Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just Begun

With UAV careers leading the charge, aviation is booming

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 119,160 people are currently employed as aircraft mechanics and technicians in the U.S. Texas and California employ the largest number of these workers, with Florida offering the highest wages. Technicians and mechanics earn annual wages ranging from the mid-$30,000s to about $80,000. Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians must be certified by the FAA. Most mechanics learn their trade at an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. One advantage of a career like this is that it doesn't require a four-year college degree, but still provides great wages and benefits for skilled applicants.

With technology increasing in importance, technicians and engineers who specialize in avionics and high-tech systems will be in high demand. The federal Labor Department expects demand for aerospace engineers and specialists who specialize in computer systems to rise 46% by 2020. With aerospace engineers earning a median salary of $105,000/year and ranging into $175,000, the extra education required is a valid trade-off for many.

Many More
Aviation includes many more jobs than can be covered in a short magazine article. Careers like flight dispatcher, meteorologist, cargo and baggage handler, ticket agent, airport manager, test pilot, astronaut, and a great number of others provide viable, long-term employment. Demand for these positions changes with the economy and demand for air travel, but anybody with a dream to work near aircraft can realize that dream.

FlightSafety Offers Free Candidate Training

If you think everything in aviation is too expensive, how about a free CFI, CFII and MEI rating? FlightSafety Academy (the regional airline training arm of FlightSafety International) is well aware of the coming pilot shortage, and is being proactive in doing something about it through a rare and unique offer.

One of the problems facing the airline industry is how prospective first officers will bridge the gap between the flying time they have and the FAA-proposed minimums to qualify for the Air Transport Rating (ATP) necessary for First Officer positions. FlightSafety Academy recognizes this potential problem and has made it possible for qualified pilots to build that time through their innovative "Instructor Candidate Opportunity."

FlightSafety Academy is offering without charge the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII) and Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) ratings to a select group of qualified individuals in exchange for a two-year commitment as a paid Instructor Pilot with FlightSafety Academy. Pilots who hold a Commercial License, Single and Multi Engine Land with Instrument privileges are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity. Qualified applicants have the ability to earn their full flight instructor ratings courtesy of FlightSafety Academy.

Candidates will be invited to participate in an all-day interview process involving group, individual and written evaluations. Once selected, candidates will receive periodic evaluations to determine their continued eligibility. The resulting commitment will be for 24 calendar months of flight instruction once successfully completing FlightSafety Academy's standardization curriculum.

To apply for this elite 20-week-plus program, qualified candidates should go online to and click on the "Employment" tab, then "Apply Online Now" and "Instructor Candidate-Requisition #11369." Candidates will also need to submit a resume. For more information, contact Angela Brandt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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