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Professional Pilot Training: Career Possibilities

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Professional Pilot Training: Career Possibilities

Professional Pilot Training: Career PossibilitiesOne of the reasons that so many students feel confident about committing to professional pilot training these days is that there are seemingly endless career possibilities available to new pilots. You’ve probably read about the ongoing hiring boom that’s taking place in the aviation industry. Industry insiders say that the hiring boom is likely to last at least five years, but what they’re not telling you is that there is no actual end in sight. Five years is just the most reasonable number to cut off the forecast at. The world is changing and the way that business is getting done is getting faster. While much of the way that industries do business has gone online, an increasingly networked world has also led to a need for more pilots and more aircraft. Manufacturers are reporting that new aircraft orders are significantly up over previous years and that future orders are looking equally or more promising. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) offers training to professional pilots of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Some of the Career Possibilities Available to Professional Pilots

There are many career options available to well trained pilots. If you are a fixed-wing pilot some obvious career choices might include the decision to become a commercial airline pilot. This is sort of the classic career choice for many students, though it’s certainly not the only one. You could become a cargo delivery pilot. Because while e-mail may slowly be replacing the letter, it’s still necessary to ship large parcels. Pipeline inspection is another choice for those considering emerging careers. While pipeline inspection has been around for a while, the US has recently been making large strides towards energy independence and so pipeline inspection has seen a big boost.

For helicopter pilots, there are staple careers such as becoming a flight instructor, but many pilots find airborne law enforcement (ALE) work to be exciting, and then there are things like firefighting helicopter pilots and EMS air ambulance pilots that also have exciting careers. And while you don’t immediately think of stunts when you think of helicopters, you certainly don’t need to limit your imagination that way when you’re thinking of helicopter careers. Chuck Aaron is the only FAA certified aerobatics helicopter pilot. When it comes to aviation, pursuing your dream career is often just a matter of how much work you’re willing to put in.

Upper Limit Aviation can help you put the pedal to the metal, and guide you to realize your limitless potential to achieve success as a professional pilot. Call 1-855-HELIEDU to find out how.

 

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in South America

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in South America

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in South AmericaSouth America is a huge landmass that offers many chances for professional fixed-wing pilots to find success. Making the choice to pursue a career in a far-away destination makes it possible to find benefits that would not be available otherwise. The global aviation industry is in currently experiencing a period of tremendous growth. There are plenty of opportunities available for those pilots who wish to stay at home, but for those pilots thinking of relocating, it may be possible to get in on the ground floor of an emerging aviation golden age. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) believes that with our training and your commitment to excellence, we can help you achieve your wildest dreams as a fixed-wing pilot seeking a career in South America.

Fixed-Wing Pilots Will Find Untold Opportunities to Succeed in South American Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers

A close examination of the career choices available to fixed-wing pilots in South America will reveal that the choices are very similar to what would be available here. There are jobs that are available primarily because of the unique geographic features of the continent. The Amazon is one of the truly unique features of the global landscape. The resources available in the world’s largest rainforest are under fierce protective provisions, but many companies do work within the rainforest. Transportation is a necessity and provides many potential jobs for fixed-wing pilots. Additionally, there are a number of oil-producing and other resource rich nations in South America, and all of those industries have an urgent need for fixed-wing pilots.

South America is one of the most scenic places on the planet. The vistas offered to fixed-wing pilots may often feel like their own reward. Of course, there are enormous benefits to be found by pilots who choose to follow their South American aviation dream. The first step to take if you would like to make your dream come true is to call Upper Limit Aviation. Some day you could look back and realize that the decision to sign up for flight training was the defining choice of your life. Call 1-855-HELIEDU to find out why.

What Is It Like to Be an Airborne Law Enforcement Pilot?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

What Is It Like to Be an Airborne Law Enforcement Pilot?

What Is It Like to Be an Airborne Law Enforcement Pilot?   The opportunity to become an airborne law enforcement pilot is one of the many exciting career options available to those who complete professional pilot training. Many students arrive to their helicopter flight training with a preconceived notion of what they would like to do as a career. In the case of many airborne law enforcement (ALE) pilots, that is often the case. Due to the fact that ALE pilots must usually join a police force and work for two years as a regular police officer before they will be eligible to be considered for an ALE position, most pilots who pursue this career are very committed to their choice. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) can provide the training that ALE pilots need to distinguish themselves from their colleagues.

What Does an Airborne Law Enforcement Pilot Do? 

