Just like any other profession, becoming a pilot takes a lot of responsibilities and commitment. Other than knowledge and wealth of experience, you need to have that character to help you become a better pilot. To help you out, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Be receptive and versatile on your way of thinking
The thing about this profession is you can’t stop learning through your experience and from others as well. Be open and listen to others, even younger people may have brilliant and innovative suggestions that can help you improve yourself. Remember the phrase, “In an airplane we are always going to be students?” It’s because, you will learn new things every day.
- Prioritize safety
As mentioned earlier, this profession requires a lot of responsibilities and commitment. And one of your top priorities is the safety of everyone on board. As many experienced pilots would say, a safe flight begins at least 8 hours before you go to the airport. This means you should have enough rest and make sure you’re fit to work. When you’re at the airport, try to do some routine to prepare you physically and mentally.
- Improve your flying skills
The most important thing is to never stop learning and improve your skills. Hand-fly your aircraft when conditions permit. There are hundreds of advanced tutorial online. Even if you have mastered the basics, you can always find other ways to improve your skills like flying manually either after a takeoff or until a certain altitude or on your approach to land. Make sure to maintain precise altitudes and speeds within small margins. In case you’re a general aviation pilot, take a simulator ride and practice some of the maneuvers you haven’t done on the real aircraft.
- Read and analyze the causes on the accident reports
This is another way to ensure the safety of everyone on board. As the saying goes, “learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Generally, accident causes go well backward in time. So be familiar on every case and keep them in your experience to prevent committing the same mistakes again.
- Know your aircraft limitation
You don’t really need to master the exact dimensions of each part. You don’t necessarily have to remember your nose wheel tire pressure. By now, you should know by heart your aircraft’s capacity and limitation. High test scores on your annual or six months proficiency doesn’t mean anything if you don’t apply it in real life.
- Improve your communications with others
Proper communication plays a vital role in this profession. Learn to listen to others and accept feedback. This is the most important thing if you want to a better pilot. CRM is not just a tick in your proficiency box. You live with it! Make other clear about your intentions and don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions. And when the time comes, give to where the credit is due.