An in-depth look into the life of a Cargo Pilot.
Directed by Jordan Maloy, Produced by Katie Plumstead, Edited by Laurence Kirkwood, Filmed by Ethan Wroth and Sound by Nikita Makwana.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Nobody talks abut cargo pilot jobs!
One of the flying careers that’s not often talked about are the cargo pilot jobs. Most of the time when people talk about pilots they often have in mind either airline or military pilots. These are the pilots that are typically stereotyped and glamorized in stories, books and even movies. Nobody talks about cargo pilots and when you ask someone aspiring to be a pilot where he wants be after completing flight training, most like he will say “The Airlines.”
In the past, cargo flying was often the subject of many jokes, from that of dilapidated airplanes to drunk and lazy overweight guys flying these planes that are about to fall apart in the air. Maybe there was a grain of truth to this in the past. Many airplanes used for cargo flying then were mainly old planes retired from passenger service and recycled for air cargo service. Maybe the pilots were unorthodox in some ways but they’re not the unclean – unshaven – whisky bottle holding and cigar chomping blokes often portrayed in movies.
Cargo pilot jobs are not really bad at all, especially in these times. Other than maybe in the remotest of areas, the aircraft used for air cargo services is more often than not as current as those used in passenger services. One thing nice about flying for air cargo companies is that the schedule can sometimes be flexible. Although there are schedules that need to be met, with next day air cargo or perishables that need to be delivered on time, the pressure of delays and timings are not as great as that of passenger flights. It is possible to be delayed a couple of hours with no one complaining and no financial damage to the air cargo company. This is so unlike in the airlines where passengers who miss connecting flights can be a big hassle and a financial burden to an airline.
I prefer cargo pilot jobs anytime.
As a pilot, if I had the choice of picking where I would fly, I would rather be where the cargo pilot jobs are than fly for a passenger airline. Most likely, I would be flying the same latest equipment that the airlines have. Salary wise, it would probably also be on the same scale. The big bonus – I wouldn’t have to deal with all that crowd, first at the terminals, then inside the airplane. I won’t have to deal with the airline’s terminal staff. I won’t have to deal with the cabin crew and I wouldn’t be so much concerned with keeping up with the schedule. I’ll be flying as it should be – enjoying the whole flight in peace and quiet.