Usually there are two people flying in an ALE helicopter: the pilot and the TFO (or, technical field officer). The TFO is usually responsible for surveillance and other police work while the pilot, obviously, flies the helicopter. Sometimes ALE pilots must use special equipment, such as FLiR (forward looking infrared) and NVG (night vision goggles). Using this equipment while operating the helicopter takes practice and finesse. During the course of a day, an airborne law enforcement pilot will spend most of their time assisting cops on the ground, by providing details of routes and conditions, shining a spotlight or other duties. Occasionally, ALE pilots will look for missing persons or suspects who have fled capture. It doesn’t happen every day, but most ALE pilots love a good high-speed chase as well.

Upper Limit Aviation provides all the training today’s Airborne Law Enforcement pilots will need in order to perform the essential duties of their job. This is a rewarding career that can enrich your life. To learn more about how to get started at Upper Limit Aviation, call 1-855-HELIEDU today.

 

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in China

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in China

The aviation industry in China is modernizing sufficiently that many fixed-wing pilots are seriously considering pursuing careers there. The explosive growth in the aviation market reflects how globally connected every corner of our industry is. China has recently adopted many Western-style rules and regulations, making it a natural transition for pilots who have trained at a flight training academy such as Upper Limit Aviation. Many Western aviation companies have opened operations in China. There are a variety of factors contributing to why Western pilots are finding such success in China, but the main one is that there is an even more critical pilot shortage in China than there is in the rest of the world. There are only a few flight training schools and they can’t possibly keep up with demand. Pilots considering a fixed-wing career in China should complete their training at Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU). They will have access to a tremendous number of opportunities.

Helping Fixed-Wing Pilots Take Advantage of Career Opportunities in China

Geographically, China is almost exactly the same size as the United States. That leaves a lot of ground to cover in terms of air travel and transport. China is the world’s fastest growing economy, meaning that there is a lot of business to be done, and quickly, which translates to a huge array of fixed-wing pilot careers that must be filled soon. The cost of living is comparatively small, making the inflated salaries being offered by some companies stretch a rather long way.

Upper Limit Aviation encourages our fixed-wing pilot graduates to seek only the opportunities that sound just right for them. Because there is so many jobs available and so few pilots to take them, today’s pilots can be a little more picky than you used to be able to get away with. For those pilots who decide to pursue work in China, rest assured that your training at Upper Limit Aviation should translate easily, as international licenses in China are often just a matter of securing the proper paperwork. To learn how China may be the perfect career destination for you after you complete your fixed-wing pilot training, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

 

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in New Zealand

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in New Zealand

Fixed-wing pilot students who seek a career in Fixed-Wing Pilot Careers in New Zealand are able to boast of working in one of the most beautiful settings for pilots in the world. New Zealand is one of the aviation capitals of the world. Islands are naturally hospitable to pilots. Many inhabited islands have difficult to cross terrain and so traveling by air makes more sense in many cases. Anyone who has seen the Lord of the Rings films knows that New Zealand is home to a wildly diverse array of landscapes and microclimates. Any type of flight experience that you can imagine can be undertaken in New Zealand. Pilots seeking fixed-wing careers in New Zealand after completing their training at Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) will find that there are many choices available to them.

 Types of Fixed-Wing PIlot Careers Available in New Zealand

Islands such as New Zealand typically offer many opportunities to work as a transport pilot of fixed-wing aircraft. Whether for cargo or passengers, fixed-wing transport careers can be very rewarding. Another fruitful career for fixed-wing pilots in New Zealand is in the sightseeing industry. The North and South islands feature an incredibly varied terrain with all sorts of beautiful sights to behold, all improved by a stunning aerial vantage point. It is also one of the few places in the world where one has the chance to take a tourist flight to Antarctica. This is an incredible and unique opportunity for fixed-wing pilots to seize an exciting career.

