Avjobs.com

Call us: 303-683-2322
M-F 9-5 MST

1494
Registration Options View Career Directory Supplement Search Aviation Career Guide More Careers
Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

In Flight - Pilot - Air Taxi or Charter Pilot

Any air taxi operator that offers services to the public must by law be certified by the FAA and meet stringent operational, maintenance, and safety rules. In addition, the pilots must be specifically qualified.

Advertise here
Advertise hereAdvertise here

Position Description

The Air Taxi or Charter Pilot flies fare paying passengers "anywhere any time" but usually for short trips over varying routes in single engine or light twin engine planes.

Working Conditions

These pilots fly passengers and cargo as service demands, but normally in daylight hours, if the aircraft is a single engine plane. Flights are mostly of short duration and pilots can count on returning home at the end of the working day. If the pilot works for a company with a fleet of aircraft, she or he may fly on regular schedules over the same routes, much like a small airline. Pilots may be required to wear a uniform when on duty.

For many professional pilots, the ultimate job is to be an airline captain. The pay can be very good; top salary at some of the higher paying major airlines is around $200,000 a year, for about 80 to 85 hours of flying per month. And benefits for pilots, as well as many other airline employees, include travel passes. But remember, the top salary level is reached only after many years of service and only at a few of the major airlines. Most airline pilots start out as first officer (co-pilot) with a regional carrier; initially they earn about $15,000 to $20,000 a year. And when they join a major airline, their first position may not be as a pilot, but as a flight engineer. Considerable training is necessary for any type of pilot job, and most airline pilots have to "pay their dues" by first gaining a good deal of experience either in the military or in other types of civilian piloting. In addition to airline pilot, pilot jobs include flight instructor, corporate pilot, charter pilot, test pilot, and agricultural pilot. Many people enjoy these kinds of flying - each with its own set of challenges and rewards - and wouldn't think of trading their jobs for that of airline pilot.

While the various kinds of piloting jobs involve a variety of special circumstances, there are also a number of conditions that are common to all pilots.

All pilots flying for hire have progressed through a flight training program and have earned a commercial pilot's license or an airline transport rating. Most likely they will also have one or more advanced ratings such as instrument, multi-engine or aircraft type ratings depending upon the requirements of their particular flying jobs.

A pilot's "office" is the cockpit which contains all controls, instruments, and electronic communication and navigation equipment necessary to operate the aircraft. Some noise and vibration are noticeable, particularly in propeller aircraft.

They have a concern for safety including the safe condition or airworthiness of the plane; weather factors affecting the safety of the flight; flight regulations; air traffic control procedures, and air navigational aids designed to provide maximum safety in the air.

Pilots also have a dual responsibility. They must not only satisfy their employer, who might be an air taxi or an airline operator, but they must also demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that their flying skills, knowledge and state of health are at all times acceptable for the particular flying jobs they perform.

They must undergo frequent physical examinations and meet certain medical standards which vary according to the license which the pilot holds. A Class I Medical Certificate requires the highest standards for vision, hearing, equilibrium, and general physical condition. The pilot must have an exceptionally good health history with no evidence of organic and nervous diseases or mental disorders. A Class II Medical Certificate is less rigid, but still requires a high degree of physical health and an excellent medical history. A Class III Medical Certificate has the least stringent physical requirements. All three classes of medical certificates allow the pilot to wear glasses provided the correction is within the prescribed limits of vision. Drug addiction and/or chronic alcoholism disqualify any applicant.

The greater the number of flying hours and the more complex the flying skills, the more varied are the opportunities for advancement as a pilot. There are many chances to transfer from one kind of pilot job to another as flying hours are accumulated and additional skills are mastered. Frequently pilots double as flight instructors and air taxi pilots, or they may also operate an aircraft repair station with flight instruction and air taxi operations as sidelines. Many good aviation and airline flight crew jobs qualify pilots for jobs with governmental agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Typical Requirements and/or Experience

There are several approaches to acquiring pilot training. Please refer to the Training section below.

Marital Status

Married and unmarried men and women, with or without children are eligible. Persons who are widowed or divorced, also are eligible.

