One pilot son, one medical sonBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1105 (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1105
- Ewan Macdonald, senior lecturer in occupational health
- University of Glasgow, Glasgow
Some time ago two of our sons went “off the payroll”—for the last time, I hope. The nature of lifelong learning is such that our eldest, at the age of 28, is now pursuing his third career post-university, and is a commercial airline pilot. Our second son started work as a preregistration house officer eight years after leaving school. He had the obligatory year out to see the world and did a two year intercalated BSc in sports medicine.
On starting work my pilot son's first 18 flights were always with a third, safety pilot, and for the next 20 flights he was always with a training captain. He was finally allowed full operational work after having acquired and demonstrated the appropriate competencies. He works in a profession where there is a planned programme of professional development and has regular evaluation. On overnight stops he gets accommodation in four or five star hotels. He regularly undergoes a health assessment to ensure his fitness. He is allowed to fly a …