Sunday, 23 June 2013

Best Paying Flying Jobs

The Airline Industry has been going through a rough transition for years now. From buttoned-down security to sky-high gas prices, it's been a bumpy ride. Still, the fact remains that people want to travel and there are plenty of Jobs available at Airlines, Airports, Airplane companies and security organizations around the globe. Where might your talents fit into the aviation industry ?

Many people wish for the glamorous lifestyle and income of a Pilot. But, do Pilots always wear crisp Uniforms and make the big Bucks ?  Not necessarily, according to to Aviation Industry Experts  "There's a huge variation in pay depending on whether you're flying a float plane for a regional commuter company or flying 747s for United. Regional Airlines sometimes pay $20 per hour and only when the engine is on."  that too with only 1000 hours of engine time a year, that hourly rate can come close to minimum wage.

Fortunately, you don't have to wait to fly Jumbo Jets if want to work in Aviation. In fact, if you like doing math, mechanical work or security tasks, here are some in-demand job options, that are also some of the best-paid in the industry.

1. Director of Aerospace Program Management

Median Annual Salary: $1,10,000

Aerospace is second only to petroleum engineering in pay." That's why the director of an aerospace engineering program management team can earn well into the six figures. This person likely has a Graduate Degree in Business, such as an MBA, in addition to their degree in engineering. Directors are involved in developing the company's business strategy, negotiating contracts to build Aircraft and taking responsibility for company profitability.

2. Airline Pilot, CoPilot or Flight Engineer

Median Annual Salary: $70,000

Most Pilots used to receive their training in the military, but in recent years a college degree and training from an FAA-certified flight training school has become more common among new hires. And, while many may pay less, there are plenty of jobs for Pilots besides passenger airline gigs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 34 percent of commercial Pilots use their time in the air to dust crops, test planes, monitor traffic, fight fires and perform other non-typical functions.

3. Aerospace Project Engineer

Median Annual Salary: $52,000

An aerospace project engineer must not only understand the ins and outs of aerospace engineering, but they must have the personal and organizational skills to lead a team through a project. A project engineer is likely involved in managing the budget for a project, hiring and training staff, checking their team's work and other administrative tasks.

4. Aircraft Maintenance Manager

Median Annual Salary: $44,200

Once again, this is a job position that requires both technical skill and a knack for leading teams. A maintenance manager is a knowledgeable professional who ensures that their teams perform maintenance regularly and according to regulatory guidelines. The manager schedules a staff of technicians and likely does much of the hiring and training of their team.

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5. Air Traffic Controller

Median Annual Salary:$32,500

Lee notes that air traffic controller is one of the best-paying jobs you can have with an associate's degree. It's well known for causing sky-high stress levels and requiring a tremendous amount of mental focus. But, did you know that, depending on the airport, the work is separated out between controllers for ground movement, take-off, en route flight time, landing and more? The competition for these lucrative, steady job positions is steep, though the BLS expects a wave of retirement in the coming years that should open up more positions to younger controllers.
A standerd Pilot's Job Description
Must meet all Pilot flight time requirements set forth to hold Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine Airplane & Instrument rating
FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit
Current First Class Medical certificate
Must have a valid passport
At least 21 years of Age
Legally authorized to work
Must be able to read, speak and write fluently in the English Language
Comfortable and effective with public speaking

Job Objective:
All Pilots are responsible for safe, economical, consistent and legal operation of Company aircraft. They are required to comply with all applicable federal regulations as well as Compass Airlines policies, standards and procedures.
Essential Job Functions:
1. All Pilots are directly responsible for the safe, legal and consistent operation of the aircraft, in accordance with all federal regulations and Company policies, standards and procedures.
2. Pilots in command of an aircraft are directly responsible for and are the final authority as to the safe, legal and consistent operation of that aircraft, in accordance with all federal regulations and Company policies, standards and procedures.
3. Pilots must operate, monitor, analyze and/or timely and appropriately react to all aircraft operational functions such as aircraft performance, internal and external communications, air traffic and climate conditions.
4. Pilots must perform flight operations tasks including aircraft takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach, landing, taxi-in and parking in accordance with FAA mandated standards.
5. Pilots must maintain expert knowledge of assigned aircraft equipment type and current operational procedures.
6. Pilots must economically coordinate tasks to permit a number of functions, including but not limited to, flight fueling, loading, passenger handling, and associated duties to transport passengers and cargo in a safe manner in accordance with Company policies, standards and procedures and appropriate federal regulations.
7. Pilots must timely and professionally address, as appropriate, passengers on the aircraft and lead all crew activities related to safety.
8. Pilots must professionally and timely coordinate with others, both in the cockpit and in other operational departments.
9. Pilots are expected to present a professional image in all public environments as a key representative of the Company to both external customers and internal employees.
10. Pilots must maintain currency requirements with regard to medical, training, and hourly flight requirements.
11. Pilots must perform other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions:
A Pilot’s working environment is subject to varying climate conditions, air turbulence, time zone changes, altitude changes, changing locations, variable hours and working conditions, dry air, jet fuel and exhaust fumes, and noise levels from engines and other ground equipment. Pilots experience long periods of sitting with exposure to bright sunlight as well as the conditions already mentioned. The position requires physical exertion such as pulling, pushing, kneeling, twisting, climbing, squatting, pinching, grasping, bending, walking, and lifting of bags and equipment. The position involves ascent and descent of jetbridge stairs and other airport facilities. Pilots must be able to hear and comprehend both spoken voice and radio communication with a range of minimal-to-excessive background noise. Pilots require good hand/eye coordination, visual acuity, color discrimination, and depth perception to fly the aircraft, read approach plates under varying conditions and correctly read, locate and access various switches, valves, knobs, and other aircraft controls. Pilots must be able to perform duties in an environment with potentially lowered oxygen pressure.
Applicants must maintain a high level of alertness during regular and emergency aircraft operations. They must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both in writing and verbally, under all circumstances. 
Applicants must read and comprehend written instructions and procedures and understand verbal instructions. They must have excellent judgment, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills and the ability and inclination to solve problems. Applicants must have a highly approachable demeanor and be comfortable with public speaking and addressing large groups of people. They must possess basic computer skills. They must be willing to work long hours including evenings, weekends, holidays, and extended hours away from home and be able to work on an on-call basis with little notice.
Applicants also must be able to travel freely in and out of all locations served by Compass Airlines without restriction.
This position is a Federal Aviation Administration Covered position, which is subject to mandated alcohol and drug testing. Federal regulations require applicants to submit fingerprints for a criminal history investigation. Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test, background check, PRIA records check and medical review.

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