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Aviation: skills

india Updated: Mar 30, 2008 22:42 IST
Lalatendu Mishra

Decision making:

Very crucial for somebody who is responsible for hundreds of lives and aircraft costing between Rs 200 crore to Rs 600 crore. The pilot decides when to take off, when to touch down, dodge air pockets and handle emergencies.

Good learning capability:
You don't have to be a genius but you must learn all aspects of the aircraft's functioning and play by the book. To be updated with latest technology.

Situational awareness:
The pilot must know all situations, weather conditions on the flight path. In case of sudden change in situation, he/she must be efficient to handle it.

Skills for cabin crew
Presence of mind