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Career Story: Airline Pilot For A Major US Carrier

Airline Pilot For A Major US Carrier

Job Title: Airline Captain Usairways

Education: SUNY of Farmingdale, Associates Aerospace Technology •• Dowling College BS Aerospace Technology

Previous Experience: I worked as a charter pilot and corporate pilot in New York for a few corporations Flew night freight, delivered new airplanes, mechanics helper

Job Tasks: Currently I am an international captain for a major U.S. airline. We fly to 20 cities in Europe as well as the Caribbean and Central America. As a pilot there is no typical day. Some times we leave early in the morning and for Europe we leave late at night. It's tough on the body clock. Flying to Europe is usually about a 7-8 hour flight. We have three pilots so you can get a short rest break during the flight.

Some of the difficulties of international flying is the language and local flying rules for each country. We do extensive training to fly over seas. Weather briefings are very important as well as flight planning. We all have to agree with a flight dispatcher on fuel, weather, and flight conditions before we even leave. You usually get a full day in a European city and that is always nice. There's time to relax and sightsee. When you travel as much as I do there are times when you miss your family and then there are times they can go with you and see the world with you.

Training to become a pilot is a long process. School and math are important. After you start your flying lessons, it is a lot of repetition to develop your flying skills. After your commercial license, you can fly and get paid for it. Starting at a commuter airline you build up your flying hours and experience. The next step is a major airline for hopefully a rewarding career. No two days are ever the same as a pilot and that is what is so cool about the job.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part is being in charge of a 356,000 lb. plane with 220 people and getting them to there destination safely. The worst part is being away from my family during the holidays and at special events. Having the respect of the traveling public when you are flying is another good part of the job. You fly in bad weather and everyone appreciates how hard you work.

Job Tips:
1. To become a pilot you should start with a good math and science base. Besides the flying of the plane there is a lot of book work. Study hard.

2. Find a good flight school that will work with your schedule or a college that has a flight department. Another way of getting flying experience is the military. All branches of the armed forces have flight divisions.

Additional Thoughts: Being a pilot is a great way to see the world and experience new cultures. You have to have an open mind and some times go with the flow in certain situations.

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