Global Aviation – A time to learn to fly.
The opportunity for you to learn to fly and become competent enough to become a commercial pilot has never been better or easier. More people are flying every day for business and pleasure, which increases the need for new pilots and creates more new jobs and more new venues for the aviation community.
Global aviation is growing and expected to double in 20 years,
This means it’s a possibility to be on a fast track for a job in aviation.
Imagine yourself as the captain of a commercial airliner.
Imagine yourself flying into space! It’s not too distant in the future.
What will make a difference?
The answer is you…
The pilot shortage.
We have a pilot shortage right now that needs to be addressed. Based on information obtained from a google search of the pilot shortage today indicates a 12,000 pilot gap by 2023 or around 15% of the total supply. If you’re passionate about an aviation career it’s the greatest time ever to learn to fly.
When I started learning it was far from a shortage, many pilots were returning from Vietnam so finding a job as a Flight Instructor was a big challenge and that was the only stepping stone in that time that allowed anyone to advance.
Based on the latest research done by Redbird Flight Simulators just published, the worldwide interest in learning to fly is about 40 million people. That is 60 times the number of pilots in the United States alone right now.
We will look at the exciting opportunities with the new technology behind electric aircraft. I’ll give you some ideas about what’s going on in the industry as far as completely electric training aircraft that are available today.
At $6 a gallon aviation fuel is one of the greatest costs in learning to fly. With the new all-electric trainers that are available now and already certified for training the cost of a pilot’s license is considerably reduced. Unfortunately, these aircraft are not readily available. That is changing every day.
Revolution in Aviation
Things have changed considerably since I began learning to fly 50 years ago.
Opportunity abounds in aviation right now.
We are moving into areas have that we have never thought possible in the past. This means that you can make yourself marketable easier than ever before.
For example, becoming an aircraft mechanic or an avionics technician in addition to having your pilot’s license will make you a very desirable employee because of your diversity.
We must move away from internal combustion engines to electric motors simply because of the pollution that airplanes create.
Battery technology has not yet advanced far enough to be able to utilize electric motors for large commercial airplanes. This allows one to be involved in new technology, new designs for new propulsion systems, and new guidance systems for aircraft.
We are coming to an age where our aircraft will replace the modern car.
Is flying difficult to learn?
Flying is simply hand-to-eye coordination. And it’s fun and easy to do.
Just like anything else you want to learn you have to learn the rules. The rules come pretty easy because you begin learning them the moment you step into the airplane for the first time.
Educational materials are readily available. In my estimation reading everything you can about flying is a plus.
Even books like “Fate Is The Hunter” by Ernest K. Gann, the story of a man who became an airline pilot. I doubt very much that you will put it down once you start reading it.
There are a lot of companies selling aviation books and they’re all about the same.
I really like Rod Machado because he is a very personable flight instructor and is a contemporary of mine that I admire for his teaching ability and demeanor. I promote his products because of that. He’s been instructing for a long time.
Through the years I’ve used pretty much every training outfit that there is for CFI renewals to ground schools.
I’ve been a student of aviation for nearly 50 years. My first flight at the controls was in September of 1973 when I took my first introductory ride in Helena Mt.
I will always be a student. That is what aviation requires.
I hope that my experience and my life in aviation will help you choose by learning to fly. Or continue with your aviation career perhaps adding a new rating or making the choice of becoming a flight instructor yourself.
I will be telling stories of my experience learning to fly and my experience flying the line and going along for the ride from the Cessna 150 to the Boeing 737 and perhaps some other pilots will join in and tell us some of their stories
We need pilots in this global industry and lots of them. As training costs decline it opens the doors for people who in the past were not allowed to involve themselves in aviation.
I will be happy to help people find ways to finance their flight training.
I’ll be talking about schools of aviation that can accelerate your learning. I will try to give you examples of good choices in instructors. Most of all I will be available to you To answer questions or give you my personal opinion on a matter that you may be concerned about.
I have taught many many people how to fly airplanes and I am happy I found a way to continue helping anyone that has the interest. I hope some of these stories will inspire you and I hope that some of them will help you make a decision and not make the same mistakes I did
The saying goes, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots but there are no old bold pilots”…