What to expect from a career in business aviation and why now is the perfect time to get started.
Just as it has for many sectors, the pandemic has forced the aviation industry to innovate. It’s become necessary to consider new paths, adopt disruptive technologies and make the best of a challenging situation while we anticipate a more positive future outlook.
The rays of that brighter tomorrow will illuminate the business aviation sector well before they fall on the commercial airline industry.
What is the right path for you?
In Canada, there are several options. Students can select an individual school and pursue the required licences at their own pace. Or, they can join a more structured program, some of which are affiliated with colleges and universities. Students who complete these programs often graduate with a degree or diploma as well as their commercial pilot licence (which allows them to work as a pilot) and additional ratings that qualify them to fly multi-engine aircraft in specific weather conditions.
How much will it cost?
Regardless of the program you choose, flight training represents a significant investment of both time and resources. As you explore your options, this is the time to do your homework to find the program that suits you best. You can find helpful information in a guide prepared by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) for Canadian students looking to become professional pilots.
Are you fit for the job?
Before you can embark on your career as a pilot, you must pass a Category 1 aviation medical, which is performed by a Transport Canada-approved Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME).
What’s in it for you?
Salaries for business aviation pilots are dependant on experience level, equipment flown and other employer-specific factors.
In their first year on the job at AirSprint, for example, First Officers earn between $80,000 and $100,000 for a 16/12 schedule. AirSprint captain salaries range from $135,000 to $217,000 for a 16/12 schedule. All pilots receive a yearly increase on the anniversary of their date of hire, based on job performance and total time employed.
In addition, the company offers health and dental benefits, an RRSP matching plan, paid vacation and per diems for every hour spent away from home base. As well, AirSprint covers the cost of a personal iPad which pilots use as an electronic flight bag.
As an added perk, staff members may bring their family and friends on repositioning flights, under most conditions, at no charge.
Why now is the perfect time to get started.