WHAT IS the 10-10-10 rule?

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Do you ever struggle with making the right decisions? 🤔⠀

I have this really good tool that I use to help myself with my own decision-making that I wanted to share with you guys 👈

Ok so here goes! It’s called the 10-10-10-analysis, and before I explain what it is, I can’t take any credit as I didn’t came up with this brilliant thought myself ➡️ I got it from talented @jordanleedooley who wrote the book called “Own Your Everyday” (SO GOOD and totally recommend) 💯

Anyhow, it stands for: ⠀

• 10 minutes ⠀

• 10 weeks

• 10 months ⠀

The idea is for you to image yourself how you will I feel about a specific decision you’re about to make after 10 minutes. 10 weeks. And then after 10 months 💬 ⠀

The GOAL is to make the right choice for the FUTURE YOU, and not going for the option what will only leave the PRESENT YOU momentarily happy. Because it’s not worth saying yes to someone or something that will only give you happiness in the next 10 minutes, and that will leave you feeling overwhelmed 10 weeks from now when you’re in the middle of it, or unhappy 10 months from now. 🤷🏼‍♀️⠀

Instead, focus on SAYING YES to the project that will give you happiness in the LONG TERM 🙏🏼 ⠀

The best thing is that the 10-10-10-rule can be applied in almost any situation! BRILLIANT if you ask me 💯 What do you think? 👍 or 👍?

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WHERE’S THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

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Hello there my awesome crew 👋🏼 Can you locate the 🧯 in this picture? Comment ”🔥” if you found it within 3 seconds 😏

My beloved computer decided to stop working this week, so while it’s taking a trip to the service centre (aka vacation) I’m sharing this little snap from my last day at work when I flew to Santiago de Compostela, edited on my phone ☺️ Do you like it?

LET’S INTRODUCE OURSELVES

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Hello everyone 👋🏼 I see a lot of new faces on here so I thought I’d introduce myself!

First of all, welcome onboard ladies and gentlemen, I’m Maria and I’m the person behind this blog, my Instagram & YouTube account - all under the handle @mariathepilot 👩🏼‍✈️

But just to make it 100% clear: this is NOT a one-woman show, this is a COMMUNITY of awesome people who wants to get an insight into the aviation world, and hopefully get inspired by the content I share, leaving you with that empowering kind of feeling for the rest of your day 💪🏼

I consider myself a tech geek with a terrible handwriting who loves chai tea and dance to loud music by myself. I’m passionate about personal development, and I LOVE that I get to share a part of my life with you guys!  So, what can you expect to find on here?

You’ll find anything really from my daily life as an airline pilot to tools to use to reach your goals, spark your creativity and be an inspiration for you to stay motivated throughout your studies or wherever and whatever you might be doing in your life. Mostly it’s stuff I hear from listening to podcasts/reading books by way more talented/interesting/intellectual people than myself 😜

My favorite part is INTERACTING with you guys, reading your comments, hearing your stories and seeing you getting involved. You’re all part of this community and THAT’S what really motivates me to consistently create valuable content for you! So a BIG KISS to my lovely CREW who shares, comments, sending DMs, tagging your friends - yoooou da best 👊🏼

Now, that’s enough about me 😅 Tell me at least ONE THING about yourself below 💬 ⠀

MY TOP 5 TRAVEL HACKS

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Hey crew 👋🏼 Here are my top 5 travel hacks:

1. I always try to pack light. Not because I necessarily want to, but I’ve had some bad experience with airlines loosing my checked in bags (one too many times) 😒 So when I can, I go for just the carry-on. However, when on longer trips and I have to check in my luggage, then I always make sure to TAG MY BAG. And yes, capital letters because this tip is SO IMPORTANT. And while you’re at it, tag your bag with an extra label saying “fragile” and that may increase the chances of the airport staff handling your stuff with more care even if it isn't fragile ⚠️

2. By now we all know about the liquid limitations over 100 ml at the security check, and the same rules goes for aircrew (like in the UK) 🤦🏼‍♀️ So what I do to stay hydrated is bringing my own empty bottle because there’s no rule that says you can’t take on an empty bottle of any size 😉 And once you go airside just refill it from a drinking water tap, or you can ask any restaurant and they will happily do it for you! 💦

