Voyaging the vast clearness of the skies is no easy task, most especially for a pilot. Driving and maneuvering a vehicle suspended in the air thousands of feet above the ground are probably among the most adventurous tasks you can find, and being an airplane pilot is the way to do it. But have you ever thought what it is like to be one? Here is an overview of the life of an airline pilot.
Beginning of flight
Before one can actually become a pilot, it will actually take several years of education and training that are kind of expensive. Such will be done to in order to develop particular skill set that is required to lead a flight crew. Starting pilots have lower seniority to those who have many experiences. However, it can be rewarding in the end, as you earn more experiences with flights, and then your education investment will finally pay off.
Inside the cabin
There are actually a handful of tools and equipment inside the pilot’s cabin that must be familiarized by the pilots in order to control the plane. Such tools include static instruments that tell the airspeed, the plane’s vertical height, and vertical speed. Other equipment includes gyroscopic instruments like heading and turn indicators and pilot communication tools such as ANR headsets.
Preparing to clear
So, when as the flight attendants explain the rules of safety that is required for us to observe, unseen to the passengers are the preparations being done in order to take off. Few swings and drives around the departure ground (and it is case-to-case), as the clearance is waited. Traffic is also a consideration, as there may be planes from a nearby gate that is also about to take off. If it is clear, then clearance is given before the plane begins to taxi. And then off the aircraft goes.
Among the best parts of being a pilot is getting to travel to different places, albeit shortly. However, the challenges that come with that is experiencing changing time zones. Thus, rest is very important for pilots, as they may be night flights that require their full attention. Usually, when on a different country, they have designated hotel rooms for pilots, though it is ultimately the pilot’s choice how to use their downtime properly, with rest included. Being separated or having little time to spend with family is also a challenge for most international pilots, as they get to be on-call for almost every day.
The life of a pilot is definitely not easy but not impossible either. It is important that they know about the whereabouts and whatnots of the aviation and the aircraft that they are about to control. But it is really worth it in the end, just ask the hundreds of satisfied passengers on hundreds of thousands of successful flights.