Soft Pilot Skills
“Soft skills” consist of work-ethic, people, social and attitude-related skills. For their success, a pilot should have a variety of soft skills.
1. Communication and Teamwork Skills
Communication is a crucial element in every pilot’s job. For the safety of everyone, pilots need to be in constant contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and those aboard the plane.
In addition to having the ability to communicate, your soft pilot skills must include being a team player. These two things go hand-in-hand. During training, students must be properly communicating with their instructor, just as First Officers and Captains must do the same in the professional world. You’ll also need to be working be with your other teammates, such as dispatchers, crew members and ATC to ensure coordination of all that occurs during flight.
2. Stress Management and Decisiveness
Included on your list of pilot skills should be stress management. In case of an emergency situation, it’s imperative that you stay calm and collected, not just for your sake, but the sake of your crew and passengers. When people are stressed, it’s natural to make irrational decisions. Being able to confidently act under pressure in difficult situations is an important component in your role.
3. Strong Focus and Multitasking
Airline pilots must be able to focus, as flying an aircraft requires performing several tasks at once. When it comes to flying, all details matter and require your full attention.
In addition to navigating your aircraft, you’ll also need to be communicating with ATC, operations, your cabin crew and passengers – there’s a lot going on at once. For this reason, you must be able to multitask.