It is the policy of most aviation companies to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Most aviation companies are strongly committed to this policy, and believe in the concept and spirit of the United States law.

Most aviation companies are committed to assuring that:

All recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, and other employment related programs are provided fairly to all persons on an equal opportunity basis without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law;

Employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action;

All personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, training, and participation in social and recreational programs are administered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law, and;

Employees and applicants will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have exercised any right protected by law.

Most aviation companies believe in and practice equal opportunity and affirmative action. All employees are responsible for supporting the concept of equal opportunity and affirmative action and assisting the company in meeting its objectives.

Most aviation companies maintain Affirmative Action Plans for minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

EEOC has jurisdiction of the prohibitions against employment discrimination codified in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. The OSC will defer those bases of discrimination under EEOC's jurisdiction to the respective federal agency and its EEO process. The CSRA also prohibits employment discrimination in the federal government based on marital status, political affiliation and conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee, none of which are within EEOC's jurisdiction. Moreover, the law defines ten other prohibited personnel practices in the federal government, all of which fall under the jurisdiction of the OSC and the MSPB. See Prohibited Personnel Practices at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.

Additional information may also be found on the the EEOC web site located at http://www.eeoc.gov/

Wages and Benefits

Salaries and benefits can vary. For an updated look at salaries in the aviation industry, view the Avjobs Aviation Salary, Wages & Pay Report.

Where the jobs are and who hires

Air taxi operators are located at major airports and at other airports where sufficient passenger traffic can be generated. Interline agreements with airlines account for a substantial part of air taxi business; therefore operators are frequently located at airports having airline service.

Whether your changing jobs or changing careers, you have come to the right place. At Avjobs.com, We help People Get Jobs! Avjobs.com is the number one resource for job seekers who are looking for a career in the aviation and aerospace industry. Along with our fresh list of current industry openings, we provide the tools and resources to perform a successful job search and give you an advantage over your competition. In today's job market, that's more important than ever.

Avjobs.com does the legwork for you!
Know who is hiring and where
Easily create a resume with our Resume Builder
Receive quality, maximum exposure among industry employers
Review interview tips & questions
Create your own target market campaign using AVSearch
Actively search our fresh list of job openings
Market yourself to 6500+ employers
Maximized your hiring potential using the Career Guide
Review our Aviation Glossary, Acronyms & Alphabet, and list Airport Codes
Read industry news & updates
Apply quickly with our One Click Application service
Become the featured Resume of the Week

These tools are essential to your job search strategy. Maximize your career options and stay on top of your job search with Avjobs.com.

Click here to get started!

Opportunities for Advancement

As is the case with the flight instructor, the air taxi pilot can build up enough flight experience in a relatively short time to qualify for the position of corporate pilot or air transport co pilot. If the pilot elects to remain in the air taxi and charter business, he or she may generate enough business to offer "commuter airline service" or scheduled service over specified routes similar to the operation of a small airline.

Whether your changing jobs or changing careers, you have come to the right place. At Avjobs.com, We help People Get Jobs! Avjobs.com is the number one resource for job seekers who are looking for a career in the aviation and aerospace industry. Along with our fresh list of current industry openings, we provide the tools and resources to perform a successful job search and give you an advantage over your competition. In today's job market, that's more important than ever.

Avjobs.com does the legwork for you!
Know who is hiring and where
Easily create a resume with our Resume Builder
Receive quality, maximum exposure among industry employers
Review interview tips & questions
Create your own target market campaign using AVSearch
Actively search our fresh list of job openings
Market yourself to 6500+ employers
Maximized your hiring potential using the Career Guide
Review our Aviation Glossary, Acronyms & Alphabet, and list Airport Codes
Read industry news & updates
Apply quickly with our One Click Application service
Become the featured Resume of the Week

These tools are essential to your job search strategy. Maximize your career options and stay on top of your job search with Avjobs.com.

Click here to get started!

