My wife and I have a new guilty pleasure: watching pilot and flight attendant vlogs on YouTube!
These commercial airline and private aviation employees film trips, layovers, “airport appreciation” (slang for “airport standby” duty), travel tips, and a host of other topics. They produce, shoot, star in, and edit the videos themselves. These aren’t big budget, scripted reality shows — but we find them very entertaining and frequently insightful!
You and I, of course, love Rene’s YouTube channel, which takes us diving in Cayman (WITH SHARKS), onboard fantastic cruise ships (in suites), and plane spotting at SXMs Maho Beach (so cool)! But what other real-life aviation and travel-related vlogs are on YouTube?
And that’s exactly what happened to us.
The flight attendants multi-task, often vlogging while applying or removing makeup. Or narrating their journey while walking from flight to flight. They don’t explicitly reveal their employers — so as to not get anyone in hot water — but most of us frequent flyers can pretty easily identify who flies for which airlines.
So what are some of the flight attendant and pilot YouTube vlogs we regularly watch?
Our favorite is the prolific Trolley Dolley, starring a flight attendant named Lindsey. We can easily deduce she flies for Sun Country.
She gives viewers a galley tour, takes us into a crashpad, and shares the spotlight with a recurring pair of flight attendant friends with whom she “buddy bids” so they can all work together.
Lindsey is based at MSP but lives in Orlando. So she must commute the 1300+ miles before and after work (And here I thought my drive was bad!).
Some of Lindsey’s videos are brutally honest. Many flight attendants are drastically underpaid — as evidenced by when she tells us about being down to only $3 in her bank account. Becoming a flight attendant is no walk in the park, either. She shares her experiences and tips in a series of vlogs about becoming a flight attendant.
Wonderfully Ale stars Ale (pronounced “Al-lee”)), another flight attendant who flies for what appears to be Spirit Airlines (thankfully, there’s no fee to watch her videos 😉 )
(She also gives lifestyle and motherhood tips in other vlogs, if you’re interested.)
Ashley Smith’s The “Real Life” of a Flight Attendant stars Southwest FA Ashley.
Relatively new-ish onto the YouTube scene is Kat Nesbitt, an American Airlines flight attendant.
Pilots and AvGeekery
Rachel Dutch: A Pilot’s Life for Me
Yo-ho, yo-ho, A Pilot’s Life for Rachel Dutch! She’s an Embraer 170/175 pilot for a regional airline (which appears to be SkyWest — maybe she was your first officer on a Delta Connection flight!)
Like many of the other vloggers, she answers viewer questions.
But here’s what I found especially interesting. While studying aviation at the University of North Dakota (like yours truly did for, well, several weeks…) in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Swayne commuted on weekends. To Hawaii.
It was worth it, though. While his classmates froze their flaps off in North Dakota, he flew for Mokulele Airlines.
Swayne is a commuter, like Trolley Dolley, Lindsey. He still lives in Grand Forks, drives to my hometown of Fargo, and flies to his Chicago base.
Corporate Pilot Life
Corporate Pilot Life stars a Shaun, a Gulfstream and Hawker pilot.
Watch for gorgeous cloud views during his flight from Portsmouth, ME to Prague. And he gives us a pilot’s eye view of landing at the world famous Sint Maarten airport (SXM) Maybe he buzzed René and some Rene’s Points readers during the meetup a few years ago. 🙂
What’s On Your Watch List?
What are your favorite travel or aviation-themed YouTube programs or clips? Please share them in the comment section! – Chris
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