I was a captain at my last airline for six years. The first year was a bit rough as I faced a number of situations I hadn’t dealt with before. The second year was better, and the last four were really quite enjoyable. I had a nice rapport with my FOs and flight attendants and other employees, thought I set a good tone, avoided drama and seldom heard from my boss. When I butted heads with the company over operational decisions, it was generally due to lone individuals trying to get a flight out when prudence dictated otherwise. In those cases, I made the tough call to stop the operation, and the chief pilots always backed me up afterward. In all, I ended up with 5,000 hours of turbine PIC time. It was the aftermath of the Great Recession and the subsequent increase of the mandatory retirement age, and the major airlines weren’t hiring in great numbers.