General Aviation Careers
Learn about the wide variety of aviation and pilot careers available today. Our authors sound off on commercial and general aviation jobs, and how to make the most of your skills.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Outside The Cockpit
A look at 10 nonflying careers
Pilots aren't the only people who make a career in aviation and space. Airplanes and spacecraft are designed by engineers, built by factory workers, serviced by mechanics and technicians, and overseen by air traffic (or spacecraft) controllers.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Pilot Careers 2010: A Brave New World
With the industry showing signs of life, preparation and training soon will meet opportunity for prospective pilots
It probably seems extraordinary to be discussing pilot careers at a time when the worst economic turmoil in 60 years has dragged the airline industry to near-collapse and an insatiable media has spotlighted every ugly aspect of the profession.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The Sky
When passion and determination combine, anything is possible
Dreams of flight are special. They beckon you from your earliest memories, and they’re insistent—always calling you to look up at the sky when an airplane passes overhead, or crane your neck at the nearest airport.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Nonflying Aerospace Careers
10 dynamic career fields worth considering
In past years, we’ve called this section “Nonflying Aviation Careers,” recognizing that not everyone interested in aviation wants to be a pilot.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Flying The Friendly Skies: No Better Time!
This may be the perfect time to achieve your aviation dream
Success in aviation always has been a matter of perspective. Student pilots hoping for an airline career in the ’50s attributed their lack of success to the oversupply of military pilots emerging from the Korean War.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Pilot Career: From Dream To Reality
Everything you need to know to step into a professional cockpit the modern way
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Best Aviation Careers!
Which one will you choose?
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Jobs and Schools: Accelerated Flight And Instrument Training (AFIT)
Helping you become a superb and comfortable IFR pilot
For safety’s sake, it’s imperative that people who fly light planes for business or vacation travel hold and use an instrument rating. When flying on a hectic business schedule, for example, it’s likely that occasional work obligations may press a strictly VFR pilot into marginal conditions that could more easily and safely be handled by a competent instrument-rated pilot.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
University of North Dakota/Aerospace
Training helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army
Most aviation insiders feel that the University of North Dakota (UND)/Aerospace is to aviation what Harvard is to law and business, partly because of its technologically advanced complex for collegiate aviation. And just like Harvard Law School, UND/Aerospace, which offers seven aviation majors, is a big part of a quite highly respected, four-year liberal arts university.
Thursday, July 1, 2004
Cockpit Career Update Part 3: The Future Of Pilot Careers
Last month, we covered the technological changes occurring in the industry today. In this final installment of our three-part series, we’ll discuss what you can expect in years to come.
No one has the luxury of peering into a crystal ball, especially when it comes to predicting the future of the aviation industry. Technological developments continue to change the face of aviation, and the result of this progress is anyone’s guess. There are, however, certain factors that help foretell what may happen to this ever evolving industry.
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Cockpit Career Update Part 2: Changes In Pilot Careers
Last month, we discussed how today may be the best time to prepare for an airline job. In this second part of our three-part series, we’ll show you the technological developments currently happening in the industry.
United Air Lines recently put 100 aircraft on hold. But this isn’t an indication of pilot careers going down the tubes. On the contrary, it’s only indicative of the changes that are currently going on in the industry. While the major airlines are cutting down, the regional airlines are in full bloom. The routes that are run by major airlines with large airplanes and low load factors are being taken over by low-cost regional operators whose airplanes are almost always full.
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Cockpit Career Update Part 1: Is Now The Time To Prepare For An Airline Job?
We invited leading industry representatives to our offices in Los Angeles for a conversation about the future of cockpit careers. Here’s what they had to say.
After September 11, pilot careers in 2001 looked bleak. Newspaper articles confirmed the airlines were hemorrhaging red ink, thousands of pilots had been furloughed and new hires appeared to be a thing of the past. While the media continues to talk about the tough times in the commercial air-travel industry, many insiders think the tide has turned.
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Aviation Careers Outside The Cockpit
Very few people realize that there’s a broad spectrum of job opportunities residing on the ground
Not everyone who loves airplanes wants to be a pilot. Obviously, there’s much more to aviation than flying. The spectrum of service to the aircraft industry is as wide as a rainbow that is arcing the sky—there’s something for everybody. And here’s just a small sampling.