Is it hard to become a pilot?

Last Updated on 01/28/2020 by FilipiKnow

Becoming a pilot can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining– but it will all be worth it in the end if this is what you really want.

So what it’s really like to work as a pilot?

First, you have to know that becoming a pilot requires continuous education and training. This is especially true if you have an ambition of working for commercial airlines. Just because you know how to fly a Cessna or a trainer aircraft doesn’t mean you can already fly an airbus or a Boeing with ease.

As you climb up the pilot career ladder, you need to keep upgrading your knowledge and skills as well. After all, flying an aircraft is unlike driving a car where your driving skills can be applied to any type of car. Each airplane that you’ll fly will require a “type-rating” so be ready to be a lifelong student.

You also need to keep your physical and mental health in tiptop shape, especially if you’re an airline pilot who have hundreds of passengers to safely transport across the world. Exercise regularly, eat right and have a life outside work.

You’ll also be dealing with the ever-changing weather and seasons. Depending on the airline, you might also encounter some type of seniority culture where you’re supposed to pay respects to the older pilots or else become a victim of bullying.

It’s not easy to become a pilot given the amount of responsibility–and compensation–which comes with the job. Probably the worst part is you’ll miss a lot of family events but the reward of providing for the needs of your family is worth all the sacrifices.

In the end, if flying is your passion, you can successfully overcome any struggle that comes your way.

Go back to the main article: How to Become a Pilot in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide