The job of a pilot is difficult and risky, but prestigious.
Airline pilots often travel thousands of kilometers and can find themselves in a different time and climate zones every day.
They see all parts of the world and get to know new people almost all the time.
But a pilot also faces problems.
They often suffer from jet lag and can become tired when flying through different time zones.
They spend many days away from home and their families.
Although many people think it is a real dream job pilots must be responsible people because they have the lives of up to a few hundred passengers in their hands.
They have to have hundreds of hours of training before they can do their job.
Pilots must remain calm in dangerous situations and always have to make the right decisions.
They need to see and hear perfectly.
About 60 % of all pilots fly commercial airplanes, the rest fly cargo and private planes, as well as air force planes.
In most cases, there are two or three pilots in the cockpit.
The captain is responsible for the flight.
He is always in the left seat of the cockpit.
The co-pilot sits next to him and assists him.
Some planes have a flight engineer as a third person in the cockpit.
Many people believe that pilots earn a lot of money.
While that is true for larger airlines, smaller budget airlines cannot afford to pay their pilots that much.
In today's world airlines are competing fiercely for their shares of the market.
Pilots may lose their jobs if airlines decide to cut costs.