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Flying High: Is Becoming A Pilot Your Dream Job?

A lot of people have dreams of becoming a pilot. However, they brush it off because they assume it is going to be too expensive and too difficult to get involved in. While there is no denying that pilot training is highly competitive and costly, there is also an increase in the demand for pilots. This means you could travel the world while enjoying a career that is full of responsibility. You certainly should not dismiss this dream before exploring it further. So, with that being said, read on to discover everything you need to know…

 

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An introduction

If you make it as an airline pilot, you will fly passengers on short or long-haul flights for commercial, business, and leisure purposes. In most cases, an aircraft will demand two pilots for operations. One will be the pilot who is in command, i.e. the pilot. The other is going to be the supporting first officer. To prevent fatigue, pilots will take it in turns to operate the plane. One will complete paperwork and speak to air traffic control while the other operates the controls. For long-haul flights, there may be more pilots on board for the necessary breaks.

 

What qualifications do you need to become a pilot?

If you are going to start training as a pilot, you will need at last two A-levels and five GCSEs. You also need to have a good knowledge of physics and maths, so it is certainly advantageous if your qualifications showcase this. You do not need to have a postgraduate qualification or degree. However, this can most certainly help you to stand out from the crowd. ACS rounds up the best aviation courses from universities across the UK so this is a great starting point. No matter what route you do go down, if you are to become a commercial/airline pilot, you are going to need to acquire an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). There are two clear routes to go down to acquire this, i.e. either through modular training or an integrated course.

 

Your responsibilities

The next thing you need to understand when determining whether or not this is the right career for you is the responsibilities you are going to have. As a pilot, you will need to make sure you do all of the following:

 

  • Update and the aircraft logbook and write a report once the flight is over to note any issues with the aircraft or incidents during the flight.
  • React appropriately and quickly to any emergencies and environmental changes.
  • Use the public address system to communicate with passengers.
  • Make regular checks on air traffic, weather conditions, the aircraft’s position, and the aircraft’s technical performance.
  • Use controls and instruments and understand and interpret the data from them.
  • Make sure that noise regulations are adhered to when landing and taking off.
  • Communicate with air traffic control.
  • Carry out checks before the flight on the operating and navigation systems.
  • Brief the cabin crew before your flight and stay in contact with them throughout.
  • Ensure that all of the safety systems are in working order.
  • Make sure that fuel levels balance economy and safety.
  • Supervise when the aircraft is being fuelled and loaded.
  • Create a flight plan.
  • Receive information on the aircraft, passengers, weather, and route.

 

As you will have already gathered, there is no such thing as a 9-to-5 job if you are a pilot. The route you are taking and the company you work for will dictate the length of your working day, meaning it can be anything from around three hours to 12 hours.

 

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Some of the things you should expect when working as a pilot

Hopefully, you are starting to build a bit of a picture regarding what you should expect when you are working as a pilot. However, there are a few other things that this role demands. So, let’s take a look…

 

  • You are going to need to be dedicated and prepared for a lot of work. Every six months, you will be expected to pass certain tests. You will also need to pass a medical on a yearly basis.
  • You are going to spend the majority of your time sitting in the cockpit. While they are designed with comfort in mind, you could find yourself suffering tiredness, especially when flying through different time zones.
  • More and more women are entering this profession, although it is still dominated by men at the moment.
  • Per year, a pilot is not allowed to fly for more than 900 hours.
  • You can have a little bit more of a stable work-life balance if you work for a short-haul airline. Generally, you will get your shifts a month or two in advance. However, do prepared to be on call as well.
  • Because of the above point, you should live near to the airport where you are based because you will be expected to get there on relatively short notice at times.

 

How much can you earn?

Let’s get to the good stuff… how much can you earn as a pilot? Starting salaries are between £24,000 and £29,000 for newly qualified first officers. Once you get more experience, you can expect between £36,000 and £48,000 for a first officer role. This increases to £57,000 – £78,000 for captaining a medium-sized aircraft. If you are an employee of one of the main operators, this can increase to anything between £97,000 to £140,000, and more!

 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what it takes to become a pilot in today’s day and age, as well as what your job will entail. While there is no denying that this is a difficult career path to go down, it is certainly worth it. You will enjoy one of the most fulfilling careers, and it is financially rewarding too!

