What skills do you need to be a pilot?May 13, 2019
There is no doubt that becoming a pilot is one of the most rewarding careers on earth, but as any other career, it requires a set of skills. Skills that you might need to work on and improve in some areas, but with the right resources and learning, everything is possible.
Have you ever wondered what else you need besides the academic requirements? Here you will find some of the most important skills you will need when flying an aircraft, skills that you will master at Panamedia International School of Pilots.
Quick and effective decisions
When under time pressure or turbulences, are you able to take quick and effective decisions easily and stay calm at the same time? In most other careers, time doesn’t really affect the decision-making process in order to solve a problem, but when talking about aviation, time and quick reaction is key. You might come across with many decisions and options with different outcomes, and here is the key skill: analyse the situation with a good depth perception and using good resource management in order to choose the best option for the particular circumstance.
Planning and organisation
One of the most important skills to develop is planning, planning, and planning. It is essential to carefully make the plan for the flight, followed by the checklist performance in order to guarantee 100% safety. Even when the pilot is not truly convinced that he/she has gone through every point, go over again to ensure that everything is like it should be. There is no harm to over-plan when it comes to aviation.
Besides the fact that multi-tasking is key here when it comes to teamwork, so does the communication skills. While flying the aircraft you need to be able to work closely and communicate with other pilots on the flight deck, with air traffic controllers or dispatchers, where you need to give precise and clear feedback in order to coordinate correctly while effectively flying the aircraft. There is always a simple rule which you can follow when communicating with a controller: establish purpose, when, what and how, and lastly, where.
It’s about the small details
Being a pilot comes with high responsibilities, as you need to make sure that you always safely land the aircraft with all passengers on board. Even if it is just a small mistake, it can make a big impact and could lead to a tremendous outcome, therefore your observation skills need to be on point. Your level of precision needs to be highly accurate at all stages of the flight, whether it is throughout the pre-flight checklist, on when calculating course corrections, your level of attention to detail must be exceptional.
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