Moving to the left seat – Captain Upgrade Part 2

Moving to the left seat – Captain Upgrade Part 2
10/03/2019 pilotpatrick
how to become a captain

Dear Aviator,

I am able to share some good, but also some bad news with you! The good news is that I passed another important step in becoming a captain, but the bad news is that I don’t know when my next flight will be! How can that be? In this second part of how I become a captain, I inform you about all the steps it requires and I give you insights about my training. At the end of this article, I have a little, but special give away for you. 

What has happened so far

  1. In September 2018 I applied as captain with my airline
  2. My application was reviewed and accepted
  3. In November 2018 I passed the assessment in the simulator

Depending on the demand and if I am expandable from the flight operation,  my training to become a captain would start. In the meantime, I continued flying as First Officer on the A300. The last flight on the right side came earlier than expected. Already on the 31st of January 2019, it was my last flight, which took me to sunny Tel Aviv. I recapped my time as First Officer which were 8 years in total and I could not believe that a new era would start soon. Check out part one if you want to find out more about the requirements and the selection process.

 

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Upgrade to Commander course

Beginning of February the UTC (upgrade to commander) training started. The first part was a ground course which lasted one week. From this point onwards I was not allowed to fly as First Officer anymore by regulation.

This ground course took place with six other colleagues who were also in the process of becoming a captain. I thought I would be one of the youngest among them, but two other colleagues of mine were even younger than me.

Topics which were covered in the ground course:

  • Laws and regulations
  • Responsibility
  • Performance
  • CRM
  • Low visibility procedures

As a commander, I will be responsible for the aircraft, the crew, the passengers and the cargo on board. When operating the aircraft I have to consider all laws, regulations, and procedures. CRM (Crew resource management) plays also an important role in the safe operation. CRM is a set of training procedures for use in environments where human error can have devastating effects such it is the fact in aviation. It is used primarily for improving air safety, CRM focuses on interpersonal communicationleadership, and decision making in the cockpit. Human error is still the greatest factor for accidents in aviation.

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Not the A300 simulator but a A320 in Berlin

One of my biggest goals is to become a captain at the age of 30 and as it looks right now it will most probably happen

Simulator Training

After a free weekend, the training continued in the simulator. I prepared my self as good as possible because I wanted to show my training captain and myself that I am the right candidate for the left seat.

The simulator sessions took place in Berlin which was convenient for me since I could stay at home. The training consisted of six missions and a final check. Each session focused on a different subject. One session was primarily to train the procedures for engine fires and failures. Another session was to practice the low visibility procedures and flight control malfunctions. All had in common to improve the non-technical skills from the left seat. Non-technical means: the flight management, prioritizing tasks, decision making and the communication with the crew. In the beginning, I had to get used to fly the aircraft from the left seat. This was a little awkward because buttons and levers were now on the other side. It was a little bit like driving the car from the right seat.

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Studying hard

A lot of flight maneuvers and SOPs (standard operating procedures) were new to me on the Captain’s seat. Like the rejected take off and the engine fire with evacuation on the ground.

Up to the speed of V1 (Decision speed), the captain decides with the call “STOP” to aboard the takeoff. After this speed, the takeoff has to be continued because with a higher ground speed the runway would not be long enough to brake the aircraft anymore.

In case of an engine fire on the ground, two checklists have to be read in a structured and coordinated way. In the end, it is the captain’s decision to evacuate the aircraft or not.

One duty session lasts six hours in total. One hour briefing before, four hours flying and one-hour debriefing. The simulator was intense with all the emergencies and abnormals, but it was still a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.

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QRH (Quick reference handbook) Engine Fire and Evacuation checklist

Check flight and ATPL skill test

End of February I had my simulator check flight which was combined with an ATPL skill test. As a commander, you need the ATPL license (Airline Transport Pilot license). To hold this license you need a CPL (Commercial Pilot License) with ATPL theory credit and a minimum of 1500 flight hours.

During my check flight in the simulator, it was the first time that I flew with a First officer, who was new on the fleet. This was the first time I really could demonstrate my role as commander because the simulator sessions before were flown with a captain aspirant with a lot of experience.

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Simulator check passed

What’s next?

Waiting time is next. Currently, I am waiting on my new license the ATPL, which will be issued by the authority. Once I receive it I will continue flying, but then as Captain. Not yet with four stripes, since the training continues on board of the real aircraft. The first 25 sectors/flights will be under the supervision of line training captain, who is seated on the right.

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Special giveaway

Soon I do not need my three stripes anymore. That is why I will pass the epaulets on to one of my Aviators with a personal note. They accompanied me for a long time, but now it is time for them to follow someone else journey. Maybe you are becoming a pilot and need them or you just want them as a lucky charm.

