5 reason why I wanted to become a Pilot

Everyone knows that pilots are well respected and lucarative job. I realize how much people admire pilots when I tell somebody. I always can sense the shock first at their face and then the excitement. Then followed by a question such as you much be so rich right?, Can I get a free ticket?, did you marry a airhostess?, how many country you visited so far?, and many more along that line. Well after all these were the reason why I wanted to become a pilot anyway till I met my mentor fortunately. I only have flown 10 hours when I met my mentor who is a airline pilot for one of the top airline in a coffee shop in the airport where I was training for my Private license. I was so excited when I saw his 4 stripes on his shirt and confident walk. I could already visualize myself when I become an airline pilot in few years time. But after only 10 hours of flying I lost so much confident on myself wherher I can make it that far. I explained him my situation and frankly asked him “how to become like you?”. Straightaway he threw a question back at me. “Tell me 5 reasons why you wanted to become an airline pilot?”No lies.” he asked with the smile. I opened up and told him the truth. Money, flying different countries, luxury life style, airhostess and bonus. As soon as I finish he burst out laughing and I just looked blank. Then he explained point by point.

1. Money 

Yes. I am captain of one of the biggest airline and making over $120,000 per year. But it took me many years of hardwork and dedication to get where I am now. When you are motivated just by money when you face setbacks or failures you will quit straight away. Money is not a great motivator. To come over challenges and be successful you need better motivator than money.

 

2. Flying to different countries 

I have flown to more than 10 countries in last 30 days. It doesn’t excite me anymore to go to London or Paris. Because I been there more than 50 times sometimes I don’t even come out of my hotel room.

 

3. Luxury life style 

You do not have to be a pilot to live luxury life style. Even this life style looks luxury there were many days in my start of the career I stayed in 1 star and 2 star hotels and drove a beat up Nissan

 

4. Airhostess 

I have many friends who are airhostess. They are not just beautiful. Most of them are well educated, respected and well mannered. Only in movies they showed them as different type of people.

 

5. Bonus

I receive many bonus and advantages from the airline i work for including free tickets for my family and friends. End of the year we get bonuses and more than all of this material bonus we are well respected by company chiefs which I find worth more.

 

I am not surprised that many guys get into the field for these reasons. Nothing wrong to have these reasons to become a pilot but if you keep these as your motivation factors you will never become airline pilot. You need lot of will power to challenge any set back. You need lots of patience when you get your flights cancelled many time. You need lots of courage to keep trying till you get that dream job. More than anything one thing that keeps me motivated all these years is passion. Passion for flying. Every day I wake up and thank god that I get to fly this amazing machine and get to have my office at 35000ft and also get paid for something I love to do. “

 

This one conversation changed my view and see myself as different person. I worked very haard with lots of passion. Regardless of all the challenges I faced now I am in my dream place. Right seat of an airliner. Only if you have that passion for flying then join in one ofthe greatest career in the world.

 

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My instructor has strict personality which makes it difficult to have friendly talk with him or even difficult to ask any question about aviation and my flying. Usually my instructor turns up to the flight just the minute before I start the engine and goes away as soon as I land and switch off the engine. Even though for a long time I get charged for preflight and post flight but I find difficult to question him. Thirty minutes ground I get charged for each flight. It doesn’t seem too much money for 30 minutes but it adds on when you fly over fifty flights. when I talk about this to other students it seems like many students goes through the same issue with their instructor which made me think this issue it just common in the flight schools.
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