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Hours, hours, hours. Probably the most important thing to you right now... get the hours.

Understandably, most companies have requirements that you need to meet before you can fly for them and we'll help you develop strategies that will expedite the "getting hours dilemma". Now let me ask you a question. How many pilots do you know, and maybe you've done this yourself, that once they're qualified for a position don't apply. They say "I'll apply when I have another 1000, 2000, 3000 hrs or more.

What makes them think that 1000, 2000, or 3000 more hours is going to greatly increase their odds of landing the job. I'm sure you know pilots who've barely had the required minimums, but landed great flying positions.

Why them?

Why not you?


The key to getting the piloting career that you want is not solely about having the required experience. If this were the case then every Tom, Dick, and Harry who possessed the required hours would get the position.

The much more important question is once you have the hours, whether that be 1500, 3000, or 6000 what separates you from the legion of other pilots who have similar experience.

Why should a company hire you to fly their shiny new airplane over Dave who has 1000 more hours than you or Sue who has 2000 more than you. What do you bring to the table? What is it about you that would make an employer be a fool for not hiring you?

Answer those questions and you'll be able to write your own ticket.

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At Airplane Pilot Careers we speak with pilots everyday who are or have been in the positions you want.

We consult with hiring managers, chief pilots and others who are responsible for hiring pilots. We pick their minds to find out what they look for (above and beyond the stated minimums) when they're in the process of hiring a pilot and we pass that information on to you.

Collectively, the individuals we have relationships with have over 200 years of aviation experience and knowledge that's passed on to you.

Remember, having the minimum prescribed experience may get your foot in the door but that's not what you want.

You want the door to be held open so you can stroll inside, take a seat at the table, and feast on a 5 course meal.


If you're a pilot then you might be thinking that the good times are rolling. In fact you might think that they rolled right over you and maybe you have the scars to prove it.

You may think that you can't make a living doing what you were born to do..fly airplanes.
You may think that's its time to hang up your wings and head to the corporate wasteland of cubicle city.

You may think those things but that is not the truth. In reality, air commerce is thriving. That's not to say certain segments of the industry aren't feeling pain but it is not ...I repeat not a doom and gloom scenario.

The days of the airline captain making a boatload of cash for 4 days work a month are gone but there are numerous positions that are challenging, exciting and financially rewarding.

The airlines are not the only game in town. Dare I say, many pilots just might rekindle their passion for flight and reinvigorate their careers if they expanded their vision beyond the bus.

Thanks for the free career guide. I'm thinking about a career as a pilot and it gave me a good view of what's available.
Tom Parke, Maitland, FL
I didn't know there were other possibilities besides airline pilot. I've always wanted to fly for a living but didn't want a career as an airline pilot. Now I see I don't have to go that route.
Len Waters - Boston, Mass