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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, February 7, 2012

Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet Experience


“Flying Like The Pros” shows GA pilots big-cockpit methods and techniques



Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet ExperienceDon't be in a rush to screw things up!" It's one of many little sayings and memory joggers that 2010 National CFI Of The Year Jeffrey Robert Moss (everyone calls him "MossY") teaches students in his Flying Like The Pros (FLTP) system.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Outside The Cockpit


A look at 10 nonflying careers



Outside The CockpitPilots 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



Pilot Careers 2010: A Brave New WorldIt 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



Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The SkyDreams 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



Nonflying Aerospace CareersIn 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



Flying The Friendly Skies: No Better Time! 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



pilot careerFor the first time in 30 years, becoming a professional pilot is within the reach of people who once only dreamed of it. We’re in an unprecedented time of skyrocketing demand for pilots, and the number of aviation jobs grows daily. The sky is calling, and if that has been your dream, now is the time to act.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Best Aviation Careers!


Which one will you choose?



Best Aviation CareersDo you catch yourself gazing skyward when you hear an airplane flying overhead? If you find yourself irresistibly drawn toward aviation, then why not consider making it your career?

 

 

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.



Cockpit Career Update Part 3: The Future Of Pilot CareersNo 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.



Cockpit Career Update Part 2: Changes In Pilot CareersUnited 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.



Cockpit Career Update Part 1: Is Now The Time To Prepare For An Airline Job?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



Aviation Careers Outside The CockpitNot 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.