Do you wish to work as a pilot? If that’s the case, if you know where to look, you’ll find plenty of possibilities.”
If you’re looking for a job as an airline pilot, you can’t help but notice that the news is continuously packed with [mainly negative] information regarding the industry’s overall job condition. Unfortunately, because the airline sector is continually in motion, newsmakers only get part of the story right. There are pilot jobs available, but you must expand your horizons beyond the traditional methods used by most pilots to locate work. Let’s have a look at some of the choices you have.
Hundreds of Airbus pilots in the United States have lost their jobs as a result of Independence Air’s recent demise. The event has been painted in a bleak light by the press, which was not anticipated by airline experts. Still, the future for these same pilots isn’t altogether bleak, as Virgin America is set to take off in approximately a year. They intend to operate a fleet of as many as 105 Airbus aircraft.
The legacy carriers have been the most difficult for potential pilots to work with because few, if any, are hiring. Most are in the process of extracting “givebacks” in the form of salary and benefits from their present pilot ranks or have nearly finished it. In addition, as pilots retire, their long lists of furloughed crewmembers are used to fill open pilot positions. Certainly, the heritage carriers — American, Continental, United, Delta, Northwest, and US Airways – aren’t worth looking into right now if you’re looking for a pilot job.
Many regional carriers have pilot positions available. Chautauqua, Republic, Comair, Big Sky, American Eagle, Air Wisconsin, Great Lakes, and others are among these airlines. The pilot salary is poor, but the possibility to fly with regional carriers might be quite good. These airlines typically fly smaller planes from Embraer, Canadair, or British Aerospace, with passenger loads ranging from 50 to 100 seats.
Historically, charter carriers have been a good supplier of pilot jobs. World Airways, North American, Miami Air, Sun Country, and Ryan International are among the airlines that operate under Part 121. Pilot job openings are occasionally listed directly on each airline’s website. Keep checking back for the most up-to-date hiring information.
Then there’s the slew of new airlines that have just employed or are on the verge of doing so. Although startups have a high failure probability, many crewmembers consider a seat to be a seat, especially one that lets them amass significantly and needed flight experience. EOS Airlines and Maxjet Airways are two recent start-ups that have ascended to the skies.
As previously stated, Virgin America Airlines is working to clear all regulatory hurdles, and Primaris Airlines will be increasing its fleet over the next few years to become a full-fledged airline operating regular routes. Fly First Class, Baltia, and Mexus are three other start-up carriers to keep an eye on for future pilot jobs.
Discount airlines usually have the best chance of hiring pilots. Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are at the top of the list, although Mesa, Spirit, Alaska, Horizon, Midwest, and USA3000 have all advertised pilot positions in the last year or plan to do so in the near future. Pay is a problem, as it is significantly lower than that of traditional carriers. But work can still be found if you search.
There are helpful online sites with pilot job prospects or, at the very least, interview gouges and banter, in addition to contacting the companies directly. Because there are so many places to choose from on the internet, I’ll start at the beginning: Aviation Employment Board, Climbto350, Flight International, Fliteinfo, Jet Movements, PPrune, Student Pilot, Thirty Thousand Feet, Landings, Parc Aviation, U.S. Aviation, and Will Fly for Food are some of the websites that might help you get a job in the aviation industry.
Finally, for the pilot who is ready to explore beyond the United States, there may be prospects with airlines based in the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Vietnam, and other countries. Many places have just what you need if it’s flight time.
Pilot positions are available, and with a little investigation and sleuthing, you can compile a list of organizations worth investigating. As previously said, the market is constantly changing, but the astute pilot may take advantage of this by remaining current with industry trends.