Why resilience is key for aspiring pilots

[Ref Flight International Magazine 14-20 July 2020]

COVID-19, what a devil stuff on this planet. It sounds like a punch on aviation industry. To me, it has put my career on hold, I have almost put my aviation goal on the back burner. Today, I have just read a sharing from the flight international magazine – I agree somewhat to Daniel, the writer.

Due to continuous subdued demand on passenger flights, I am quite sure that lots of commercial pilots have been made redundant, furloughed, or at the very least signed off on a sizeable pay cut.

If you’ve worked so hard and for so long to achieve is approaching a deep stall, and if you have a family or any financial commitments, you may well be asking yourself: “Now what do I do?”

The next generation of professional pilots, those who have invested heavily in their training in the hope of gaining airline employment, are questioning their futures and wondering whether they should stay the course or bail out now.

It is reasonable to be concerned (doubtful) about the futures, given that many international and domestic borders remain closed and no clear recovery is in sight.

As aviators, we tend to approach things in a calculated way, looking for and assessing alternatives and quickly formulating the best course of action based on the information at hand.

This is a situation that requires a step back to look at the bigger picture and gain better situational awareness

From Daniel (the writer) perspective, the industry has been through this before – the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. By that time, major airlines around the world ceased hiring, and anyone without a seat in a commercial jet airliner was left with two alternatives: work in a low-paid general aviation job waiting for demand to rebound, or give up on their aviation dream.

Daniel also pointed out that it took 6-7 years before hiring by major airlines in the US returned to levels seen before the financial crash and 3 years after 9/11 for passenger numbers to surpass pre-attack levels.

At the end of the sharing, the writer gave a quite honest comment with opening question: let’s turn to the question: “Now what do we do?” My ­response is this: if you ever wanted to be an airline pilot, then be an airline pilot. Your training in resilience starts now.

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