The flying that I am doing is becoming quite mundane.
What endorsement or other flying would you suggest? I am currently flying with a local scenic company.
Flying shouldn’t be boring for you. Especially if it is your day to day job. Most pilots will become bored when there is nothing new on the horizon. Is there any progression being offered within the company? If not, ask why not. Are there other aircraft types you could be flying within the company? Something as small as flying another type of aircraft, even if it is flying the same route, can make your day brighter and more enjoyable. Don’t forget that if you are bored and tired of all days feeling the same, then it may be showing and your Chief Pilot or even the owner of the company may pick up on this. Other pilots who are enthusiastic and hard working will be sticking out like a sore thumb compared to you. Passengers may also find the scenic flight experience boring if you aren’t getting involved as much as you could be.
Finding another job may not cure your boredom. Most pilots enjoy moving on but once they are flying that Dash-8 they just want to sing and dance around the 737! Enjoy the journey and the path. Of course the issue with your company could also be people related. If other staff members are having a negative impact on your enjoyment of your job you may need to reach out to your Chief Pilot. Think of the Chief Pilot as this go to person because that is what they are getting paid for. They are just another line pilot getting paid to hear you out.
If you feel that moving to another company is the way to go after all, then maybe changing from scenic flights to a world of charter might help. The world is a big place and there are always more endorsements and design features (or ratings, if you’re in New Zealand) to obtain.
If you are really bored go get a float rating in the Gold Coast with Cloud9 Seaplanes. Pete Murray is a person you could learn from. Having been in the same job for over 10 years flying the Cessna 206 on floats (and still loving it), this guy gives his passengers the best flight of their lives. Just sitting up the front watching Pete when it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ will amaze and inspire you!