A Good Career as a Charter Pilot
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Today's charter pilots are much different than 20 years ago, when many came from the military and flew Beech King Air or Piper Chieftain for passenger work. The influx of corporate jets into the charter market changed things. Today a charter captain makes an average annual salary between $55,000 and $80,000 (with some making as much as $120,000), according to a Charter Journal survey.
If you fly charter for other than a small company, your work schedule will likely be five days on duty and five off. You may even get fourteen on and fourteen off. While certainly not all charter pilots are men, only about five percent are female currently. However, I have read that in the corporate/charter pilot world that the same reality applies as with other minorities: The best of the minorities far exceed the best (and certainly the average) of the majority, because they have to in order to succeed. According to F. Gevalt in The Charter Journal, the women who do work for charter companies "are usually superative."
If you are looking at career opportunities and are interested in aviation, there has never been a time like now. With global growth in the airlines and the charter jet business, it is safe to say that Quality Pilots will be able to find a job.
If you want to be a pilot consider an accredited flight school that can train you to fly props and jets, check out Phoenix East Aviation.
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