Will Your Friends Understand Why You’re a Lead Dad?

Dave Andrews, the subject of this week’s Company of Dads podcast, once flew Can Force One with the Canadian prime minister on board. He flew the Boeing 737-Max around the world for Air Canada.

When he gave up the romantic life of a pilot for the duty of a Lead Dad, his pilot friends didn’t really understand why he was changing careers. How could he quit flying? The travel to exotic locales – that was exciting stuff. Pilots were gone up to 20 days a month. The fun, the camaraderie, the time doing what so few people in the world could do – fly a jet filled with people through all types of weather and land it safely. What was he going to do now?

He got a different job in aviation, but he really made the shift for his family. “I’ve defined myself as a pilot since I left university,” he said. “Shifting away from purely defining myself by my profession was a challenge. I struggle and still struggle with that.”

Finding friends online and in your community who are Lead Dads is the mission of The Company of Dads. You can join our Facebook Group and Discord channel to share your story with other Lead Dads.

You can also listen to Dave speak more about friendship, flying and fatherhood on EP 4 of The Company of Dads podcast.