3. There’s nothing worse then finding out your sitting next to a screaming baby and the rechargeable batteries in your noise canceling headset has run out. So bring your power bank with you in your carry-on. A portable charger has saved me so many times I’ve lost count. And get one of those 3-in-1 cable for all your tech gadgets so you can charge on-the-go ⚡️

4. A travel hack that surprises me that many people don’t know about is actually a tip you can use BEFORE even booking your trip ➡️ GO INCOGNITO while browsing for your tickets. The truth is many companies collect data from its customers how often people visit the sites and what times of days they check so they can boost the prices during those hours. So stay private and book your next trip at the earliest hours of the day 💤

5. Another tip to save your precious money: use cash machines instead of currency exchange centers. It’s unbelievable how much they charge to convert the cash, it may be convenient but it’s not worth it. Instead, using an ATM is both quicker AND cheaper 💸

PILOT COMPETITION: LANDING THE SPITFIRE (EPISODE 1)

Hey! In this first video episode Guillaume (Boeing 777 pilot), Viktor (Boeing 737 pilot) and I got to test our flying skills in the Spitfire simulator as we are preparing ourselves for the real flight in the 80 year old vintage airplane (which will be in the next episode). The three of us had a “friendly” competition about which pilot could make the best landing 😉

Xx,

Maria 😘

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I’ve just uploaded a new clip on my YouTube channel! I've made this simple video showing you our little mini-house on top of the hill that we've been renting for the last year. But truth to be told, I can not WAIT until the day Viktor and I buy our own house and we get to renovate and decorate it just how we like it. That time will come - but for now, we're living happily in Alicante enjoying our time here while it lasts. Because being a pilot means sometimes you'll have to move bases. So who knows where will we end up next? I don't have a clue. This is a part of the job that I love and hate at the same time, it gives you so many opportunities to live wherever you'd want around the world. So - welcome to our (current) home!

😘
Maria

Q&A! ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM MY FOLLOWERS

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Hi Maria! You always have the responsibility of so many passengers lives when you’re in the cockpit. I understand it’s rewarding, but it looks super tough at the same time. How do you get over this big stress? Thanks.

ANSWER: I don’t see my job as stressful. Actually, when I’m at work I feel the least stressed. All pilots have done extensive training in dealing with the unexpected while keeping a cool head in any situation.

Could you give me the link of the school that you studied at (school of pilots)?

ANSWER: I did my training to become a pilot at OSM Aviation Academy. They have a very informative website with a whole section of Frequently Asked Questions (many of the same questions that I receive).  Here’s the link to their website: www.osmaviationacademy.com. You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook!

I have really bad eyesight, can I still become a pilot?

ANSWER: You will need to pass a Medical Class 1 to obtain your pilot licence, and this certificate has to be renewed every year. A lot of pilots wear glasses or contact lenses (like I do),  but you should be able to see at least 0,7 with each eye and 1,0 with both eyes, with or without correction.

What are the requirements to become a pilot?

ANSWER: To apply for a flight school in Europe like OSM Aviation Academy you’d need the following: (found on osmaviationacademy.com)

  • 18 years of age

  • Graduated from High School with grades in:
    Mathematics
    English
    Physics*

  • Pass a Pilot Aptitude Test (both part 1 and 2)

  • *If you haven't read physics in High School, OSM Aviation Academy offers a 2-week long online course. You may sign up for this course after passing the Pilot Aptitude Test.

  • Pass an EASA Class 1 medical examination (the medical examination can be done after you apply, but must be done prior to course start).

How do you afford to pay for the pilot education?

ANSWER: I was fortunate enough to get accepted into the government funded aviation program in Sweden for half of my pilot education, the other half I did finance myself. After highschool I started delivering packages for a postal service company in Sweden, worked evenings in my mom’s paint shop and did a part-time job at the Air Traffic Control Academy at Malmö Airport. Saving all my money to finish my training and to build up hours in a small engine piston airplane. It was quite a stressful time when I studied for all my exams and worked at the same time, but I knew it was only temporary and kept motivating myself by looking at pictures of pilots in the flightdeck, having my eyes on the goal at all times, and that helped a lot! A lot of my colleagues have funded their training by taking a loan for part of the cost, or saved a bit before they started the training to become a pilot.

Are you guys in the cockpit allowed to hand fly approaches in bad weather? Or does the autopilot do everything?

