Leonardo Da Vinci is famous for saying, “once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has extensively affected all branches of aviation. This said, today I want to focus on the “perks” that come with this career. These are the reasons why I chose to be a pilot, and my perception on the new era of aviation.
The feeling of freedom when flying was my first reason for becoming a pilot. When I was growing up, my next-door neighbor was a commercial pilot. I would always see him leave for his flights and I was always interested in what he did for a living. I even had the chance to chat with him about his job, and ask him all the questions on my mind. Today I must thank him for being so patient!
He described in detail the lifestyle, places he visited, as well as the challenges of flying. His stories caught my attention, and I was so intrigued and curious that this was the first time I felt the possibility of making this my career path! Traveling around the world, while being paid, was the motivation I needed to take on the challenge. At the same time, some 50 years ago, funding your own training was relatively easy.
Fast forward to 2021 and we now have a career that needs a significant investment, and will also require some time before “landing” a job in a reputable airline.