Steve Tupper, January 5th, 2011
I know what it takes to stay current and proficient in the aircraft that I fly. And I work hard at it. I fly two similar kinds of aircraft for the Civil Air Patrol. I fly them frequently, both looking out the window and with a view-limiting device to hone and maintain my instrument skills. And I fly tail-dragging aerobatic aircraft upside down. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. But I wondered what it was like maintaining currency when your flying has a little bit more riding on it than mine usually does. Read More >>
Jason Schappert, 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.
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?
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 >>
Steve Tupper, June 29th, 2009
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 >>
AndrewS, 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 >>
Steve Tupper, May 18th, 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 >>
PaulT, 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 >>
FrancoisD, 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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PaulT, 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 >>
Steve Tupper, February 12th, 2009
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 >>
Jason Miller, February 11th, 2009
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 >>