Dating a commercial airline pilot

01-Jun-2017 14:21

All pilots flying for hire have progressed through a flight training program and have earned a commercial pilot's license or an airline transport rating.

Most likely they will also have one or more advanced ratings such as instrument, multi-engine or aircraft type ratings depending upon the requirements of their particular flying jobs.

“The airport is over 5,500 feet above sea level, which has implications for our energy management and speed over the ground during final approach,” he says.

“As the air is thinner at this altitude, we’re actually travelling slightly faster than our air speed indicator shows, meaning we’re carrying a little more energy, so we have to make slight adjustments to our approach and landing.” Not that you can tell from the relaxed atmosphere in the cockpit.

They have a concern for safety including the safe condition or airworthiness of the plane; weather factors affecting the safety of the flight; flight regulations; air traffic control procedures, and air navigational aids designed to provide maximum safety in the air. They must not only satisfy their employer, who might be an air taxi or an airline operator, but they must also demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that their flying skills, knowledge and state of health are at all times acceptable for the particular flying jobs they perform.

The first one – a 13-minute film of a landing in Johannesburg – went up this week.

Many people enjoy these kinds of flying - each with its own set of challenges and rewards - and wouldn't think of trading their jobs for that of airline pilot.

While the various kinds of piloting jobs involve a variety of special circumstances, there are also a number of conditions that are common to all pilots.

Frequently pilots double as flight instructors and air taxi pilots, or they may also operate an aircraft repair station with flight instruction and air taxi operations as sidelines.

Many good aviation and airline flight crew jobs qualify pilots for jobs with governmental agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The first one – a 13-minute film of a landing in Johannesburg – went up this week.

Many people enjoy these kinds of flying - each with its own set of challenges and rewards - and wouldn't think of trading their jobs for that of airline pilot.

While the various kinds of piloting jobs involve a variety of special circumstances, there are also a number of conditions that are common to all pilots.

Frequently pilots double as flight instructors and air taxi pilots, or they may also operate an aircraft repair station with flight instruction and air taxi operations as sidelines.

Many good aviation and airline flight crew jobs qualify pilots for jobs with governmental agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

​Wallsworth, an A380 captain, had to get approval from BA to film inside the plane, but he says the airline has been “very supportive” and “mindful that all recording is carried out in a safe manner”.