Mediaplanet sat down with Pilot Ahmed to discuss what sparked his industry, starting his career, and his advice to future pilots.
What sparked your interest in becoming a pilot?
As a child in a family of expats living in the United Arab Emirates, I was always thrilled to go on an airplane every summer to visit my family in Egypt. It was this excitement of stepping into the flight deck and greeting the pilots that sparked my love for aviation.
What do you love most about your job?
Everything! From checking my roster and seeing the destinations I’ll be flying to this month, to putting on my uniform, programming the flight plan into the aircraft’s computer, feeling the power of the engines during takeoff, and the intense surge of adrenaline while attempting to land as the large machine gets closer and closer to the ground at a high speed, while battling against the force of the wind, and ultimately achieving a smooth connection between the wheels and the runway. The nonroutine and the challenges make every aspect of my job fun and exciting.
Where did you train and what did you learn most during that experience?
I did my flight training at Moncton Flight College. The pilot program has improved my decision-making skills and situational awareness. These are critical competencies for pilots to ensure the safety of the aircraft, crew, and passengers.
The ability to analyze and process information quickly and effectively, prioritize tasks, and make informed decisions under pressure. In addition, identifying potential hazards and risks, anticipating changes in the environment or aircraft, and adjusting my actions and decisions accordingly are qualities that I now practice even outside the aviation environment.
What’s your favourite place you’ve flown to?
Bermuda is a fascinating destination to fly into, the view from the flight deck as we’re landing is the best I’ve experienced so far. Afterward, having a couple of days to unwind and enjoy the island’s natural beauty on the beach is a great way to relax before flying out again
What advice would you give aspiring pilots?
- Begin by gathering as much information as possible from individuals who have already pursued this path. Keep in mind that everyone’s experiences are unique, and while someone else’s story may differ from your own, it can provide valuable insight into what you can expect.
- Secondly would be learning. Before commencing flight training, read books and articles about aviation, watch videos about flying, and even purchase an online course for the first license you will study. This will help you develop a strong foundation of knowledge about flying and the aviation industry and it will save you time and money during the program.
- Find a reputable flight school.
- Create a solid plan. If you decide to hire an aviation consultant, inquire about their experience, and request evidence to support their claims. Also, ask questions that you already know the answers to, to ensure they have a good understanding of the subject matter.
- Self-discipline is crucial for pilots. Humans are creatures of habit, and whatever habits you develop as a student pilot, you will carry for the rest of your career. Having self-discipline ensures safety, efficiency, and professionalism.
6. Find a mentor. The aviation industry is highly networked, and developing relationships with other pilots, instructors, and industry professionals can be immensely valuable for your career.
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