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Questions tagged [career]

For questions about becoming, or working as, an aviation professional: pilot, controller, mechanic etc.

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Is flying as a post-retirement occupation possible? [closed]

Is it possible for a non-professional pilot to pursue a post-retirement career as a professional pilot? Of course I'm not talking about airline jobs but what about bush piloting or missionary/non-...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

I've heard that on job applications for airline pilots that they ask the question: "How many hours to Solo?". If it took someone 30 hours to solo but they had more logged flight time than someone who ...
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A pilot faces a medium-term loss of their medical. What can they expect?

This closely related question asks about what options a pilot has when facing a permanent loss of medical. However, not all disqualifying conditions are permanent. Maybe you got an interesting ...
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How to become a helicopter pilot? [closed]

I once had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. Then life happened: married young, kids, school, career, etc. I'm working in a good career while finishing a Ph.D. in engineering. But still, I find ...
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What is the best route for my 18 year old son to become a pilot with a major airline? [closed]

What is the cheapest and most effective way for my 18 year old son to become a commercial pilot with a major airline?
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Which Aviation Industry Career is for me? [duplicate]

I am in 11th grader going on to 12th in high school. I love airplanes and airports. My dream career in aviation would involve being able to see/watch planes, being on the ground rather than the air, ...
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I am 14 and want to be a pilot but don’t know how [duplicate]

Currently I am 14, turning 15 and live in Victoria. I have this aspiration to become a commercial pilot, but I don’t know how. Should I start flying now? Should I get a private pilot license by 16? ...
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Would USAF ATC experience help in getting a civilian ATC job?

Can I join the US air force as an air traffic controller, and then use my ATC skills from my service to become a civilian ATCO?
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Is training and pay different for cargo and airline pilots?

Do cargo pilots receive different training than airline pilots? Are there notable differences in salary or other benefits? My assumption is that since cargo pilots do not have to deal with passengers,...
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What educational qualifications are required to become a pilot in the UK?

In order to obtain a pilot's licence in the UK, are any formal educational qualifications (such as school-leaving certificates) required? As well as any statutory or other formal requirements, do ...
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Do airlines require aptitude tests or other similar tests for new pilots?

Do airlines require pilots to take an aptitude test? Are there any other similar kinds of tests that airlines perform?
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What are the requirements for a foreigner to become an Air Traffic Controller in Sweden?

Background I am an Air Traffic Controller (ATCo) working in Greece and I'm looking for information about working in Sweden as a foreign ATCO. I speak Swedish and my wife is of Swedish origin (not a ...
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Is it possible to get a purely VFR job with colour blindness?

I'm 23 years old and I have red-green colour vision deficiency. I'm currently working in engineering but I have my PPL and I've been interested in commercial flying for a very long time. I've always ...
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How much mathematics and what level should commercial pilots have? [duplicate]

Continuing off the title, do different types of pilots require different mathematics level? Since as a pilot you have to calculate such as how much fuel will be used and needed, the weight of the ...
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Who pays airline pilots?

Do pilots make money from the airline they fly for (Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Skywest), the company that makes the aircraft they fly (Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Embraer, Bombardier), or just by ...
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How do ATCs choose between Tower, Approach, and Enroute facilities?

Under the FAA system, regarding the allocation to different streams for ATCs, how is this decision made? Do trainees decide early on during training which stream they'd like to work for and ...
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How important are my EASA exam scores for getting a future airline job?

I'm doing my ATPL and I hear a lot of stories about what scores you should get in your exams to get a job as soon you get the licence. Does anyone have any information about how important the exam ...
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How can I continue my flying career in the USA? [closed]

I'd like some guidance for my career. I completed my basic CPL from South Africa in 2009 and got a job in January 2015 flying a C208B in Nepal. Now I'm in the USA for more than a year and I'm thinking ...
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Would an aviation engineering background be helpful for a Flight Data Monitoring Analyst?

I am working now in the aviation sector and I am technical administrator for planning aircraft maintenance events. Recently I search for new opportunities and found "Flight Data Monitoring Analyst"? ...
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How do PPL, CPL, and ATPL compare?

What are hiding under these letters? What do they stand for? I have read many others, but I could never understand what they mean and the pilot's career on each of them. If possible, can anyone post a ...
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Is a degree from an overseas institution likely to be a barrier to employment with a major US airline?

I'm currently enrolled at a university in Jamaica. However, on my school break I often come to the US for flight training. I would like to know if a major US airline would employ me after completing ...
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How can I become a pilot in Tanzania? [closed]

I am a student in Tanzania and it's required to take PGM (physics, geography and math) to qualify for studying as a pilot. After qualifying, what am I supposed to do to study for a CPL, and what help ...
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Does a 709 ride mean the end of my career?

If I'm required to do a 709 ride following an incident where the plane went off the end of the runway but it wasn't damaged and no one was hurt, what effect does it have on my future as a pilot? I'm ...
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What jobs are available for a person on the autistic spectrum with ADHD? [closed]

For a young man who has Autism and ADHD and considered high functioning ( cognitive and processing difficulties but very social ) what types of " hands on " jobs are there for him in the aviation ...
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How does the training for an EASA license from the US compare to that from Europe?

