Today's airline industry is radically different from what it was prior to 1978. At that time, the industry resembled a public utility, with a government agency, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), determining the routes each airline flew and overseeing the prices they charged. Today, it is a market-driven industry, with customer demand determining the levels of service and price.
The turning point was the Airline Deregulation Act, approved by Congress on October 24, 1978 and signed into law four days later by President Jimmy Carter. Pressure for airline deregulation had been building for many years, particularly among economists who pointed out, in numerous studies, that unregulated intrastate airfares were substantially lower than fares for interstate flights of comparable distances. However, it was a series of developments in the mid-1970s that intensified the pressure and brought the issue to a head. more>>
With retirement rates increasing and the aviation industry expanding, the demand for qualified personnel has never been greater.
Today, there are many challenging careers available in the aviation & aerospace industry. The complex operations of each company require many skilled employees and offer a wide variety of job opportunities. Those that want to join this dynamic industry, know that endless possibilities lie ahead.
AVSchools helps students find and research educational facilities that can open up their possibilities and prepare them for these openings. Our searchable directory provides students with a tool to find and explore aviation academies, universities, training centers, or flight schools. more >>
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The first scheduled air service began in Florida on January 1, 1914. Glenn Curtiss had designed a plane that could take off and land on water and thus could be built larger than any plane to date, because it did not need the heavy undercarriage required for landing on hard ground. Thomas Benoist, an auto parts maker, decided to build such a flying boat, or seaplane, for a service across Tampa Bay called the St. Petersburg - Tampa Air Boat Line. His first passenger was ex-St. Petersburg Mayor A.C. Pheil, who made the 18-mile trip in 23 minutes, a considerable improvement over the two-hour trip by boat. The single-plane service accommodated one passenger at a time, and the company charged a one-way fare of $5. After operating two flights a day for four months, the company folded with the end of the winter tourist season. more >>
An interesting alternative to working in the private sector is a career in government. Many highly responsible aviation positions are to be found in the FAA and other Federal agencies. In addition, state and local government agencies are involved in aviation. more >>
Aviation offers many varied exciting and rewarding opportunities.
These pages provide information that is useful in making career decisions.
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 interpersonal and communication skills. No previous experience is required, although you may be required to work evening or early-morning hours, adhere to a strict physical appearance, and lift heavy objects. Entry level positions such as Pilot, or Mechanic require special licenses issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and/or specific previous work experience. Specific hiring requirements for these positions may also be obtained by viewing the job posting details or contacting the specific airline.
To eliminate any confusion, all positions are regarded as customer service positions. Every second an airline employee spends with a passenger or potential passenger is critical. Most passengers choose their airline based on the quality of service received. Passengers may never see you, but they will remember their telephone conversation, the comfort of their flight, and the way their baggage arrived; safely, timely at the correct destination. They will thank you by flying your airline over and over again.
Research and Explore Aviation Industry Career Options
Avjobs provides overviews for many career types in the Aviation, Airline, Airport and Aerospace industries. After thoroughly researching possible careers/jobs, several options will emerge as most realistic and attractive. These options should become your career or job search goals. At this point, it is useful to get feedback from experts in the field or Avjobs Career Consultants to determine if your assessment is realistic. A telephone call or two with an Avjobs Career Center Consultant is strongly encouraged to discuss your analysis and decisions.