Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!
Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+
- A person needs a university qualification, a private pilot’s licence, a commercial pilot’s licence, 265 flight hours, an ATPL licence and then around an extra 1500 flight hours.
- To accumulate these hours pilots work as flight instructors, fly skydiving planes, tow banners or work for airlines flying small single-engine planes.
- Usually their financial situation is difficult, with large debts to pay and a low salary.
- Getting to and from the airport, passing through security, attending the briefing, inspecting and preparing the aircraft, boarding passengers, deplaning passengers, packing up filing paperwork all form part of a pilot’s routine in addition to just flying the plane.
- More senior pilots want to fly international flights because they accumulate more flight hours per flight than domestic pilots and have more free days as a result.
- Emirates flew 46 planes to Dubai World Central Airport and left the planes there for months because they didn’t have enough pilots to fly them.
- Large American carriers have needed to fast-track younger pilots through the system earlier in order to keep their pilot numbers up.
- Regional airlines have needed to cancel routes as a result, even though they were likely profitable.
- The idea to increase automation to the point where only one or less pilots are needed has drawn a lot of criticism.
- The industry could help stop the decline in pilot numbers by making the cost of training much lower.