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4 Pilot Rules Everyone Should Live By

Pilot Rules of Thumb

A good pilot follows many rules and regulations in order to
have a successful career. While some are complicated and specifically related
to planes, others can actually be applied to life.

No matter what you call them, pilot rules of thumb or pilot
mantras, learn the four pilot rules everyone should live by to help your life
take off. 

1. Fuel Up

If a plane doesn’t have fuel, it cannot take off. Or worse,
if you take off and discover you are low on fuel, then you are in serious
trouble. The same idea applies to life. If you don’t take the time to “fuel up”
on sleep, good food, and mental breaks, you are sure to crash and burn.

2. Have a back-up plan.

 Always know your
back-up plan. In the case of pilots, you never know when the weather will get
troublesome. While an aircraft
dispatcher
creates a flight plan that includes information about
alternative airports in cases of inclement weather, the pilot must make
themselves aware of Plan B, C, D, and so on. Life will not always go according
to plan, but you can be prepared for whatever life throws at you by having a
back-up plan.

3. We all go through rough patches.

Can you say turbulence? It is natural for plane rides to get a little bumpy at times. Just buckle up your seat belt, maintain control of the plane, and the turbulence will end. Unfortunately, life also has turbulence. Just keep a level head, maintain control of the situation by making smart decisions, continue moving forward, and eventually you should be flying smoothly again.

4. Reach for the sky.

The sky is the limit. Whether you are literally flying a
plane or metaphorically moving up in your life, you will never get anywhere if
you don’t take off. You need to take steps to pursue your goal. At Sheffield
School of Aeronautics, we are an aircraft dispatcher school
that helps students receive their FAA aircraft dispatcher license. Our goal is
to help you realize your dreams and literally reach for the sky.

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – November 2019

November 21-22, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – September 2019

September 19-20, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – July 2019

July 11-12, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – May 2019

May 23-24, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – April 2019

April 4-5, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

EWINS Qualification Dispatcher Weather Training – February 2019

February 14-15, 2019

Sheffield is offering a 2-day Advanced Weather Forecasting/EWINS (Enhanced Weather Information Systems) training course. Our course is an EWINS-qualification program, not a 5-35 minute lecture on the theory and concept of EWINS – it is application. After completing the course and receiving a certificate, the individual will not only be more astute at weather analysis, but will be in a more favorable position to become EWINS-certified.

Read more about the EWINS course here »

Extended Operations (ETOPS) – November 2019

November 20, 2019

ETOPS training originated when the FAA decided to grant permission for the airlines to operate twin-engine aircraft, such as the B-757’s, Airbus, etc. over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or desolate areas. The operation originally applied to two-engine airplanes flying more than 60 minutes from the nearest adequate airport, but now includes three- or four-engine airplanes flying more than 180 minutes from the nearest adequate airport.

Read more about the Extended Operations (ETOPS) course here »

Extended Operations (ETOPS) – September 2019

September 18, 2019

ETOPS training originated when the FAA decided to grant permission for the airlines to operate twin-engine aircraft, such as the B-757’s, Airbus, etc. over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or desolate areas. The operation originally applied to two-engine airplanes flying more than 60 minutes from the nearest adequate airport, but now includes three- or four-engine airplanes flying more than 180 minutes from the nearest adequate airport.

Read more about the Extended Operations (ETOPS) course here »

Extended Operations (ETOPS) – July 2019

July 10, 2019

ETOPS training originated when the FAA decided to grant permission for the airlines to operate twin-engine aircraft, such as the B-757’s, Airbus, etc. over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or desolate areas. The operation originally applied to two-engine airplanes flying more than 60 minutes from the nearest adequate airport, but now includes three- or four-engine airplanes flying more than 180 minutes from the nearest adequate airport.

Read more about the Extended Operations (ETOPS) course here »

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