Learning to fly can lead to a very rewarding career. What could be better than getting paid to travel the world while working in your dream job? Once you have been bitten by the aviation bug, it can be hard to stay earth-bound for too long.
But there are a few challenges along the way for anyone who seeks this seemingly idyllic lifestyle.
Firstly, learning to fly costs money. A lot of money. Most people don’t have the amount of funds required to complete flight training just lying around. Of course, there are various solutions for that. But they all have downsides which you need to understand before you start learning to fly.
Secondly, learning to fly is hard. Intellectually, you must master subjects like aerodynamics, meteorology, mechanics, navigation and human factors to name a few. Students who learn by rote and do not gain a thorough understanding of the material will usually not make it through the training. In the practical skills sphere you must learn to do a lot of things and react to certain situations in ways that are not instinctive, but rather the exact opposite. But all of these things can be taught by a good flying school.
Thirdly, once the student pilot has learned to fly safely and competently, they are often farewelled by the flying school and left to their own devices when it comes to job-hunting. This is the one phase of the process where getting it right the first time is critical. Yet the brand-new commercial pilot will mostly have no idea how to deal with this. It is at this stage where most will end their flying career before it even begins, often without ever knowing why they failed.
Next, flying for a living involves constant business decisions and pressures. The hobby pilot can take their time and make safety the only thing they focus on. The commercial pilot must balance safety concerns with his or her employer’s need to stay in business. As such, from their first day at work they need to be able to fly an airplane safely but in a manner that will not incur unnecessary costs for the employer. The major problem here is that most flying schools do not teach these ‘commercial’ skills as they are not part of the syllabus. They are not part of the syllabus because the regulator (CASA) has traditionally been staffed by ex-military pilots who have never flown a commercial op in their career.
Finally, the future career path for new pilots just starting their training is often like a suspense novel. It can be a subject of great mystery. Flying schools must compete with each other to attract students. As a result, this can lead to one school giving the student the impression that they will achieve great things immediately on graduation. Other schools are forced to follow suit and soon a large slice of the industry is forced to pedal half-truths and even outright lies just to stay in business. In a good suspense novel, the truth is usually not revealed until the very end. For some flying schools, this happens after graduation.
The truth is out there
X-Files fans will already know that. They will also know that uncovering the truth can involve spending 11 long years trying to figure it all out while actors come and go. Alternately, you could binge your way through 218 episodes in a whole box set of DVDs and even then, you might still not really know what is going on. Trust me, I have tried it.
Aviation in Australia is much the same. Everyone knows there is a problem, but nobody seems to know how to fix it. Worse, at the flying school level, they mostly don’t even know there is a problem. This is because many instructors have never worked in the industry (other than instructing) and therefore don’t know what their students will be faced with when they start looking for work.
Why is there a pilot shortage, yet most new pilots can’t get their first aviation job? There actually is a simple answer to this question.
Actually, the truth is in here
After extensive investigations, interviews with aviation employers, pilots and flying schools, Aero Circus has complied all the secrets of getting that first job (including many that are not available anywhere else) into one book.
We investigate and analyse the actual problems in GA and pass on advice about getting your first job. This advice comes straight from the employers, the actual people who give many new pilots their start in the industry. It is not sourced from careers advisers, recruitment agencies, instructors, journalists, tea-ladies or anyone else not directly involved in the process.
The book covers all the key aspects about how to prepare yourself for job hunting, what to say, do and take along with you to each of the different interview stages. It also gives you the tools to help identify if your flying skills are not up to ‘employable standard’ (hint: most aren’t) and fill in the knowledge and skills gaps so you will have everything your potential employer requires from day one.
As most first jobs are in the Top End, we also cover such topics as what you can expect from the tropical climate, how to handle the locals, and what you must know before you try to fly an aircraft in Darwin. We also cover alternatives to the Top End if sharing your yard with crocodiles is not your thing.
All up there are 11 chapters packed full of knowledge, insights and advice, most of which you won’t find anywhere else.
This book is being printed in a small, fixed print run (it is not ‘print on demand’) so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Don’t be the only one who didn’t get their copy.
Summary of Key Points
* If you want to learn to fly for a living, there are a few things you must know before you begin, or at least before you start looking for your first job.
* There are a number of challenges that the new pilot needs to overcome on their journey to their first job.
* Flying schools can help with some but the pilot will need to figure the rest out for themselves.
* Most flying schools will train pilots to meet CASA’s requirements, not the employer’s.
* The new pilot needs to understand how to bridge those gaps.
* The new book “So You Want To Be A Pilot” by Aero Circus explains the problems in the industry and provides clear, simple, practical advice on how to deal with each step in the process.
* Every pilot who is training for a career in aviation needs to read this book.
* Your flying school will teach you how to fly. This book will teach you how to get a job.