The personality of a pilot: is there just one?

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Studying aviation to become a pilot

Interviews of our students here at Australis have shown that the majority of you enroll in aviation studies because of a life-long passion and the desire to be part of a unique, in-control group of people with the freedom to literally go wherever you want in life. But is there a set personality of a pilot? The following study will examine the traits of pilots according to a range of aviation experts – the question for you to answer: can you see yourself in the cockpit?

1. Physically and mentally healthy

Good health is the one “pilot” quality that consistently pops up amongst aviation experts. Pilots need to be both physically and mentally healthy to maintain focus over long haul flights. In saying this, some people suggest that pilots commonly have difficulty expressing emotions. While this doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of mental health, it does paint a broader picture of what a “mentally healthy” person might look like. For some people it might mean a positive, outgoing nature; for others it could be a self-sufficient, task-orientated person who prefers to work alone.

2. Reality based

Most pilots are reality based, despite spending most of their time up in the clouds! This means that pilots tend to see a situation for what it is, rather than over-thinking all the possibilities that could occur. A bimodal nature often comes with the reality-based approach. Pilots tend to see things as black or white, on or off, and safe or unsafe.

3. Intelligent

Pilots are intelligent but not necessarily intellectually orientated. This means that although they have the ability to take in and process new information quickly, they prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Pilots adopt new technologies with passion and ease and they’re extremely good at assessing and allocating priorities to tasks. If you grew up taking your toys apart just to work out how to put them back together again, this is very possibly the career for you!

4. Love a Challenge

Being a pilot is ideal for the adventurous and the freedom-loving, but it’s not always excitement and blue skies.

A good pilot loves a challenge—it’s this love that keeps them engaged on long haul flights.Click To Tweet A love of control is also helpful. By accepting and thriving with the fact that you are in control of a whole aircraft from the moment it takes off, to the minute it returns to the ground, your ability to cope with the challenges you’re faced with in-between will be much more positive!

5. Good Judgement

Common sense amongst pilots seems to be a no-brainer. The passion to fly typically comes from a life-long dream, so fear rarely comes into it for pilots—passengers are not always the same. Being in the air can be scary for passengers; a risk-taking pilot would not be regarded favorably! A pilot who possesses good judgment can think quickly in stressful situations; can reassure others during moments of turbulence; and can create an overall positive career for themselves.

If you have all or some of these characteristics, life in the cockpit could be for you! Take your career to new heights by contacting us today to find out more about our courses in Aviation.


Article by Kelsey Bricknell