This report contains some of the basic measures used in airline economics. It is followed by a practical application from a case study comparing two competing airlines. The aim is to give you an appreciation for the terms used and to explain why we need these Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be able to then […]Continue reading "Airline Economics"
To be an effective commercial pilot, it is important that you have an understanding for the economic and business environment in which you operate. Though this report is focused on airlines, look out for Executive Jet and Helicopter Operation versions that are yet to be released. The Airline Industry is HUGE! Airlines have annual revenues […]Continue reading "The Airline Business – An Introduction"
As a passenger, it is incredibly frustrating when pilots make a Passenger Announcement (PA) and it is inaudible or they speak too quickly. The Passenger Announcement (PA) is the primary way pilots have to communicate with passengers directly and it is done, 99% of the time, from the flight deck with no visual contact or […]Continue reading "Perfecting The PA"
“Being ahead of the aircraft.” We have all heard the term Situational Awareness (SA) and we can all probably think of a time where we lost it or it was diminished. But, what exactly is SA? Well, a formal definition would be: “The perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time […]Continue reading "Situational Awareness"
As human beings, we make thousands of decisions every day. Yes, thousands and for pilots, it’s even more. But, why is it different for pilots? And, why is it more important that we understand the fundamentals of decision making as well as having the tools to deliver effective and efficient problem-solving solutions? We have all […]Continue reading "Problem Solving and Decision Making"
As pilots we have to conduct lots of briefings. In the short haul arena, you may have multiple sectors of flying ahead. That can result in a lot of words. Yet, it’s not an area we tend to revisit often for techniques and development. Sometimes we get lazy or complacent with our briefings, particularly if […]Continue reading "Effective Briefings"
Leaving The European Union and EASA On December 31st 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union. The British Government agreed on a deal and the path was laid for a future relationship with our closest, and in many cases, largest trading partner. Aviation, like many industries, was significantly impacted by the Brexit deal […]Continue reading "UK Licencing Post Brexit"
“Can you explain the Approach Ban philosophy?” or “when can you conduct a Discontinued approach?” are interview questions I have faced multiple times. It is important to have a clear understanding for when you can, and cannot continue an approach and what options you have for the missed approach. Commencement of the Approach Before commencing […]Continue reading "Approach Bans and Go-Around vs Discontinued Approach"
Some airlines have always used personality profile questionnaires. Most haven’t. However, there have been recent developments in regulation which means this testing will be required of all candidates prior to commencing flying duties with an Operator. If interested in the regulation refer to UK CAP1938 and EASA CAT.GEN.MPA.175 mandating a Psychological Assessment. SMT works in […]Continue reading "Personality Tests – Psychological Assessment"
What is LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a social media platform. However, unlike most others, it is almost entirely focused on professional connections and assisting career development. It is also heavily used by recruiters. Essentially, it is a fantastic tool for marketing yourself and also maximizing your opportunities through being connected. There is a significant difference between […]Continue reading "How To Brand Your LinkedIn"