Airshow Stunt Pilots - Definitely one of the riskier pilot careers; performs aerial acrobatics for large crowds at events and venues, performs in competitions, and sometimes this classification of pilot also competes in aerial races. Contract Pilots - You can start your own pilot business and work freelance on a per- contract basis. You will have to go out and find opportunities to bid on; businesses, corporations, and governments all have a need for private contract pilots. Test Pilots - You can be a “crash test dummy” of the skies. This type of pilot career does a lot of different things. You could be testing aircraft for aircraft manufacturers, private 3 | P a g e
Gerður Lind Magnúsdóttir 4/10/2018 EDUC 1300 CRN #52700 businesses, the military, the federal government, and other aviation-related businesses that may need test pilots. Astronauts and Space Pilots - With recent aviation and aerospace technological breakthroughs, there will be a growing need for space trained pilots in the next several years that are qualified to take commercialized commuter flights into outer space with civilian and non-civilian passengers on board. Getting an associate degree along with the aviation certificates will increase my chances of getting hired by a major airline significantly. I decided a year ago to take the plunge and start my own aviation career. I know it will take a lot of effort and dedication, and I will have to make sure I take advantage of the help that will be available to me to keep my stress levels as low as possible. Pilots struggle with fatigue and other physical struggles because of the constantly changing altitude, and this forces everyone in aviation to stay healthy and prioritize sleep and time management. I will keep a level head and focus on the end result. I have my family’s and partner’s support through it, and I am very confident in my own ability to succeed in the career I have chosen for myself. 4 | P a g e
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