To join the giveaway

  1. Like this post (heart symbol)
  2. Leave me a comment below this article mentioning #PPstripes and answer: What is in your opinion the most important characteristic of a captain?
  3. Watch the full YouTube video in this article
  4. Like the video and leave a comment mentioning #PPstripes

I will randomly choose a winner 24th of March 2019. Good luck!

Stay tuned for part three!

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Giving away my 3 stripes!

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Shiran Abraham

#PPstripes, Reading your blog is always interesting. It is so informative blog as usual n give so many information n knowledge not only those who want to be a pilot but for all your Aviators. Thank you so much gorgeous, through of your blog I got so many knowledge bout Aviation. In my opinion characteristics of capital is

HARDE WORKER
ENCOURAGE THEIR TEAMMATES
HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY
RESPECT OTHERS
CARE PASSIONATELY
COMPETITIVE AND COMPELLED TO WIN
positive thinking
Motivate
and I know you have all this quality on you to be a CAPTAIN. Can’t wait to see you as captain wearing 4 stripes.

Liliani setiawati

Your blog is a MUST read for those inspired to be a pilot. Informative details and very easy to understand. Congrats that you are going to put 4 stripes soon and goodbye 3 #PPstripes. The main characteristic a captain must have is decisive and fast thinking skill, apart from great teamwork skill and high discipline. Remain calmness is one important trait , too. You have it all, PP. You have what it takes to be a Captain

Ryllie

#PPstripes

LynnHwe

You have the characteristic of the great Captain because you are smart man, competent, consistent,responsible, and very mature, the last you are adapt easily with any environment.. but the important things is you are born leader too.. and really we are so proud of you my dear Pilot Patrick, very inspiring for me and of course for CAS family too #PP4Stripes

Oliver Yang

#PPstripes In my opinion, captain is my dream job when I was young. Because captain can travel around the world, and who can meet a lot of friends around the world. The characteristics of captain is having a good English conversation. That’s why so many people who like to learn foreign language, some of them are the captain ‍✈️.

Khaled

#PPstripes the most important characteristic in a captian is confidence. He or she must be confident in taking the right procedures to have a safe flight.

Gertjan Koster

#PPstripes The willpower! Never give up on your dreams but try to archive them day in day out. I won’t be easy all the times,but gives you the courage to do it over again – Gertjan Koster

Khaled

#PPstripes in my opinion the most important characteristic of a captain is confidence. Because he or she must be confident in taking the right procedures to maintain the safety of the passengers and the crew

Viktorija Baliukonytė

#PPstripes
I believe that the most important thing for a good captain and for any other pilot is to be motivated. When you’re motivated, you’re obviously willing to work hard and to improve yourself, meaning that you can develop all the traits that you think are necessary for you as a captain.

Eiman Hakim Nasir

#PPstripes Honest❤

Purvi Desai

#PPstrips. The most important characteristic of a captain is his / her passion about aviation.

iamjamesbond007

#PPstripes I think all of these characteristics are important
Honesty and Integrity. …
Inspire Others. …
Commitment and Passion. …
Good Communicator. …
Decision-Making Capabilities. …
Accountability. …
Delegation and Empowerment. …
Creativity and Innovation.

Love you Patrick❤️

Cheers

James Nightingale

Emmy Puspasari Soetedja

#PPstripes Hi my dear Patrick, its always awesome and interesting each time i read your blog! Its super informative and it will be a good knowledge for me as usually i become a passanger in a plane , im curious about Captain and pilot world too. Thank you so much that you share about the cookpit and everything For me characteristic of A Captain is that you must take good big responbility in all procedure and regulations , safety, become a leader, make a good decision, have good skills to drive the plane well, to know what you must to… Read more »

SSC

#PPStripes The most important character that a captain must have is to be able to stay calm especially when something goes wrong mid-flight because only with a clear head, one is able to think of the best solution for perhaps a technical problem or personal issue and etc. Furthermore as the person with the most authority on the plane, everyone else looks to the captain for instructions/ directions and when the captain is able to remain calm, the rest will also be able to do what is necessary as trained in various simulation exercises.

ALEXIA

I think the overall importance of being a Captain would have to be the love of flying passengers knowing your connecting different people globally, I can’t even imagine the excitement of being a Captain but I do know for sure ill get there soon.God Bless
#PPstripes ♡

Muhammed Abdul Nafi

Hey!! Pilot patrick, it’s me pcnafi. Your blogs are good to understand, also please mention the full form of the short forms . Found some, wgich are not familiar to me, maybe I’m not good in aviation knowledge but once I ‘ll be! #PPstripes

Sarah K

#PPStripes Honestly I believe the most important characteristic of a captain is determination, no matter what the situation is, you have to have the will and strength to keep going because a lot will depend on you. A captain’s determination impacts everything.

