Hello, Steven. I'm a commercial airline pilot with over 4500 hours. I'm here to guide and help you achieve your dream of becoming an airline pilot. I'm also here to talk about the things people really want to know about life as an airline pilot.
I truly wish something like this had been available to me before I undertook the great adventure of becoming an airline pilot.
About The Pilot Guys - The Ultimate Airline Pilot Blog
How do you turn your dream of an office at 38,000ft into a reality? I achieved this dream, and at just twenty years old, I found myself flying one of the most complex aircraft in the sky to an array of incredible destinations daily.
From morning views of the sun rising over the Alps to eating dinner whilst experiencing beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower from 37,000ft. If you were ever told you would never get paid to look out of a window, I am delighted to tell you that you have been misinformed.
There are so many people all over the world that long to fly for a living. So many are told, or tell themselves, that it’s an unachievable dream – I was told similarly by many teachers during my school years.
Thankfully, this is not the case, and after reading these guides, you will know precisely how to pursue this profession.
The sheer volume of information required to begin training as a commercial pilot can be incredibly daunting.
But have no fear; I am here to break down the process in a simple and friendly manner and provide you with information such as the pros and cons of the job, common misconceptions and much more.
During my flying career, I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic people and organisations, intending to show people the pathways that will lead to an airline job.
However, whilst attending open days at flight training organisations and working at pilot careers events all over the country, I get asked the same question: ‘How do I become an airline pilot and what’s the best way to go about it?’
So, why should you listen to me?
At just twenty-seven years old, I have over eight years of experience in the aviation industry. I have well over 4500 hours as an airline pilot (far more than the number of hours required to become a captain in most airlines) on the Airbus A320 fleet and have been lucky enough to fly for two of Europe’s largest airlines.
I currently work as a Senior First Officer for one of these airlines.
As well as this, I am the first person in the world to have completed the new BSc Honours degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practices, a scheme that provides yet another pathway to working for a commercial airline.
Why Did I Write Make This Pilot Blog?
I remember being sixteen/seventeen years old and trying to find guidance on achieving my dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.
Of course, open days at different flight schools were beneficial. Still, I desired information from someone who had completed the process themselves so they could tell me precisely what it was like, how they found it and any knowledge that could only be given by someone who had completed the course.
I must again emphasise how many people I meet tell me that they wanted to become a pilot but couldn’t because of this or that. It’s staggering. Indeed, flying for a living seems to be the dream of many worldwide, just as it was my dream.
However, these dreams often never come to fruition.
The main reason is almost always down to the lack of guidance on HOW to do it. It’s not because they aren’t good enough, not because they must wear glasses, not because it’s too competitive, but simply because they were never taught how to embark on this great pathway.
Work yourself through the education system and tell your teachers that you want to be a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant, and you will be offered guidance and step-by-step pathways of how to go about this.
But unfortunately, this isn’t the case with aviation, and that’s what I am here to change.
Unfortunately, Internet forums are saturated with unhelpful, outdated and incorrect information.
I’m here to put all the information you need in one easy-to-read place.
This is a non-biased website and will discuss the different routes to the flight deck, as well as what life as a pilot is like.
I will also share an accurate idea of what life as a pilot is like and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
I hope you find this information helpful, and please feel free to contact me if I leave any questions unanswered.
Are These Pilot Guides For You?
You may be wondering if this guide is for you.
My guide is aimed at all ages, sexes and ethnicities.
While training, my course mates were from a wide variety of different backgrounds.
Some, like me, had just come straight out of school to pursue their dream, whereas others had been working in different industries for several years and decided to embark on a career change.
So whether you are sixteen and still finishing school, thirty and wondering how you will achieve this career change or if you are a parent of a potential future aviator, this book will guide you.