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Category Pilot

What is a safety pilot?

A look at what safety pilots are, and the job they perform

A safety pilot is a certified pilot who accompanies another pilot during flight operations, often for training purposes. This may be as a third pilot in the cockpit — in addition to an instructor pilot — or in less complex…

Pilot jobs where you are home every night

A list of pilot jobs where pilots are home in their own bed every night

The role of a commercial pilot naturally attracts people who love the idea of travel. Yet, constant timezone changes, alongside nights away from home can take a toll on your health, and not to mention, your relationship. Living out of…

Do pilots wear sunscreen? — and should YOU?

Sun loungers and sun screen, a look at if airline pilots wear sunscreen

It may not be a widely talked about fact, but the cockpit of an aeroplane is a location with a high risk for exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If you, as a pilot, are not wearing sunscreen — you probably…

Do Two Pilots Need To Be In The Cockpit?

Are two pilots required to be in the cockpit at all times?

In the realm of commercial aviation, safety is paramount. One aspect that has been debated for years is whether there should always be two pilots in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft. As a result, it is a question our…

How hard is airline pilot training?

A look at how hard commercial airline pilot school is

As an experienced airline captain, I’m often asked about the training airline pilots have to have. It’s typically one of the first things both cockpit visitors, and wannabe pilots, ask. More specifically, how long does it take to train to…

Can airline pilots have facial hair?

A clean shaven captain in the cockpit — can airline pilots have facial hair?

Think of an iconic pilot — from fictional hero Goose in Top Gun, to real life heroCaptain “Sully” Sullenberger of Hudson River fame. Aside from excellent pilot skills, they’ve got one thing in common, a rather impressive moustache! Despite the…

Do pilots have to eat different meals?

Do pilots have to eat different meals when they fly together?

In the past, airline pilots were required to eat different types of meals to one another. This was to ensure that if one type of meal was contaminated, and a pilot fell ill due to food poisoning or an allergic…

Do pilots go through security?

Do pilots have to go through airport security lanes like passengers

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airplane in the last couple of decades, will know that passing through airport security can be one of the most frustrating parts of the entire travel experience. In fact, airport security are so…