Good morning/afternoon/evening, Ladies and Gentleman…

This is your Captain Speaking.

Have you noticed? Yeah. We’re new home. Aeroblog, a horizontal evolution of the Aeroagora. Why? Simple .. ‘Agora’ it’s ‘now’ only in Brazil .. And ‘aero’ ‘blog’ are the same thing in almost every language in the world. In a matter of a few days all the articles will be translated into English, bringing us traffic from every corner of the planet. Change, it’s the new normal. And with footprints of mindset and an aeronautical thing, I welcome you to the ‘old dog with new tricks’.

Well, whoever knows me knows how much I am against this ‘who’s telling’. And today I intend to explain exactly why. Initially, I would like to invite you to ask yourself: what is ‘aeronautical indications’? Many will say, well, it’s networking. Networking, by definition, is the ability to establish a network of contacts or a connection with something or someone who has a common interest. Noble, is not it? I agree. The problem is that aeronautical networking does not work in Brazil.

Who knows me knows how much I defend meritocracy, which is a model of hierarchy and award based on the personal merits of each individual. This ensures qualified people in positions with the power to express opinions and even change situations within our scope. For example: it is very common that in our regulatory agency, there is the political indication to manage norms and laws. People, who have little or no knowledge of what’s going on, and often tend not to measure the consequence of their acts in their canetadas.

The ‘aeronautical indications’ in my view, is nothing more than a political position. The same kind of indications that destroyed state companies in Brazil, is applied in the cockpit. And this is reflected in poorly qualified professionals with little experience in positions of responsibility. Understand, networking is not ‘aeronautical indications’. Networking should be a perfectly applied model, with the use of meritocratic dogmas, where competent people are in equivalent roles. This guarantees better wages, since those who are good know their value, greater professional stability, because companies understand that a competent professional is not irreplaceable, but it is difficult to be found. When you tell your colleague, friend, ‘fella’, to stay on your side, without looking at the sea of ​​competent people around the world, you have contributed to the ‘mechanism’ that makes more and more professionals become just numbers, or a track name, perhaps.

You see, I’m not in favor of people who call themselves semi-gods in the cockpit. CRM, is there to prove that conversation in the cockpit must be healthy. Opinions should rather be divergent, but within their due limits. This will promote a constant thinking, which will add moral content to the aviator. And as Nietzsche would say: ‘Anyone who proposes to this will put it only by this act, besides good and evil’.

‘Aeronautical indications’ Blackhole’s

Have you watched the movie Whiplash? Terence Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons) is the best teacher in an American conservatory. And he lives looking for competent people to participate in the jazz band that goes to competitions, and is on a prestigious look for everyone, for being the best in any competition. At one point, he meets young Andrew Neiman (played by Milles Teller), who aspires to be one of the greatest jazz drummers. Well, Maestro Fletcher is far from being an example of psychopedagogy. But one thing at least he showed: that without merit, you never reach your maximum.

The aviator who proposes to be indicated by friendship, fellowship, puts himself in the position of never discovering the aviator that should have been. It could have become one of the upcoming Bob Hoovers of the airline. But today the trend is: 14 questions suffice, a seven is good, a satisfactory on the flight record is good. Let’s see what will happen?

To a Panamanian company, will make selection in Brazil. What do I know about her? Well … Initially it has a fleet of 106 aircraft, which take 315 flights daily, to 74 destinations in 31 countries. The canopy has predominantly 737 (700/800 / Max / Max 10), and recently commissioned a few more. They require 1,000 hours of flight time on multi-engine and instruments, ICAO 4, and at least 21 years of age. So far, those who indicate and meritocracy go together. The point is that the guy who knows his worth, studied the ‘enemy’:

You used your networking ethically, and you learned that your chances will increase if you have prevailing experience in flying IFR twin engines, not VFR, and if your ICAO is 5, not 4. You also know what information processing skills, numeracy, and verbal dexterity are the technical skills they crave. You know that emotional stability, work on pressure to maintain the punctuality margin of 91% (which by the way is one of the best in the aviation industry), have self-confidence, ability to work in a team, customer orientation, leadership, ability problem-solving and decision-making, adherence to norms and procedures, planning and organization and sociability are essential. Your chances are now 51%. What is written here is authentic piloting development.

Once, Mr. José Efromovich (president of Avianca) spoke in a speech: ‘Look, it’s not just flying the plane …’.

Decision Making

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initative or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way. Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.’ (W H Murray)

The great impression of this quote from the climber W H Murray is what makes me wake up in the morning and think: fuck .. it’s hard to fuck .. but come on. Being a pilot is easy, just a few hours at any middle school, middle school, and so on, and you have your CHT. Now piloting for real, making it your life, is inevitably a matter of commitment. Success in selection is nothing if not the result of having committed, daring, out of your comfort camp, to break the world full of aviation judgments. I remember exactly when I made the decision, and it was while reading:

Take the time to decide what you want out of life, and after you decide do not back down on any pretext, because the world will try to dissuade you. (Nietzsche)

Take your time, do not skip steps. Everything has its time, and there will be time for every pilot. 🙂

Fly safe, folks.

About The Author

Piloto Comercial em Treinamento pelo EJ, Bacharel em Aviação Civil pela Anhembi Morumbi, Blogueiro e Escritor aos 24 anos pelo Aeroblog. Rotaractiano pelo distrito 4430. Sou absolutamente louco por aviões, safety, filantropia e desenvolvimento pessoal. Baterista e amante do bom rock 'n roll, jazz e bossa nova.

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