The Top 5 traits you need to have to become an Airline Pilot.
Being an Airline Pilot is sure a wonderful job. The great pay, the office at 36,000 feet with a beautiful view, the beautiful destinations you get to travel to, makes it a lucrative career option out there for many. Along with all these, ask any aviator why they chose this career and you will get to hear the passion they have for flying. As it is rightly said by the famous Chinese scholar Confucious- “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. For most pilots, the love for flying is so deep-rooted that this doesn’t feel like a job at all.
But as the famous proverb goes-“Grass is not greener on the other side, the grass is greener where you water it”. Nothing fits this line more aptly than being an Airline Pilot. This career has a lot to offer but reaching that final level demands a lot of sacrifices. The Commercial Pilot License Training course is tough and it requires some preliminary skills that an aspiring pilot should possess.
Throughout the entire course, these skills are nurtured and sharpened which finally helps you to be a great Airline Pilot.
In this post, we will thoroughly discuss the top 5 skills that an aspiring pilot should possess-
Patience Is The Key-
Airline pilot and patience go hand in hand. Being patient and handling a difficult situation calmly, is one of the prime traits that an Airline looks for in a candidate, during the interview. The entire commercial pilot training course roughly takes 2 years along with type rating. During this time along with hard work, determination it’s important that you are patient enough and trust the process. Sure it will be long but at the end of the day, it will be worth it.
You Need To Be Hardworking-
Ever seen an Airbus A320 cockpit? If you have seen that you must be aware of the innumerable switches that are on the overhead panel, which are operated daily by the pilots. People will be even more bamboozled to know pilots are required to know each of those switches and their respective functions according to their company operating manual. This is where being hardworking pays off. During your initial days of commercial pilot training, even while flying the small trainers you are expected to know the SOPs(Standard Operating Procedures) and emergency procedures for that respective aircraft by heart.
Pilots follow a unique system known as “Chair Flying”, where they simulate the emergencies while sitting on a chair and follow the led down checks in their mind just by looking at the cockpit layout poster. During the initial days, this requires regular practice and slacking off won’t help.
Even after getting into the Airline, pilots need to do the hard work. In this dynamic world of aviation, change is the only constant. With manuals, checklists, systems getting updated every month pilots need to keep up with the change. This sure is a profession that needs you to be hardworking and have a willingness to learn.
Quick Decision Making-
Speak with any aviator and they can’t stress enough on this. Taking quick and effective decisions is one of the prime traits that every aspiring pilot should have. Imagine flying at 36,000 feet and something goes wrong or imagine getting a rapid loss of pressurization at the altitude! According to industry experts, pilots have a reaction time of less than 1 minute in those situations. The life of all 180 passengers depends on your decision and how calmly you execute them.
In times of emergency, quick and effective decision making is what makes you stand out from the rest.
To stretch from the previous point, quick and effective decision making is just not the end of it. Being confident and determined enough about your decision and also their outcomes, is what expected from an Airline Pilot. To have enough conviction on your decisions and stick to your standpoint is what makes you a good Airline Pilot. An Airline Pilot is not just being able to fly the aircraft but also to take the role of a leader, making decisions and assisting your aircrew with firm conviction during the time of a crisis.
Last but not least, you need to be a Multi-tasker-
The cockpit is a busy environment with no room for errors. With the critical phases of the flight like take-off and landing, demanding the utmost concentration from the pilots, multi-tasking is a trait that is highly valued in the industry. More so during emergencies, when the pilots are bombarded with tasks such as referring the manuals, flying the aircraft and also responding to ATC calls, being a multi-tasker sure comes in handy.
Till then, Happy Landings.