Carina Fetcou

#PPstripes , i wish you the best of luck in your journey and i hope we’ll see more of your achivments on the blog. Thank you for sharing your adventures and lifstyle with us. You are a model of thriving in life and working for succes. Good luck

Ajay Kala

#PPstripes.
In my opinion the most important characteristic of a captain is having good leadership skills. This is because a captain is the most experienced crew member on the plane and the one that has to be in charge of everything delegating tasks to the first and second officers.

Laila

#PPstripes.of course Always sparkling even in your blogging..I think you have those advantages without mentioning you named pilot Patrick ‘(I will not become a captain )’as I said before I envy you.. I wish u luck always., u are my favorite pilot and my best captain for me patrick.The most important features I envy you about by me are fun flying between stars in the sky and Near You..☀We always encourage you whether you win or not..

DashaU

It seems to me that the captain should be responsible, patient, attentive and a leader in his field. I am a girl, but I also want to become a pilot. You set an example for me, you are really a master of your craft, you are the best captain! You have qualities that a captain should appreciate. I want to be like you. You are a worthy example of a real captain. Thank you for your work and respect! We are very happy for you! #PPstripes

DashaU

It seems to me that the captain should be responsible, patient, attentive and a leader in his field. I am a girl, but I also want to become a pilot) You set an example for me, you are really a master of your craft, you are the best captain! You have qualities that a captain should appreciate. I want to be like you. You are a worthy example of a real captain. Thank you for your work and respect! We are very happy for you! #PPstripes

Sujeetesh Mukherjee

#PPStripesHello Sir. I am a regular viewer of your content on YouTube and read your blogs as well. You are inspiration for me Sir and you have influenced quite a lot of my habits. Earlier I wasn’t a hard working person sir until I was bitten by the aviation bug and found your YouTube channel. I am from India and you have many times replied to my comment there regarding queries in aviation and general questions and recommended seeing reading your blogs on pilotpatrick.com . You have really influenced me a lot and your content is always entertaining, educational and… Read more »

Neil Harvey

Well done for achieving this milestone Patrick! #ppstripes. I would say that total confidence in your ability is the most important feature of being a captain. Knowing that you will be able to deal with any situation in a calm manner and Put in to practice all the skills that you have learned.

Manuel Schiestl

#PPstripes calmness and communication:)

Claudia Shimura

#PPstripes. In Human Resources we always say that an excellent Talent is that one that has the C.H.A. The initials (in Portuguese) means C: Conhecimento/ knowledge, H: Habilidade/ Skills and A: Atitude/ attitude. For your position it’s difficult to define just one and yes you must have a combination/ mix of all of them. But in my opinion the most important are: • Quick decision making • Teamwork • Leadership • Excellent communication and • Respect

Eliott Bossaert

#PPstripes I am so happy for you Patrick! It’s also my dream to become a captain ‍✈️!
For me a captain must be the most hard working and positive person in the entire crew.
Finally I also think he must be glad of wearing the colors and uniform of his airline even in the worst moments.
Love your blog by the way
Hope your next flight will arrive soon !

Sujeetesh Mukherjee

#PPStripes Hello Captain. I am a regular viewer of your YouTube videos and blogs. You are really an inspiration for me Sir. You have influenced me a lot to become hard working because before being bitten by the aviation bug and finding your YouTube channel, I seriously wasn’t much caring about the life ahead. You have really inspired me and helped my overcome my laziness. According to me, the most important thing for a Captain is to be Responsible. Obviously being mentally, academically and physically well are important for any pilot but the high degree of responsibility and dignity is… Read more »

Ben George

#PPStripes, a great captain has to be a great leader, and to achieve that one must:

Be motivated/passionate,
Have integrity,
Not be afraid to make the hard decisions,
Have humility,
Listen to co-workers,
Keep a positive attitude and encourage others,
Have a servant’s heart (Willingness to serve others no matter your status),

Your passion and motivation for your dreams and goals has inspired so many, myself included, to continue to achieve my dreams. Congratulations Patrick on your success and thank you for allowing us to follow you as you make your dreams come true!!

Linn Jacobsson

#PPstripes
I think the most important thing when you are a pilot is to treat others with care, be patient, be positive, but also take the job seriously and be prepared for very serious things that can happen onboard.
And also motivate other people.
For example is you have a co pilot that did a very smooth & good landing, tell the person that he/she did a very successful landing. In that way you can motivate your colleagues.

