Discover the Pilot Life

Welcome to Ronald Bengoechea’s Blog: Discover the Pilot Life

Welcome aboard! I’m Ronald Bengoechea, an experienced airline pilot, and this is your launch pad to discover the fascinating world of aviation. Fasten your seatbelts for a unique journey into the life of a pilot. Let’s take off!

A commanding pilot at the helm of a Boeing 737, approaching the Canary Islands.
Approaching the Canary Islands aboard a B737: Another day in the office for a commercial jet pilot.

From Dreaming to Becoming: How to Be a Pilot

Hello and welcome to my home page! I am Ronald Bengoechea, your guide on this exciting journey. I’ve been living the airline pilot life for over 20 years, and my goal here is to inspire and guide those who dream to take on the sky.

Embrace the Commercial Pilot Life

From tranquil Caribbean waters to bustling Asian cities, from the vast landscapes of Africa to the architectural marvels of Europe and the United States, the commercial pilot life has given me a unique perspective. Here, I aim to share these experiences, helping you understand what it takes to be a pilot.

Commercial airline landing with cityscape in the background
Embrace the Commercial Pilot Life

Understanding Aviation: More Than Just Pilot Life

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast, an aspiring pilot eager to learn how to train to be a pilot, or a seasoned professional seeking fresh perspectives, this blog offers insights for everyone. I’ll provide an accessible, non-technical overview of the aviation world, combining insights into the daily pilot life with my personal experiences.

An iPad displaying professional pilot software along with UK, Ireland, and USA Air Transport Pilot Licenses
An iPad with professional pilot software and three Air Transport Pilot Licenses from the UK, Ireland, and USA – a testament to a global career in aviation.

Becoming a Pilot: A Journey of Lifelong Learning

As a holder of an Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL) license from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the USA, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), I bring an array of experiences to these discussions. My journey to train to be a pilot has been diverse and exhilarating, and I am excited to share the lessons I’ve learned with you.

Navigation display of an airplane showing heavy air traffic through the TCAS system.
I’ll provide an accessible, non-technical overview of the aviation world

The Global Impact of Aviation: More Than Learning How to Be a Pilot

This blog is more than a guide on how to be a pilot; it’s a window into the global impact of aviation and the multifaceted nature of this vast field. Here, we’ll explore, learn, and engage in insightful discussions about all things aviation.

Thank you for embarking on this journey with me. I appreciate your interest and curiosity. If you have any questions or specific topics about pilot life or how to train to be a pilot, please feel free to reach out. Remember, the sky isn’t the limit; it’s just the beginning!


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  • The Unsung Heroes of Aviation: The Critical Roles of Ground Crews

    The Unsung Heroes of Aviation: The Critical Roles of Ground Crews

    When it comes to air travel, most of us tend to focus on the flight crew and the pilots in the cockpit. However, there’s a group of unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every flight takes off and lands safely: the ground crews. From baggage handlers to dispatchers, these individuals…


  • Illuminating the Skies: Understanding Aircraft Lights

    Illuminating the Skies: Understanding Aircraft Lights

    Illuminating the Skies: Understanding Aircraft Lights As we look up at the night sky or board a plane, we often notice the various types of illumination on aircraft. These lights are crucial for safety and communication, and they play a vital role in identifying the aircraft’s position and intentions to air traffic controllers and other…


  • Jet Streams: The Reason Your Flight from America to Europe is Quicker

    Jet Streams: The Reason Your Flight from America to Europe is Quicker

    As a frequent traveler between America and Europe, I’ve always been curious about why the flight time seems to vary so much depending on the direction of travel. After some research, I discovered that the answer lies in the powerful air currents known as jet streams. Jet streams are like airborne highways, flowing from west…


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