Pursuing the life and career of an Airline Pilot

Looking skyward and dreaming of an airline pilot career?

All pilots start somewhere. Looking at planes, reading and dreaming about them—then actually taking that first step towards flying lessons and getting your pilots licence.

All through this time we look to the skies and continue dreaming about flying a big, shiny jet and working for some of the world’s best airlines. This dream and passion is still mine, as I’m sure it has been for other pilots I have met over the years. Here is my life and career of an airline pilot to date.


Before working for the big airlines, I had the opportunity to fly all over Australia. I started my pilot career by teaching people to fly in general aviation. I then went on to work for some large charter companies and small airlines throughout the top parts of Australia. Working for these companies allowed me to see some of the most spectacular destinations in the country.


My experience working for a major airline also gave me opportunities to travel to Asia. And not just to fly some of the world’s largest and most advanced aircraft, but to experience numerous major cities regularly. From the latest statistics, Boeing indicates that the growth of demand for the next generation of pilots is expected to remain high in the Asia Pacific Region. This forecast is excellent news for aspiring pilots in this part of the world. Meaning they can embark on a journey like mine.


The experience has taken me from a warm Australian summer to typhoons in Asia in a single day. This variety of destinations was a constant occurrence. On the next flight, travelling in a different direction to the middle of Alaska, I got to experience the extremes of a snow-filled cold winter.

This pattern or roster may appear fictional but was common within a typical month’s flying as an airline pilot. To experience this regularly has shown pursuing an airline pilot career has sometimes lived up to those imaginative, early stages of my flying dream.


The journey of an airline career and that of flying can be a long and interesting one. Would I recommend it to any dreamer who looks up at the sky? Reflecting on the flying, career challenges, places and people I have met, I do so firmly and without question.

Learn to Fly Melbourne offers a variety of programs and courses that everyone can master, from beginners through to intermediate and advanced learners. Find a programme that interests you and pursue it!

Contributed by Darren McPherson, our Airline Interview and Workshop coach and senior captain at a major international airline with over 30 years experience.

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