That’s just a few qualities that a pilot should have I think 🙂

Christian

#PPstripes I think it’s important to have a leading character and be also a help for the crew

Christian

#PPstripes it’s essential to be a helping hand to the crew, but also that you are a good person in things like teamwork

Sakshi

#PPstripes
1.Should have good communication skills
2. System awareness
3.should make quick and best decision
4.always try be clam
5.always confident
6.self discipline
7.leadership
8.good in computer technology
9.good in Physics and maths
10 And most important should physically fit
11. Team work

Claudia Renda

#PPstripes Only 4 words: A captain need PASSION and DETERMINATION, then he has to be SKILLFUL and CONFIDENT in what he’s doing!

Gary Blom

Hey PP

Hope you’re well.

I would be honoured to win your #PPStripes 3 stripes, myself and my mom are avid aviation fans and it would be an amazing gift.

I’d say the most important characteristic about a captain would have to be friendliness and people skills. I say this because the captain will be in charge of a lot of people. He/she will need to know how to beat communicate with the other people in order to ensure that everyone gets their job done properly and effectively.

Carina Fetcou

I think the most important quality a captain must have is confidence in himself #PPstripes

Ayşe Yapjcıoğlu

#PPstripes
My answer :absolutely caım,quick thinking and must act Fast.
Your give away can’t buy whit money!!
I hopeI winyour three stripes ///.
To bring luck for me
I will keep my totem boxas a souvenir.

Alexandre Miramont

#PPstripes

Hello PilotPatrick!

Can’t wait to see you as captain! You deserve it after all your hard work!

The most important characteristics are : motivating the copilot and using your own experience in certain situations to help him/her, listening to the crew and prioritizing safety onboard!

I hope to become a captain in the future!

Your future pilot French fan! 🙂

Kella

#PPstripes‍♂️ Wow as always you are so good in writing Patrick. Great blog post as usual. Well I think the most important character that a Captain must has is LEADERSHIP. He has to control all the crew members and also the plane. Due to emergency, he must take all the responsibilities. He still can get suggestions from his team but the decisions is all at his hands.
I know that you will be an Incredible Captain Patrick

Jose Teja Membrilla

#PPstripes The most important characteristic of a captain is the responsibility. Congratulations Pilot Patrick!!

Loli

#PPstripes the most importante characteristic in a captain is confidence.
He probado she must be confident in taking the right procedures to hace a safe
Flight.

Svetlana

#PPstripes The captain must have the following qualities. Responsibility, organization, analytical mind, leadership qualities, self-confidence, the ability to make the right decisions in emergency situations.

Maribel Beltran

For me, the most important characteristic that a captain should possess is accountability… Since you are held responsible for the lives of your crew and your passengers, your job could be comparable to a doctor, instead of a hospital .. You are a sky doctor in which people entrust their safety and their entire LIVES towards happy landings. #PPstripes

Much love and supporting you from afar ♥️ Congrats again to a successful transition to being a captain.

~ Maribel B.

Albert Chacón

#PPstripes Hi Pilot Patrick! I’m Albert Chacón Sarto, I have 15 years old and from Barcelona. I really enjoy your videos and your posts! In the future I would like to become a captain. About you question, the most important characteristic of a pilot is its enthusiasm for his/her job. Moreover, he/she has to be very responsible, self-centered and he/she can not lose control of the situation. A good captain also is respectful with his flight crew and copilot. Although its life might sound a little bit stressing, he/her has to plan and organize its journeys. It must be a… Read more »

Roberta Formighieri

#PPstripes In my opinion the most important characteristcs in a captain is respnsabilty and discipline.

Kameela Hays

#PPstripes. A Captain must have
Great LEADERSHIP skills to command respect from his team and inspire confidence and lead by example
He must have a CALM manner
Excellent DECISION MAKING skills
Excellent COMMUNICATOR
PHYSICALLY FIT
SENSE of HUMOUR
Great post. You’ll soon be wearing the extra stripe. Best of luck

Natalie

Every captain will always have their vice-captains and other team members. As a leader in your every flight from now on, you have the responsibility in guiding your team members and making sure they do their job right. You will be a role model and a person ur co-pilots will look up to. Therefore, I believe the most important characteristic of a captain is being confident. If you’re confident, I’m sure ur co-pilots will be to as they can sense that positive vibe from you:)
#PPstripes

Sulayman Idris

#PPstripes . Congratulations on getting your 4 stripes, it’s so nice that you are giving your 3 stripes epaulets away because you must have a big emotional attachment to them. As I’m only 12 I’ve thought of so many different things to be when I’m older but then I started getting into planes and found your blogs and they really inspired me to be a pilot and I felt after reading them, they inspired me even more to be a pilot and get into aviation. Yes you’ll have to be smart and have the knowledge to be a captain but… Read more »