ANSWER: All approaches and landings are manually flown. We have the option to keep the autopilot in until the minimum altitude of 158ft but then we have to disconnect and land manually (if not a CAT3 approach, then it’s autopilot landing). Sometimes when the weather is challenging and in windy conditions we disconnect the autopilot a bit earlier on the approach just to get a feel for how the aircraft is behaving.

Is it true than an airplane can start and land with only one working engine?

ANSWER: Yes, for take off you’d need a really long runway though. But no problem to cruise around and land with only one engine, we practice it every 6th month when we are in the simulator.

Have you ever experienced hard crosswind landing and landed the plane safely?

ANSWER: Many times! These kind of approaches that are a bit more challenging (compared to the days when we have good weather and calm winds) are the most fun approaches and landings! In the Boeing 737-800 that I fly, the maximum allowed crosswind component is 33 knots, for both takeoff and landing.

Is becoming a pilot a good job in the future? Will I get a job?

ANSWER: The market for aviation has a bright future! It’s very reassuring to know that the biggest aircraft manufacturer like Boeing and Airbus are forecasting a high demand for pilots in the coming years. In fact, there has never been a better time to become a pilot! Once finished with your pilot training you will start looking for your very first job. It’s important to choose a school with good reputation and training that will prepare you for what is to come. OSM Aviation Academy offers a conditional job offer these days, you can read more about it on their website https://www.osmaviationacademy.com/airline-ready-pilot. But in the end it’s up to you how well you do in the interviews.

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THE TIME AS A STUDENT PILOT AT OSM AVIATION ACADEMY

my 5 epic reasons why you should become a pilot:

  1. It's challenging but yet so rewarding! Getting behind the controls of a huge machine, pushing the throttle forward and taking off from the runway is a blast. Every single time.

  2. The job comes with the best office views. Remember the teacher telling you that nobody would pay you for looking out a window. Well, you can do exactly that as a pilot. 

  3. Flying is a satisfying career which can take you to any part of the world - THIS is my favourite reason! Because if you’re anything like me and have an urge to travel and explore new places, then working as a pilot can give you the opportunity to do so. When you’re coming home from a day of flying, you leave all work at work, there’s no paperwork or filing reports or answering emails. Which gives you that extra precious time.

  4. The market for aviation has a bright future! Once finished with your pilot training you will start looking for your very first job. Then it’s very reassuring to know that the biggest aircraft manufacturer like Boeing and Airbus are forecasting a high demand for pilots in the coming years. In fact, there has never been a better time to become a pilot!

  5. You get to wear a uniform to work and instantly look sharp 😉

When I was 18 years old I started my aviation training at OSM Aviation Academy. I joined a class of 14 students, all eager to learn and excited for what to come. I believe that having the will to learn is the most important trait when studying, it also helped to be surrounded by my friends from class that also went through the exact same phases as I did, and together we could help each other out to stay focused on the goal - to become an airline pilot.

After having finished my pilot training it was time for me to attend my first job interview for a first officer position. I had studied for the interview for weeks and with all knowledge still fresh in my mind just having finished the excellent training from my flight school and knowing that the OSMAA is the preferred education path by most airlines, I felt confident and well prepared for the assessment. 

Today there are many flight schools out there to pick from, but when choosing where you start your flight training, consider the following:

  • Pick a school with good reputation - the truth is that the aviation world is small, and therefore it’s important to choose a school that is known for its high quality and airline-oriented training programs. This could make a huge impact on weather or not you get selected for your first airline interview. OSMAA is a flight school that has its main focus on strict SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures), these procedures are used globally with every commercial airline, so having practiced SOP’s from the very start of my flight training was a big advantage for me when I joined my first airline.

To become a professional pilot you will need the right attitude and mindset in order to succeed. It’s a challenging education and it requires a high level of dedication from you - but if you have the will to learn and are determined, then you can go from no flying experience to having all the licenses and ratings you need in order to work as an Airline Pilot in less than 2 years. This type of pilot education is called an integrated program. The advantage of integrated program is that they package everything you need into one education program.

If you are considering a career as a pilot then you should attend one of OSMAA’s Pilot Open Days, if you have questions or want to know more about what you need to do before you apply for a flight school or the costs of training then these events are great in that way that you’ll get a deeper understanding of the training and you get to ask any questions you might have.

For my next blogpost I will do a “Q&A” (Questions & Answers), so if you have ANY question about ANYTHING - write a comment and I’ll do my best to give you an answer 😊