Hi, thanks for a warm welcome. I fly mostly around Southeast Asia these days, as far North as Hokkaido in Japan and as far South as Australia/NZ, with an odd Hawaii, or India trip thrown in… But done other stuff too. Domestic, intra-Europe, Medical, instructing, gliders, helicopters (heck, even crashed one!)
I have a commuting contract now and in some aspects it’s not dissimilar to Maritime jobs. I’m 20 days away/10days at home and my working hours may be anything from decent short afternoon trip, to an all-nighter ‘red eye’. Basically same like any other 24-hour industry.
As far as ships go, I was indifferent (or having mild interest, at best), even though I grew up in one of the Baltic Sea’s major harbor cities. Then, on one day, I took my 4 year-old son to show him the port and we saw a this huge ro-ro ferry coming in from Sweden, doing a 180 in a narrow canal and backing into a ramp. How cool was that!
That really got my attention and I started reading Maritime literature. I love all stuff on Seamanship, Navigation, Meteorology and all good stories. Heck, I even got myself a sextant and learned to use it (doesn’t work well in the airplane though. I need to get myself an aviation one, with a bubble).
It is a welcome diversion from my flying world, which I love, but after 20 years it has become very familiar, while the Maritime world is still a mystery. OTOH it is quite fascinating to find how many similarities there are between those two worlds.
I’d love to get some professional Maritime training (even if only just for the sake of it - I love learning new stuff), or at least learn sailing. Don’t have enough time for that, though. So for now it’s books and this forum, which I find really fascinating!