Upper Limit Aviation can teach you everything you need to know to set off on an adventurous fixed-wing career in New Zealand. Our training is primed to help you take advantage of the current aviation market conditions. We have programs to help veterans take advantage of the benefits the VA offers through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. We have three campuses, located in West Memphis, AR, Salt Lake City, UT and Cedar City, UT, each offering the same top notch training, but featuring its own distinctive, defining feature that makes it right for just the right fixed-wing pilot student. To learn more about how Upper Limit Aviation can help you, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

Studying to Become a Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Studying to Become a Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot

Studying to Become a Professional Fixed-Wing PilotThere are certain aspects of training to become a professional fixed-wing pilot that students look forward to, and other parts that, we have to admit, they dread. On the one hand, you get to fly an airplane and actually get to see and experience what life as a pilot is like. Our students treasure every moment they get to spend flying, just like they will once they attain the career of their dreams. Many students have a fearful reaction to the classroom. We believe that it doesn’t have to be that way. While there are a great number of acronyms to describe a great number of things, as well as instrument names, numbers, regulations and procedures to remember, your practical flight experience will help you forge connections that will easily reinforce everything that you’re learning. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) knows how to teach students this information in a memorable and engaging way.

The Fine Line Between Memorization and Internalization: Creating Understanding in Professional Pilots

By connecting classroom learning and homework to experiences in the cockpit, we are able to help professional pilot students to quickly internalize huge amounts of information that would otherwise seem like an impossible task. Our fixed-wing students wake up excited everyday that they know they’ll get to takeoff and get some real flight experience, but the methods we use actually make learning fun. We create understanding that the entire training experience is part of a comprehensive learning experience that will end with a student obtaining his or her professional flight credential.

There has literally never been a better time in aviation history to decide to become a professional fixed-wing pilot. All of the expansion undertaken in the last few years has been forecast to continue to grow for at least the next five years, and probably more than that. The number and range of opportunities available to new pilots is unprecedented in aviation history. Many industries are finding new applications for pilots every day. There are opportunities in every corner of the globe. If you are a veteran, Upper Limit Aviation may be able to help you apply your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to receive a free or deeply discounted education. To learn how to take the next step toward your future success, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

 

Good Training Prepares Helicopter Pilots for Hazards

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Good Training Prepares Helicopter Pilots for Hazards

During the normal operation of a helicopter, all pilots must be fully aware of potential hazards that could arise during flight. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of those on board is to thoroughly internalize your training. By training at a top notch flight training academy such as Upper Limit Aviation, you can be sure that your training will cover all of the necessary steps to avoid easy to fall into traps. Inevitably, there are unknown variables that all pilots must be prepared to deal with, but the fact is that pilots that are well trained are prepared for anything when they takeoff. Preparedness means planning ahead when possible, and knowing how to react when necessary. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) can train you to become a confident, successful helicopter pilot.

Training for Hazards is One of the Hallmarks of Good Helicopter Pilots

There are some common hazards that should be easy to avoid in most cases with good planning in advance. For instance, brownouts remain a constant threat for pilots who do not have a plan for where they will land their helicopter. If you are forced to land in a dusty location and you don’t have specialized imaging equipment such as see-and-remember or other augmented landing visibility equipment, you are entering into a danger zone. Brownouts occur when the rotor kicks up dust, dirt, debris or snow around the landing site, eliminating the pilot’s visibility. Simple good planning can counteract this mistake. Additionally, tree and cable strikes and loss of situational awareness can be easily corrected with an equal balance of vigilant attention and adequate preparation.

Modern helicopter aviation is safe for pilots and passengers. Simple steps must be taken to ensure the safety of all involved. But that’s all they are: simple steps, that any good pilot will follow. Helicopter pilots who complete their training at Upper Limit Aviation will be more than well prepared. We have a reputation for training above and beyond the minimum requirements because we resent the implication that anyone should have the minimum amount of skill required. We believe in the pursuit of excellence and our students reflect that by obtaining some of the best careers in the industry. To learn how Upper Limit Aviation can help you, call 1-855-HELIEDU today.

 

Fixed-Wing Pilots: Aircraft Preferences

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Fixed-Wing Pilots: Aircraft Preferences

Fixed-Wing Pilots: Aircraft PreferencesAll fixed-wing pilots have a preference for either large or small aircraft, and most have a preference for a specific aircraft. There are advantages that are apparent to one or the other depending upon the job that you are required to perform or what sort of flight you have set out for. An airline pilot is more likely to enjoy operating a larger aircraft than an aerial application ag pilot, for instance. Flying a Cessna and flying a Dreamliner are simply two different birds, apples and oranges. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) can provide training to pilots no matter what their preference is. We all learn on the same aircraft, and whatever job you wind up going on to find, the training you receive at ULA will go a long way to preparing you for success.

