Your connection with the sky

Learning to Fly: Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

, August 4th, 2010

Let’s face it. Pilots learn to fly because they want to fly. That’s all there is to it. The desire to learn flying stems from a dream to touch the skies and live amongst them even for just a short time. However, as time passes, some of these aspiring aviators do realize that their hobby has a potential to earn them some cash. Quite a bit of cash actually.
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That’s the reason why some people who initially just dreamed of flying are now leading fruitful lives that are giving them serious earnings from something that they just initially took into as a hobby. You, too, can earn money from your passion for aviation and can turn your hobby into a business. What are the options an aviator can have on a career in aviation?

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Commercial Pilot

One road that private pilots opt to take after flying as a private pilot for awhile is to become a commercial pilot. Specifically, you won't be flying for the big names like just yet. You can get other small jobs to build hours. My first job flying was "traffic watch" we simply flew a 172 and spotted traffic accidents. This is a common path pilots take while working up the time to fly for a major carrier. Read More >>

Flying the Boom – A Ride with the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron

, June 29th, 2009

Ssgt Jason Bireley at the Boom Station

If you ask SSgt Jason Bireley what he does for a living, he might say that he lies on his belly and passes gas.  SSgt Bireley doesn’t give me the impression of a guy who’d actually put it that way, but it’s true in a sense.  Read More >>

How to improve pilot salaries: Try tipping

, May 22nd, 2009

A lot has been written about low pilot salaries recently.  Especially the salaries paid to regional pilots.  How can anyone live on $20,000 a year, especially when they have $80,000 in pilot-related school costs to pay off?

We, the passengers on commercial airlines, are partially responsible.  We demand the right to fly coast to coast for $99.  Airlines have little wiggle room in managing fixed costs, such as fuel and maintenance.  Where they have room to drive down costs is with labor.  So they do.  The FAA may require minimum hours to pilot a plane, but it doesn't require minimium pay. Read More >>

Flying the Pilotmaker: A ride in the USAF T-6A Texan II

, May 18th, 2009

Tupper in the T-6A 14 May 2009

For many of us, the initial thrill of aviation came from military aviation as it was portrayed in the movies and on television.   Read More >>

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 >>

When our heroes die…..

, March 20th, 2009

 

I was afraid this would happen when I reported of the missing aircraft (Cessna 180) of Sparky Imeson yesterday. Search crews found the wreckage of it and Sparky died in the crash. So really really sad.First of all my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sparky. It is always sad when someone dies, even more when it is one of our pilot friends, even when he's doing what he loves best: flying!

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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 >>

The Voices in Your Head: Aviation Podcasts

, February 12th, 2009

iPod on the yoke of the Skydive Chicago Twin otter

Those who know me will not be surprised to hear that I’m a huge fan of aviation podcasts.

For those not familiar with the medium, a podcast is an audio or video show delivered over a computer network on a periodic or occasional basis.  Read More >>

Hello Aviators!

, February 11th, 2009

Introduction

Greeting aviators!  I am so happy to be writing this blog at AOPA’s new flying site, LetsGoFlying.com.  There is nothing I am more passionate about than spreading the word about aviation in the ever changing online world.  A bit about me - I am an active CFI, Podcaster, Video Producer and avid Sailor.  Read More >>

Let’s Not Forget the Co-Pilot and Flight Attendants

, January 21st, 2009

My office window is along 10th Avenue in Mahattan-- which last Thursday put my and my co-workers in perfect view of something that looked quite out of place... a commercial airliner bobbing in the water.

By now, the story of the US Airways jet that took off from LGA, had an unfortunate encounter with some birds, and then a miracle landing on the Hudson River, is well known. Read More >>