The 10 qualities of an airplane pilot or helicopter pilot

Do you want to be a great professional pilot?

World Aviation      |      2021.07.21


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Below we detail some of the qualities to be an Airplane Pilot or Helicopter Pilot; They are all important and can be acquired and improved, but it is essential to know and work on them every day.


  1. Professional. Aviation is a profession that requires many professional and personal sacrifices. You have to be consistent with the demands it makes on you and above all be honest and faithful to your values.


  1. Leadership. A good pilot must fulfill the mission of awakening the motivation of the team. It is important that you care about them, their well-being and training, as well as the information you share, that is why the Briefing is the perfect time to indicate what is going to be done and how. Setting a good example inside and outside the stand is essential.


  1. Communication. It is important that a pilot knows how to work as a team, flight operations are not individual but quite the opposite, it is the sum of the effort and understanding of many other agents in the chain. For this reason, it is important that a pilot knows how to understand others and make himself understood so that communication is fluid.


  1. Decision making. It may be that this is one of the most relevant, in many cases the time to choose one option or another is very short and you must be able to choose the best option, in the shortest possible time and carry it out. This ability improves over time based on effort, training, experience and, above all, surrounding yourself with a good team.


  1. Quiet. Above all, a pilot must be able to be calm despite the possible adversities that may arise in flight. Emotions must be put aside and your mind must be focused and able to think clearly. This is another of the qualities that improves with time and experience.


  1. Flexibility. Aviation is a highly changing and cyclical profession. A pilot must be able to adapt to times and circumstances, keep up to date and not be left behind. If you want to take the next step and grow, you must be up to date with what is happening in the sector worldwide.


  1. Adapt to technology. Aviation is a sector in continuous development and change. Technological improvements are continually being incorporated and you cannot be left behind. It is essential to be up to date and have skill in handling the devices.


  1. Learning ability. You are continuously training and expanding your knowledge, you never stop studying, that is why it is important that you have a great capacity for learning, taking into account that most of it will be in English.


  1. Health. It is important to have a healthy mind and body. In the case of pilots, this routine is not only a good habit, but also a safety issue. The physical and mental well-being of professionals is essential so that they can assume their responsibilities in optimal conditions.


  1. Passion for your job and enjoy yourself. When it comes to personal life, reconciling it is not always easy, therefore, it is important that you have a passion for what you do, that you enjoy the time you spend and know how to share it with your environment. The profession of pilot is one of the most wonderful there is, share with your friends and family and make them part of your happiness.




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