Why is it airline pilots get paid so much?
At a glance, a pilot’s job looks very easy.
You get into the cockpit, greet the passengers as they board your aircraft. Then you take-off, engage the autopilot. When you are about to land in your destination, you announce what is the weather like on the ground. As passengers disembark from the aircraft, you tell them to have a nice day and that is it. Your day is over and you’re free to roam the streets of the city you just landed in 0r nowadays get the aircraft ready again and go back in the direction you came in (30 – 35 minutes on the tarmac)
That does indeed sound like a job that everyone could potentially do. In addition to having a job that is very easy, airlines also pay pilots a big sum of money.
There are reasons…..
10. Pilots Physical Condition
Pilots have to be in the best physical condition. Their eyesight has to be near-perfect. Hearing loss is also a big no-no for pilots.
9. Long Training period to obtain a Commercial Pilots license
No matter which way you go about on achieving the goal of flying for commercial airlines, the road is tough. You cannot hop into the cockpit after a few hours of flying in the air or in the simulator.
8. Pilot Demand is high
Nevertheless, airlines need pilots. Constantly.
Possibly not this year because of the corona virus – Passenger numbers are growing every year and to keep up with the demand, airlines regularly order new aircraft. That is why new pilots are constantly required by airlines and pilot shortages are nothing new to the aviation industry.
7. A Pilots license is expensive
If your not a sponsored cadet getting a commercial pilots license can set you back as much as £60,000 Pounds Sterling , even if you try to obtain a license through various flight schools or airline academies.
Airlines cannot guarantee that pilots won’t miss family holidays, anniversaries or any other celebrations. If a pilot has kids, he needs to be prepared mentally to handle the fact that he’s not going to be home a lot. Creating a family is very hard as well, especially if a pilot works on long-haul routes.
5. Mental Health
Being physically fit is important. But even more importantly, a pilot must be fit mentally as well.
Making proper decisions and thinking straight under stressful conditions might be a daily routine for someone working in the cockpit.
4. Aviation rules and law
Aviation is no easy matter, especially when you’re working as a commercial pilot. There are a lot of rules and procedures that you have to follow even before the flight takes off.
If you follow various aviation pages on Twitter or like to observe websites such as flightradar, emergencies are a daily occurrence in aviation.
2. No margin for error
Every move a pilot takes requires precision. It is as if a pilot is a surgeon because a wrong move can be quite costly.
To illustrate, aircraft have a limited amount of fuel. Meaning you can waste so much fuel before it can become a very dangerous situation.
1. Cost of a wrong decision
Most importantly and the thing that can cause the most stress to pilots when they are working is the cost of a single mistake.
For one thing, when an airline loses money due to human error, in the grand scheme of things that does not matter as much. However, a pilot making a mistake, whether it would be down to fatigue or lack of concentration which leads to a loss of life is much more tragic.