Professional Pilot Training (includes ground studies)A forum for those on the steep path to that coveted professional licence. Whether studying for the written exams, training for the flight tests or building experience here's where you can hang out.
Generally the "ideal" is extrovert but that does not necessarily mean bubbly. There are all sorts of people in the flightdeck introvert, extrovert, quietly spoken, brash, funny, serious. The bottom line is you must be able to communicate and you must be able to get along with your fellow crewmembers. Short sleeved shirts don't take so long to iron
The general trend for pilots if you're classifying from the Myers-Brigs is "stable-extrovert" - but, that covers a wide range and if you're "introvert" then that is not a fail point. It's how you come across in the interview that counts for a lot more.
Mature, confident but not arrogant, decisive but consensual, leader and team-player, listener who knows when to act, focussed but not nerdy, worldly and can talk to the customers on a level.
ENTJ is the classic, but basically not someone at extreme personality types.
Bottom line - someone whom you don't mind sitting next to for 12 hours and then sharing a beer with.
Go to uni and get life experience - it will add hugely to your personality, plus the market is dire at the moment and will continue to be so for at least a couple more years.
Pretty much sums it up. It's beem my experience to select a pilot lately and it pretty much sums up as above. The guy hits all the high points at the moment. I was impressed. But I can't wondering how well he would have worked out if there was some kind of flexibility in the market.
Haha Im only joking about my dad, just sounded like a sweeping statement. But hey, maybe i can be the first non-@sshole pilot? Thank you for the advice ... i most definitely will NOT be changing my personality. Cheers city flyer, but the problem i will have is, how will i fund going to flight school after university? I would rather get out into the world of aviation sooner to be honest. I wouldnt be trained for another 3 years i don't think, so hopefully with the 787 and other factors like retirements, there may be a string of jobs. Im going to try my best, even if it means working as ground staff for a while!
Personality plays a bigger part in training than people normally realise - particuarly the CPL.
You need to be positive, organised and a decision maker. Some people don't have these skills in their personality and really struggle in the CPL because of it. It's obvious when your completing your CPL training on the ground who around you will stuggle and need more hours than some of the stronger characters. However, this is true in any career.
I'm not sure really groundloop? I'm genuinely curious on all of these topics. The more information i know, the better. Even if most of it is pointing towards not training, or at least waiting. What i don't understand, is why going to flight school is totally unrecommended or at least not encouraged by most people on this forum. At a solid flight school, with good links, surely the chances of me getting a job are above 0%? I have a couple of friends who both went through Oxford and they now both have positions as first officers at Easyjet. Are my chances really that bleak?