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Today’s poor pilots

Today’s poor pilots

I was thinking about today’s brand of young pilots just getting ready to begin their respective careers, and I find myself thinking how sad it must be for them with COVID-19 all around us. There are now no jobs waiting for them after graduation; and they will still be left holding high-dollar college loans with no means by which to repay them. When I got out of college with my associates degree in aviation and all of my pilot certificates, through certified flight instructor, the jobs were all over the place, waiting to be had. At the school I attended, Gateway Tech in Kenosha, Wis., employers would post help-wanted jobs on one of the school’s message boards, and just around the time of graduation, my classmates and I would begin our job search. Back then, the quickest way to an aviation career was to begin flying as a flight instructor at a local flight school. The idea was to build up time in the shortest amount of time possible so you could get a job flying charters in bigger planes. The more hours you accumulated, the faster, bigger corporate jets you’d be hired to fly. When I was 23, I got a job as a flight instructor at one of the busiest flight schools in the Chicago Area, Priester Aviation. Today, it’s still in existence, and its fleet of private airplanes, found online, will make any pilot drool. Twin-engines, turboprops, and big jets, including the Challenger 604 (12 passengers; max range, 4,400 miles; cruise speed approximately 470 knots). My problem was, I hated the cold. So when I got a job of-fer in Brownsville, I hopped at the chance, working as both a flight instructor and charter pilot for Hunt Pan-Am, which like Priester is still in existence today. From there, I got a charter/corporate pilot’s job, flying for a rich physician who owned motels/hotels, including the South Padre Island Holiday Inn. When he wasn’t in town, which was most of the time, since he lived in California, I got to use the plane to fly charters, operating my own charter service. Life was pretty good. So back in the day, that was how novice pilots moved up the aviation career path. The majority of pilots didn’t like flight instruction. I liked teaching, but back then, one couldn’t make a profession out of it because it paid so little. I look at the situation today, though,

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