Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
Anyone who has anything to do with leadership in business knows the importance of Cross Training in the workplace. It is not farfetched, however, to extrapolate that into other aspects of our lives. And, believe it or not, Aviation Training is an excellent way to prepare for owning and operating one’s own business. That’s why ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING may be more of an interest to you than you might think!.
“One of the things you might want to consider in this realm,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared with a knowing look in his voice, “is to know the benefits of Cross Training in business. Once you are aware of that information, you can better understand the relationship between Aviation Training and Entrepreneurship.”
Those benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Boosts Motivation.
- Produces Higher Efficiency and Productivity.
- Develops New Skills.
“Spanning the gulf between Aviation Training and Entrepreneurship is not as difficult as it may seem,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING explained, “once you understand some of the intricacies of Aviation Training,”
For example, pre-flight prep includes going over an extensive checklist, ensuring that everything necessary before take-off has been accomplished, and accomplished properly. Anyone who runs a business knows that a similar checklist is necessary in business as well, and that it is just as dangerous to ignore it as it would be to ignore your pre-flight checklist.
Another aspect of similarity is the fact that both pilots and entrepreneurs have to be prepared for constant change, and have a plan in place as to how they will react to that change. Failure to do so can result in varying degrees of catastrophe.
More often than not, when these “changes” take place it’s not a walk in the park, and, as one can imagine, can create a great degree of stress. One of the strong points of Aviation Training is that it trains people to stay “cool, calm, and collected” when “under fire.” As well as staying calm, Aviators are trained to stay focused, dealing solely with what is happening and not what could happen. These traits serves one well - whether they are in the cockpit or on the job!
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(To learn more about this topic, research “Aviation and Cross Training”)