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Welcome to eClass 10:

Gaining the RIGHT experience…

Here we go…

A bit about our story…

In my own journeys and after many discussions with my colleagues, there is one common challenge – getting your first job is always the hardest.  I will look at getting your first job as this is imperative to not only achieving experience but the RIGHT experience. I’ve said earlier I entered the industry at different parts of the cycle.  I completed my training at a flying school one day and was offered a job at the same flying school to start the next day!  As for me, I spent a lot of time getting myself known by sending out resume’s, phoning people and by face to face.

I admit that I almost got to the point that it felt impossible and was never going to get a job.  It was late in the day and hot.  I did not want to walk into the Gliding Club of Victoria – but did.  The previous pilot had left the day before – the rest is history.  History which you can benefit from in this program.  I am living proof that you must never, never give up because your first job is probably the next door that you walk through.  I cannot stress enough that the more energy that you put into the first job, the better your career outcome.

Craig

 

PART 1: How to plan it out.

Our Aviation Secrets Insider Career Chart

Career-Chart

 

Career Plan:

Step 1: Choose to Gain Flying Experience or Cadet Program

 

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Unsure which way to go?… 

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    WHAT DO I NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR? 

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Gaining experience will be challenging and fun.  Always be on the lookout for complacency not only with your next step but also with your flying.  It pays to be aware of the feeling of invincibility as there will be always something else to learn. 

I will say it again – there is always something else to learn. 

You may from time to time that it feels like its taking forever but keep going.  Believe me when you make it to your end goal these early days will seem like they ‘flew’ by.  We found that the early days were great fun and now form part of our ‘war stories’ repertoire and yours will too!

 

WARNING – always ensure that hours that are logged in your logbook are legitimate.  Your experience must match your ability.  It is an offence punishable by law for false entries in your logbook. 

 

Don’t just listen to the ‘pilot police’ (see previous eClass).  Word will spread if someone is employing but find out for yourself by the ‘apply now and ask questions later’ method.  Fairly self explanatory.  I have personal experience where the majority was incorrect in the process of application to a particular airline.  It might not sound like a big deal but by applying what we have been telling you and finding out for ourselves it meant successful employment and the airline stopped recruiting soon after.

You will need to take action to achieve these steps in your career process.

 

PART 2: How to use the Aviation Cycle to your advantage.

To dominate you need to understand the cycle. 

KNOWLEDGE = POWER. 

I entered the aviation industry 5 years apart due to my age.  The aviation industry was in a different part of the cycle.  Just to recap on ‘the cycle’, in the industry I have watched it roll on about a 6-7 year cycle.  Often external factors affect how the cycle moves but history has proved that it averages out to 7 years.

AVIATION CYCLE ON THE WAY UP

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Airlines see a need to increase services, they recruit which takes pilots from regional airlines, then they recruit which takes pilots from general aviation and there is a shortage. 

Conversely, an event generally occurs (eg SARS or GFC) and airlines need to reduce services, therefore reduce pilot numbers, those pilots often move back to regional or overseas. 

This is the aviation cycle.

AVIATION CYCLE ON THE WAY DOWN

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So what can you do to ride the cycle?

In our experience the answer to this question is simple – just jump on.

WARNING – Procrastination leaves success on the table!

Even if you are starting when there is the start of a downturn, it will still take an amount of time to complete your training and the best bit is that you are not missing out on good jobs during it.

If you are in an upturn, things will probably just move quicker.  Either way the industry does still move if you set yourself up from the start and apply all the knowledge contained in the previous modules.

Many of the options when you are starting out are contained in my  Pilot Suitability Navigation Map’.  Plan you search for you first job methodically which should be second nature once you have completed you training.

Firstly create a wish list of what area that you want.  Make this list long and it will have to stretch perhaps your entire country. 

Secondly break it down from within these areas to companies that would be ideal.

FOR EXAMPLE:

STATE OR TERRITORY OR

AREA

AIRPORT

COMPANY

CONTACT DETAILS

DATE OF LAST CONTACT

WESTERN NSW

WAGGA WAGGA

XYZ CHARTER COMPANY

MR. B. POSITIVE

TOO LONG AGO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to cut and paste or just copy the format.

The more organised and methodical you are, the better.

Thirdly get yourself known as detailed in the next eClass.

