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How to Overcome Unexpected Pandemic From A Pilot’s Point of View

Overcome global COVID-19 pandemic


Industries around the world are facing crisis amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Aviation industry is staring at a similar fate, closing of airports, and significant decline in passenger numbers. Airlines forced to assess how fleet groundings, travel bans, economic uncertainties and market volatility may affect accounting conclusions. furthermore, many decisions have been taken regarding change in depreciation methods, revision of future salary assumptions in existing liabilities, impact of extension in loyalty points expiration dates, re-assessment of forecasted fuel consumption and volumes of fuel hedged, re-assessment of existing operating leases (terms, payment schedules, option to purchase, sub-lease etc.), revision of aircraft maintenance and overhaul cost, among others. As result, airlines are experiencing serious economic constrains caused by COVID‐19, which has led to bankruptcy for some of them.

COVID-19 pandemic put millions of employees in aviation at risk, many grounded pilots are already asking themselves " what to do in the meantime?". the felt some kind of anxiety, depression, insomnia and irritability while they should stay in good mental and physical status till they come back to cockpit to do what it takes to make their flight safe.

 

This article is according to the recommendation of a professional pilot [Captain. Monica] that inspired me to write it. Despite posting on LinkedIn and Twitter, and communicating with many pilots in my company and many other airlines, I only got two answers.

 

I will currently be satisfied with these answers, and I will leave the door to participation open to pilots who wish to express their opinions professionally and help their colleagues in sharpening energy and surpassing the Corona pandemic with patience, professionalism and the highest standards of health and family happiness.

 First Pilot 

From the point of view Captain. Monica [Qatar Airways] " In aviation, complacency has been a major concern and is, time and again, a major contributing factor in many unwarranted accidents caused basically by human factors. Complacency is one of the Dirty Dozen that is part of every Human Factors training."

She added "  Maybe we all needed this wake up call in aviation. Maybe we had reached to a point of monotonous flying conditions leaving it all to the computers on board . After this pandemic , that so many jobs have been lost , I’m sure from now on we won’t take for granted our jobs, we’ll study more, we’ll try to be better professionals , not only for us but for the people we work for and work with. There’s a life after aviation , being part of it makes us reliable professionals for any job . So, if you still have your job widen up your knowledge, and if you don’t anymore , know that this pandemic opened up a new world for you with an experience that few people have , flying ."

 

Smart, optimistic, influential in her professional environment and looks at impact through the eyes of an expert.

Second Pilot

There are different visions and this is what we will read in the next answer from the Captain JC Martinez-A [Major Airline B787 Captain] , From his point of view  " As aviators, we train and prepare for the unexpected as a matter of routine. We study and analyze how to cope with uncertainty and problems using an abundance of system backups and communication skills that train us to assess intuitively and to process and solve quickly almost any situation with a sure or safe outcome. Ironically, no one has trained and prepared for this kind of life scenario. The ability to adapt to a totally different daily and weekly routine is the key. Staying sharp by methodically reviewing our technical material keeps our flying motivation alive. Good factual and objective communication helps us stay on course, free from false perceptions and thus from mental breakdowns and helps us to be fully aware of our emotional perceptions concerning our chances and career opportunities in the short to mid-term during this crisis. This keeps us focused on what really matters. In this way, we analyze our scenarios from a more realistic standpoint with less wishful thinking, which in turn helps us to move quickly in other directions to search for new opportunities, knock on other doors and try other forms of income until the storm passes. Open, constant communication with the people around us is the key towards managing this totally unknown crisis fairly well.."

 

 Third Pilot 

We received new answer from Helicopter pilot Eurico Pimentel Lima , From his point of view  Before we were pilots, we were people ... professionals.

Being pilots, we are not "mere professionals"; but before, professionals trained technically and emotionally to IMPROVISATE, ADAPT and OVERCOME any obstacle.

It is true that for this obstacle (pandemic Covid19) there was no emergency checklist. However, it is no worse than landing without engines.

"Fly the aircraft, analyze the emergency and solve the problem": this is our motto ALWAYS.

After seeing the pandemic wreak havoc, I decided to "continue to fly"; I kept the wings straight, reduced the speed and kept the heading. Then I decided to analyze the PAN.

Engines are running, I have fuel, so I decided to go for an "alternate".

Aviation is a world! If you love flying, you love aviation. And, by itself, you just have to switch to an alternate, which means it will be a change in the short to medium term.

Re-educate, train ... even within aviation. It has a whole aeronautical world and more, waiting for an astute, honest, disciplined and results-oriented professional, like the pilots." 

Conclusion

To overcome unexpected pandemic from a pilot’s point of view our pilots suggest the following :

1.       Many jobs have been lost and you may lose your job too. You won’t take for granted your job.

2.       being better professionals is a must and you should study more.

3.       There’s a life after aviation,  find your life and be a part of it to be reliable professionals for any job.

4.       If are not flying , COVID-19 pandemic opened up a new world for you discover it .

5.       No one has trained and prepared for this kind of life scenario, you should adapt to a totally different daily and weekly routine.

6.       keep your flying motivation alive and staying sharp by methodically reviewing your technical materials.

7.       be fully aware of your emotional perceptions concerning your chances and career opportunities in the short to mid-term during this crisis.

8.       Open, constant communication with the people around you , smile and share happiness around you.

9. If you love flying, you love aviation. And, by itself, you just have to switch to an alternate, which means it will be a change in the short to medium term.

 

Now, as you are a pilot

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In aviation - How to overcome unexpected pandemic from a pilot’s point of view?

 

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Thank you so much for Captain. MonicaCaptain JC Martinez-A, and Helicopter Pilot Eurico Pimentel Lima .

Your comments is welcome. Maged Al-Hadabi

 

 

 


6 comments:

  1. Before we were pilots, we were people ... professionals.
    Being pilots, we are not "mere professionals"; but before, professionals trained technically and emotionally to IMPROVISATE, ADAPT and OVERCOME any obstacle.
    It is true that for this obstacle (pandemic Covid19) there was no emergency checklist. However, it is no worse than landing without engines.
    "Fly the aircraft, analyze the emergency and solve the problem": this is our motto ALWAYS.
    After seeing the pandemic wreak havoc, I decided to "continue to fly"; I kept the wings straight, reduced the speed and kept the heading. Then I decided to analyze the PAN.
    Engines are running, I have fuel, so I decided to go for an "alternate".
    Aviation is a world! If you love flying, you love aviation. And, by itself, you just have to switch to an alternate, which means it will be a change in the short to medium term.
    Re-educate, train ... even within aviation. It has a whole aeronautical world and more, waiting for an astute, honest, disciplined and results-oriented professional, like the pilots.

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  2. Thank you so much Helicopter pilot Eurico Pimentel Lima.

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  3. Pilots have always had a challenging profession, but perhaps now more than ever, just maintaining employment is difficult enough. While the economic downturn that put thousands of pilots on the street is starting to show signs of a slow recovery, eager aviators are faced with an unusual amount of competition when they apply for the various jobs. To say the least, pessimism rules the masses. Aviation Forum

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  4. You are right , there is slow recovery .
    Thank you

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