CAREERS IN AVIATION - 5 Skills You Need To Succeed & Sample Jobs
EDITOR’s NOTE : 06 October 2015 by Newaccra in Editor's Pick
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Aviation has been with us for ages. From Leonardo da Vinci’s ornithopter wings to the Wright brothers of Dayton, aviation has developed in countless stages. From history, humans have watched the flight of birds, longed to replicate them, but lacked the control to do so. Logic dictated that if the small muscles of birds can lift them into the air and sustain them, then the larger muscles of humans should be able to duplicate the feat.
Over thousands of years, countless lives were lost in attempts to fly like birds. But all those uncertainties, experiments, and continuous innovation have brought aviation to where it is today.
Many people are interested in working in aviation. So if you want to have a career in Aviation, these five attributes should be in your blood.
The act of denying oneself and controlling one’s impulses to achieve a specific goal is a must for a career in aviation. To excel as a Pilot, one needs to have the trait of resolutely controlling his or her own behavior.
This can be either in the cockpit or anywhere around the airport. Because aviators need to follow high standards, procedures and regulations, it is important for them to be able to exercises restraint over their personal actions and desires.
2. Good Judgment
An aviator should know how to manage his or her cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions. For example, a Flight Dispatcher makes good aeronautical decision based on weather and various factors.
Aspects of good judgment include pragmatism, prioritization, conservatism, and consistency. Good aviators should know how to correctly compare and evaluate different courses of action.
3. Willingness to learn
To be a good aviator, one must be able to receive and process information at an extraordinarily high frequency and speed. This is the way to learn new skills and information.
Just imagine having to learn all the various systems, procedures, panels, instruments, meters, and equipment of a new aircraft to be able to fly it effectively. Willingness to listen and learn is a very important trait in this career.
4. Careful Planning
In aviation, planning is a respected function. Each aircraft you see in the air is on a flight that has been carefully planned, right down to the details. The course to fly to, the weather, radio communications, fuel consumption, total flight time, crew, and emergency operations are all planned.
There is a saying that goes like ‘a safe flight starts on the ground’. This means that planning is very important in our lives. People who want to excel in aviation careers must learn how to plan.
5. Performance under pressure
Aviation is a stressful industry and mistakes can sometimes affect human safety. That is why individuals need to carry out activities appropriately, whether they are under pressure or not.
Flight attendants spend hours working across multiple time zones without much resting or regular sleep. Pressure may also come from expectations or demands placed on the pilot. In all these, the ability to continue to function when the workload becomes larger must be controlled by the Aviator. To do well in this career, people should start learning how to manage their performance when stressed.
Sample Job titles in the Aviation Industry
Airline pilot, Aircraft mechanics, Maintenance Engineer, Supervisors/managers , Corporate Relations Manager, Cargo/freight attendant, Flight attendant, Marketing Communications Specialist, Multilingual Flight attendant, Flight dispatcher, Ticket agent, travel consultant, Avionics Technician. See a long list here.
Here are some Aviation companies in Ghana
By developing self control, good judgement, willingness to learn, careful planing, and performance under pressure, you are in better shape to do well in a career that touches society and the world. Aviation fetches the best in people.
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Okyere Gyamena Obed | CEO –Runway Aviation Club
Obed is an avid aviator dedicated to bringing out the spirit of Aviation in Africa’s young people, through motivation, determination and cultural values. Okyere is a Communication Studies student of Central University College. He is also the CEO of Runway Aviation Club and manages multiple Aviation blogs. You can reach him on firstname.lastname@example.org