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Pilot Paths

A corporate pilot and certified flight instructor shares his perspective on various pilot career paths. About PaulT

How I learned to fly.

March 23rd, 2009

One of the things I enjoy most about being a corporate pilot is the relationship and conversations I get to enjoy with my passengers.  If there is a long enough pause in the discussion, inevitably the question comes up, "So, how did you learn to fly?"  Here is my full, non-abbreviated answer: Read More >>

Another great reason to learn how to fly, to eat!

March 5th, 2009

I kept busy last week washing an airplane and as I do with most menial tasks, my mind began to drift.  Perhaps I was hungry from the physical labor of washing, or maybe I have some kind of eating disorder, but I started thinking about food....a lot of food.  The first thought was simple enough, "I wonder what I'm going to have for dinner?" but then my mind really began to wander as I began thinking about the places that the aircraft I was washing has taken me to and what delicious foods I have eaten there. Read More >>

Pilot Path: Flight Instructor

February 25th, 2009

I've been highlighting various professional pilot paths and the profession tonight is a favorite of mine, flight instructor.

Flight instruction, by many pilots, is unfortunately seen as only a means to an end.  Just a way to build flight experience before moving on to the next rung on the professional pilot ladder.  But for some instructors, they realize that becoming a certified flight instructor (CFI) is much more than just another line on a resume, it is the key to sustaining general aviation as we know it today. Read More >>

What’s your favorite flight?

January 13th, 2009

Most of my posts on the Let's Go Flying blog have been, up to this point, about professional pilot paths.  I want to take a pause from this theme however, to share with you a recently re-discovered reason for wanting to learn how to fly: to find your own personal favorite flight (as a pilot of course). Read More >>

Pilot Paths: Aerial Survey Pilot

December 30th, 2008

When you think of a "commercial pilot", the image that most people think of is a professional pilot who flies for one of the major airlines.  However the truth is, that when you become a pilot and obtain your FAA commercial pilot certificate, you open a door to many pro pilot careers; a career such as working as an aerial survey pilot. Read More >>

Professional Pilot Path: Corporate Pilot

December 12th, 2008

Hi!  This is my first post here at AOPA's Let's Go Flying blog and I thought I would start with a simple introduction.

Where to start?  Well, my name is Paul and I am a flight instructor and corporate pilot from Dayton, Ohio.  I am 30 years old and started flying when I was 18, which gives me 12 wonderful years of flying professionally.  As my AOPA biography states, I have been very fortunate, in those 12 years, to try on many different pilot "hats" while working in many different fields of the aviation industry. Some may call that job hopping, I call it experience :). Read More >>