Outlook for the Future

Air taxi and commuter operators claim the fastest rate of growth among all segments of general aviation. This growth reflects the increase in airline travel and the increased use of air taxis to "fly all the way" from any of the more than 400 airports served by the airlines to the remaining 14,000 airports in communities without airline service. Many airlines have agreements with air taxi companies to promote the use of air taxi service to airports not served by the airline and to issue through tickets. It also reflects a growing desire by the air traveler to by pass crowded metropolitan streets by using air taxis to reach destinations in outlying areas rather than rented cars. Since the Airline Deregulation Act was passed in 1978, there has been rapid growth in the air taxi and commuter industry. As the major airlines abandon unprofitable route segments, air taxi and commuter services move in to continue the necessary air service. Also, the U.S. Postal Service's practice of contracting with air taxi operators to deliver mail will further increase scheduled air taxi business. Given the present rate of expansion in this field, the need for air taxi and commuter pilots will continue to grow at a high rate.

The aviation industry has gone through periods of tremendous success and innovation, and periods of intense challenges. Today, aviation plays a critical role in our economy and the future of aviation will depend on business and personal travel, aviation fuel costs, and government subsidy and intervention.

Avjobs.com is the premier resource for your career in the aviation and aerospace industry. More aviation companies use Avjobs.com than any other service. Our system is updated daily with the latest job openings. View our latest system statistics in 13 job categories.Whether you are changing jobs or changing careers, you have come to the right place. Your future in aviation can be found at Avjobs.com!

Training

There are several approaches to acquiring pilot training. The first is through flight instruction at FAA Certificated flying schools. The student must be at least 16 years of age and be able to pass a third class medical examination. Courses consist of 40 hours of ground school instruction where students learn the principles of flight, aerial - navigation, weather factors, and flight regulations. Flying lessons are conducted in dual controlled aircraft (20 hours dual instruction and 20 hours solo flight). The instructor judges when the student is ready to take the written and flight examinations which are given by FAA inspectors. Upon successful completion of both exams, she or he earns the private pilot's license which entitles the pilot to fly passengers, but not for hire. The private pilot can then undertake advanced instruction, learn to fly on instruments and earn a commercial pilot's license upon acquiring additional hours of flight experience. These achievements open up numerous pilot careers because now the pilot can fly for hire. Further study and experience could eventually earn him or her the Air Transport Rating to qualify as an airline pilot.

A second method of acquiring flight training is through pilot training in the armed forces. This entails no expense to the student other than a five year service obligation. With some additional study, the military pilot can qualify for numerous civilian pilot jobs upon leaving the service. The military services have been a major source of pilots for the airlines.

Thirdly, a growing number of colleges and universities offer flight training with credit toward a degree. The graduate leaves school with a private or commercial license, and in a few cases, an Air Transport Rating plus a degree.

To locate educational facilities with programs related to this position, search Avjobs Aviation School Directory. The Avjobs Aviation School Directory makes researching and finding an aviation college, university, flight school or professional training facility simple.

Get Job Updates (it's free) Get Job Updates (it's free)

Enter your email to get FREE job updates.

Aviation Jobs - Apply Online TodayAviation Jobs - Apply Online Today!

Engine Records Analyst, Grand Prairie TX
2 yrs exp w/ Aviation Aerospace Records Strong Communication & Leadership Skills

Assistant Prof Mathematics, Flushing NY
Vaughn College-Aeronautics & Technology Ph D in Pure or Applied Mathmatics Requi

AP Mechanic, Chesterfield MO
2 yrs General Aviation Exp Required Full-time plus benefits - Apply Now!

Chief Flight Instructor, West Milford NJ
Part 141 Flight School & Air Tours NJ, NY Area - Make over $45,000 a year

Engine Shop Technician, Chandler AZ
Leader in Piston Engine Overhaul/Repair Now Hiring, Apply Today!

Avionics Shop Manager, Bellingham WA
Now Hiring! Apply Now! Full Service FBO in Northwest

A&P Maintenance Technician, Sheboygan WI
Qual: A&P License w/ Inspection Auth Aero Commander/King Air Exp. Apply Now!

Executive Jet Charter Trainee Text Jobs
Long Island Residents Please Apply! Now Hiring!