Ruben

#PPstripes: Being an airline captain is certainly a dream job, but there are as well many responsibilities and duties connected to it, therefore a captain absolutely needs to understand the importance of his role in the safety and well-being of all passengers aboard his aircraft. Being able to cope in high pressure situations is absolutely paramount when you are a captain, therefore a captain needs calmness in the face of difficult situations. As a captain it is important to motivate not only yourself, but also the airline crew around you, especially young FO needs to be motivated and helped, instead… Read more »

Murat Beqiraj

#PPstripes It is a great opportunity to write to you. And I always said to you that I do see you as a future Captain. And here we are…only a little more time for you to fly in a completely different position. I think I’m more excited for you that you are for you’re self. You always were,are, will be my inspiration. You inspire me for you’re amazing hard work. Here I’ll give you a little tip…open a online store because I know that I’m not the only one that wants something from you. And I realy do want something… Read more »

Vita

❤️ molto bene questo post!…professionalita e competenza fanno parte di te!!! Come dato di fatto la caratteristica di un capitano è essere responsabile, e soprattutto avere self controll!! Tenere a proprio agio passeggeri e membri dell’equipaggio!! #PPstripes..Congratulazioni!! My CAPITANO!!

Edmund Chiu

#PPstripes — has a huge sense of responsibilities

Alexia rutsova

#PPstripes
The main traits of a Captain should be leadership, good intellect, situation awareness, good communication skills and abviously good piloting expertise

Edmund Chiu

❤❤❤ rOadside

Have a huge sense of responsibilities
Always has a humble heart
Ready to improve

Dania

Hi pilot I am so excited to see you captain I can’t wait
what is in your opinion the most important characteristic of a captain?
.
.
Generally, the Captain has the final say on the safety and navigation of the plane, controls thep lane during take off & Landing, & does the communications
#ppstripes

Edna Rejane

#PPstripes
captain have to be very patient

Emily

#PPstripes
What is the main characteristic in a captain?
I want to be a pilot and for me the main characteristic is to be responsable and love your job, people behind you, depend on you to arrive to their destination and they trust in your capacity , try to be an inspiration for people and for that kids that want to become pilots, and every time be humble.

Wongsakon

#PPstripes
Hi Patrick,

Danke für die harte Arbeit und deine Bemühungen. Deine Posts sind wirklich informativ.

The most important characteristic of a captain are

1. honest and trustworthy
2. to be a good leader
3. Encourage their teammate
4. to be a role model for others
5. Respect others
6. They Step up when the team needs them

Ich wünsche dir noch einen schönen Sonntag.

Dania

Hey pilot
( 3 stripes) this it will be amazing gift
Don’t give up
I am so excited for you pilot
To be a captain I don’t know what to say!
I love you and you Deserved
.
I want to answer your question:
.
I think these are the important points!
.
1- work team
2- always try to be calm
3- he need to be good at computer technology
4- to be positive
5- Think fast
6- Any problem you have to solve must be solved
6- be nice , amazing to your passengers
7- big smile
.
Good luck to me
#postripes
@pilotpatrick
@pilotpatrick

Dania

Hey pilot
( 3 stripes) this it will be amazing gift
Don’t give up
I am so excited for you pilot
To be a captain I don’t know what to say!
I love you and you Deserved
.
I want to answer your question:
.
I think these are the important points!
.
1- work team
2- always try to be calm
3- he need to be good at computer technology
4- to be positive
5- Think fast
6- Any problem you have to solve must be solved
6- be nice , amazing to your passengers
7- big smile
.
Good luck to me
#postripes
@pilotpatrick
@pilotpatrick

Sandra Adeline Mayouf

Such a detailed and informative blog ! As I said in my Youtube comment a Captain has many crucial skills, aptitudes and attitudes such as leadership, responsibility, wisdon, composure and knowledge. I really wish you courage and luck because you have complex studies as I noticed. The Aviator family is supporting you endlessly. We are very eager to see your next flight as a Captain. Safe travels, Patrick ! #PPstripes

Rhea Cristle Goveas

#PPstripes
A captain according to me should be confident and calm. Moreover, he/she should be decisive.
He/she should be down to earth, yet they should be aware of and protect the lives of the people on board.
Awareness and proper knowledge of the aircraft is one important point.

