At SAFT, we hear one question all the time, ‘How do I know if I’ll make a good pilot?’ Well, the absolute truth is that there’s no way to know for sure until you get off the ground and behind the wheel, so to speak. As countless flying heroes and legends will tell you, there’s simply no accounting for experience.
Being up in the air is a unique thing and everybody responds to it differently, which is why we recommend trying it first before you make any big career decisions. On the other hand, there are definitely some qualities and characteristics that help make better pilots. In fact, having the right attitude and personality is just as essential as technical skill.
This guide to four of the most sought after qualities for commercial pilots will help you decide whether aviation is the right choice. Then, you can check out our aviation courses and get started today. After all, why wait if you were born to take to the skies?
A Willingness to Learn
A lot of people assume that, once you’ve passed all of the industry courses and gained the right qualifications, training stops. In reality, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. To be a good pilot, you need to understand that the learning process is ongoing. There are all kinds of developments and changes occurring within the aviation industry, pretty much all the time, and pilots have to be constantly adapting and evolving too. So, if you’re looking for a quick go at an exciting career, flying might not be for you.
Respect, Tact, and Good Manners
Again, a lot of people think that becoming a pilot is all about authority and command. While these things are essential, they must be combined with a whole host of other appealing qualities like humility, tact, sensitivity, and compassion. No pilot is an island and, in order to fly commercial planes safely and securely, the support of a full flight and cabin crew is needed. This is why the best pilots are the ones known for their manners, grace, and warmth.
Precision and Attention to Detail
There are plenty of careers which value creativity and originality, but aviation is a little different. Pilots must be organised, meticulous, and able to follow commands to the letter. There is no real margin for error here, so even tiny lapses in concentration can become big problems. This is why the industry tends to suit those with a mathematical minds; people who find order, routine, and familiarity comforting tend to make great pilots.
Welcomes Constructive Feedback
The mentors and teachers at SAFT are always keen to remind learners that flying is a business of technicalities. While being up in the air and responding to situations can be emotional, for the most part, emotion has no place in the cockpit. This applies to feedback and constructive criticism too. To be a skilled pilot, you need to accept feedback for what it is designed to be; an attempt to help you fly better, safer, and more efficiently. It is absolutely imperative that those pursuing a career in aviation are not afraid to be self-critical either.
Why SAFT is the Right Place to Start Your Career
The aviation experts at SAFT know exactly what it takes to make it as a commercial pilot, so they can steer you in the right direction and give you all the skills that you need. They have a vast amount of combined flying experience between them, and you’ll be hard pressed to find better teachers and mentors anywhere in the country.