When you are a pilot and aviation has been accompanying you day-to-day since God knows when… You may find some of the questions about the pilot profession simply… Weird. It is because you are so much used to it, unlike fresh starters who still have so much to learn and discover! But Abdelrahman Mowafi, a Flight Instructor at BAA Training and First Officer at DAT, believes there are no „stupid“ questions!
Do pilots get a separate meal onboard cooked especially for them?
Yes, pilots get separate meals, and they are different from each other to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
How much are pilots paid per flight besides their fixed salary?
There are different structures of payment in various airline companies. However, the common thing is that pilots get paid per diem and per block hour. The hourly pay differs based on the type of aircraft, experience and rank.
How often do pilots fly with the same person in the flight deck?
In smaller companies, pilots repeatedly fly with those they’ve already worked with more often than in bigger ones. It is because smaller airlines have a lower number of pilots.
Where are the best seats on the airplane?
Of course, the pilots’ seats.
When do pilots retire?
Pilots retire from flying commercially at the age of 65. However, they can continue to work as instructors after that.
Are pilots given staff plane tickets?
Yes. Depending on the company policy, the tickets may vary from reduced price to completely free.
What’s something every generation of student pilots finds difficult in pilot training? Easy?
Students with a passion for aviation will find everything easy if they dedicate most of their time to reading about the ATPL subjects and preparing for their flight training.
Are some airports “more beloved” for pilots than others? Why?
There are airports where you feel it is more comfortable, organized, friendly and professional ATC and ground personnel, making you end your day with a smile.
If you have more questions that you’d like to have answered – let us know! We’ll find a way to make sure you have no blind spots left!