Top 5 Tips - Regional Flying

by Adam Fareed on Feb 28 2019
Regional flying is often the first airline role that a pilot in the USA can have. Here are some top tips to get you ready for regional airline flying!

1) Preparation!
Every good pilot runs checklists on the plane, but great pilots run them before a trip even begins. Make a note of the destination airports, weather conditions, other crewmembers, overnight trips, and bases you will be encountering throughout a trip to feel prepared and reduce stress.
 
2) Keep your head in the books
No one comes to work expecting to face an emergency or problem, but when you least expect it things can come up. Staying prepared throughout the year will make you more competent, and also make your first recurrent training a breeze.
 
3) Learn to pack
Living out of a suitcase is a unique experience; so developing a routine for how to do so efficiently will save you time and stress. In addition, packing meals for those long trips will save you a lot of money on overpriced airport food!
 
4) Be friendly and make connections
The airline industry is, in reality, quite a small group of individuals. Establishing a network of friends will not only make your airline experience richer and more fulfilling, but also provide you great opportunities in advancing your career. No one likes a cranky crewmember! Be the type of employee that others love to fly with, as the saying goes “you catch more flies with honey”.
 
5) Remember why you started
Being an airline pilot is not the highest paying job on the market, so its clear that pilots are in it for more than money. Never forget your passion for flying, or allow the stresses of day-to-day work to get you down. When you make it to the airlines, it’s the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears - so don’t forget you started doing this because you loved flying. Keep your passion and love for flying alive, and if you feel it wavering, remember: The worst day flying beats the best day you’d ever have in an office. Every time!