Becoming a pilot opens your world up to various opportunities. A lot of people are unaware that there are lots of different jobs you can go for. Even the most typical of all pilot jobs, a commercial pilot, has subcategories. You can either be a short-haul pilot, or a long haul one.
Today, the focus will be on that first option; short haul pilots. What are the benefits of becoming one?
The obvious benefit of being a short-haul pilot is that you don’t have to deal with lengthy flights. Flying around the world for ten hours can be very draining and tiring. But, short-haul flights last up to three hours, which is more than manageable. You get to have regular breaks and compose yourself before your next flight. Being in the air for more than three hours a day can be mentally difficult.
The fact that flights are so short also means that you get to have multiple flights a day. You can do anywhere between two or six flights, depending on how long they are. The benefit of this is that you get to see plenty of new places. It can be exciting getting to fly all over the place in one day.
Many pilots believe that the short-haul working pattern is more stable than the long-haul one. You get allocated your shifts and can plan your weeks in advance. A typical pattern will grant you three or four days off per week. So, there’s plenty of time for you to rest and have a social life too. Long-haul pilots have a more demanding job, and their life is more consumed by flying than yours would be. Plus, as a short-haul pilot, there’s more chance you’ll make it home for the night. Unless complications and delays occur, your final flight takes you back to your home airport. You’ll certainly do fewer overnight stays than long-haul pilots.
Being a short-haul pilot means you’re going into a job that’s very well paid. At the lowest end of the scale, you’re looking at an annual wage of £30,000. The more experience you get, the more you stand to earn. Some short-haul commercial pilots are earning way above the national average wage.
There’s plenty of room for you to improve and become a better pilot with this job. Short-haul pilots can move up the career ladder and become captains with those top salaries. It’s better than a lot of pilot jobs where you don’t have a lot of room to advance in your career.
The life of a pilot can be very exciting and rewarding. Most commercial airlines will give you great benefit packages too. This includes discounts on flight tickets and plenty of holiday allowances. There are plenty of positives about being a short haul pilot; many people prefer it to flying long haul. It’s a great job to help you get started in your career as a pilot; that’s for sure.