My plan is to work as a commercial pilot in Europe. But, I heard that the training in Europe might be more expensive and harder than in the US. For example, to get your PPL you have to face some 1000 ...
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Do employers prefer to hire younger pilots? [closed]

Do companies, regardless of country, tend to shy away from hiring older low-hour pilots? "Older" meaning mid-30s to early 40s.
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How do different training paths to multi-engine rating compare?

I am going to be initiating my private pilot license shortly and wanted some feedback and comments with regards to utilizing single engine (minimum) and multi-engine to obtain my multi-engine rating ...
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How do I become a flight test engineer?

I would like to know the whole process to become a flight test engineer (FTE). Do I need to take any FAA specific flight test engineer certificate, apart from an aerospace engineering degree? Do I ...
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Is there currently a measurable shortage of pilots?

Is there a clearly identifiable and measurable pilot shortage right now? If so, is it a shortage of pilots or of captains, i.e. more experienced pilots? Are airlines changing any personnel rules - ...
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Do pilots make a lot of money? [closed]

How much money do commercial pilots make per year, and per hour? Is there significant non-monetary compensation, such as free hotels stays and food?
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What should I do to become a commercial pilot? [duplicate]

I am 25 years old, I have completed my bachelor degree from electrical engineering. So what should I do to become a pilot?
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Is it practical to become an airline pilot in order to travel internationally?

I am a person with very diverse interests and a lot of life goals I want to achieve. One of them is becoming an airline pilot (just working as one for a year or two) and the other is traveling the ...
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What is the breakout by service branch for FAA ATC specialists with military backgrounds?

For young people interested in air traffic control careers with the FAA and who view military service as providing a boost toward that goal, which branches are most and least likely to get them there? ...
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What do de-icers do during summer?

I was reading about plane de-icing the other day, and someone posted a comment saying that was their job, and when no planes needed de-icing they just slept/waited in the de-icing truck. I was ...
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I have an Australian CPL, what do I need to fly in Indonesia?

If I have an Australian CPL can I fly in Indonesia? How likely am I to obtain employment if I have 250 hrs. flight in Indonesia?
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What general aviation operators might hire a low time pilot?

I recently obtained my CPL at FTA. In one of the answers: The normal progression is this - you can technically get a flying job after 150-200 hours of private training and flying, having achieved ...
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Really love aviation but have a computer science degree. What kind of jobs could I possibly get which involve aviation? [closed]

I really want to work in the aviation industry. Is there any way I can put my computer science degree to use in this industry.
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Is my company EASA 147 approved? How to get an EASA licence?

I am a bit stuck with my career and just need some advice. I am currently a technician at Trans Maldivian Airways (Twin Otter). I would like to work in an airline in the future. Is this organization ...
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Did Flight Engineers progress to be pilots?

When 3 man cockpits were common place on commercial aircraft what was the career progression of a Flight Engineer like? Did FE's normally transition to be pilots? I'm not trying to insinuate here ...
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What is the least expensive way to become a commercial pilot in the UK?

Besides the RAF is there a way of becoming a pilot without spending tens of thousands of pounds on flight training? I'm finishing university and looking to go into a career in flying, I can't join the ...
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Is joining the air force a good way to become an airline pilot?

I've always loved the air force. However, my main goal is to become an airline pilot. Would joining the air force affect becoming a commercial airline pilot? I am asking because if I join the air ...
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What can airline pilots do if they are no longer in the position to fly, career-wise?

I was having a discussion with a friend about the incident in the past days (4U 9525) and more specifically the what could be described as 'Taboo' of Psychological problems among pilots. We came ...
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What job opportunities are there for low time pilots in Malaysia?

Does a new pilot who has just obtained ATPL license has job opportunities? When I search at pilot job offered on Internet, they mostly required more than 3,500+ flying hours. What I knew about those ...
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What training is required to become an air traffic controller?

I'm curious as to what it takes to be an Air Traffic Controller. I sat in a preliminary online test after I got accepted in, but it was mindbogglingly difficult. One of the questions I had to do was ...
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Why is the air traffic control profession so commonly perceived as “stressful”?

In my experience, almost every time the topic of air traffic control (as a career) comes up in conversation, someone makes a remark like Air traffic control - isn't that a very stressful job? ...
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Why do aviation careers have age limits?

Many aviation careers have mandatory retirement ages. Airline Pilot (licensed with FAA): 65 (raised from age 60 a few years ago) Controller FAA: 56 NATS: 60 Why do these age limits exist? Is it a ...
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UAV project in aerospace department [closed]

I am 2nd year PhD student in Physics. Can you think of any UAV project which won't contribute to army? UAV designing is a career of my dream, but I want to serve the greater good. However, all ...
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Where do I start learning about Avionics programming? [closed]

I am a student in his last semester going for a B.S. in Computer Science. I would like to eventually transition into the space exploration industry (NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc). I know ...
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How does one become an airline pilot in Australia?

I am 19 years old and from a young age I have always wanted to become a pilot at an airline. Becoming one is my biggest dream, to me an airline pilot is the most coolest jobs - I get goosebumps just ...
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Burdens of working as an airline pilot [closed]

Every job in every industry has some "pressure", "stress", or "burdens" for that job. Being a PPL feels free, but I'm paying for flying. Working as a pilot, I get paid for flying. BUT, before I decide ...