So You Want to Become a Commercial Pilot – Really?

If I said to you that I was going to quit my secure job, invest all my savings, or remortgage my house to start a new career, you’d probably raise an eyebrow. If I then told you that my chosen industry was difficult to get into, volatile, unpredictable, offered very little in terms of job security, and would have an adverse affect on my family and social life, you’d call me insane!

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The Volatility of Commercial Aviation and its Effect on Flight Crew

I was really enjoying writing about my experiences in dealing with a fear of flying, and then subsequently learning to fly etc. (I have another blog post nearly finished), but I have had many conversations recently with fellow pilots who are dealing with life in lock-down as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Aviation is a very volatile industry and is one of the first to be affected when there is any kind of financial hiccup in the world economy. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of the worst since the Second World War.

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Learning to fly – PPL First Solo.

If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know that after not really having any success with a fear of flying course, I took a trial flying lesson to see if that would help with my problem. After the experience I was still left with with this inexplicable fear, but I strangely enjoyed it to the point where I wanted to learn to fly and especially now I’d purchased a log book and had one flying hour written up in it! Another eleven hours and I could legally do a solo flight if I’d developed enough skill. The lad with the fear of flying going solo – that would be some achievement!

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Learning to fly – Trial Lesson

Back in 1999 I went on a fear of flying course to help me get over an inexplicable fear of flying I didn’t even know I had. As mentioned in a previous post, it was an experience, but didn’t resolve the problem, I still had this desire to keep my feet firmly on the ground. My wife of the time (bless her) persevered and convinced me that a trial flying lesson might be just what I needed to knock this irrational fear well and truly on the head. She found a flying school at a local airfield, made some enquiries, and then booked a one hour trial lesson for me.

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Where it all began and Fear of Flying!

I never knew I had a fear of flying until I got married!

I used to love going to the airport as a kid to watch aircraft take off and land, but I never had the urge to visit other countries, and as a result never really wanted to travel by aeroplane. I guess the reason was because I was brought up in a single parent family and we were considered poor. Putting food on the table was challenging enough for my mum so holidays even in the UK were never going to happen. That didn’t bother me as I still had a pretty good childhood!

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