Though I’ve never met you, I find you capable of all these things by watching your YT and Instagram. Hope to see you flying as a Capt. soon.

blair chen

#PPstripes I think the captain is characterized by a sense of responsibility with Ieadership and self-confidence .ln addition to this,there is enthusiasm for work .
I think you are very attractive and full of positive energy It’s hard not to be affected by you

Bùi Thị Nhung

The important thing of a captain is that the health and the spirit, the health is always good, the spirit is always stable. Because these 2 will be the factors that form calmness and clarity when handling and deciding problems in every flight to determine the safety for everyone and for himself

Uzayr Sarkhot

#PPstripes In my opinion the most important characteristic of a captain is his ability to stay calm and take charge during high stress situations.

Bùi Thị Nhung

Hello Patrick
The important thing of a captain is that the health and the spirit, the health is always good, the spirit is always stable. Because these 2 will be the factors that form calmness and clarity when handling and deciding problems in every flight to determine the safety for everyone and for himself

Bùi Thị Nhung

The important thing of a captain is that the health and the spirit, the health is always good, the spirit is always stable. Because these 2 will be the factors that form calmness and clarity when handling and deciding problems in every flight to determine the safety for everyone and for himself

jhonatan carreno mclean

#PPstripes It is both an honor and a responsibility to play the role of an aircraft captain and most pilots aspire and strive to become one. One of the characteristics of the most appreciated personality in airline pilot as a captain is the so-called Personal Stability. This is usually measured by assessing three characteristics of the personality: 1) The resilience Resilience is the ability of people to deal with positive and effective situations of risk or adversity. In our area (aviation), if a pilot makes a mistake and you have a high resilience, this will allow you to continue piloting… Read more »

Aateera Hosein

Most important characteristic of a Captain is humility. I believe humility should precede greatness. All the best and God bless. #PPstripes

Harshitha Pralhad

#PPStripes Hello Patrick! According to me, I feel that the captain of an aircraft should possess CONFIDENCE and be confident in all times. It is one of the most important characteristics of a captain because with confidence, he/she can communicate well, stay calm in any situation, assess problems and come up with an intelligent solution, can become a good leader, can perform his/her duties well, EVERYTHING! but without confidence, I feel not just a captain, any person will fail to perform his/her duties and achieve their goals. PS: I really want to become a pilot, join the course at least… Read more »

Curtis Dean

#PPStripes amazing blog as always and congratulations on become a Captain. The most important quality in a Captain is someone who is reassuring, they have to make passengers and fellow crew feel safe, the aircraft is their responsibility and they must reassure everyone that they will have a safe, pleasant and memorable flight. The magic you feel as a Captain should ‘infect’ those on your plane.

Adam Ferguson

#PPstripes
In my opinion, a captain must be a positive and easily approachable person. They must be very friendly and also helpful as young people (like myself) always like to go up to the flightdeck and ask questions about aviation.

Maria Dugan

#ppstripes. For me to be a good captain. 1, you need to be seen as the face of the company you fly for. 2, must have good people skills 3, must have a calm temperament to handle all situations thrown at you and your crew. 4, motivated 5, always to strive to be better do better 6, must be encouraging and supportive of your crew and to assist and teach where needed. 7, most impistant to be trustworthy and to be able to allow others to form a bond with you for work etc 8, passionate and compassionate 9, have… Read more »

Michele

Congratulations Pilot Patrick ^^ ♡ _ Our beloved Captain to be ^^ ♡ #ppstripes

The Characteristics of the Best Captain :

♡ Ability to remain Calm under pressure
♡ High level aviation skills & knowledge
♡ Leadership ; Self-confidence
♡ Critical & Positive thinking
♡ Self -discipline
♡ Attention to Details
♡ situation awareness
♡ Good effective communication skills
♡ Humility / Being Humble
♡ Desire to Learn ; Proper attitude

Good luck of your aviation upgrade ^^ ♡
Best Wishes always ♡

P.S. You have all the requirements above ^^ ♡ You got the ” YES ” to become as Captain to win your wings ^^ ♡ Congrats ♡

Constantin

#ppstripes to be a captain you need to be sure of your decisions!

Myriam

Always a pleasure to read your blog posts. For me the most important characteristics of a captain are: fast decisions maker, a team worker and leader in the same time, knows how to keep calm in the worst situations and of course knowledgeable. Charisma and personality are also important. Honestly me as a passenger only seeing a smiling pilot like you makes me feel in security. You have all the necessary skills that will make of you the best captain. PPstripes ❤️

Brian Weed

How do I like the post? The heart doesn’t do anything. You’ve got this #PPstripes! You’ll get flying in no time with that new license!

Theotime

#PPstripes Hi Patrick, to be a captain I think you firstly need a lot of experiences because the captain in a plane have to take all the decision and only a good first officer with all the knowledges and capacities can be upgraded as captain! Being a captain is not an easy thing… but is the objective of all pilots!

