My reasons why I became a pilot – still a dream job

My reasons why I became a pilot – still a dream job
02/07/2017 pilotpatrick
reason why I became a pilot

Hello my Aviator, one of my first article on my blog was about the “reason why I fly“. I thought it is time to give you a more extensive update. Of course, when I started as flight student I could only imagine how the job of a pilot would be. At the beginning it was my fascination and passion which strove me to become a pilot. Therefore the reasons I am listing here rather tell you why you should become a pilot.

Unfortunately, the economy gives a lot of reasons why you should not become a pilot. But like in every branch there are ups and downs. But it is for sure that air travel will expand. According to Boeing, there is a requirement of 617,000 pilots in the next 20 years. The glory days of flying are not over yet. It just has changed a lot over the decades. In my opinion, it is still the best job in the world and there are many great reasons why you should become a pilot.

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Avporn and cloudporn in London 😉

The view

You are leaving the hotel and it is grey and rainy weather outside. Don’t worry! An hour later you will be up in the air wearing your sunglasses because the sunlight just became too bright. One of the few jobs where you can wear sunglasses 365 days a year.

“An office with a view beats a desk job any day!”

It is still spectacular to see the world from above even after seven years of flying. The beautiful views from the cockpit during sunset and sunrise are priceless. When flying I sometimes get the impression that I am alone in the world since you are so far away from the happening on the ground. Especially during night flying when everything is black outside except the moon and stars shine really bright. I really like this feeling of de-connection to the rest of the world.

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Office view – the world from 12,000 km

Faszination

Aviation is fascinating. Already as a small boy, I was attracted by airplanes and I figured that it is probably a lot of fun to fly. Yes of course it is. Getting behind the controls of a huge machine which weighs several tons is an amazing feeling. Especially when you push the thrust levers forward and the moment you take off is a blast. It is always a sense of accomplishment when you land safely after each flight knowing that you were behind the controls of a powerful machine.

“It is contagious!”

Have you listened to a conversion between pilots? They always have to tell a story about places they flew to and other things that happened to them. It is really contagious. When I meet up with my friends from flight school the first couple of hours is only about flying.

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From a private jet to this big bird – Airbus A300

Flight training

When I finished high school with the age of 19 I did not have the big desire to go to college and continue studying for years. I rather wanted to get into a job as quick as possible and earn money myself to be independent. With the financial back of my parents, I followed my passion of flying. After finishing my civilian year I already started with flight training.

The next two years were a big adventure. Even though the training was not easy and I had to face a lot of challenges they turned out to be the best ones of my entire pilot career. To be with a crew of other flight students who had the same goals was motivating. We always supported in every way. During the training, you knew that the effort will pay off in the end with a seat in the cockpit whereas studying a degree is not necessarily linked to a certain job. If you are interested in my full story of how I became a pilot start with part one of my series.

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Returning from my first solo flight in 2008

Knowledge

Flying makes you smarter. The knowledge you gain as a pilot you can impose on your everyday life. You will become an expert in planning, staying organized and a good decision maker.

Aviation requires you to be up to date about new procedures and regulations. Even after flying an aircraft for thousands of hours you will find out something new about it. The adrenaline rush at the beginning of your career gets less and so does the nervosity. Actions become automated but flying to new places, flying new approaches and even learning a new type of aircraft makes this job so diverse.

I had to face a new challenge when learning a new aircraft type at the beginning of this year. I was busy several months with training in the simulator. This was a great occasion to improve my skills and knowledge.

 

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Office with a view shot with a GoPro Hero 4

Great crew

Becoming a pilot means you become part of a big family. As a new pilot, you will be supported by the more experienced colleagues and they will never make you give up.  Every pilot is unique in his own way but all share the same passion. The past seven years I flew with lots of different captains and you will learn from every single one.

“You will have a hard time to fin this energy and enthusiasm in other jobs!”

Rarely you will find a colleague using formal appellation even if he is your superior. In my opinion, this would be hindering a good resource management and would impair communication and safety.  Since this industry is actually quite small everyone is somehow connected with each other. Especially in the business aviation in Germany, I had the impression that everyone knows each other.  

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At the beautiful airport of Oslo

You are probably wondering why I did not mention the travel aspect for example.  This should not primarily be the reason why you want to become a commercial pilot. With some companies, you only operate from and to your home base and do not get stay overnight.

As a private jet pilot, I did mostly sleep at a different location every day. But this did not mean automatically that I had always had time for sightseeing and to spend a mini vacation.  It was quite the opposite most of the times. In this case, you really don’t care about the location you just want to get sleep. Luckily this was not always like that. I had so many nice rotations where I had time to discover new cities, relax at the beach and meet friends. This is a really nice side affect of the job. They are aspects why you shouldn’t become a pilot for. I will address them in a different blog article soon.

As a pilot, you will experience so many of awe-inspiring moments that you are left with no choice but to fly! 

