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LIFESTYLE OF A PILOT CAN BE REALLY INTERESTING

Many, of not most careers involve the same thing, the same routine every day. The same hours, the same office/location, and the same work every single day can be boring, even if the pay is good.

Fortunately, there are careers which can be very exciting, which offer new challenges every day. One such career is that of a pilot. Pilots have the opportunity to travel to many exciting destinations, both on and off work. Every day is different for a pilot. He or she can be put on routes to new cities.Weather conditions, and traffic are different every day. Everything is constantly changing in aviation, and the pilot is part of a dynamic career.

Typically, a pilot will receive a weather briefing and be introced to his/her crew. The pilots will file a flight plan and proceed to the aircraft. The aircraft is fuelled, and the passengers and baggage are loaded. The pilot does a final weight and balance and ensures the aircraft is airworthy. After the aircraft is fuelled, and all passengers and cargo are aboard, the aircraft is pushed back, and permission is given to start engines. The aircraft is started, and clearance is given to taxi to the active runway.

LIFE OF A COMMERCIAL PILOT

Once at the active runway, the pilot receives clearance to taxi onto the runway, and for takeoff. The throttles are advanced, and the engines come to life. Everyone is pressed back in their seats as the aircraft accelerates. A short while later, the pilot “rotates” the aircraft, and it is airborne. The aircraft is soon above all weather, and everything is smooth and clear. The view of the earth is breathtaking.

Advanced equipment and air traffic control guide the aircraft to its destination. Air Traffic Control will “vector” (give headings to fly) the aircaft to the destination airport for an approach and landing. The pilot will receive a clearance to taxi to the gate once landed. Depending on the length of the flight, and duty time worked, the crew will either do a return flight to the original airport, or spend the night (possibly longer) at a hotel. The crew is usually put up in a luxury hotel with full meal allowance. All employees of major airlines usually get free or heavily discounted flights as well as reduced hotel rates when they travel on vacation.

A pilot is a careerwhich involves the opportunity to see so many places, and meet so many interesting people from around the world. Every day involves something new and exciting. Few careers involve the excitement and adventure of a pilot.