Increase Your Flying Hours Today!
So, you’re qualified to fly and you want to apply for a commercial pilot airline position but all the jobs you’ve seen require a minimum of 1 000 hours of flight time. It’s the classic case of needing the experience to do a job but nobody will hire you to give you the experience you need. There are several ways that a pilot can increase their flight time to get the coveted experience all newly certified pilots need.
Here are a few suggestions to consider, some of which may even be compensated for:
FLY SCENIC TOURS
Tour planes are a great way to have routine flights scheduled. There are planes that fly regularly over popular tourist sites for getting an aerial view of larger attractions like game reserves, mountains or wine farms.
Aerial photography flying may not be as routine as tour flights but it’s very exciting as you’re more likely to fly low and slow over properties, buildings and other landmarks.
Speaking of excitement. Flying skydivers requires a certain amount of multi-tasking ability as flying safely and keeping the skydivers safe is a priority at all times
TOWING FLIGHT BANNERS
Towing banners is on the opposite side of the excitement spectrum. Even though this job may seem rather boring it does require a lot of skill and a great perk is that you usually get to fly where a lot of people are gathered like around water, beaches and sports events.
BECOME EMPLOYED BY AN AIRPORT
Another way to get flight time is to actually pay for flying time. When you work at an airport you might get a discounted rate on your flight rental time, which will allow flying at a much-discounted rate.
SHARE FLIGHT TIME
When you’re in an area with a fairly large flight school, you may not need to work at an airport for that discount. You could find someone from your flight school that is willing to share flight expenses with you. You would both clock hours but share the bill.
BE A SAFETY PILOT
Pilots need to be accompanied by safety pilots occasionally. If you’re a good pilot and people enjoy having you around you may be asked to be that pilot, which is great for logging some extra flight time at the given chance.
JOIN A FLIGHT CLUB
By joining a flight club, you have the option of getting cheaper rental rates and various other benefits only members get to enjoy.
BECOME AN AGRICULTURAL PILOT
An agricultural pilot or crop duster usually requires a few more flying hours than the other jobs previously mentioned because of the fact that it requires low slow flying. This is also only a seasonal job.
BECOME A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
A job guaranteed to make you a better pilot is that of flight instruction; analyzing your student’s flying will enhance your own skills and you will achieve the required hours quickly. These hours also look good in your logbook when applying for that airline job on which you have your eye. An experienced flight instructor has an extra trump card; airlines need training staff and, in the event of a medical issue you have something to fall back on as you can be utilized in simulator training.
Do what it takes to get your flight time in and get that coveted job at the airline on which you have set your sites!