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Special Edition: Pros share insights from the flight deck

AOPA Flight Training
Special Edition: Aviation Career Advice November 18, 2020
Pros share insights

The journey to becoming a professional pilot is challenging and rewarding. To help you along the way, we are offering a quarterly Career Special Edition to provide:

  • Advice from experts in the industry.
  • Résumé writing and interview tips.
  • A pulse on the hiring scene.
  • A glimpse of professional flying.
  • Inspiration from professionals who have overcome challenges.

In our first edition, we provided advice on staying the course in your training during the coronavirus pandemic. In this edition, professional pilots share how they have overcome emergencies on the flight deck, trained to get their first type rating, and continue working to achieve their dreams. Plus, we share our 2021 Flight Training College Aviation Directory.

Career News
Tammie Jo Shults talks emergency management
Tammie Jo Shults talks emergency management
Retired Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults shares emergency management advice from her experience guiding Flight 1380 with one good engine, wing damage, a depressurized cabin, and multiple system failures to safety on April 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Tammie Jo Shults.) Read more >
Pilot magazine
New jet pilot
After 20 hours of training in a full-motion simulator to earn his first jet type rating, AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman gets his hands on a Cessna Citation M2. Learn what the sim prepares you for, and what you need to experience in the jet. Read more >
Turbine Pilot magazine
Meet the UPS upset training guru
Go inside Sean Horton's upset training course for United Parcel Service. UPS brought the upset training guru on board to develop and implement extended envelope training in response to an FAA mandate for air carrier pilots. Read more >
Pilot magazine
Go for your goals
On her quest to become an astronaut, U.S. Air Force Maj. Christin "Sparta" Hart is methodically checking off boxes required for the application and having a lot of fun as a U.S. Air Force B–52 test pilot. Read more >
Career insight: For hire
Earning a commercial pilot certificate is a huge milestone in an aspiring professional pilot's career—but being paid to fly comes with responsibility to understand the certificate's limits. Read more >
Four main types of corporate flying
Corporate aviation offers flexibility to job seekers, but the plethora of opportunities can be difficult to sift through. Read more >
Online resource
2021 'Flight Training' College Aviation Directory
The 2021 Flight Training College Aviation Directory, sponsored by California Aeronautical University, lists the colleges and universities in the United States that offer associate, bachelor's, or master's degrees in an aviation field. Read more >
Featured Video
Teen helo pilot takes on aerial firefighting as summer job
Teen helo pilot takes on aerial firefighting as summer job
College student Ashli Blain talks about her not-so-typical summer job: fighting fires as pilot in command of a Black Hawk for Billings Flying Service in Montana. (Photo courtesy of Gary Blain.) Watch the video >
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Flight Training Editors:
Alyssa Cobb
Jim Moore
Dan Namowitz
Jill Tallman
David Tulis

Production Team:
Elizabeth Linares
Kristy O'Malley
Melissa Whitehouse
Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Tom Haines
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
Kollin Stagnito
Ian Twombly
Julie Summers Walker
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