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Aviation Careers – Helicopter and Fixed Wing Pilots

Are you considering different aviation careers, and becoming a helicopter or airplane commercial pilot? Are you looking for an outstanding career offering great income potential?  Are you wanting a job in a market/industry that is exploding with growth?  Helicopter and airplane pilots are in demand worldwide, and they make an outstanding wage ($45,000 to $120,000 per year). If you answered yes to these questions now is the time to pursue your dream job as an aviation career pilot.

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Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) is a helicopter and airplane flight training school designed for career-minded pilots. ULA has three pilot school locations, Salt Lake City, Cedar City, UT, and Murrieta, CA. We are partnered with Southern Utah University in Cedar City to provide flight training combined with college courses leading to a standard college degree.

Before moving hastily, have you found the perfect pilot schoolto train? The success or failure of any aviation career will be found through the pilot school you get your training through.  Upper Limit Aviation, partnered with Southern Utah University, is one of the top Professional Pilot Programs in the U.S.  For more information about enrollment, please contact 844-iFLYEDU.

There are a number of awesome reasons why this an ideal time to pursue a helicopter pilot or airplane aviation career.  There is an array of aviation industry employers looking for experienced and well-trained pilots.

There are piloting jobs available in law enforcement, electronic newsgathering, emergency medical services, sightseeing tours, offshore oil & gas support for those pursuing aviation careers. Upper Limit Aviation, partnered with Southern Utah University, is one of the top flight training programs in the country.  For more information about pilot school career training call 844-iFLYEDU today!

Piloting Requires Dedication, Commitment, and Sacrifice

Obtaining the qualifications necessary to pursue a career in aviation, whether as a helicopter pilot or at the helm of a fixed wing aircraft, requires rigorous training and dedication. The rewards are apparent to anyone who is willing to totally commit to the process of becoming a professional pilot. Commercial pilots are well paid, and there are jobs available for well trained and experienced pilots. At a time of sustained economic uncertainty in the US, it can be difficult to find a good paying job in a growth industry like aviation.  Therefore, if this is your passion then now is the time to get started.

The foremost qualification one needs to begin their quest to attain employment in the aviation industry is “Pilot In Command” hours. Flight training will provide the bulk of your initial hours, but you will need more hours than what your flight school will provide. The most common way of extending your “hours” is to become a flight instructor with Upper Limit Aviation or Southern Utah University after graduation. Not only do you build your hours up quickly, but you’ll learn additional valuable knowledge that is essential to take the next step in the pursuit of an aviation career.

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While you begin your career as an Instructor, you can continue to build your flight skills with ULA by taking the advanced flying courses; Utility Ops and Mountain Transition. Thus, increasing the probability of attaining your desired career path.

The second way to build hours is to perform a commercial job that will allow you to fly with comparatively few flight hours. Before venturing out to test the job market, you might be able to land an instructor job with Upper Limit Aviation or Southern Utah University as a Flight Instructor. This can help you to earn valuable flight time as a professional pilot – setting you up for a “next level” piloting job.

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After instructing for a bit, you will be better qualified for the next level of available commercial piloting jobs.  Commercial jobs may include such jobs as photo flights, agriculture spraying, and flying for tuna boats, electronic news gathering, medical emergency services, law enforcement, or oil and gas exploration. Below is a guideline of flight hours typically required to fly in a specific industry:

0-250 hours: Student (Courses: Private Pilot through CFII)

250-1000+: CFI*

1000+: Tour flights/offshore oil and gas

2000+: EMS, Electronic News Gathering (ENG), U.S. Forest Service

3000+: Heli-logging, seismic, oil field support.

*CFI comes before CFII

Law Enforcement

Electronic News Gathering

Emergency Medical Services

Sightseeing and Tours

Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Tier 1 Helicopter Jobs

Tier 2 Helicopter Jobs

Tier 3 Helicopter Jobs

For more information about helicopter careers, please review the links above.  If you are ready to get started, call 844-iFLYEDU.

Fixed Wing Aviation Careers

Airplane aviation industry moves fast and is changing all the time. However, the demand for good pilots has remained constant. In the aviation industry, especially as a pilot, you can start out as a recreational pilot at a local flight academy and work your way up to being an airline pilot with a major air carrier. How far you go is up to you, and your willingness to commit to flight training.

Major airline pilots: Major airline pilots can make in $100,000/year range, with some senior pilots earning up to $200,000 annually. Major airlines require pilots to have 1,500 to 3,000 flight time hours and about 300 to 500 hours of multiengine. Additionally, a four-year college degree is virtually a must.

Commercial pilots: flying with the “regionals” (turbo prop) can make between $20,000 to $25,000. However, a captain on a new regional jet can earn $70,000 to $110,000 per year.

Corporate Pilots: Corporate pilots fill an extensive variety of jobs. A chief pilot, Captain, or first officer (co-pilot) flying the larger business jets can earn from $70,000 to $136,000 per year. Annual salaries for captains and first officers of smaller turboprops will get $30,000 to $50,000.

Flight Instructor: Flight instructors help new student pilots to understand the basics of aviation, and demonstrate flight procedures and cultivate strong foundational piloting skills. The pay scale for flight instructors is somewhere between $20 and $30 for each hour of instruction given. Unfortunately, on rainy days or when business is slow, the CFI may not earn income. Traditional benefits of insurance, paid vacation, and retirement plans are not usually offered. For the new CFI working in the traditional role of instructor at the neighborhood airport flight school, the income scale will probably continue to be in the $12,000 to $20,000 range.

Other Airplane Pilot Careers

  • Agriculture Pilots
  • Air Taxi
  • Government Agencies
  • Firefighting

Pilot Salaries

Helicopter Salaries

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Job and Career Opportunities

Aviation Programs to Launch your Career – (EAA)

For more information about airplane careers, please review the sources above.  If you are ready to get started, call 844-iFLYEDU.