Being an airline pilot (I mean an aviator), is a passion for many but achieved by a few. But I used to hear many people asking the question- Why should I be a pilot? Is there anything better in being a pilot versus other professions? What are the advantages of being a pilot? Here is a short list of point why you should become a pilot.
1. Pilots are the top most persons in aviation arena
In almost all professions, the profession leader will not be from the same profession. Consider being in police. A politician will be in its top most end. Be an engineer or architect. Some management personal will be in its top. But in aviation, the end word is that of a pilot. He is the supreme in his profession. Of course there are many other professionals in the field, but they are just to help pilot in deciding what to do next. They cant overpower a pilot.
2. Pilots earn good salaries
I think you already know this. Pilots earn one of the most pay per hour salaries compared to all other fields. You can point out software professionals or management teams earning hundred times more salary than pilots. But I can point out same professionals striving hard to earn a living. But for an employed pilot, standard pay per hour is more than that earned by other experienced professionals of other fields.
3. Pilots work for their passion
It is true that you can hardly find pilots flying to make a living. Almost all of them love flying and flying is in their blood. They are the (only ?) professionals who enjoy their work to the core. Being in sky means everything below seems smaller. you can see horizons, watch life below you from a point where there is almost no life existing.
4. They are the fastest drivers
Behind the control column of an aircraft, be it a super sonic or a piston engined monoplane, you are one of the fastest drivers in the world driving faster than all normal vehicles on-road or in water. But in the sky you don’t feel the speed but can read it from the Air Speed Indicator. For you it seems you are moving slow but the people below will see the pace.
5. Reputation of pilots is higher than many hard earned qualifications
In most countries, you don’t have to learn tons of pages to earn a commercial or private pilot license. However the reputation earned by pilots are far higher than that people give to doctors, professors and scientists, making piloting a highly reputed degree. By the way, it is good to be remind that pilot license is not considered as an educational qualification in many countries.
6. Influence, of course
People love the company of a pilot. That helps in building your social influence as well. You can make others work for you being a captain. People consider us a high class member and doing a favor to us means doing a favor themselves.
7. You will be surrounded by girls 🙂
For those who love dating n being with girls, piloting is one of the best options. Girls are easily laid by the lust of our career (boys too), and will be willing to do anything (yea) we ask for.
8. You will be fit for your entire career
Pilots have to undergo stringent physical examination every year to make them airworthy for the next year. Moreover, you may have to undergo periodic short medical examinations while flying for airlines. This will help you stay healthy and fit for the entire career. This is something unique when compared with other professions where you can find a lot of software engineers with hanging stomachs.
9. You make quick and effective decisions
You will never wait for your brain to come up with a good decision. By being a pilot you are so trained that you will make quick and correct decisions in a second as it is required in the job. This quality extends to the life and you will make decisions quickly in life also, making you smarter than your friends.
10. You are an elite member in the pilots’ club.
Pilots are known to be highly networking people with similar thoughts and behaviour. They share their passions and feelings among themselves because only a pilot can understand the feeling of another pilot. Pilots are really happy and ready to help a fellow pilot in any hardship. In this sense, I know incidents where unity of pilots made corporates fall on kneels in front of pilots.
11. You will be surrounded by eager fans
People hate stories of military people which they think boasting. But this is not the case with pilots. People love hearing stories at air. You will get at least half a dozen of eager ears around you waiting for your words.
12. Each hour of work means you are more perfect
Do you know that experience of a pilot is counted in hours of flying? Each minute he fly is logged in a log book, which is a record for his entire life. As like in other careers, you would never regret for the hours you spent in past but will love seeing the record. Each take-off and landing you makes, make you a more perfect man.
13. You are subjected to improve in course of time
Your senses, studying ability and overall abilities improve over time being a pilot. You will be one of the smartest guy in your local gang of friends with words and knowledge readily available in the tip of tongue
14. You will be a privileged person
Think of the long waiting queues in an airport. Boring na? Anyway, it is a story long ago. As a pilot you will never have long waiting queues and will be in green channel in airports. You are not tied to obey all rules made for common man.
15. No more fear of heights
Do you fear being in heights? In the top of a mountain, a dam or a high raised building? As a pilot you will feel height is nothing but a distance from you to the ground beneath. You no longer fear height but will start admiring it.
16. You belong to a minor population
Do you think there are a lot many pilots around? You can find 1-5% of doctors engineers etc. around you but no pilots. You belong to a .01% in Indias population. Yes, there is only one pilot for every 10,000 people around you. May be the count of pilots is not even up to this mark in some areas.
17. Flying is an addictive challenge
It is not like marketing or building up. Aviation is a challenging environment where only a few can sustain. Others are wiped out of flying being too timid or worthless. Flying is for the worthy only. Riches cant make you a pilot if you don’t have enough adrenaline in blood.
18. Flying is not for common man. It needs riches too
Not everyone can become a pilot as flying is an expensive career to build up. Physical and mental fitness, expensive training, challenging situations, stress during training etc. makes it one of the highly strenuous careers to get into. Only a wish to become pilot doesn’t help you in being a pilot. You need to be blessed by birth itself to become one.
19. You are responsible for the lives of hundreds behind
While you are in an airline, you are responsible for the lives and safety of hundreds of passengers behind you. This make piloting one of the most responsible jobs around, perhaps more responsible than the head of a state.
20 Pilots NEVER make mistakes
It is a truth well heard, that pilots never make mistakes. But how come it be true? If a pilot make a mistake, he and his aircraft will be no more. Usually, air crashes kill a pilot or invalidate his license at least. If a mistake was rectified, it is no more a mistake. That is why pilots are called flawless professionals.
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