The future looks promising for commercial pilot licence holders due to demand rising in emerging markets across the globe. The global aviation market is booming. Which is fantastic news for aspiring pilots and represents the best time ever to get into the industry. This means more career opportunities for Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) holders who want to go abroad.
It’s expected to continue driving the world’s general aviation market. Emerging markets in Asia will dominate over the next 20 years, according to IATA.
AUSTRALIAN PILOTS: YOUR FUTURE IS JUST OVER THE HORIZON
Virgin, Air New Zealand, Qantas, QantasLink have been recruiting a high volume of pilots this year. Airlines from the United States such as SkyWest have also made significant Australian hires.
The Australian government recently allowed foreign pilots to work in Australia on working visas for 2 to 4 years. Which proves that we need pilots in Australia now than ever too.
While there is a general consensus that getting a position with an airline is difficult to secure, the entry requirements are pretty achievable; and many flight instructors with a certain amount of flying hours and experience are easily accepted.
THE PROMISING FUTURE OF CHINESE AIRLINES
China is going to surpass the United States as the world’s largest air travel operator by 2020. China’s airlines have been rapidly expanding their international destinations in recent years. Over the next 20 years, they will require 5000 pilots to be recruited per year to meet skyrocketing travel demand.
Chinese airlines are offering higher than standard industry salaries and benefits to recruit airline captains. It attracts some of the best Australian pilots and other pilots in the world. In short, career opportunities for Australian pilots are plenty.
LEARN TO FLY CAN HELP LAUNCH YOUR PILOT CAREER
Darren, our airline interview training coach, has been helping many flight instructors get their airline jobs. Recently, 20 instructors from an Adelaide-based flying school, accounting for 30% of all of their flight instructors, successfully landed their dream airline jobs.
As many flying instructors have gone to the airlines, the flight training industry needs more and more flight instructors, especially the senior level flight instructors who can work without supervision and can do more specialised types of training.
Some flight training students who thought about getting into the aviation industry through an airline’s Cadet Pilot Program have may wish to consider to another path: Student pilot > Commercial Pilot Licence > Instructor Rating > working as a flying instructor > airlines.
Learn To Fly’s Flight Instructor Rating course is an ideal way to increase your aviation knowledge and set yourself up for a career as a flight instructor. Students will receive dual qualifications (RA Instructor Rating and GA Instructor Rating) which can maximise their employability in airlines.
We will also hire selected students to work for us and we are happy to see our students becoming flight instructors, senior instructors and landing their airline jobs at the end.
A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is also essential if you want to land a career in commercial operation. CPL holders have a wide range of career pathways to choose from, including joining a commercial airline and finding a job in tourism, agriculture or passenger transport.