Karim Gharios

About the job:

What you do

As a Pilot, you are responsible for the operation of the aircraft, the safety of the passengers and crew members, and all flight decisions once in the air. 

The tough stuff

As a Pilot, you will have to:

  • Spend less time with family and friends, since your days will be spent flying to different countries
  • Endure some irregular sleeping patterns
The cool stuff

As a Pilot, you will get to:

  • Experience a certain kind of power & freedom
  • Travel to new and interesting destinations
  • Have free travel, food, and accomodations 
  • Earn a good income - especially as you gain more experience 
Typical work hours
  • 50+ hours a week
  • 99% Travel :)

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Time Management
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • In Lebanon, you may begin your career pathway as a Pilot by applying to the MEA Program. It is recommended that you a select scientific major in your first year of study. 
  • If you want to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Aircraft Operations, Aviation, or a related field, you will have to look abroad, for example, MEA may send you to another country to study Aviation. 
  • You will also need to complete up to two months of ground training and need more than 1,500 hours of flight experience.
  • Once hired, you are generally required to undergo an additional 6-8 weeks of training, including at least 25 hours of flight time.
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Before considering a career in Aviation, ask yourself “Why do I want to become a pilot?” because the road is not an easy one; there are many hurdles to overcome.

In this nooreed interview, pilot Karim Gharios shares his top tips to get you started.


Holder of a BS in Management initially, Karim worked in Sales and Advertising for a while before joining Emirates Airline as a flight attendant. After 5 years of working there, he decided to follow his dream and become a pilot. He has been flying for 8 years now, and is also the founder of Avianture, the professional networking platform for the aviation industry.