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Most people have the impression that pilots are professional, well-paid and handsome, just like Francis Ng, Joe Ma and Julian Cheung in a TV drama series called “Triumph in the Skies”. Moreover, the depiction of pilots in the TV drama gives people endless imagination about this profession (such as surrounded by pretty girls or having a relaxing lifestyle), fuelling their desire to become a pilot.

Perhaps pilots in real life are exactly like what is depicted in the TV drama. However, most people only care about their lives, but what exactly do they do? The current civil aircrafts are all equipped with automatic navigation systems. Pilots can enter data before takeoff and the aircraft will navigate according to the information. It seems easy, but the actual input process is very complicated and operations must be accurate, and pilots must know these procedures by heart.

Besides takeoff and landing, pilots also need to keep constant contact with the air traffic control stations in various regions. If an air military exercise is taking place in some region or there are weather changes such as hail and volcanic eruptions, pilots will have to change the route or hover the plane in the air in accordance with the instructions from the control stations. During the flight, pilots always have to monitor the flight system to ensure safety.

Although the work mentioned above is the procedure and arrangement for flying a plane, ensuring the safety of everyone on board is the ultimate consideration of the pilots. Therefore, they do not need to look handsome or stylish, but they must be professional.

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