Why do pilots make good musicians?

Why are so many musicians pilots?

There are specific skills and characteristics establish in student musicians: practice, timing, and perfection along with hand eye coordination, multi-tasking, listening, and working closely with others. Musicians are taught to practice for perfection in order to perform at a very high level of accuracy. These are traits you also find in good pilots?



Pilot: a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.
Musician: a person who writes, sings or plays music.
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FMA, founded in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN #80-0433326) for pilots who are also musicians that welcomes all proficiency levels and musical genres. It’s the passion for aviation and music that counts! The skills required to play an instrument and fly an aircraft have marked similarities, from precision and multitasking to listening and fine motor skills. But that is not all. By educating others about these common attributes, we hope to further interest in both. We strive to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and assist others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth through presentations, performances, networking, scholarships, and the FMA Solo Program. For an in-depth list of the correlations between aviation and music, contact Education@FlyingMusicians.org.

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