I am 16 and I am thinking of becoming an airline pilot when I grow up.
I just want to know if being an airline pilot is a safe job.
I want to know if there are a lot of pilots that work until retirement and if pilots have short lives.
Joseph De Leon
I would like to dispel the misconception that an airline pilot career is a dangerous one. Some have equated the airline pilot to that of the fighter pilots of the Second World War! Today, an airline pilot is well trained and the machine he flies is state-of-the-art and very reliable.
I also know statistics has indicated that the pilot profession is the second most dangerous profession. But ‘pilot’ here refers to those in the general aviation, meaning those categories encompassing small aircraft manned by bush pilots, air-taxi pilots and crop-dusters, not airline pilots. Their planes may be old and the maintenance less stringent than among the major airlines.
Statistics have shown that flying is more than 20 times safer than driving. Hence I am surprise to note in the 2005 CNN report that the 10 most dangerous jobs by fatality rate listed the aircraft pilot as being above the truck or taxi drivers. But that was the statistics for the year 2005. (see here)
In my opinion, choosing an airline pilot job today as a career is just as safe as any other normal profession!
Yes, there are many airline pilots that have worked until retirement and I am one of them!
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