Leadership as a pilot

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#BehindTheWings CEO edition: Leadership Tips

Bernhard Fragner about becoming a commander

Being promoted and upgrades as commander is next to the first solo flight becoming a pilot the most memorable and exciting moment in a flying career. Getting the four stripes is very much linked to leadership and maturity (and not to grey hairs).
Leader as pilot is about managing properly all resources available including your other crew member and technical equipment.

But this leadership is not stopping once pilot leave the cockpit, it is also how a pilot manages all tasks and situation on ground with passengers and other service providers as limousine services or fuel providers. Leadership is also very much about motivating your pilots next to you as sometimes this job is exhausting and requires a lot of energy. It is about continuous risk assessment and decision making as leader. Actually leadership as commander is complex mix of many things which qualifies a pilot to deliver consistent quality of managerial skills at highest level.

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Pilots at GlobeAir

Often, more and more loyal pilots at GlobeAir get as far as being released as future commander as strong leadership has been consistently demonstrated. As a CEO I am always emotionally touched once a pilot who we hired as young person keen to join our professional crew gets upgraded as commander, so I am today again.

My GlobeAir team is very carefully selecting potential candidate for being promoted. Once a candidate is identified we are waiting for personal motivation and the successful passing of various assessments prior starting the extensive upgrade training.The intense training will be conducted in ground classes and simulator sessions and are mainly focusing on leadership and ability to make the right decisions under stress in normal and abnormal situation to ensure flight safety for all passengers and crew members. The upgrade process will be completed by several check rides and line flying under supervision with a senior training commander.

Usually the next career step of a commander is to become line training commander. In this position leadership will be trained to incoming commander and joining First Officer.

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