How To Become An Airline Pilot
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How To Become An Airline Pilot is the ULTIMATE insiders guide for anyone who is serious about becoming a pilot. This guide provides an insiders view on how to obtain one of the most exciting careers available. This guide contains: Chapter 1. An Overview. Chapter 2. A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot. Chapter 3. How do I start my Journey? Chapter 4. Which School should I Choose? Chapter 5. How can I Raise the Funds I need for my Training? Chapter 6. Your CV Your Advertising Tool. Chapter 7. Get that Interview Your Route to Success. Chapter 8. Airline Training. Chapter 9. Salary and Perks. Chapter 10. Your Career Plan.



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Date de parution 27 avril 2012
Nombre de lectures 5
EAN13 9781909229105
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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The author would like to state that he has made every effort to furnish the reader with his own opinion of the very best information available, with regards to training and becoming an Airline Pilot in the UK and in Europe. Neither the author nor the publisher will be held responsible for any subsequent failure of flight exams or flight tests, or any financial losses accrued by the reader. As illustrated in the manual, there is a potential for high financial loss and there are no guarantees of success in the licencing exams nor, indeed, securing a position as an Airline Pilot.

An Introduction
I’d like to start by saying, thank you very much for purchasing this guide. It’s my intention for you to be very well informed and to get a really good head start if you decide that a career as an Airline Pilot is for you!
I’d like to briefly introduce myself and give you a glimpse of my career so far in Aviation. I am currently a Captain with a Major UK Regional Airline. I fly the Embraer 135/145 at present. - A modern regional passenger jet airliner. I have approaching 5000 flying hours total time (3500 with the Airlines) and I hold a JAA ATPL. My interest in learning to fly started when I did a series of parachute jumps for cancer research. After answering lots of my questions, the pilots at the parachute club said that it would be a good idea if I stopped “bugging” them and book myself in for a trial-flying lesson. That is exactly what I did, and the rest is history! I was hooked and instinctively knew that this is what I wanted to do for a living. It’s interesting that every pilot I’ve ever asked the question “how did you get in to flying?” Always has a unique story to tell.
I became a flying instructor ten years ago (at the time of writing) and eight years ago got my first job as an Airline Pilot. Within eighteen months I had progressed to a major regional UK Airline where I have spent the last six and a half years. I achieved my Command eighteen months ago and I have really enjoyed my career so far.
It has been my intention to write this manual for a few years to help inform people about: financing, qualifying, becoming and working as an Airline Pilot in today’s market. The main reason being that there are many pitfalls along the way, which year after year lots of people become victims of, especially nowadays.
The manual is aimed at people wishing to become an Airline Pilot in Europe and specifically aimed at training, primarily, in the UK. It refers to the licensing procedures in Europe. The USA has a different licensing system, as do other countries outside of Europe.
I do not deal with conversion from non European to European licensing and vice versa in this manual. For full details of how to convert different ICAO Licenses It would be worth contacting the relevant licensing Authorities.

