Many people only think of commercial flying and being an airline pilot, landing large jets full of hundreds of passengers at major airports. But FlightSafety Academy prepares you for numerous other pilot careers, including serving as a corporate or private aviation pilot.
Corporate pilots usually fly smaller multi-engine aircraft, which may be jet-powered, turboprops or even rotary-wing aircraft, better known as helicopters. These pilots might work in a corporate flight department, where you’re flying a company plane, or for other Part 135 operations including charter, fractional or air taxi flying.
There are many advantages to being a corporate pilot versus flying for airlines. These smaller flights usually involve a less rigid schedule and can go to new places more frequently. Charter or corporate flights often go to smaller airports with different ground-based support systems available, including premium fixed-based operators (FBOs) and in-house flight departments.
Corporate pilots often have different responsibilities and benefits, as well. They may serve as cabin attendants on smaller planes, directly interacting with clients and businesspeople. Many pilots find this to be much more rewarding than impersonal larger commercial flights from hub to hub. They can get to know their passengers in a way that’s just impossible in large operations.
Smaller flight departments usually mean advancement opportunities come more quickly for corporate pilots, as well. These pilots can find a greater sense of ownership in their careers as well as a pride in their jobs, knowing that these businesses and passengers depend on the flexibility corporate aviation provides.
These pilots are in high demand by governments around the world, as well. Boosted by a foundation of high-quality training, FlightSafety Academy cadets have gone on to fly for more than 100 global corporate flight departments and governments.
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