January 22, 2014

I've decided to push the pause button on the Airline Pilot Chatter blog. I took a break once before and decided to start up again. That may happen this time and it may not - I haven't decided. For now, I'd like to thank you all for reading along. To my loyal readers, you know who you are, thank you. It's been a pleasure and I sincerely appreciate the time you spent reading my weekly(ish) posts.

I'd like to single out a few people for their long time, public support. Karlene Petitt, accomplished novelist and prolific blogger. If you aren't already, please read Karlene's encouraging and upbeat blog posts at Flight to Success, or pick up a copy of her latest novel - you'll be glad you did. Eric Auxier, novelist, blogger, videographer and columnist. Eric's blog, The Adventures of Cap'n Aux is a blast to read and if you intend to curl up with one of his books, I suggest carving out the entire day - you won't be able to put it down. Last but not least, my friend Brian, who shares his unique perspective as a twice furloughed airline pilot starting over at a new airline.  His blog, The Renewed Pilot chronicles his "stories from high above North America" and shouldn't be missed. I appreciate you all and thank you for your encouraging words.

I'll continue to share "random thoughts and lots of pictures" on twitter and instagram and I've been asked to contribute to several online aviation sites, so you may continue to see my writing posted elsewhere.  

That's all for now. Tailwinds and smooth landings,



  1. I have enjoyed reading your posts very much. Hope to see you back sometime. Thanks.

    A lurker.

  2. I too have enjoyed your posts, sorry to hear you are stopping - will you be leaving your back catalogue up or do we need to quickly re-read our favourites??

    All the best

    Dave from the UK

    1. I'll leave the blog up for at least a few months Dave.

  3. Say it ain't so, Brad!!

    That being said, I FULLY understand the commitment these blogs take! I started writing for two other airline mags, and it's overwhelming.

    Thank you so much for the "plug!" I shall endeavor to take up "the slack" until you feel compelled to once again pick up pad and keyboard! ;-)

    Eric "Cap'n Aux" Auxier

  4. Brad,
    Your excellent prose and insight will be missed. Thanks for the explanation - very classy and considerate to your readers. Will the APC site stay up for back-reference and browsing?
    Regardless, I'm sure I speak for all in saying a return someday will always be most welcome if you see fit.

    Thanks for the great reads & have safe travels always.


  5. Brad, I am honored. Thank you so very much for this post!! I've been so busy studying for the GRE and my recurrent I have been missing in action. Just popped over and wow! You are appreciated so much! Love all you do on Twitter and so appreciative of your support!!!

  6. Sad to see you go. All the best from the UK.

  7. I only have 6 items in my browser's favorites bar, and your blog was one of them. Sad to see you go. Thanks for all those excellent posts and good luck!


  8. Perhaps we'll see you back when you're in the left seat. Until then, enjoy the sunrises and sunsets and may all the lights remain dark, except the 3 green ones. God bless.


  9. Thank you for all the posts. Hope to read more. Good luck with everything. -- Ben Read

  10. Brad, while I hope this isn't the end,
    If it is ,tailwinds, blue skies and smooth landings your blog has been an insight into the life of an airline pilot and while you continue to fly without us at the other end of the computer remember that your blog has touched peoples lies and inspired us to strife for more.

    Sincerely, the very best,
    Enjoy the view,
    Have a great life

  11. Brad,
    I looked forward to your blog more than I looked forward to the best newspapers and magazines in the world. I admired your style. In your writings, you always came across as someone like us and not a glamorous, high-flying aviator. Your blogs enriched me as a person, as an aviation enthusiast. All the best

  12. I solely have six things in my browser's favorites bar, and your diary was one amongst them. unhappy to examine you go. Thanks for all those wonderful posts and sensible luck! airline

  13. Your glorious prose and insight are incomprehensible. Thanks for the reason - terribly elegant and unselfish to you readers airline

  14. I have read your blog several times. I'm not a pilot, but I'm a frequent sim user, and this is by far the blog that helped me the most understand the pilot work (my dream job) and to love even more aviation. I hope you can continue blogging sometime in the future. Good luck!!

    Greetings from Argentina!

  15. Well, sad news but don't forget to press the play button back soon! Take care!


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