Aircraft Sales Director, Annapolis MD
Now Hiring! Apply Now! 3yrs Aircraft Sales Exp. or degree in Sales/Marketing

PSA Airlines is Hiring MTX Instructors
Full Time, Full Benefits, Dayton, Ohio We're Hiring Quickly! Apply Today

Advertise hereAdvertise here

Related In Flight Careers

Commercial Flying Career OverviewCommercial Flying
Corporate Flight Attendant Career OverviewCorporate Flight Attendant
Airline Flight Attendant Career OverviewAirline Flight Attendant
Airline Captain Career OverviewAirline Captain
Flight Engineer or Second Officer Career OverviewFlight Engineer or Second Officer
Flight Instructor Career OverviewFlight Instructor
Corporate Pilot Career OverviewCorporate Pilot
Patrol Pilot Career OverviewPatrol Pilot
Ferry Pilot Career OverviewFerry Pilot
Agricultural Pilot Career OverviewAgricultural Pilot
Test Pilot Career OverviewTest Pilot
Helicopter Pilot Career OverviewHelicopter Pilot
Copilot or First Officer Career OverviewCopilot or First Officer
Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career OverviewAir Taxi or Charter Pilot

Preferences

Aviation Career Guide

Learn more

Get Hired FASTER!

Take Charge of Your Career Today! Avjobs Applicant Discount Programs.
Register for an applicant subscription, send in your documentation and receive up to twelve (12) months of free service on us! See or discount programs and 6 month guarantee.

Recent Blog Posts

2014 Dec 08  

So much more

2014 Nov 26  

Avjobs offices closed for Thanksgiving 2014

2014 Nov 11  

United States Armed Forces Discount

2014 Nov 10  

Avjobs offices closed for Veterans Day 2014

2014 Oct 16  

20 things that aviation employers consider

2014 Oct 01  

Aviation & Aerospace Jobs Available

2014 Aug 07  

Aviation Mnemonics

2014 Jul 29  

How Employers Notify Applicants About Interviews

2014 Jul 17  

Air Serv Prepares for Boarding

2014 Jul 15  

Join Us for Pub Night- This Friday!

View all

  • Aviation Jobs BlogAviation Jobs, Career Overviews, Job Search Aviation & Aerospace Jobs Available If you're looking to find a job in aviation or just looking for a career change and want to join this dynamic industry, you've come to the right place! The aviation industry offers a variety of occupations and opportunities available including careers with airlines...
  • Aviation Jobs BlogCareer Overviews Aviation Career Guide This Comprehensive (8.5 x 11 - 167 pg.) Guide Includes: Career Types Education Requirements Who Employs Complete Job Descriptions Job Outlook Salary and Benefit Information Tips on writing Dynamic Resumes and Cover Letters and Interview Techniques that get you...
  • Aviation Jobs BlogCareer Overviews Aviation Opportunities Aviation Career Overviews Aviation offers many varied exciting and rewarding opportunities. Entry level positions with an airline, cover a wide variety of operations and duties. Most of these positions involve extensive customer service contact requiring strong...
  • Aviation JobPost your Resume on Avjobs.com Post your Resume on Avjobs.com Post your resume on Avjobs.com and let employers find you. Write an Aviation Specific Resume Online! In today's competitive aviation job market, a well-written...
  • Aviation JobPilot Fixed-Wing Captain - Learjet 35a Captain - Learjet 35a Ft. Lauderrdale, FL One Position Currently Available For Experienced Learjet 35a Captain For Domestic And International Executive...
  • Aviation JobManagement Procurement And Inventory Manager Procurement And Inventory Manager Lawrenceville, GA Rapidly Growing, Lawrenceville Ga Based, Manufacturer Of Aircraft Interior Components With A Fast...
  • Aviation JobBusiness Operations Charter Coordinator Charter Coordinator Burbank, CA Charter Coordinator—burbank, Ca Avjet Corporation Is Currently Seeking An Aircraft Charter Coordinator For Our...

Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Career Overview

Follow Us
Share
Permalink to this pagePermalink to this page

Site Map | | RSS Feeds | | | Contact Us

® Avjobs, Inc. © Copyright 1988-2014 - All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Sales and Refunds | Privacy Policy | Security Statement


  Push 2 Check