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How To Become An Airline Pilot

How To Become An Airline Pilot

When you were little, did you dream about one day being a pilot of a huge jet? This is a dream that many have, and for some of us, that dream can become reality. Believe it or not, becoming a pilot is a lot easier than you might think. Once you have your pilot’s license, it is just a matter of time before you are ready to take the next step and become an actual airline pilot, flying those huge jets all over the world. If this is a career path that really interests you, here are the steps you must take in order to make your dream come true.

1. Get Your Bachelor’s Degree

The first thing you need to do in order to become an airline pilot is to get your bachelor’s degree. While this is not always necessary to work in the airline industry, it is essential if you want to eventually become an airline pilot. You can choose any major, but you will receive the best education for your chosen field if you choose an aeronautics or aviation program. You will also need to take physics, aeronautical engineering, English, and mathematics. The program also needs to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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2. Get Flight Experience

Once you have your education, you need to get flight experience. You can do this while still studying. In order to be able to get your commercial pilot’s license, you will need to have 250 hours of flight time. In order to receive an airline transport pilot certificate, you will need an additional 1,500 hours of flight time. You can get your flight training from your degree program or from a flying school that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. To become an airline pilot, you will also need to have at least 40 hours of instrument flying experience, both in the air and via simulation. This shows your skills in low visibility conditions.

3. Get Your License

The next step is to get your pilot’s license (private pilot, recreational pilot, or sport pilot). Once you have completed all of the training and required flight time, you will be required to pass a written exam. You will also be required to demonstrate your abilities as a pilot and take an exam in instrument flying. You will need to pass a physical examination, including having perfect vision or vision that is correctable to 20/20, excellent hearing, and no physical handicaps that could hinder your performance.

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4. Get Professional Experience

There are several career paths that you can take once you have your pilot’s license. You may even want to start out as an FBO advisor, helping other businesses that work within airports. If you choose to work for an airline, you will likely be required to take another physical examination, as well as aptitude and drug tests. Most companies offer six to eight weeks of additional training, which includes a minimum of 25 hours of flight time. Your first pilot job will probably be as a co-pilot, working for a small commuter or regional airline. This will give you the experience that you need to work for a major airline.

5. Advance in Your Career

There are various ways that you can advance as a pilot to the rank of captain. First, get an air transport pilot’s license, which indicates that you have night, instrument, and cross-country flying experience. You will need to pass extra Federal Aviation Administration exams, both written and practical. Try to get more flight ratings as you advance in your career, such as being licensed to fly various types of aircrafts, including multi-engine jets.

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While the road may seem long, the most important thing is to take the first step and stick with it. If you are dedicated and work hard, you can make your dream of becoming an airline pilot a reality.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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