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CAREER PILOT»

and stagnating career progression for pilots already on board the seniority train at their respective carriers. Here we are nearly five years later facing the pent-up retirements that the industry faced in 2007. A tidal wave of thousands of pilots will be exiting the top of the ranks starting December 14. Naturally, the pilots already on the various seniority lists will restart their upward flow, opening thousands of slots for new hires.

On the other side of that rosy hiring outlook is the government’s proposed rule requiring an airline transport pilot certificate to qualify for a Part 121 airline job. An ATP requires 1,500 hours of flight time, far more than the 250 hours (Part 61 commercial certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings) required by the current law. The rule, which would take effect August 2, 2013, would add a tremendous time investment and financial burden to prospective air-

line pilots, choking off the spigot of new pilots entering the workforce and exacerbating the predicted pilot shortage. There are some exceptions to the 1,500-hour rule that will allow pilots with specialized training to be qualified with significantly fewer hours. A restricted ATP requires only 750 hours of flight time for those trained in the military and 1,000 hours for pilots who graduate with a four-year aviation degree from a school affiliated with

CAREER ADVISOR

Flying or elementary school?
» By Wayne Phillips

A TEACHER’S CONUNDRUM
Automation does diminish the fun, believe me. Remember that professional flying is first and foremost a job, although I must say it beats working for a living. It seems that the teaching profession has attracted you and, presumably, you have a skill set that benefits not only you but also your students. You no doubt coach, mentor, guide, consult, and develop students. I have to believe that deep down you feel darn good about that. Maybe you need to consider applying that talent toward different students. I am not talking about signing on as a CFI at the local aerodrome, but seeking a higher level of aviation education.

» Q: My passion and dream has always been to fly professionally. I am a fourthgrade teacher and, while I like it, it is not my passion. Is it crazy to quit a career with a decent salary, good benefits, and retirement to go into a lot of debt and fulfill my dream of flying for a career? I am not a spring chicken! I am 36. Advice and guidance is appreciated.—Rachel » A: Oh, Rachel! You are so not alone. If your current career is not giving you the satisfaction and fulfillment that you need, another 20 years of discontent may not be worth it. However, transitioning from a life of stability into one of uncertainty and

FOR REAL ENJOYMENT IN LIFE, FIND A WAY TO MAKE YOUR HOBBY, YOUR PASSION, INTO A CAREER.
crushing expense requires serious consideration of all of the upsides and downsides. See “The Age-Old Old -Age Question,” March 2012 Flight Training. Having a passion for flight is a wonderful obsession. However, there is a significant difference between strapping on a Cessna or Piper for a morning cruise along the beach and riding up front in a 737. That’s why many airline pilots have Cessna 172s so they can “really fly.” In “CFI of Higher Learning” January 2000 Flight Training magazine, you will learn about Tom Grossman, the chief flight instructor at Western Michigan University. He has had a noble career in aviation academia beginning at Kent State University. There are dozens of aviation colleges, universities, and academies that have opportunities for dedicated faculty. You get to be around flying types, airplanes, and an environment that totally immerses you in

that love affair with aviation that you long for. And there are other teaching outlets at the major general aviation training centers, such as FlightSafety, CAE Simuflite, and SIMCOM. These organizations train pilots who fly the big iron such as Gulfstream and Falcon jets. “Big League CFI,” May 2003 Flight Training, highlighted that career path. I even checked SIMCOM’s career postings last night, and I note that the company is looking for an instructor for the Falcon 20, which is what I fly. I train quarterly at SIMCOM’s Orlando facility. Maybe you can be my instructor! But, in all seriousness, this is a career track that could be of interest. For the right person, each of the training enterprises will type rate that individual at company expense. Way back when, I remember reading an article that made this recommendation: For real enjoyment in life, find a way to make your hobby, your passion, into a career. Sometimes, you need to come close if not exactly on target. If you see yourself flying jets for Delta or Walmart, that part of the dream may be impossible. But a career teaching at the University of North Dakota or FlightSafety in Savannah may take you in the direction that you want to go, and give you the wherewithal to jump into an airplane—albeit a Cessna or Piper— as often as you dream.
Wayne Phillips is an airline transport pilot with Boeing 737 and Falcon 20 type ratings. Send your career questions to careers@aopa.org and we’ll answer the best ones here.

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Flight Training - August 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - August 2012

Flight Training - August 2012
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Something to See
How It Works
After the Checkride
Tech Tip
News
Final Exam
AOPA Action News
Since You Asked
Success Story News
Member Products
Training Products
ASI News
Flying Carpet
FOLLOW THE MAGENTA LINE
TIME TO CHILL
GETTING WET
TECHNIQUE
Weather
Accident Report
Flight Lesson
Perfect Storm for Pilot Shortage
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Flight Instructors in the Hot Seat
Good Times for CFIs
Crossed Up
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Training - August 2012
Flight Training - August 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - August 2012 - Contents
Flight Training - August 2012 - 2
Flight Training - August 2012 - 3
Flight Training - August 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - August 2012 - 5
Flight Training - August 2012 - Right Seat
Flight Training - August 2012 - 7
Flight Training - August 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - August 2012 - 9
Flight Training - August 2012 - Something to See
Flight Training - August 2012 - 11
Flight Training - August 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - August 2012 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - August 2012 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - August 2012 - News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Final Exam
Flight Training - August 2012 - AOPA Action News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - August 2012 - 19
Flight Training - August 2012 - Success Story News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Member Products
Flight Training - August 2012 - Training Products
Flight Training - August 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flying Carpet
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Flight Training - August 2012 - FOLLOW THE MAGENTA LINE
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Flight Training - August 2012 - TIME TO CHILL
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Flight Training - August 2012 - GETTING WET
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Flight Training - August 2012 - TECHNIQUE
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Flight Training - August 2012 - Weather
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Flight Training - August 2012 - Accident Report
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - August 2012 - Perfect Storm for Pilot Shortage
Flight Training - August 2012 - Career Advisor
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Flight Training - August 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Instructors in the Hot Seat
Flight Training - August 2012 - Good Times for CFIs
Flight Training - August 2012 - Crossed Up
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Flight Training - August 2012 - Advertiser Index
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