Ever wondered what makes a pilot tick? There are many great things about a career in commercial aviation. I’ve picked out my top 5. Here we go…
What’s not to love about a job that takes you all over the world?
Whether you’re short haul (like me flying around Europe) or long haul (flying to Hong Kong one week and Miami the next), the opportunity for adventure, to explore new cities, countries and meet new people is undoubtedly the biggest draw of the job.
While it does mean you’re often away from loved ones, it’s even more of a reason to make the most of the opportunity this career affords. Wherever I’m staying I always try to make the most of getting out there and soaking up the sense of the new and the unknown.
Plus I always love a quick chat meeting local restaurant owners or hoteliers with local knowledge and advice – a smile and a laugh always goes a long way and I always feel incredibly warmly welcomed.
- FLYING A MULTIMILLION POUND JET
I’d be lying if I said flying a multimillion pound jet wasn’t one of the key reasons I became an airline pilot.With great power (and these really do have a lot of power!) comes great responsibility. Every time I walk up to our aircraft I feel proud not only of myself, to have worked so hard to reach the position I’m in, but to know I’ll be pulling back on the sidestick at 160 mph taking to the skies in such an incredible machine. 🛫
Even after a year and a half of training and nearly 10 years flying commercial jets, the sense of being in control of something so powerful always gets my heart pumping – ask any pilot I know and they’ll only agree!
- THE OFFICE VIEW!
Freedom in the skies! Undoubtedly what attracted me to becoming an airline pilot is the chance to be above the clouds.
I’m an island boy at heart and the ability to experience that sense of wonderment and freedom comes with this job whilst still operating in such a regulated and safety conscious industry.
Living in the UK in the winter there’s really nothing better than when you break through the clouds, gaze out at that vast open expanse of the skies and feel the heat of the sun on my skin. No seasonal affective disorder (SAD) here!
- TIME OFF
It varies airline to airline but pilots generally receive a good number of days off – not necessarily over the weekends but it’s still generous compared to most jobs.
That’s not to say we don’t work hard! If you’re on short haul like me then it’s often 2, 3, or 4 sectors (flights) in a day, while long haul pilots will be away for potentially a week or more. But the opportunity to recouperate, explore or take up other hobbies is fantastic.
I’ve flown with many an interesting Captain all able to lead diverse lifestyles due to work patterns (not your typical 9-5 job) – e.g. part-time dentists, on-the-side property developers, semi-professional athletes, etc…
As you know, I’m pretty keen on jumping on board another plane to continue exploring new places or getting my adventure on whether at home or abroad (or back on the island of dreams…AKA where I grew up on the Isle of Wight!).
- THE UNIFORM
Ok, so being a pilot today isn’t always as glamorous as in the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’ but putting on my uniform certainly makes me feel great!
A year and a half of solid study and examination led to me getting my Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) so it undoubtedly feels satisfying! And on the plus side it means not having to worry every day I go to work if I have clothes to wear – just whether I have clean ironed shirts lined up in the wardrobe and that I’ve remembered to pick up my uniform from the dry cleaners. Oh and the hat, I’m always loosing that. Thankfully it’s like a homing pigeon.
Being a Pilot has been my dream since childhood and I feel very fortunate to be living it! Any thoughts on the perks let me know!
Of course there are some downsides as with any job. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll share my view.