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Flight Training Experience and Pilot Job Outlook

Flight Training Experience and Pilot Job Outlook

Flight Training Experience

After receiving your pilot licenses and ratings, you will need to build flight experience. One constructive way is to obtain a Certified Flight Instructor certificate. This will allow you to use your new skills to train other pilots, which should enhance your own skills and knowledge while building your flight experience and earning some money. Other options for building single-engine flight time include flying for local radio traffic stations, small cargo operators, crop dusting operators, pipeline inspecting operators, etc.

Once you have acquired a few hundred hours of flight time, you can start applying for multi-engine flying jobs. These are more challenging to obtain because the insurance requirements on the operators are more stringent. That’s where having a good number of single-engine flight hours will be helpful.

ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association) highly recommends that you network with other pilots who are one or two steps ahead of you. The single greatest way to achieve employment in aviation is through the recommendation of a pilot currently employed where you want to work. Because airlines entrust their pilot work force with expensive aircraft and the lives of their passengers, character recommendations are almost as important as flight experience.
After deciding which airlines you want to apply with and obtaining these companies’ minimum requirements for employment, ALPA strongly encourages you to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for your “complete airmen files” with the Federal Aviation Administration. These records track your general aviation check ride performances and will help you accurately fill out your applications.

ALPA also highly recommends that you apply at your preferred employer sooner rather than later. Don’t wait until you are “extra-qualified.” Most airlines operate under seniority-based systems, meaning the earlier you get hired, the more protection you have against furlough and the quicker you will reach higher-paying statuses and more reliable schedules. You can always update your application as you achieve more ratings or experience after applying with an airline, but getting your initial application on file early is essential.

Pilot Employment and Job Outlook

Employment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Modest employment growth is expected as air travel gradually increases over the decade and as more travel takes place between Asia and the United States.
Most job opportunities will arise from the need to replace pilots who leave the workforce. Between 2010 and 2020, many pilots are expected to retire as they reach the required retirement age of 65. As older pilots retire and younger pilots advance, entry-level positions may open up. And the demand for flight instructors may increase as they are needed to train a greater number of student pilots.

Job prospects should be best with regional airlines, on low-cost carriers, or in general aviation, because these segments are anticipated to grow faster than the major airlines. In addition, entry-level requirements are lower for regional and commercial jobs. However, pilots with less than 500 flight hours will probably need to accumulate hours as flight instructors or commercial pilots before qualifying for regional airline jobs.

Pilots seeking jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition because those firms tend to attract many more applicants than the number of job openings. Applicants also will have to compete with furloughed pilots for available jobs.

Pilots with the greatest number of flight and instrument hours usually have the best prospects. For this reason, military and experienced pilots will have an advantage over entry-level applicants.

Individual Flight Training Courses

The Aviator Flight Training Academy offers a full line of flight training courses to meet your individual needs.

Multi, Instrument, & Commercial
  • 150 Hours of Multi-Engine
  • Cross Country flying coast-to-coast
  • Price includes flight instruction and all ground instruction
  • Course time is eight weeks or less
  • Writtens and Checkrides are extra
  • NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time
  • To enroll you must hold your PPL and 100 hours total time
  • Eight weeks of housing included (one person per bedroom)

Cost $ 31,775.00

Contact Aviator College via phone, online or schedule a tour.

Phone Numbers
(772) 466-4822
1-800-635-9032 (Toll free number)
(772) 489-8383 FAX

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