It takes plenty of time, effort, money and dedication to be earn a Commercial Pilot’s License; but that license isn’t limited to only piloting commercial airlines. There are additional job possibilities that one can pursue with a CPL; but it is important to realize that without an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate in addition to a CPL, additional job options can be somewhat limited. Most pilots who fly airliners hold an ATPC, which is the next step after the CPL.
Perhaps you hold a CPL, only. Don’t lose heart since job opportunities do exist that you just might find fun and intriguing.
Become A Skydive/Jump Pilot
If becoming a jump pilot floats your boat, it could emerge as one of the most exciting and rewarding of all flying opportunities. With this niche job, unique challenges exist that not every pilot has experience with. For example, making sure jumpers exit at exactly the correct spot, at the right altitude and at the perfect speed – every time. Additionally, this type of highly-skilled pilot must have the capacity to understand how wind affect jumpers in free-fall and under canopy. Jump pilots have to compensate for the wind to ensure jumpers will be on course for a safe landing. With skydivers climbing out of the wing struts, drag is created which means these skilled pilots must know how to maintain the plane’s position, altitude and airspeed. As a side note, most jump pilots are skydivers, too.
Become A Certified Flight Instructor
Being a Certified Flight Instructor allows you to not only teach others how to fly, but this position provides a golden opportunity for you to enhance your aviation knowledge and rack up additional flight experience. As a flight instructor, you play a vital role with opening opportunities for other like-minded aviation enthusiasts to learn the necessary skills to pilot a plane, virtually, anywhere. Many flight instructors work diligently to advance their profession; and they take, very seriously, how their attitude, knowledge and expertise will positively affect those who have a paralleled passion for flight.
Become a Corporate Pilot
Corporate aviation has greatly evolved as a very viable alternative to commercial flying. It can serve as an exciting career option, especially since business jets, commonly, travel internationally. Being a corporate pilot, anymore, is among one of the most-lucrative endeavors since hefty salaries and benefits are not uncommon in order to maintain seasoned pilots.
Corporate pilots are responsible for determining flight time, fuel stops, airport destinations, and catering/ground transportation and maintenance arrangements. In other words, this polished professional is intimately involved with virtually every detail of a corporate trip.
Alternate piloting jobs that do not involve commercial flying, involve specific types of aircraft; and one would need to gain flying experience with respective aircraft – such as a Cherokee 6 or a Cessna 207, for example. Having the required experience to fly these types of planes would be mandatory due to insurance reasons. For example, if you were to pilot a Cessna 207 to be used for flying skydivers, insurance companies would demand that you show a minimum of 100 hours of flight time in a plane with at least 250hp as well as 25 hours, specifically, in a Cessna 207, or others. Without this niche experience, insurance companies would not consider coverage. Many pilots, during their flying careers, become certified to fly a dozen or more types of planes.
If you have a true passion for aviation and the art of flying, piloting in any capacity can become a labor of love and a wonderful way of life!