Career Spotlight on Corporate Pilot

Most people hear about being a pilot and they generally think there are two career options: Fly for the military or fly commercial. But there are many opportunities to be a corporate pilot.

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What is a corporate pilot?

A corporate pilot flies aircraft for corporate executive staff, their clients and prospective employees.

What kind of training and education do you need to be a corporate pilot?

Most companies prefer a Bachelor’s degree in addition to your required flight training. To be a corporate pilot, you usually need the following training and ratings:

  • Ground school
  • Private Instrument Rating
  • Instructor Rating
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Ratings for each type of aircraft you fly

Then you work on building your hours in the air in multi-engine aircraft.

What kind of job outlook is there for corporate pilots?

Generally speaking, there are already aviation pilot shortages due to mandatory retirement guidelines. In a July 2018 article in Forbes, aircraft manufacturer Boeing predicted that aviation will need 790,000 new pilots by 2037.