Se você tem curiosidade em conhecer como é a vida de um típico piloto da aviação executiva americana, não deixe de ler esse post do Boldmethod: “Aviation Careers: Rod Kellogg, Corporate King Air Pilot”. Algumas passagens que gostaria de destacar:
- O grande vilão da aviação executiva: a economia!
The economy is a huge player in corporate flying departments. When the cards start falling in a company, the first thing to go is the flight department. From that standpoint, it doesn’t matter how big of a company you fly for sometimes, there’s not always guaranteed job security.
- O fato de as companhias seguradoras serem mais restritivas que a própria FAA:
As far as qualifications go, a major factor in getting hired into a corporate flying job is just being in the right place at the right time. I had about 5 years of turbine experience flying Pilatus PC12s before I was hired, and I enough multi-engine time to get on the insurance. The insurance company requirements are often much more restrictive when it comes to pilot hiring than the FAA regulations themselves.
- E não é que, também lá, o piloto é ‘pejotizado’!? E vejam quanto ele ganha:
For my work with the Shrimp Basket, I’m on a retainer as a contractor. I’m not technically an employee of the company, so I don’t get any formal benefits. I just charge them a monthly retainer fee. Then they reimburse me for any additional expenses that I have. I’m making about $60,000 per year with the job.
- Conselhos de quem está com 14mil horas de executiva: aprofundar conhecimentos em manutenção e ter disciplina para treinar procedimentos IFR sempre.
If I was to talk to someone young, I would say definitely get some maintenance experience. That’s one thing when you’re on the road that will make or break a trip. You will break down, and when it happens, you won’t want to be totally reliant upon the local mechanics. Being a single pilot on the road, those are the emergency skills that often come most in handy. When I fly in clear weather, I always perform approaches end to end, practicing for when I may not be able to see the ground from my window. Try to establish those good habits early on. Some stuff you won’t be able to avoid along the way, but always try to keep the odds on your side and be proactive in the way you fly.