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3 Benefits of drinking more water this autumn

I have been drinking more water in the last few weeks. The weather is up and down at the moment but the chill is definitely in the air. Drinking more water in the autumn/winter months can be tricky. This is because the weather is getting colder so we are more likely to find ourselves opting for hotter drinks. But I have been making a conscious effort to drink more water. And thanks to my SIGG Hot & Cold Glass Bottle, this has been very easy.

 

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This SIGG Hot & Cold Glass Bottle is amazing. I have the bottles in red and aqua and I love them a lot. The design is great. The bottles are made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass. Each bottle comes with double layers which provide an improved insulation effect. I like the fact that this bottle works with both hot and cold drinks. That saves me carrying 2 bottles around. The bottle keeps drinks hot for 1 hour and cold for 2 hours.

 

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Drinking more water this autumn won’t be a problem with this Sign Hot & Cold Glass Bottle. For those who are wondering what the benefits of drinking more water this autumn are, this post is for you.

 

Get the autumn glow

Drinking water is the easiest way to get your skin glowing. Good hydration makes every system work better including your skin. So drinking more water this autumn would benefit your skin. If you cannot afford to invest in great skincare, ensure you need the required amount of water everyday. Your skin would thank you for it.

 

You would lose weight

Having a glass of water before a meal would help you eat less, since thirst is often mistaken for hunger. So if you are looking to lose a few pounds this season. A glass before a meal would help you drop some weight.

 

No belly bloat

One way to ensure you keep your belly bloat in check is to drink more water. It sounds crazy but keeping your body hydrated would keep belly bloat away.

 

How do you plan to drink more water this season? What do you think about these SIGG Hot & Cold Glass Bottles?

 

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Blogging full-time is dangerous

Many of us bloggers blog full-time, which means we have no other job/income. Many others bloggers and earn a living doing other things, which is what all bloggers or self-employed person should be doing. I am all for blogging full-time. I do blog full-time but I do other jobs from home that fetch me money. Blogging full-time is dangerous because work can be so busy and you think you are on the right track. And it can go suddenly quiet for months without any notice. If you are relying on money from your blog to pay your monthly bills and you don’t make anything in a month, what happens?

 

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What full time bloggers don’t tell you

You would be ok for a while if you have some form of savings. Or if you are still living at home with parents or a partner who could help. But if you have none of these, you would be in a bad position. I see many bloggers aspiring to blog full time and it makes me worry because they have no clue what is really going on behind the happy smiles on Instagram. And the fancy life they see “full time bloggers” living all over social media. If most of these “professional bloggers” are honest with their fans, they would tell them how tricky it can be to rely on a blogging income alone. You could make as much as £5000 in good months and as little as £100 or less in really bad months. Bloggers who have been blogging for many years would have experienced both sides of the coin but may not necessarily share that with anyone.

Blogging is hard work but it is so worth it. It is possible to earn a good income from your blog but relying on a blogging income is not advisable. Especially when you have dependants to cater for. I always advise anyone to have at least 8 sources of income. I currently have 7 sources of income and I am working on another source to add to it. One of my sources of income – eBay is more work than it is worth so I am thinking of replacing it with something else.

 

My Sources of Income

My 7 sources of income in other of priority are –

  • Fashion and Style Police – Blog
  • Social media promotions – Social media ads/collaborations
  • Blogger Outreach Services – Working with brands in recruiting bloggers.
  • Freelance Writing – Writing for other websites.
  • How to Cash In as a Blogger eBook- My eBook on blogging.
  • eBay – Selling new and preloved items on eBay.
  • Social Media Management Services – Managing social media platforms for small businesses.

 

 

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I am working on an extra source of income and looking to replace eBay so it is not among my main 8 sources of income. I am hoping to get these done before the end of 2018. If I only relied on my blog income, I would struggle on some months. The blog is still my main source of income and that is one of the reasons why I focus on it. But I won’t risk having only a blog as my only source of income because anything can happen.

My advice to anyone blogging full time or think of going full time is to have other sources of income. Whether a part time job doing something else. Or other working from home gigs. May the forces be with us all!

 

 

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