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Become an airline pilot

Corporate Pilots

The plane isn’t the question.  Your new employer knows you understand V1 cuts and the difference between required limitations and operational limitations.  Your new employer knows you can do a weight and balance and think of your customers when you make your decisions.


The environment isn’t the question.  Your new employer knows you can operate in the ATC environment in class A airspace around thunderstorms, snowstorms, turbulence, and into and out of the busiest airports in the world.


You aren’t in question.  Your future employer knows, based on letters of recommendation, your application, and your interview, that you are going to be a fine person to be around for four days. 


So why the need for a book that explains the airline environment?  It’s basically the same thing right?



In the corporate and charter world, you are a known entity.  You have probably flown with your boss, or the owner of the airplane, or the board of directors.  But at an airline, you will be one of hundreds or even thousands.  The adage goes; “if you get to retirement and your boss shakes your hand and says “I’ve never met you” you’ve done a great job.” 


This may be sad, but the reality is that this freedom is enjoyed by tens of thousands employed by airlines the world over.  We don’t sign-in with our boss, or see our supervisor, or have to answer for why we walked in the door one minute late.  We are looked at as having the best opportunity to run the airline from a practical standpoint as we have the best seat to see the entirety of the operations performance.  We enjoy a type of freedom not known to many outside of self-employment.


While the set schedules and reduction of management interaction help swing a lot of corporate and charter pilots towards the airlines (not to mention the earnings potential), it is a vastly different world when you show up to work.  How the airline is structured, how to get a good schedule, how to live on reserve and what those rules mean, how to be a union member, how to non-rev, and how to commute are common pitfalls for newly transitioned corporate and charter pilots.

Our book is the best guide to help you navigate your move to the airlines so you can hit the ground running and feel like a pro again in no time!

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