Henrik Larsson

#PPstripes
I think that the most important characteristic of a captain is to be a good teamplayer. Aviation is all about CRM (Crew Resorce Management) to be able to be a team player but obiesly a team leader, but what I mean is that a captain should trust and use all officers full capabilites to be able to perform the flight as well as possible and land the passengers safely at their destination!

Henrik Larsson

I think that the most important characteristic of a captain is to be a team player but obiesly a team Leader. Aviation is all about CRM (Crew Resorce Management) What I mean is that a captain should use his and the officers full knowledge, experience and their full capabilities to be able to perform the tasks they have and to perform the flight as well as they can not endangering the crew or passengers and being able to land their passengers at their destination safely!

Marc

#PPstripes

It’s the ability and willingness to inspire and train other pilots, passing their wisdom and knowledge to those still gaining experience and developing their skills.

hongfei z

Always stay positive
keep walking
motivation
#PPstripes

Abhiji Das

I swa you’re you tube video regarding How To Become a Caption. This article is also too informative and very interesting. After go through this we can know To Become a Caption is not one day event. Super Happy to know the entire procedure to become a caption as I’m very much interested about aviation. In my point of view main thing of captain is

The decision taking ability in case of an emergency is most prior.

Also adhere the Law is most important

Safety first it’s a big responsibility of captain

Inter crew management is also significant

Nikki Brar

In my opinion being courgeous and consistent is the most important role of a captian. Being a captain is quite the honor and the position of a captain is given to those whom the rest of the team respect and trust to lead the team in the right direction. Moreover a captain or pilot that is courageous in his/her skills and abilities will not hesitate to take a responsibility for the safety of each flight, which is very imporant. Additionally, it includes the ability to handle a difficult situation. This is a critical trait for pilots to have, especially in… Read more »

Nikki Brar

In my opinion being courgeous and consistent is the most important role of a captian. Being a captain is quite the honor and the position of a captain is given to those whom the rest of the team respect and trust to lead the team in the right direction. Moreover a captain or pilot that is courageous in his/her skills and abilities will not hesitate to take a responsibility for the safety of each flight, which is very imporant. Additionally, it includes the ability to handle a difficult situation. This is a critical trait for pilots to have, especially in… Read more »

Sameer Bachan

#PPstripes, In my opinion I think some characteristics of a captain is:

To show leadership
To encourage their co workers
To be courageous
And kind

Natthapob Boonsud

#PPstripes
I think responsibility is the most important characteristic of a captain.

Dósa Zsigmond

#PPstripes
I think a captain should be very continent!

Giuseppe

#PPstripes I think that a captain must be determinated, quick-thinking, confident and brave.
He just be like you!!!

Adam Bhatti

#PPstripes In my opinion, the most important characteristic of a captain is patience, not to rush anything and become irritated by things.

Mátyás Nóra

Being a good leader

Mátyás Nóra

Being a good leader! #PPstripes

Gaurav Pausker

#PP stripes Answer: CALMNESS Being able to cope in high pressure situations is absolutely paramount when you’re a pilot, and don’t airlines just know it?! If you want to secure a position with a leading airline company, you will have to demonstrate excellent calmness in the face of difficult situations. KNOWLEDGE OF RESPONSIBILITY Airliners offer employment only to those pilots that understand the importance of their role in the safety and well-being of each passenger aboard the aircraft that they are flying. SELF MOTIVATION As a pilot, and as the most senior member of staff in your working environment, it… Read more »

Dif ayoub

#PPstripes
In my opinion the most important characteristic is leadership and teamwork… And you have all of this characteristics Can’t wait to see you as a captain. I hope to be a first officer and fly with you someday…
#PPstripes

Caro

#PPstripes

The most important characteristic of a pilot is the determination. Pilots never give up and keep learning to reach their aim in life. Therefore pilots have a high sense of responsibility and they know what they want which I really like about them.

Hope you will be a captain soon!

(I don’t know if my comment was sent so I made a copy. I don’t want to spam. :D)

Dif Ayoub

#PPstripes
In my opinion the most important characteristics are leadership and teamwork.. And you have all this characteristics so you will become a great ‍✈️ I hope to fly with you someday as a first officer ..
#PPstripes

Loris

#PPstripes
In my opinion, in order to become a captain you need to have “cold blood”, you must study hard and you must have a High sense of responsibility.
I would like to have three stripes one day…
I’m becoming a pilot. It’s my dream.
I go on your YouTube’s video now!

Loris

#PPstripes.
In order to become a captain you need to have a strong sense of responsibility.

