Making the most of your Pilot Career Presented by Career Services Special Alumni guest: NetJets Captain Roger Battistoni
Building Flight TimeHow important is building flight hours?• Flight Time = Experience• Companies have set minimumsWays to build that time?• Flight Instructing (part-time at ERAU)• Banner towing• Traffic watch• Aerial Photography• Scenic Tours• Military• Crop Dusting (typically done as a career)What is the reason we stress flight instructing?Bottom Line: First thing recruiters look at is Flight Time
NetworkingMajority of pilots during a low in pilot hiring find jobs through networkingStart building your professional network ASAP!• A know fact: Having your resume walked into the Chief Pilot’s office is beneficial!!Ways to Network during college career• Attend the Career Expo every year• Participate in one or two internships• Use on-line networking sites (FaceBook, LinkedIn)• Attend additional conferences that you have time and money for (NBAA [aviation day], WAI)• Join school organizations and build peer relationshipsBuild those relationships with the employers!!!
Value of an InternshipProvides the opportunity to network with line pilots to the Chief pilots.Gives you an edge over the competition!Some provide you Simulator or Systems training; good resume builder“True Stories”• P&G• Duke Energy• Aero Condor
The Aeronautical Science Degree The Burning question: What else can I do with an AS degree?Research companies that are aviation related!• Ex. CAE, Position title: Project Data Control Assistant, Required a CFI!!Companies:Honeywell JeppesenRaytheon General DynamicsGleim National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyAOPA NTSBHawker Beechcraft FAAHave a good backup• Minor field of study?• Dispatcher certificate program