Chapter 1 An Overview
Firstly, I’d like to offer you congratulations on being smart enough to purchase this manual. There was, absolutely, NOTHING like it before I set out to become an Airline Pilot. It WILL save you a lot of confusion, a lot of money, and a lot of time FACT!
My objective is to give you all of the information you need with regard to the following aspects.
What it is ACTUALLY like being an Airline Pilot and NOT how, almost everyone without exception, IMAGINES it will be like!
Although many pilots think it’s one of the greatest jobs in the world, there are also some who wished they had done something else instead! I’m not intending to put people off, quite the opposite; however, I think it’s best that you know the facts before spending lots of time and money, don’t you?
You will learn the most efficient method for obtaining your necessary qualifications from Zero experience.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need ANY formal qualifications (Although of course it helps if you do have some) apart from the Aviation qualifications I will recommend you to get to become an Airline Pilot.
Other than my aviation qualifications, I have a few GCSE’s, which are completely irrelevant, and qualifications from my previous career, again completely irrelevant to aviation. I know many Pilots with NO other qualifications.
Another myth is that people think that you have to be highly intelligent. I would say a good degree of common sense and a reasonable level of intelligence is more like what is required.
Regional accents are fine too, gone are the days of snobbery and jobs for the boys! That said I don’t think the phrase “ I got me ATPL innit” would go down too well at an interview somehow! I’m sure you know what I am trying to say!
Ladies you’re all welcome too! There are lots more ladies coming into the profession these days which is good to see.
It’s vital that you have a clear-cut plan of your journey through your training. I will show you how to organize this simply and effectively.
I will show you all of the pitfalls – I could have, and probably would have, lost a lot of money without this information alone, MANY people have lost MANY Thousands of pounds because of this- but you WILL NOT!
I will show you how to put together your CV so that it gets kept, and not put straight in the bin!
You will learn strategies that WILL get you interviews! In my opinion getting the interview is one of the hardest steps to becoming a pilot, I’ll show you how to do it!
You will learn how to DO an Airline Interview! Many people fall down here after all the hard work of getting the interview!
I will be showing you, essential books and equipment you’ll need to buy, contacts and links to websites that will help you with everything from your training (I will give you tips on how to find the best Training Establishments to suit your needs) to Airline Contacts, which Airlines are recruiting, Industry information, Unions, blogs and much more.
As you probably know by now it is very expensive to train to become an Airline Pilot, although there are still some sponsorships, which I’ll be telling you about in the guide . Also, there are no guarantees that you will ever get a job as an Airline Pilot! But you have to look at the big picture.
If you were setting up in business today, let’s say a high street shop selling widgets of some kind. You would probably need about £30 – 50k. And that’s to make an average income or maybe slightly above if you’re lucky!
Most businesses make a loss year one, break-even year two and start making a profit by year three. By comparison for similar “start up” capital you are investing in yourself to be in a position to make a solid, above average income from the time that you get your first Job right through to when you retire. It’s also a job that a lot of people dream about having!
If you are wondering, “how on earth am I going to fund this training without resorting to serious crime or selling a kidney?” I will be telling you about the current sponsorships and Airline Partner Programmes available, and if that doesn’t work out for you then don’t worry I will be giving you lots of ideas about how you can raise the money.
Most pilots start out thinking it will be impossible to fund all of this training, but where there’s a will there’s a way!
I will give you some ideas about planning your career. I.e. if you think you will be going straight to BA flying the Boeing 777 or similar, as soon as you have completed your training, dream on! Although occasionally you do hear about some lucky so and so that does!
I will also be including an appendix with sample questions from the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) written exams. I’ll also be including typical Interview questions including technical, aptitude, and psychometric test questions. I will include a typical simulator profile. Don’t worry about this all sounding very scary, it will become clear as you progress with your training.
In summary you will learn about the obstacles that you will have to climb along the way from:
Learning whether it is a career that you really want.
The training and qualifications that you require.
How to get through the training effectively, and with the minimum of pain, whilst saving a fortune.
How to put a good CV together.
Learning how to get an interview.
Learning how to pass the Interview.
Preparing for, and how to pass a simulator assessment.
Sample questions.
Preparing for Line Training.
And Finally, Career Planning.
So get yourself a cup of coffee and we’ll start off by talking about what it’s really like being an Airline Pilot.

Chapter 2 A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot......
One of the first things I realized when I first became an Airline Pilot, was that I was so absorbed in becoming an Airline pilot that I didn’t do any real research in to what it is actually like being one. I was in for a shock!
The first shock to the system, was that I was a person used to being self-employed, going to bed late and getting up around 8 am every day. Suddenly I had no flexibility for a “lie in”
I had to be in bed early and up very early – 3.30/4 am- and was suddenly horrified to find that half of my new working life would be spent doing this! YUK! At the time of writing I’m in to my eighth year with the airlines and can tell you, honestly, that I still dislike earlies. Some love them, but oh no not me! You do get most of the day to yourself but I argue that’s no good if you’re tired out for the rest of it.
Of course the other half of the story is that you will be reporting around midday, or close to it, and work an afternoon shift. This means finishing in the evening around 8-9 pm typically which means again most of your day is wiped out, when you are working, your social life is

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