Sunday, February 17, 2013

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A Pilot shares his opinions about the profession

See what a Pilot has to tell about his Job, In todays post I am introducing Mark who works as a Pilot , On brief discussion with Mark Few interesting things were revealed about this profession, I would like to share everything he shared with me during this brief Interview

CT: Tell Us About You?
M: I am a commerical airline pilot flying for a major UK airline.

CT: About Your Profession in Few Lines
M: My profession involves taking passengers across Europe in the most expeditious yet safe manner. Safety is the industry's number one priority and our role is to ensure that the standards set are met every day we go flying.

CT:  On a scale of 1-5, how do you rate the following
1. Career Growth - 5
2. Job Nature - 5
3. Job Satisfaction - 5
4. Challenge - 4
5. Respect and Fame -3

CT: Tell us about working hours of pilot
M: Working hours can vary massively. We work shifts meaning we could be starting our day at 4am or indeed finishing our day at 4am!

The length of day can also vary massively. There are strict legal restrictions on the number of hours we can work daily, weekly, monthly and annually. We are allow to work 900 flying hours per annum. This does not include duty times which again are also well regulated.

CT: Advantages of Being a pilot?
M: The views we get to see from our office are arguably the best in the world. From monuments to natural features and every sunrise and sunset in between it's one of the highlights of getting up so early in the morning!

Although there is a lot of automation now in our work the opportunity to manually fly and land an airliner is both tasking yet extremely rewarding.

Although flying short haul there is a lot of 'night stopping' where we rest at different destinations across the continent. This allows us to explore the cities we're staying in. Swiss cheese one week, Belgian chocolate the next!

CT: Disadvantages of being a Pilot?
M: If any pilot ever tells you they enjoy getting up before the milkman they're lying. It's not the ideal way to start your day but considering the job we have it's one of the little downsides that we're all very happy to accept!

CT: Work Location and Job Availability in Different Countries?
M : Job availability at the moment is not great in the western world. In the developing countries there is a lot of work available for experienced pilots.
Low cost airlines are most likely to employ newly qualified pilots. Cadet schemes with a wide variety of carriers are available with many leading companies.

CT: Are you engaged in job related work even after working hours ?
M: Being in a professional role you have an obligation to remain current in your profession. This can often mean spending hours in manuals studying new procedures, new legislation and regulation and any other changes that require your attention.

CT: Please explain us typically, how career graph of a pilot  will be ?
M: The industry is quite unique in that although the role is the same whether flying small commuter aircraft or those that fly for upwards of twenty hours, the variation in pay and conditions is astounding.

It is typical to complete the basic training with eighteen month before starting with an airline. You can then expect three to six months during their Type Rating course before getting into the right seat of a commercial aircraft.Developing from a Second (SO) or First Officer (SFO) into a Senior FO can vary on seniority or time spent within a company.

Becoming a Captain can range from (realistically) five years to, at some major carriers, over twenty.Pilot's salaries range from anywhere between GBP20,000 to over GBP150,000.

CT: skills or qualities required for becoming a commercial pilot ?
M: Being able to work under pressure, be well co-ordinated and have a general interest in aviation are musts.

However, speaking from personal experience I would say that being good with people is imperitive. You will be working with new people all of the time. Those with great interpersonal skills will find it easier; after all sitting in the same room with a colleague for eight hours you've got to get on!

You'll also be dealing with cabin crew, ground staff, passengers, air traffic control, your company's operations department and many other people on a daily basis.

CT: Your suggestion to aspirants, who want to be a commercial pilot ?
M: Do as much research as you possibly can. The industry is complex, the training isn't easy but the benefits are very rewarding. Good luck!

CT:How to become a Commerical Air Pilot ?
M: Aspiring pilots should aim to at least complete secondary education with commendable grades.
Being able to speak competent English is a normal requirement.Degrees are also beneficial but not essential. 

CT: Name 5 top companies in your profession ?
M: Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Lufthansa.

Here is Short Video on Life as a Pilot