Presentation on theme: "Life as an Airline Pilot"— Presentation transcript:
1 Life as an Airline Pilot James WelchSenior First OfficerVirgin Atlantic AirwaysAirbus A & 600
2 A bit about meLeft school with no career plan. Left University after a year and got an office job with British Airways.Realised my friends were leaving University with a career ahead - I had a job.Decided to pursue a lifelong ambition to be a Pilot.
3 Life as an Airline Pilot How to become a pilot?My day at work.Life as a pilot.Questions?
4 Pilots unions in the US estimate a demand for 19,000 new pilots worldwide every year for the next 20 years to cope with expansion! Source: British Airline Pilots Association “Log” August / September 2008
5 How to become a Pilot What qualification do I require? Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL)(Commercial Pilots Licence with “Frozen” ATPL)Which country should my licence be issued in?Depends on where you want to work, USA (FAA) or Europe (EU OPS).Both widely accepted worldwide, but only FAA in the US, and EU OPS in Europe.
6 Full time, residential course. Training RoutesIntegratedFull time, residential course.12 to 18 months.Fully structured course combining ground school classroom based study with intensive flight training.DownsideCost: (£70,000 approx)ModularPart time course, with distance learning options available. One stage at a time as time and money allow. Not tied to one training establishment.DownsideTakes longer
8 Integrated Course Summary Ground school – 27 WeeksExams in 14 subjects, sat in two groups of 7Basic flight training – 20 WeeksSingle-engine aircraft (120 hours)Advanced flight training – 12 WeeksMulti-engine aircraft + simulator ( hours)Extra’sMulti pilot jet training (simulator), Interview and CV preparationSome training establishments allow the integrated course to form part of a Degree in Air Transport Management.
11 Did you know!Did you know that the world's shortest commercial flight is considered to be Logan Air's flight between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkneys? The distance is one and a half miles, lasting 1 minute 14 seconds.
13 My Day at Work Short Haul 3:30am Wake up 5:00am Report at the airport. Pre flight planning.6:00am Depart on first sector6:00am to mid afternoon. Fly up to four flights around Europe. Each flight 45mins to 2 hours long. 40 minutes between arriving and departing.Mid afternoon. Hotel or home. Eat and sleep.Next Day….Same again!Roster pattern…Five to six days on, two or three days off.Working day 8 to 10 hours. Flying time 4 to 5 hours.
15 90 minutes before Departure (12:30pm) My Day at Work!Pre Flight (Crew Room)90 minutes before Departure (12:30pm)Check Weather and Information Notices (NOTAMS) for the route, destination and alternates. Check Flight Plan.Plan Fuel Load. More fuel – More timeMore fuel – More CostCheck Cargo InformationDecide workload. Pilot Flying, Pilot Not Flying, Relief (3+ crew)Meet Cabin CrewCheck aircraft state. Call engineers and ground handlers.Drink Coffee!Go out to the aircraft 1 hour before departure.
16 50 Minutes before Departure My Day at WorkAircraft (Ground)50 Minutes before DepartureSecurity checkSet up flight deckProgramme Nav computersDo external walk aroundObtain final weight and decide final fuelCalculate take off speedsObtain ATC clearanceReceive and check load sheetDrink Tea and go!
18 My Day at Work Airborne PF Flies the aircraft, with and without autopilot.Updates Nav Computers. Wind Info, route changes.Monitors Aircraft systems.Decides best altitude.Manages fuel balance.Plans approach and landing.PNFOperates Radio.Carries out abnormal procedures.Updates flight plan and calculates fuel figures.Updates Weather InfoCommunicates with companyBoth: Drink tea, eat, read the paper, chat
19 Arriving! Two days later return flight home 10am Arrive Shanghai – 48 hours free timeTwo days later return flight homeThree of four days off before next trip – Average of four trips per month
20 Life as a Pilot Good Big Boys Toys Paid to travel See interesting placesCannot take work home with youGood payGood time offTravel perksLive where you want (Longhaul)Sociable JobBadLife ruled by a rosterConstant training and checking (Simulator, 2 days every six months)Work through the night or start work early / finish late. (50 nights a year)A lot of time away in hotelsDon’t work with the same people regularly
24 Airbus A340 FactsThe Airbus A is 4 meters longer than a BoeingMaximum Fuel Capacity 152,500kgMaximum range approximately 7500 nautical miles, 16 hours flying timeThe wing tips flex by over 4 meters on take-offIt uses about 95,000kg of fuel to fly from London to ShanghaiMaximum take-off weight 368,000kgMaximum landing weight 259,000kgTake off speed approx 160kts / 180mph / 300kph