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Pilots, Are long flights boring What do you do during a flight? What does your work life balance look like??

I took a career test and my top suggested job was a flight engineer, but it seems like flight engineers aren't needed as much anymore

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Steven’s Answer

That all depends upon the crew in the cockpit. There is always something to do. Copilot is typically the crewmember responsible for communicating with ATC. Both crewmembers always listening to ATC for changes to their flight or a large number of other potential communications. You are always monitoring instrumentation, scanning outside for traffic even though you are under ATC/Radar control. You can be improving your skills and knowledge by studying your aircraft information from flight manuals, etc... You may be updating flight logs, monitoring communication from your base for your updates or changes to your schedule.

There are always things to keep you busy and occupied. It will depend on how you apply yourself in your role in the cockpit.

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Alexzandria’s Answer

I currently work at the regional Airlines so our longest flights range between two and a half to 3 hours. Each flight crew is different you have people who love to talk because they can't stand silence so they'll talk the whole time. you have other people who will read a book or practice a skill such as origami. And if you don't have anything in particular that you were interested in doing at that time there's plenty of things to Monitor and radio frequencies to listen to so there's plenty of things to occupy your time the job is is entertaining or as boring as you make it.
As far as work-life balance goes it all depends on the lifestyle you want if you want to be home every night you try to do flights that finish earlier in the day and you try to do local flights that allow you to be home every night if not every other night. if you're single, no kids, or obligations then you can do longer trips that keep you away from home, but you are legally required to have a certain amount of rest in between trips and you get your schedule monthly which allows you to plan things out for the month.
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