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How is the lifestyle of a pilot in a major airline?
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Friday, 11 October 2013 03:55

Life as an Airline Pilot

Hi Captain,

I am a 19 year old college student. I have my private pilot license now and hope to get into a Navy or Air Force flight training program after I graduate and work my way into the majors after my time commitment is up (I think it's about 10 or 11 years?).

I was just wondering, what exactly is the day-to-day life like for airline captains and first officers?

How many flights do you do per month?

How many days do you have at home per month?

How many days are you away at a time for?

Is there a way to increase chances of flying international flights as you gain seniority?

I am also a writer (and I hope to become a successful published writer at some point in my life) and I'd like to know if I would have time to work on this while still spending time with my future family while I am at home.

Thank you very much!

Charlie

Hi Charlie,

In view of the downturn of pilot employment in the commercial airlines today, a short commitment with the Navy or Air Force isn’t a bad idea. I went through that route as the training and experience gained are free.

I don’t know where you come from (more likely from the USA?) but work schedule may vary from airlines to airlines and from country to country. Most major airlines are not doing well today due to the competition from the low cost airlines. Hence, they have cut down on pilot recruitment and your best bet is with the latter. Unfortunately, the remuneration is no longer as attractive as in the major airlines.

Again the day-to-day life is different. As a pilot in a major airline with international and long-haul flights you may be away from home for a few days each week but you would be given sufficient rest at home.

Some airlines may make their pilots work harder than others. Of course, pilots in low cost airlines are more productive because they work harder. Rest assured, the airlines have to abide by regulations that meet the flight duty limitations (that spell the exact number of days off or maximum number of hours flown per month, etc)

Experience, performance and background (ex-Air force) could help you to get into the major airlines in the future.

Yes, you can be a successful writer like Patrick Smith from the USA or Doug Morris from Canada who both have written a blurb in my latest book LIFE IN THE SKIES here where you can also find out more about flying.

I wish you the best in your future undertaking

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Hi captain. I am 12 years old and although I am young,I inspire to be an airline pilot when i grow up. I would like to know, what is it like in the cockpit during flight. Is it boring? Do you just sit there while the autopilot flies the plane?
Thank you very much. Jacob
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