Sophie

#PPstripes

Hallo Patrick
Ich freue mich sehr, dass du deine Community bei deiner Laufbahn als Pilot via Blogs und Post‘s teilhaben lässt. Du wirst noch mehr Verantwortung tragen müssen. Du bist ein super Pilot und ich bin schon gespannt darauf, von deinem ersten Flug als Kapitän zu hören. Ganz liebe Grüße

Favre

#PP strips
The captain must be responsible, reflexive and know how to analyze situations very quicly. Since u have managed all this u will be a good captain

Julie cairncross

#PPSTRIPES. ❤❤ I think there are alot of things a captain has to do and be.
You have to make sure everyone works as a team and that everyone knows there places without being too bossy. Its also make sure yourcpassenger feel welcome and safe. I think thats the most important making people happy and know they are in safe hand. No just passengers but crew aswell. Also getting people into that holiday feeling aswell.

Ahmad El-Haj

#PPstripes

Kapitän zu sein, bedeutet ein sehr großen Verantwortungsbewusstein zu haben. Man hat die Verantwortung für den Flieger, die Crew und Gäste. Ebenfalls denke ich das eine eine gute Teamarbeit wichtig für den die Zeit im Flieger ist. Man muss auch strukturiert und klar sein, und manchmal spontan sein können, gehört auch dazu.

Sophie Rommel

✈️ In my opinion the most important characteristic of a captain is a good crew ressourcement, that means a captain who involves every single member of a crew independently from age, experience, gender or position. You should always be a good role model and friend. ‍✈️ ‍✈️ ✈️

Victor

#PPstripes
Charisma!

Bùi Thị Nhung

#ppstripes, take care of safety

Andreas Birmpilis

#PPstripes I believe that the most important characteristic of a captain is reliability. A captain has to make passengers feel comfortable and safe all the time! I want the stripeeeeesss!!

Tatiana

#ppstripes
You inspire me so much pilot patrick i am only 15 years old and i have always wanted to be a pilot since i was a young it would be an honor to have your epaulets just as a sighn to keep working hard .
What is the most important characteristic of a pilot?
Patience and remembering to be calm during an emergency situation and to always be alert
Thankyou captain patrick.
Much love

Robidh

#ppstripes .. Your responsibility also increases with your stripes and position….so, good luck for your new journey my captain.. safe travels, happy landing… Your aviator ‍✈️❤️

Viktoria

#PPstripes
Very interesting and informative blog. Hopfully will be me one day as I’m currently a cadet pilot!
I think a captain needs to be a good leader, good at encouragement, quick thinker and confident in their ability and their crews ability.

Karel

#PPstripes
I love your videos, and I have started reading your blog. It is cool, and I can’t stop reading it. Pilot should stay calm at any sotuation, and should be cooperating with Co-Pilot.

Mxrcx77

#PPstripes

Mxrcx77

#PPstripes
Most important part of becoming a captain is your leadership skills and quick decision making

Fiona Leow

#PPstripes A captain must be highly motivated, keen to learn new things, have high flexibility and have quick thinking skills to respond to any incidences that may happen in the plane. Aside for these, a captain must be a team player and he able to work well with his colleagues. He must also be open to new ideas and be confident in his work. I see these traits in you and I believe you will make an excellent captain, Pilot Patrick!! Looking forward to seeing you wear the 4 stripes!

Katerina

#PPstripes to my mind pilot must always remain calm and focused. It is all about discipline and devotion that makes this job enchanting. Those three stripes represent the energy you put into your dreams and resolutions and I wish you all the best in your next chapter in career as Capetian.

Cristal Quiamco

#PPstripes I think the most important characteristic of a captain is the ability to work under pressure and does not hesitate to take a responsibility for the safety of each flight. Captain should be confident of his skills and abilities.

Khush Pandya

#PPstripes
Hi Pilot Patrick
I think that the most important characteristic of a captain is to have a good attitude and have a quick repsonse
to things in the cockpit and not forgetting the way he looks!
Happy Landings!

Hrishikesh Kasyap

#PPstripes
THE CAPTAIN-

P –POSITIVE
A –AWESOME
T –TO BE HONEST
R –RESPONSIBLE
I –INNOVATIVE
C –CALM
K –KIND

And a good CAPTAINSHIP…

Wide75

#ppstripes characteristics: believe in yourself that you can do it all.and is responsible for the safety of your aviator optimistic,always calm and focused open to coworkers and authoritative in leading,decisive in making decisions when something happens and making the aviator comfortable and calm on the road and don’t forget your charming smile hahahasuccess always,happy always and healthy always wherever are

Faith Isiderio

#PPStripes
I believe that a clear /good communicator/listener is the most important characteristic of a succesful captain. However , few more traits should follow such as a good team player and a great leader, attentive, focus, confident, calm/slow to anger in times of distress, fast to respond and last but not the least with great humility. ♥️ Have a safe flight. Take care always