Everyone has wondered about aeroplanes and aircrafts, some of us travel in them while some of us aspire to travel on an aeroplane someday. As you see them fly above so perfectly, do you ever ponder upon who the person operating the plane could be?
The person who drives or operates the plane is called a pilot. A pilot is someone who flies aircraft like planes and helicopters. They may work for an airline that transports people and/or cargo on a fixed schedule. They may also work for a company that offers charter flights, rescue operations or aerial photography. The former is known as an airline pilot while the latter is called a commercial pilot.
A pilot is a specialized type of air crew officer who undertakes various end-to-end activities that deal with the functioning of the aeroplane. A pilot can also be known as Airline Captain, Airline pilot, Airline Transport Pilot.
The type of aircraft used for transportation depends on the pilot's field of specialization. Some pilots may fly helicopters while some fly larger commercial aircraft to transport hundreds of passengers.
Those who work for an airline company are the most well-known pilots of all. They fly passengers who are commuting or vacationing from destination to another all across the world. Their primary responsibility is to operate the aircraft, but they also spend many hours performing other tasks.
In order to become a successful Pilot, one has to have a set of qualities. Let us get to know about a few of the essential ones.
Qualities of a Pilot:
Good Communication skills:
A pilot must be able to communicate well and must be good in both verbal and non-verbal communication in order to interpret signals. He/she must have clear communication and be able to define a circumstance accurately. They need to pass on instructions to their assistants and crew members and must be quick and crisp in their communication.
Awareness of and Adaptability to Surroundings:
A Pilot must be aware of his surroundings and pay attention to detail in order to control and maintain an aircraft effectively. Through the course of the flight, there may be changes in situations and he/she must be able to adapt quickly to such situations and take effective measures if necessary. If there is no proper awareness of surroundings, it may lead to loss of control and airspace infringement.
Adequate Knowledge and hands-on Experience:
A qualified Pilot is one who has a good amount of knowledge about aircrafts and their working, the technical details and emergency routes. Apart from theoretical knowledge, it is essential that a Pilot has hands-on experience in flight and aircrafts before he becomes a qualified Pilot. This is important as real-life situations may throw challenges that were not come across in theory.
An aircraft is being managed and operated by a team. The success of the journey is not only dependent on the Pilot’s actions, but also on how well a Pilot can coordinate with his/her team members. A pilot must be good at team work and interact with his team. He/she must layout the duties and responsibilities of each member of the team and define the guidelines clearly.
Physical and Mental Endurance:
A pilot must have the physical endurance to sit through long hours of flight and manage the flight panel controls. When something takes a toll on physical health, it is mostly said to take to toll on emotional health as well. A Pilot must have the emotional stability and endurance to deal with long stressful days and nights.
Let us now learn about a famous pilot.
Harriet Quimby was born on May 1, 1875 in Arcadia, Michigan and completed her education in America. She had always dreamt of becoming a journalist, but her plans changed after she had attended the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament on Long Island, New York in 1910. At the event, she met Matilde Moisant and her brother John (a well-known American aviator and operator of a flight school at Mineola), who were mainly responsible for developing her interest in aviation.
Along with her friend Matilde Moisant, Quimby began learning to fly at a school in Hempstead, New York, and became the first U.S. woman to earn a pilot’s certificate. She went on to receive license number 37 from the Aero Club of America after just 33 lessons. Moisant soon followed her and became the nation’s second certified female pilot. After receiving her pilot license, Quimby joined the Moisant International Aviators, which was an exhibition team. She then travelled to Mexico with the Moisant group and became the first woman to fly over Mexico City.