How to Transition Your Military Experience to a Civilian Career in Aviation
What it Takes to Become a Commercial Pilot is easier now than it ever was in the past. The days of choosing a career solely on its financial benefits are over. With such an expanded job market, many young professionals consider all aspects of their future profession extensively. Co-workers, company culture, potential growth opportunities, and overall enjoyment of the job are all contributing factors that are becoming more and more significant, especially for our youthful generation of Millennials. These young professionals want a career that is satisfying and motivating; one that fascinates their interests on a deeper level than just an ordinary 9 to 5 job. Another reason it’s a great time to become a commercial pilot is that the industry is currently experiencing a shortage in skilled workers. This means that there are more jobs available and wages for entry-level pilots are increasing. Whether you are graduating from school, transitioning after the military, or just ready for a new career path, enrolling in an aviation academy is a rewarding option to pursue.
How do choose a flight school to attend?
1. First, decide what type of career you want.
The top options:
- Airline Pilot
- Cargo Pilot
- Private personal Pilot
- Charter/Corporate Pilot
- Ag Pilot
- First responder Pilot
- Fire line Pilot
2. Large VS Small schools.
What is the best type of school for me? This is the main question I get from friends, family, and potential students.
According to Bloomberg's
"After coping with terrorism, bankruptcies and consolidation, the largest U.S. airlines are facing a new problem: They may start running out of pilots in as soon as three years.
That looming pilot deficit will soar to 15,000 by 2026, according to a study by the University of North Dakota’s Aviation Department, as more captains reach the mandatory retirement age of 65 and fewer young people choose commercial aviation as a profession. And that’s in an industry where captains on the biggest international jets average more than $200,000 a year -- with some pushing $300,000."
Study shows deficit of 15,000 by 2026 as fewer choose career
Regional carriers already reeling from aviator shortage
SEVEN STEPS TO CAREER AS AN AIRLINE PILOT
The goal: a pilot interview with a regional airline such as Envoy, Trans State, GoJet, Compass, Skywest, Republic, United Express, Piedmont, and Endeavor!
Requirements to work for an airline - 1,500 flight hours.
The ability of a pilot to properly execute an Aileron Roll is critically important in the effective recovery from any unusual attitude.
Here is a recent training shared via video from Rhapeal, one of our future pilots. Rhapheal was nice enough to set up his gopro - very safe set up - and it captured his training. He gave us a few minutes of the video at just the right moment.
- Just a quick note about video we share and images we share. No images or video are ever taken by our crews or students by hand during the flight, takeoff or landing.
Is Approved to accept VA Benefits.
We have recommendations for other types of financing.
Before you decide how you're going to pay for your training you should consider the following points.
Return on pilot training investment is a question many students and parents ask. There was a well-known study published a few years ago answering this very question. For every dollar spent on pilot training, the potential return is $33 dollars according to the 2011 research from Brown Aviation Leasing.
Topics: return on pilot training
“U.S. airlines are in the early stages of a pilot shortage... Kids, get your pilots licenses because this could be the career of the 2020s and 30s.”
BRECENT FORBES ARTICLE by Birgit Andersen, CONTRIBUTOR
By Brian Prentice, Partner, and Philippe Gouel, Principal