Welcome to eClass Two:

How to be prepared and get the advantage…

Here we go…

PART 1: Preparation – stuff to do now…

Learn this saying and never forget it…

‘Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance’ 

The 5 P’s.  Prior planning is not only essential at the beginning but also to ensure you operate with the best outcome each time you fly.

In Eclass 1, you should have had a good look at your driving factors in selecting an Aviation Career.

Know Your Goal (we might ask you at the webinar!)

The hardest part is being unsure of your goal. 

Now that you have soul searched and decided that this career needs further investigation you can really focus.

If you are at school, you can now focus only on things that will support you goal.

If you are thinking about changing career, it’s now time to focus on tidying up loose ends that don’t support your goal.

Identify Challenges

In either case any challenges that can be identified and solved before you start will benefit a smooth training and career process.

It may be helpful to note at this stage that many successful Commercial Pilots had similar challenges.

But like any successful flight, you need to be methodical and prioritise to get the best outcome.

Think about your immediate hurdles right now.

We would suggest that there may be someone to convince that you’re serious, finance issues (which will be covered in next Eclass) and timing to name a few.

If you are needing to convince your parents then you need to step and show them your serious. 

You need to understand that this is a big commitment on their part and they really have your best interests at heart.

Sit down and try to predict what their objections will be and have a solution ready.


Finance See next eClass for ideas
Timing Map out Training Time and don’t forget to include job search
Commitment Show your research

Have previous examples, Hopefully no more than this!

Use this table or create your own to stay focussed and have the answers.

Many of you are career changes and have a partner and family to convince.  Again, try to predict the objections and provide solutions.

Always understand that your loved ones come from a place of caring.  Don’t be defensive just be able to give them answers.

Keep your support network happy

These guys will be part of your support network and therefore you need them to believe in the outcome for when things get tough.

Apart from that, make sure when things are tough that you speak up and the Members only monthly Webinar.  Not only can I help you to get through with suggestions and support but you will also find relief that many others are probably feeling the same thing!

Monthly Webinar is a great place to get support

Craig live on the webinar!

PART 2: Prerequisites…

What airlines want

  • Have the highest school education possible 
  • If you can integrate aviation studies at secondary school (or equivalent) even better. 

Reduce the number of things that they can use to reject your application

  • English, High Level Mathematics (generally 2 types), Physics and Chemistry are definitely a plus but some make it without
  • Anything to easily cut down on the number candidates to select from
  • Some airlines are looking for a post graduate degree completed at a University or other recognised learning institution. This is where an aviation degree may be beneficial.
  • Save time and therefore money by having a pre qualified select number of candidates to interview.
  • Someone who respects the role of each crew member
  • Someone who can assess when it’s time to step up and be the leader
  • Someone who can assess when it’s time to be a team player

When a recruitment pilot is conducting interviews they are not out getting bums on seats and therefore generating income. 

Subjects such as biology or food science are obviously not what you need to get an airliner into the air!

Make school count.  We will be direct with you on this.  It is best to miss out on the odd party now and stay focused because you

will make up for it when you succeed. 

You might be a bit jealous now but when you are getting paid to do a hobby – you will have plenty of fun. 

I am not saying lock yourself in the library – far from it!  I am just saying to keep asking yourself what will be more useful to achieve

your goal when choices come up.

Understand that school is about the art of learning.  When I felt that a Mathematics formula was a million miles from being relevant,

I would give myself a reality check that this is what airline pilots knew. 

I now know that formulas occur all the time in an aircraft in the practical sense rather than necessarily on paper. 

They are just cleverly disguised as situations that need a solution.  I found that it was the act of problem solving these formulas were teaching me. 

Problem Solving = Solutions

For example, a right angle triangle.  Following a flight path around the right angle rather than along the hypotenuse is a different distance. 

At a certain height, an aircraft needs a certain distance to land.  If you get given the shorter approach path this changes your calculations –

formulas whether simple or not are happening all the time and knowing when and how to apply them starts from the knowledge at school.

Having the goal at the start kept me focused until it was clear as to how I was to apply this knowledge I achieved at school.

To be honest, you could just treat school as a waste of time and might make it as a Commercial Pilot eventually but this is a bit risky when you

are talking about an investment of somewhere around $70000.

I am here to hold your hand but to achieve your goal in the shortest possible time needs you to get on with your studies.

One other point I have noticed is that whether you attend a local government school/technical school or an expensive private school,

both can get you there if you want to. 

The key ingredient is YOU.

I came from each of these avenues and both succeeded. 

What to practice

  • Reading and Extracting Information
  • Problem solving

Even if it is not related to aviation, it does take time to get your head in a learning mode again. 

  • Purchase a Basic Aeronautical Knowledge manual from your local airport flying school then read and answer questions before your start.

After looking back at our personal journeys, I agree with the end goal always present, YOU can make it work.

PART 3: Using knowledge for Success…

Immerse yourself in anything to do with aeroplanes and aviation in general.  Learn what you can. Take a ride and/or lesson in either a public simulator or a simulator attached to any flying school. 

Where to hang out

Air shows are a great place to hang out.  All pilots love to tell their story if you just ask – probably even if you don’t ask!

You can join your local Air Cadets or Air League group which are supported by the military to encourage involvement and education. 

{Some pilots that chose to be part of these groups not only end up in the military but also airlines. The discipline and team building could also be useful.}

Check out our blog all about aviation. Captain Craig Blog

Living aviation forms part of your preparation for the exciting challenges ahead.

PART 4: Questions for you…

Write down what think will be some of the biggest objections you may get?

If you had a magic wand again, what would be the solutions to these objections? (Even if they seem outrageous solutions, write them down)

Are there any other loose ends that would slow you down?

Make sure you are at the Webinar.

Next week’s preview… Making sure Finance doesn’t hold you back…

If you have any questions or comments please send them to info@ouraviationsecrets.com

Look forward to speaking with you at the Webinar.


Captain Craig Baker

Airline Pilot and Professional Pilot Mentor

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