For many people, the freedom, openness, and limitless possibilities of the sky seem completely and totally out of reach; fewer individuals yet believe that they can experience the many wonders of the sky on a regular basis. Regardless of which camp one belongs to—or if he or she simply has a passive interest in the potential of the sky—the possibility of becoming a commercial airplane pilot should be considered earnestly. Heck, the possibility of just earning your pilot’s license can be considered and then you can decide what you wish to do with it later.
As a Navy SEAL, I was given the opportunity to experience the sky, but recently having joined the ranks of those with a license to fly whenever, wherever, and however I want to fly—that is a new freedom unto its own. Yet… what I am talking about is the ability to command the skies and have an airline pay you for the priviledge.
Despite what many will believe, that suggestion is hardly exaggerated or overly optimistic. For whatever reason, airplane piloting is often thought to be an impossible, gut-wrenching task that a select few professionals can even think of undertaking. The practice isn’t without its challenges and demands, but with proper training and preparation, it proves to be a pleasant and serene way to relax—and earn a living. Moreover, so long as one possesses an interest in and affection for aviation, this training won’t be anything other than an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop.
Let’s take a look at why anyone who’s intrigued by aviation should become a pilot!
The Openness and Allure of the Sky—and the World
As was briefly stated, the sky is magnificent. There’s something inherently appealing and tranquil about looking down at the Earth’s most remarkable landforms, bodies of water, and countries from 30,000 feet in the air. What a
magical opportunity —and one that pilots are able to experience frequently!
Of course, those charged with navigating airplanes through the sky are also able to see exciting and unique parts of the Earth from the ground. From the heights of Sweden’s beautiful mountains to the sweltering heat and pyramids of Egypt, all the way to China’s tremendous, multi-century history and culture to Ireland’s countless sights and sounds, the wonders of the world are available to be explored by pilots. Sao Paulo, Paris, London, Seoul—anywhere and everywhere can be seen, and the reality is that few individuals have the opportunity to see as much as pilots do, and fewer individuals yet have the opportunity to see that much while getting paid!
Pilots are In-Demand, and This Demand Will Continue to Grow in Coming Years
For a number of reasons (all of which relate to external factors and age), a substantial portion of active pilots are expected to retire within the next decade. These pilots have provided many years of stellar service to their passengers, but now the aim of airline recruiters is to replace these professionals with similarly qualified and excellent individuals.
Hence, anyone—young or old, well-versed in aviation or not—who’s interested in becoming a pilot should do so. The process isn’t easy, and it requires a lot of work, commitment, and effort, but for those who truly love the sky and flying, the possibilities that a piloting career will unlock cannot be understated. The fact that more and more of these career opportunities will become open in the near future is a fantastic encourager.
The Bottom Line
As was said, becoming a pilot isn’t easy; however, the payoff associated with doing so—and not just the monetary payoff—is more than worth it. Because pilots explore the skies and the world (and help others to do so), the wonder they experience never becomes old or stale; each day on the job is wonderfully fresh. Moreover, those who commit to becoming pilots aren’t just aiding their own future; they’re aiding the future of aviation itself.
Thanks for reading, and here’s to the magic and convenience of flight!