Here’s a brief timeout from our discussion on ATC communication to look at what it takes to be an airline pilot. I have had many student pilots write to me asking about what it takes to be an airline pilot. I think the following article at Lifehacker.com tells the story best.
Pay attention to the very last paragraph in which the interviewer asks airline pilot Chris Manno “What advice would you give to those aspiring to join your profession?” I have been giving the same answer for years.
Here is the link to the article: http://lifehacker.com/career-spotlight-what-i-do-as-an-airline-pilot-1678983694