Have you ever wondered how to become a commercial pilot? If you’re someone who has always wanted to fly but felt you couldn’t afford aviation as a hobby, maybe it’s time to think about a beginning a career as a pilot. In fact, it would help to first understand exactly what defines a commercial pilot. Simply put, a commercial pilot is someone who has been approved by the FAA to charge for pilot services. While most people immediately think of commercial airline pilots flying passengers (the most common example of a commercial pilot), there are other possible careers in this field, even some that are unusual. For instance, cargo pilots, […]
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Addressing Pilot Shortage Through Innovative Collaborations: Education and Career without Student Loan Debt While airline professionals and legislators continue the debate on how to resolve the growing pilot shortage, Epic Flight Academy and Ameriflight have proactively established commercial pilot career pathways. The Professional Pilot Pathway Program, launched by Epic in 2015, now includes $60,000 tuition-reimbursement through its partnership with Ameriflight. This means student pilots entering the program with no previous aviation experience have the opportunity to qualify to work as a captain of a turbine aircraft in just 2.5 years. At the end of 5.5 years, these pilots could have the qualifications to be hired by a major airline – […]
Our 5 Favorite Aviation Books When you can’t climb into the cockpit and experience the thrill of flying, you can still curl up with a good book and live vicariously through the exploits and adventures of other aviators. There are so many great aviation books that it’s impossible to choose a favorite. However, here are five works that stand the test of time and meet our criteria for excellence: four memoirs and one biography. If you’ve already read them, you’ll likely agree they are worth reading again. If this is your first time to read them, we know you’ll enjoy these historic accounts of the thrills and challenges that only […]
The 5 Most Unusual Pilot Jobs When you think about a career as a pilot, you probably picture a more traditional role, such as a commercial airline pilot or a certified flight instructor. The most exotic pilot job that people think of tends to be someone flying banners along the beach advertising the all-you-can-eat special at the local seafood joint. While all of these are certainly good jobs, especially with the current shortage of commercial airline pilots, you may end up pursuing a different career path in aviation than you first envisioned. The following is not an exhaustive list of options for a career in flying, but they are our […]
Commercial Airlines Jobs What is stopping you from a career in aviation? Are you worried about the availability of job prospects with a commercial airline or concerned about salary? With the current pilot shortage, this is one career with built-in job security and excellent pay. Captains flying for the major airlines earn as much as $200,000+ annually. The pay is great, the job is secure, and flying as a commercial pilot offers a unique opportunity to broaden your cultural and professional horizons. The rewards to this career of a lifetime far outweigh the challenges. The supply and demand for Airline Transport Pilots (ATP) has never been so out of balance, with the […]