Fixed-Wing Pilots Love Pretty Much Anything That Flies

The initial training stages are a process of getting to know your equipment. Many pilots find that their favorite aircraft is the one they learned on. There’s something about small aircraft that makes it easier to feel as though the aircraft is just an extension of your own body, that it’s actually your body itself that is doing the flying. On the other hand, controlling the seemingly limitless power of a large aircraft has its own appeal as well. Many pilots have a dream career that they’d like to pursue, and so they develop an affinity for the aircraft that are primarily used in that career. Whatever your preference, reaching the point where you can fly the aircraft of your choice starts with pursuing fixed-wing pilot training at Upper Limit Aviation.

Upper Limit Aviation emphasizes the skills that are most central to become an effective, knowledgeable and safe pilot. We believe that comprehensive education and training matched with practical flight experience and a vivid understanding of flight theory concepts will aid pilots in their quest to become the best pilot that they can be. As a professional fixed-wing pilot who has trained at Upper Limit Aviation, you can be sure that your skills will reflect a versatility that will enable you to work in the career of your choice. Call 1-855-HELIEDU to get started with your flight training today.

 

Firefighting Helicopter Pilot

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Firefighting Helicopter Pilot

Firefighting Helicopter PilotThere are certain jobs in the helicopter aviation community that are just essential, such as the career undertaken by firefighting helicopter pilots. Without these heroic individuals, our wildfires would rage and communities would be dashed. It’s difficult to imagine a time before we had these heroes to rely upon. There is no doubt that this is a dangerous job that has occasionally led to tragic consequences both on the ground and in the air, but as with our paramedics and policemen, our specialized civil servicemen are our first defense against danger. They keep families and communities safe and preserve order when chaos would otherwise reign. This particular helicopter career has grown in recent years, thankfully for all of us. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) can provide all the training necessary to become a firefighting helicopter pilot (also known as a helitack pilot).

Where Would We Be Without Firefighting Helicopter Pilots?

Certain environmental conditions have emerged, such as a prolonged drought in many parts of the country that have contributed to the dangerous potential fire conditions throughout the country. Whether a blaze starts as an accident or as arson, there have been many major wildfires each summer over the last many years. Without firefighting helicopter pilots, a lot of lives and a lot of property would have been destroyed.

Firefighting helicopter pilots use precision techniques to perform their highly skilled job. Water drops can be made using bambi buckets or airframe mounted water tanks, or flame retardant foam may sometimes be employed. Pilots may also transport hotshot firefighting crews into the fire to fight the blaze on the ground.

Upper Limit Aviation is a flight training school that offers the most comprehensive training program we could design. Helicopter pilots who wish to enter into the firefighting field will get all the training they need to attain excellence in their chosen career. To learn more about the kinds of opportunities available at ULA, such as assistance for veterans through the Post 9/11 GI Bill that may cover all or part of your tuition, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

 

Advanced Training Opportunities for Fixed-Wing Pilots, Part I

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Advanced Training Opportunities for Fixed-Wing Pilots, Part I

Advanced Training Opportunities for Fixed-Wing Pilots, Part IFixed-wing pilots have to renew their certificate every two years in order to stay current. Many pilots will take the easier route and book time with a CFI in order to get current, but we have a piece of advice for those of you who wish to add benefit to your pilot’s license. The aviation industry is full of opportunities for fixed-wing pilots, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a competitive place. There is no question that the best trained pilots, men and women who go out of their way to pursue excellence at every opportunity, are the pilots who will gain access to the widest number of great career choices. That is why Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) feels that fixed-wing pilots should avoid the perils of complacency by merely taking the required steps to renew their credential.

How Advanced Training Can Reignite Your Passion for Flying

Students of Upper Limit Aviation know that we abhor the ‘race to the bottom’ exemplified by some of our industry peers who focus only on the bare minimum requirements when they certify student pilots. That is why we feel it is a wasted opportunity when professional fixed-wing pilots merely renew their credential, when they truly have an opportunity to add another layer of depth, a further enhancement of their potential, by adding advanced training onto the time they’ll spend with a CFI at renewal time.

Upper Limit Aviation encourages you to be proactive and in your pursuit of personal excellence even after you leave our program. Our pilots are our calling cards. The reason our reputation within the industry exemplifies excellence is because we built into the tenets that guide our training. The reason we have a 100% employment rating is because our pilots are reliably excellent, each and every graduating class has been trained to their fullest potential. If you would like to be part of a program that is built on excellence and realizing the limitless potential that professional fixed-wing pilots enjoy, call 1-855-HELIEDU. And read our follow up article to learn about the kinds of opportunities students have to undertake advanced training.