Business jets are a big business, and it's a great job to be a pilot for a corporation with a fleet of aircraft. There are more than one million people employed manufacturing, flying, maintaining and managing business aircraft, according to The General Aviation Manufacturers Assocation (GAMA). They contribute USD$150 billion to the US economy each year.
As a pilot for a business jet, you fly executives wherever they need to go for business. So you fly all over; some companies even fly their executives to visit customers thousands of miles away. Why would they use a business jet instead of a commercial flight? A good example is if two companies are competing for business, the one using a business aircraft can fly directly to a smaller airport very near the customer's site and have a meeting with the client -- before the competitor taking a commercial flight shows up. And the business people with the corporate jet will use their travel time to work -- and even use their cell phones, Blackberrys and internet to work while in route. These jets are offices that move!
These business jets are prized throughout the world, not just in the US. In 2007, half the business jets built in the US went to foreign buyers, who paid more than USD$3 billions for them.
If you're a pilot of a business jet, you will probably be flying a US manufactured aircraft. Though there are some other manufacturers, such as the French company, Dassault (but even those have American-made avionics, engines, and interiors). Dassault largest plant is in Little Rock, Arkansas, where 2,000 workers complete Falcon interiors.
It's a great job. Interested in learning how to be a pilot for a big corporation? Call Phoenix East Aviation at 1-386-258-0703 worldwide or request information on www.pea.com.