December 2000 Issue

The Cold Shoulder

Winter doesn’t have to put all of your flying plans on ice

Freight dogs are a special breed. They are coming up the hard way. Their focus is on the left seat of a large air carrier – eventually. The standard model is a young guy who has put up with miserable pay as a flight instructor, battled his way on nickels and dimes through college and is accepting jobs as a pilot of a weary light twin hauling light freight and canceled checks.

The outfit he flies for is underfunded, with all that goes with that. He is paying a big price to realize his dream. But he keeps the faith, he hones his instrument skills as best he can, without the luxury of paid simulator courses. Freight dogs squeeze all the experience they can out of every multi-engine flying h...

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