As a professional pilot there are many job opportunities. Of course you can fly for an airline or a cargo company. You can also fly for a charter company or as a military pilot. Agricultural flying and flying police/fire department/park service aircraft are other options. There is another category — flying at the highest niche, where cutomers pay well over USD $40 million for a jet — and then another USD $8 million to outfit the cabin for private, non-commercial use. This is the private jet business. You could be hired by very wealthy individuals or royalty or even large corporations for fly a jet like this.
Aircraft in this category were just displayed at the U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Atlanta this week. One manufacturer, Bombardier of Canada, surprised other aircraft manufacturers by introducing two top-of-the-line, large private jets. The cost is approximately USD $65 million each. The aircraft, the Global 7000 and Global 8000, will be able to fly routes such as New York to Mumbai and Beijing to Washington — nonstop. Gulfstream, another aircraft manufacturer, also displayed thier top-of-the-line private jet at NBAA, the USD $60 million Gulfstream G650. Amazingly, this aircraft can fly nearly at the speed of sound. Gulfstream already has some 100 orders for it.
And yet another aircraft manufacturer, Brazil’s Embraer, displayed it’s new Lineage 1000 jet, which is as big as some airliners — with a price tag to match at USD $50 million.
The two biggest manufacturers of aircraft, Airbus and Boeing, also sell private versions of their A320 and B737 commercial planes. These aircraft are, of course, configured for just a few passengers and are very, very comfortable and luxurious.
There are certainly high net-worth individuals who can afford and are buying such aircraft — and they hire pilots to fly for them. Business has been good for these private jets, many from customers in China and India.
Major companies that do airline coversions have designed V.I.P. models of even the huge A380. Some designs feature movie theaters, dining rooms, multiple bedrooms and offices — all inside the aircraft. In case you’re wondering, the price for a “private jet” version of the new A380 will run you about USD $320 million, plus another USD $100 million for the converted cabin.
Chances are you probably won’t ever personally own one of these amazing personal jets, BUT you may be able to pilot one someday as a career professional pilot. Each of these private jets need multiple pilots on staff, especially if the aircraft regularly travels long distances overseas. This is a fantastic job opportunity for a pilot. Interested in such a job? First, of course, you need to complete pilot training. That’s where Phoenix East Aviation can help you: High quality training, value pricing, great Florida flying weather, superb instructor pilots. Graduates of Phoenix East Aviation are flying for airlines, corporations, charter company AND private, weathy individuals throughout the world. To learn more about flying professionally, contact www.pea.com and request for information. An Admissions Officer will promptly contact you and provide details.