Cockpit 2 Cockpit: Your Ultimate Resource for Transition Gouge
Cockpit 2 Cockpit: Your Ultimate Resource for Transition Gouge, LtC Marc Himelhoch, 2016, ISBN 978-0692762813, 166 pp.
Lt. Colonel Himelhoch has written a book for military pilots from the U.S. Armed Services transitioning from military to commercial civilian flying (i.e., “the gouge”). No doubt the U.S. military trains the fortunate and deserving few in aviation piloting but civilian life is another dimension as compared to military life. Cockpit 2 Cockpit is written so that pilots retiring from military service can enter commercial aviation piloting with a plan. No reacting here—as the military does, train like you fight and fight like you train.
LtC Himelhoch’s approach is marked by experience and calculation with thought and effort placed where most effective. Check lists are especially handy (even to the number and costs of suits required for interviews). Indeed, this is the book for the transitioning professional pilot.
It is also the book for anyone making a career transition as Himelhoch’s strategy, thinking and detailed lists are aptly applicable, as well. The thinking and experience Himeelhoch easily exudes give confidence borne of observation and long periods of analysis. It also serves as a primer to seek anyone’s first, or next professional job.
From ROPs* to paperwork to advice on the good versus the bad people one will meet in the process of job hunting Himelhoch pens a lifetime of succesful experience. Like the excellent pilot he must be—his thinking is ahead of the airplane. This title is about action, not reaction, which is the better method utilized to be succesful. This book, in the final analysis, is first for the military pilot venturing into the gouge but is equally suited for any professional job seeker.
* Record of Performance and pronounced as “ropes”