In honor of International Women’s Month, this episode features one of the newest female widebody airline pilots. Follow Pilot Xandra as she navigates a typical day as an airline pilot by joining us.
Like any other vocation, flying has days that are completely different from one another. Regional pilots can fly eight or more times per day while long-haul pilots are only allowed to make one flight per day. In a single day, a heliᴄᴏᴘter pilot may perform more than 20 takeoffs and landings.
Because aviation operates around the clock, every day of the week, 365 days a year, there isn’t truly such thing as a regular day. Some pilots work overnight shifts, others get up early, while yet more fly in the afternoons and nights.
All pilots come early, do preflight checks and preparations, and receive a briefing on the weather. Performance calculations are made and navigation computers are loaded prior to departure. One advantage of becoming a pilot is the variety of schedules, locations, and tasks required. Without a doubt, it is not a routine task.
Every day, reserve pilots are on call for all airlines. Depending on the airline, a reserve pilot’s or flight attendant’s reaction time may vary. Even with a 15-minute delay, the reaction was excellent.
Reserves are required to cover for operational abnorMᴀʟɪties or in the event that a crew member becomes unwell. Being in the reserve is a challenging position because it is impossible to plan anything because you could be asked to fly at a moment’s notice.
Different types of flying appeal to different pilots. Some people like to travel large distances to distant locations by plane. Others like to fly ᴄʟᴏsᴇr to home and over terrain they are familiar with. Your query does not have a single solution.
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