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Find the Best-Paying and Most-Fulfilling Jobs in Professional Piloting

A valuable employment tool, the Professional Pilot Career Guide provides a complete sourcebook of professional flying opportunities. This updated guide contains detailed coverage of pilot ratings and practical test standards-plus goal-achieving tips on job hunting, networking, regional airlines, the majors, and more.

Written by career pilot and aviation-industry expert Robert P. Mark, this vital reference offers a real-world look at what it's like to fly for the airlines, corporations, or charter companies, together with guidance on pay, benefits, types of aircraft, and future prospects. Packed with illustrations, Professional Pilot Career Guide features:

  • Full coverage of aviation training-where to get it and how to finance it
  • The latest airline, corporate, and charter employment opportunities
  • 200 common interview questions-and the 10 most frequent interview mistakes
  • Current information on the best-paying flying jobs
  • Valuable advice on PC-based job search techniques
  • Indepth pilot interviews
  • Essential internet resources

Table of contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Your Career Starts Here
  • Chapter 2. Flight Training
  • Chapter 3. Winning the Ratings: The Real Work Begins
  • Chapter 4. The Job Hunt Begins
  • Chapter 5. The Regional Airlines
  • Chapter 6. The Majors
  • Chapter 7. There's More to Flying Than Simply the Airlines
  • Chapter 8. The Pilot and the Internet
  • Chapter 9: Pilot Reports
  • Appendix A: AOPA Flight Training 2007 College Directory
  • Appendix B: 200 of the Best Interview Questions for Any Flying Job
  • Appendix C: Virtual Airline Resource Guide
  • Appendix D: Small Cargo Pilot Pay Rates
  • Appendix E: Pilot-in-Command/Second in Command Defined
  • Index

Author Biography

Robert Mark, is a 30-year aviation-industry veteran and the Chief Executive Officer of CommAvia, a business development consulting group that specializes in marketing, public relations, issues management and community relations solutions for airports and aviation businesses around the globe. He writes an aviation-industry blog at

A contributing editor to Aviation International News, Mark was, in 2004, named the Airbus Aerospace Journalist of the Year. A former senior associate with Ogilvy PR Worldwide, he also serves as editor of IFR Refresher magazine. Author of four aviation books for McGraw-Hill, he has written for Business & Commercial Aviation, Professional Pilot, Flying, and Air Line Pilot magazine, as well as The Chicago Tribune. His latest book, a Professional Pilot Career Guide, was published by McGraw-Hill in June 2007.

As a professional speaker, Robert Mark has engaged audiences on a variety of aviation and business topics at regional, as well as national convention meetings for the Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Minnesota Aviation Trade Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Mark has also appeared as an aviation expert on PBS, CBS and NBC TV, in additional to being a regular on the Fox News Network.

He is a former airline and corporate pilot, as well as a current Certified Flight Instructor. He has logged over 6200 hours in aircraft from a Cessna 150 to the Boeing BBJ and even Dassault's new Falcon 7X. Ten years of his career was also spent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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