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Be emotionally stable, PAF squadron leader tells aspiring fighter pilots

Says war, peace are same for air force

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 27, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 27, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Be emotionally stable, PAF squadron leader tells aspiring fighter pilots

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A sound mind and body and emotional stability are essential traits for aspiring pilots, says a PAF squadron leader.

Bassem Zubaid leads the No II multirole squadron in the Pakistan Air Force. He flies a JF-17 Thunder aircraft.

Speaking to SAMAA Digital on Thursday, he said one must be knowledgeable to make their way into the PAF. However, being book smart will only get you so far. You need to be physically fit as well.

Have a healthy lifestyle that includes sports, and be social,” Zubaid said. “You have to know your craft.”

The air force will make you reach through different milestones in order to become a fighter pilot.

Air force training academies first train pilots to become physically stronger, and then strengthen their minds.

Zubaid said trainees are first taken to primary flying school, then basic flying school, then to jet engines and then fighter conversion before they are taught how to fly a fighter aircraft.

“After going through these processes and gaining experience, you become an asset,” he said.

Zubaid also explained that pilots begin their day with a briefing on the current environment.

Pilots then have special sessions where they are taught about the technical aspect of the planes and how to handle them. This is for mid-air emergencies.

Speaking about how a PAF pilot stays calm during a combat, Zubaid credited the training process for not letting emotions get the better of you.

“For us PAF pilots, times of war and peace are the same.”

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