What makes aviation for you so fascinating? Please comment below!

Always safe travels and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

16 Comments

  1. Rafael Lemos 2 months ago

    Hi Patrick, great article! Unfortunately one of the reasons why people don’t become pilots truly is because of economies. What did you do to surpass that? And how much did it cost you to achieve your pilot license?

    Thank you.

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Rafael,

      thanks for your comment. This is true. It is a big burden to overcome. In one of my first articles “why I fly”
      and “how I become a pilot I” you will find the information. Let me know in case you still have further questions.

      Happy landings!

      Patrick

  2. Tomáš 2 months ago

    yes, Patrick…I do believe that you have a dream job! I always wanted to become a Flight Attendant…studied and lived in the States for many years…my path for my dream job was on its way…unfortunately, this changed with the september 11th attacts… so I had to return to Czech Republic and tryed it here…well, thats a long story…nevertheless, I wish you all the best and am jelaous in a good way…!nowadays the job of a FA changed…its not as charming as it used to be…it changed with charters and the standards of service as well…if one is not lucky to be working on long haul flights where is the possibility to rest then its hard…I fly ofter between Prague-Munich and when I see the staff after 5 landings they are not the most fresh and happy people…no wonder though!…I completely understand…but still today I love airports, aircrafts, aviation and crews!!! there is a sence of noblesity… I remember when I was working for hotel Hilton and we accommodated British Air Ways Crew… these check ins/outs had to be always mine…how they moved with their luggages in their own groups/lives… just baf!!!

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Tomáš,

      thanks for sharing your story! You are right about what you are saying. But there are still really good jobs cabin jobs on the market. The job as a private jet stewardess can be quite exciting and completely different to the one of an airline.

      All the best to you. Always great to hear the fascination from others!

      Happy landings

      Patrick

  3. Ivan 2 months ago

    I loved the post! It is interesting, and I think you chose the correct way of life. Keep posting experiences, they are great!

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Ivan,

      thanks a lot! I do my best.
      Happy landings to you!

      Patrick

  4. Омаима 2 months ago

    Hi Patrick ! I think it’s really great sharing your everyday job with us and your of your love of profession through these unique experiences. It is a great opportunity to discover the world, new horizons and new way of life as well. An exciting job that we must definitely discover more about it!

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Омаима!

      thanks a lot for your comment. I am really glad you are enjoying my content. I am looking forward to sharing with you more in the future.

      Happy landings to you!

      Patrick

  5. Guy 2 months ago

    Hi patrick,
    I would to let you know that I really really love your website and your Instagram account. Keep posting your experiences around the world! I wish that one day we could work together as a pilot and a first officer.

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Guy,

      thanks a lot! I really appreciate your compliment.

      All the best for your career and who know maybe this will happen 🙂

      Happy landings!

      Patrick

  6. UMI NADHIRA 2 months ago

    Thank you for your new information Mas Patrick……I think after read your blog many young people want to be a pilot and who not a pilot will say” if I could repeat the time”. …When I was a kid I always ran outside to see military jet which across above our house. It was so funny…..And I always thought how something big and heavy can fly high and carry many people so they can see beautiful scenery from the sky like a bird. How smart the creator! I think it so awesome…. Although until now I haven’ t feel it……And the crews look so beautiful and handsome. I never think to be a flight attendant because this job is so hard and requires me to leave my family. But I always like the pilots. They look cool in their uniform. I hope that I can get one of them but I think none of them want me.

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Umi,

      thanks for your comment and sharing your little story. This is correct. As part of a crew you are away from home quite often! Good luck with the search there is one out there for you :))

      Happy landings!

      Patrick

  7. Joselia Oliveira 2 months ago

    ola patrick,

    Admiro o seu trabalho e vejo quanta dedicação e compromisso você o faz. passei a pouco tempo a lhe acompanhar no instagram e sempre fico feliz por ver suas postagens e seu trabalho.
    Tenho uma experiencia muito boa com avião. pois antes de viajar de avião eu tinha medo de altura e dentro de um avião eu venci este medo. Agora só quero viajar de avião e amoo as nuvens e tudo que há no céu. Obrigada por você existir e ter um blog tão maravilhoso. Beijos admiração total!

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Joselia,

      I don’t understand Portuguese, but since I speak Spanish a little bit I could understand some parts of it. Thanks a lot for your comment. I am really happy to hear that you like my blog. Obrigado!! (next time in English please)

      Happy landings

      Patrick

  8. Marie @ Air Richelieu 1 month ago

    Becoming an airline pilot requires a lot of hard work and plenty of learning procedures but when you are a pilot and when you are up in the sky, you’ve got this feeling of happiness that sometimes you just can’t explain 🙂

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      pilotpatrick 1 month ago

      Hello Marie,

      really true words!

      Happy landings

      Patrick

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