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Private Pilot JobsAirline pilot salaries are probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of the profession when discussed by the non-flying public. Pilots aren’t paid like any other hourly worker in other professions. Despite the fact that professional pilots work 8, 10, 12 hour+ days just like any other professional, they are only compensated for the time considered “in flight.” For most flying jobs, unless it’s a salaried position, that usually means that they are paid from when the parking brake is released at the departure point until the brake is set upon arrival at the destination.
The law says that pilots who work for an airline cannot fly more than 100 hours a month or more than 1,000 hours a year. Most airline pilots fly about 75 hours a month, and work another 75 hours a month at other parts of the job.

Pilot Job Outlook

Pilots are expected to face strong competition for jobs through the year 2018, especially with major airlines. Opportunities should be better with regional and low-fare airlines. There are several reasons for the strong competition. More and more qualified people are trying to become pilots. This is because they think the job is interesting and exciting. Also, pilots can often travel for personal reasons free of charge. Although the number of pilots is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018, applicants will face competition as very few pilots quit their jobs because they love the work and the pay is very high.

Attention Flight Training Students

The most important step in preparation for a pilot job is flight training. Flight training can be expensive so the best thing students can do for themselves is to find the flight school that offers the best program for the money. One of the reasons is a recent announcement by FAA to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Consistent with a mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the proposed rule would require first officers – also known as co-pilots – to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time. Currently, first officers are required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires 250 hours of flight time. The proposal also would require first officers to have an aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to the airplanes they fly.

“Safety in all modes of transportation is our number-one priority,” said Secretary LaHood. “This proposed rule reflects our commitment to the safety of the traveling public by making sure our pilots are the most qualified and best trained in the world.”

“Our pilots need to have the right training and the right qualifications so they can be prepared to handle any situation they encounter in the cockpit,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. “I believe this proposed rule will ensure our nation’s pilots have the necessary skills and experience.”

How to Find Private Pilot Jobs

The information below is written by Elle Belmont. It provides an overview of steps flight training students and provate license holders can take to find a job as pilot.

You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a commercial pilot’s license.
A private pilot’s license allows the license holder to pilot a not-for-pay flight, while a commercial pilot is qualified to fly an aircraft for pay. A private pilot job, however, is considered to be anything other than a commercial airline industry job. Private pilots are employed to pilot non-commercial flights as well as luxury charter, air ambulance, search and rescue, media aircraft, business travel and police and fire-related flights. Finding a job in the aviation industry takes some perseverance, networking and knowledge of aviation or flight companies who employ qualified pilots.

  1. Visit a local general aviation airport. These airports serve private, non-commercial air travel. Larger GAA airports are home to flight schools, fixed-base operations, flight instruction schools and corporate jet charter. Collect business cards from and drop off your resume at businesses surrounding the airport. Find out who is responsible for hiring, and contact them with your qualifications.
  2. Subscribe to aviation magazines and peruse the classified ads section. Aviation magazines have a nationwide circulation; therefore, private jet charter companies from all over the United States advertise their services as well as their open positions. Cultivate a database of phone numbers from the private charter companies listed in the magazine, and contact their human resources departments for possible employment.
  3. Attend aviation trade conventions and air shows. These conventions attract private charter companies that market their services to the trade. Network with collateral businesses that are aviation-related and ask if they have any contacts or know to whom you can send your resume. A large air show can attract hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts over the weekend and is also a draw for aviation-specific marketers and advertisers for flight schools and private charter.
  4. Visit websites such as aviationemployment.com, aviationjobsearch.com or pilotjetjobs.com for listings or recruiter information. The aviation industry is well-served by numerous job boards dedicated to flight-related careers. Some websites may charge a subscription fee, which may well be worth the expensive if you land a lucrative private pilot position. Alternately, perform an Internet search for “private pilot jobs” or “aviation industry jobs.”

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