t touch me.

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      • MBAs are rampant in healthcare in the US, as you have seen from my posts. Most of them are young without any health issues and have no idea what it is like as a consumer of the system. You’d be much better than any of them.

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    • Our younger son recently went to China for a work related vacation. His family went with him, and they sent a picture of the boys inside the cockpit of the plane they took to Beijing. The 10-year-old said of his adventure, “Wow, Dad, you have a long way to go before you can fly this one.”

      His dad quite often takes the 3 kids flying in a small rented plane near their home, and it’s too bad they don’t still think their dad is the greatest pilot in the world.

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      • Ha! I assume if he took a plane to Beijing that he is an adult now. I actually took that trip a few years back – long flight (ours went up the west coast of Canada, over Alaska, across to Siberia and down over Russia to China). I love big, complex machines. I’d rather drive a lumbering tractor-trailer than a sports car – always been that way. That said, I was surprised this week while watching a Canadian TV show called “Ice Pilots”. It follows, in real life, the planes and pilots of Buffalo Airlines, a northern Canadian airline that services far north communities with WW2 era prop planes. There was a new employee – Christine – who had just gotten her pilot’s licence on a small plane like your husband flew. They were coming back empty from a northern run and the pilot asked her to fly the DC-4 (a 4 engined, 50,000 pound freighter). I was amazed that she could with her experience. Then he let her do the landing as well – with copious input from him. She did well. It blew me away that she could take her experience in the tiny single engined training aircraft and apply it to the big freighter. I would say that shows your husband’s experience as a pilot is not that far from the pilots of the big plane that took your son to Beijing.

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      • Funny you should say that Victo apparently the answer is both yes and no. I am sure it would be far far more than anticipated for you. When I was transportation manager at a value brand retail company we specialized in putting stores in small towns in Ontario and Quebec .The business was lucrative and the company grew,just while I was there, from $350 million to $1,5 billion. One problem was that these small towns had airports but no scheduled flights. So, if an executive had to, say sign papers on a new store, he would drive for 8 hours sign for 10 minutes and drive back for 8 hours. To beat this they leased an 8 passenger plane and hired a pilot. They decided to have the pilot share my office – which was fine with me as he was an excellent and thoughtful companion. He flew 737 tankers refueling fighters for the Air Force and hung out with the fighter jocks. It wasn’t uncommon for him to ferry fighters to air bases or use them as transport when dropping off a tanker for repair or reassignment. I asked him lots of questions about fighters and fighter pilots. Apparently if you have a strong type “A” personality and are an adrenaline junkie, you are a good candidate for fighter pilot. He said it was like riding a jet engine with a leg on each side and incredible maneuverability in 3 dimensions. The pilot limited the turn speed because he/she could only endure, at maximum, 10 Gs (if you weigh 110 now, you would weight 1,100 pounds under 10 Gs). Other than that the ability to randomly turn upside down, reverse direction, engage afterburners with so much thrust you could not move in your seat – all add up to a Type “A” personality’s very best dream.

        Tom (the pilot) did admit that there were drawbacks that you didn’t notice if you loved flying. Very, very noisy (but you have headsets), can be disorienting, turning upside down drops all the dirt and pencil stubs and anything else loose on the floor right into your face, cold, uncomfortable seats, etc. But the thrill is beyond belief, and the freedom to move in 3-D when we spend our whole lives living in 2-D is amazing.

        For you Victo, I know it would be the thrill of a life time, πŸ˜€

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  5. I wanted to be a scientist but Mother said all scientists were atheist and went to Hell. Then I wanted to be a cowgirl ballerina. Nope, ballerinas get big legs. I ended up being a nurse. My daughter has a PHD in cell Biology.

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  6. Paul, I should have said clearly that the 10-year-old was our youngest son’s son. They were in Beijing last week and are in Shanghi this week. My husband and I have never flown except as a passenger.

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  7. You got me! I did not see that coming. I just shared you on Facebook. A lot of people need those things at night. You might go viral, in a good way. Me? I sleep all the time. Really. But that is another story.

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