We all know how fascinating it is to fly around the world, anyone who has had the opportunity to travel knows that it is a real pleasure. However, behind a pleasant flight there is a great responsibility, we talk about the pilot; that although it also enjoys great privileges, is one of the main responsible for keeping all passengers safe.
That is why, for this post we have taken into consideration the skills that a pilot must have, what a candidate needs to know how to handle the pressure of a flight.
According to the aviation blog CESDA and under the premise of the COPAC Dean (Official Association of Commercial Aviation Pilots) in a conference presented at the Pilot Careers Live fair in Madrid on May 6, 2017, six skills are exposed as must have by a pilot to handle the above mentioned.
- Flexibility. A pilot must have a great theoretical knowledge of his profession and stay updated. At the same time reality is changing and the pilot must have the ability to apply their knowledge and adapt their responses to the real situation that arises. Therefore, flexibility is very important to adapt to the particularities of the real world.
- Decision making. This is one of the most outstanding skills of a pilot, and often these decisions are vital and must be taken in a very short time. This skill is acquired especially by learning very well the basic skills of the pilot and with recurrent training and for life. Currently it is believed that a pilot who masters the 8 basic skills is able to solve any situation that occurs in flight.
- Resilience. It is the ability to work correctly (manage the flight) despite adverse situations that may affect emotionally. In an aerial operation the pilot must be able to function correctly despite adverse emotional situations. This is a trait of each person’s personality and its improvement requires a lot of time and well-oriented personal work.
- Communication. It is very important for a pilot the ability to understand others and be able to be understood by obtaining favorable responses for the proper development of the flight operation. In addition, we must bear in mind that this communication will be in English, a language that for most of us who have Spanish as a mother tongue we consider it non-native, and therefore an effort must be made to obtain advanced knowledge of this language .
- Adaptation to technology. Technological advances are increasing, and aviation is a clear example of this. A pilot must have this ability to adapt to new instruments, procedures and aircraft, because throughout his professional life he will experience technological changes that he is not able to imagine today.
Learning capacity. This capacity is an extension of the previous one. It is a necessary capacity for any person in any job, and especially necessary for a pilot. This ability develops excellently in the university where you learn the profession and you learn to learn.