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5 Technical Skills To Become a Great Pilot

by kamran saeed
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5 Technical Skills To Become a Great Pilot

The aviation industry has seen some ups and downs in recent times. But the need for skilled workers in aviation is not going to wane. 

In the current day and age, you need technical expertise and skills to address the problems encountered during the job. The pilot’s role is extremely demanding as he is responsible for the safety of the aircraft and all the passengers on board. 

In the training phase, aviation experts should teach some hard pilot skills to every pilot. 

  1. Understanding of aircraft:

A pilot should be responsible for assessing the condition of the aircraft before takeoff. He should thoroughly check all of the instruments before the flight. A pilot should also utilize different checklists before and during the flight. Both pilots (Captain and First Officer) should ensure that the plane is in the right shape.

They should keep a close eye on the fuel supply and how the engine is responding to the commands. The pilot should be able to control the aircraft using automation with smoothness and accuracy. He should instantly detect any deviation from the desired aircraft trajectory and take action accordingly.  

  1. Drawing up a flight plan:

The flight plan is vital for both domestic and international flights. Pilots design the strategy to ensure that the aircraft reaches its destination safely and meets all air traffic requirements. By looking at the flight plan, it becomes easy for the pilots to navigate the plane. The pilot also draws the flight plan keeping in view the weather conditions. This skill is sheerly technical and essential for the safe operation of aircraft. 

  1. Understanding of Maths and Physics:

As a pilot, you should be a pro in Maths and Physics. Aircraft operations such as principles of flight, navigation, and fuel supply require calculations and formulas. During the flight training, you will learn about these formulas. Before attending flight school, it can be beneficial for you to take some Maths and Physics classes to prepare for the future.

  1. Situational awareness

A pilot should be well aware of his surroundings so that external factors don’t impact the flight. He should keep an eye on changes in weather conditions as well as the route of other planes. Keeping a check of these factors is crucial as you can better adapt the procedures to deal with a situation. Besides this, a pilot should also be aware of the people’s condition involved in the operation, including the passengers.

  1. Problem Solving:

A pilot equipped with the right technical skills can identify why things have gone wrong during the flight. In this way, he can take steps to rectify the problem. During this period, he makes decisions timely to avoid any mishap. Problem-solving skills at the pilot’s disposal can assist him in improvising when faced with unforeseen circumstances.

He should also learn to develop a proactive approach to create ‘what if’ scenarios and plans for contingencies.