At some point in your career, you looked around your current setting and realized “this isn’t for me!” In your soul searching, discussions with friends and family, and looking at your financial picture, you found your way to a passion that had, maybe, resided in you for years… aviation!
First, whether you have already started on your journey or are still in the information gathering stage, we welcome and congratulate you. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to make a career shift at any point in one’s life, and we hope this change will make you happier, healthier, and get more out of life than you thought possible.
So, how can this book help you? Even if you already come from an aviation or airline background, you have precious time to lose to get up to speed on the inner workings of the airlines and managing an airline pilot career. This book will give you the need-to-know information on how to immediately improve your quality of life by knowing how to bid your schedule, how reserve works for pilots, and how to operate in the busiest airports in the country. We also discuss aviation medicals, security, being unionized, and how training works for pilots.
Even if you have no aviation or airline background, the contents of this manual will help fast track your understanding of what it takes to be an airline pilot so you can come out of the gate like you’ve been studying for this career track your whole life!
And again, welcome to our wonderful and exciting industry!