PILOT RECRUITMENT CYCLE GRAPHS…

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So what does this mean for you…(example from Australian charts)

  • Pilot Recruitment goes in cycles
  • Peak in 1964, 1970, 1975 (no data between 1976-2000)
  • Peak in 2002, 2009 and on the way up through 2011 and beyond
  • Based upon aircraft orders demand is continuing

 

US-pilot-cycles

US Pilot Recruitment expected to be at lowest 2010/2011 and based on historical 7 year cycle would be expected for demand to rise from here.

 

PART 3: When and how to fast track.

WHEN TO FAST TRACK…

  • Look at the facts – peak demand is happening now
  • If you are serious, right now is the time to have your CPL and experience
  • If you procrastinate you miss out
  • Sorry to be so direct but this is how it is

HOW TO FAST TRACK…

  • If an aviation career is what you want, follow the steps in previous eClasses and get started
  • Use your knowledge from previous eClasses to ensure nothing slows you down
  • Take Action – decide if this is for you
  • Choose the option that suits you for training (if you are unsure, stay tuned as we look at this in an upcoming eClass)

 

In our experience, fast tracking the process is about your state of mind.  What?!

Let me explain.  It’s about abundance.  If you have an abundance mentality and that there are plenty of jobs out there and it’s just a matter of meeting up with it, then chances are you and your job will meet.

If you believe there is no job – what do you think the outcome would be?

 

OUR MOTIVATION TIP…

Write down your end goal and look at it a lot. 

“I am a successful Commercial Pilot flying on an airliner”.

Lock it in and leave yourself no doubt.

Then every move you make will be strategic to your outcome.  All the hurdles that you will come across (and you will!) will be easier to overcome.

Don’t be satisfied until you reach the end goal.  When in one job, be looking for the next one.  Continue to get yourself known for the ‘right reasons’ everyday.

Being strategic, committed and focused can only result in your best possible fast track outcome.

Story by Craig:

It was summer, hot and the car had no air conditioning. I was on leave from my

Regional Airline job and visiting Melbourne. Naomi had planned to go on a road trip

to visit the aviation operators on the Hume Hwy, which runs from Melbourne to

Sydney. We had stopped at every airport, operator, and flight school to no avail.

Heading back south we were approaching to the town of Benalla. I suggested we stop by as the Gliding Federation operated from there. Naomi was reluctant because of the rejection and lack of response received so far.

Result, after a quick talk with the Chief Tug Pilot, she had a job starting the following

week! She flew the remainder of that season and then got an instructors job in

Wagga Wagga. From there, she was able to progress from job to job.

Ultimately employed as a First Officer with Ansett Australia at age of 22

PART 4: What experience do the airlines want?

Common traits that airlines want…

 

  • Commitment to Safety
  • Willingness to learn more
  • Loyalty
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Respect of position

 

Experience that airlines want…

There are 2 main differences in experience requirements and this depends upon an airlines policy and we will look at each one.

TYPE 1: Uses the general aviation system to draw on pilots with previous experience

TYPE 2: Trains pilot’s from scratch such as a Cadet Program

 

TYPE 1 expanded:

In an ideal world, here’s some of their favourites:

General Minimum:

  • At least 500 hours (varies between airlines)
  • In Command flight experience
  • Multi Engine flight experience
  • Instrument flight time

Bonus Points for:

  • Turbine experience
  • Multi Crew (two pilots) experience

Many airlines minimum requirements depend upon their Insurance Company.  In certain situations this can be waivered depending upon Supply and Demand.

TYPE 2 expanded:

  • Generally nil experience as they will train you through a Cadet Program

 

PART 5: Questions for You.

  1. What would be your preferred method of flying training?
  2. When do you think that the next peak for pilot recruitment will be? 
  3. What steps will you take to ensure you are going to benefit in this cycle?
  4. After reading ‘Craig’s story about Naomi’, what did you gain from this?
  5. Write down all the things that concern you about gaining ‘the right’ experience and please raise them at the Webinar.

Next week’s preview…’How to get a flying job…’

Find out how doing anything that you can even before you start will be of immense value to your career.

Congratulations on completing this Eclass.  Check out below the Eclass calender to see what’s in store!

If you have any questions or comments please send them to info@ouraviationsecrets.com

DON’T FORGET TO BE AT THIS MONTH’S WEBINAR!

You will be sent the invitation.

To Your Flying Success!

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Captain Craig Baker

Airline Pilot and Professional Pilot Mentor

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