Learning to fly a general aviation airplane opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities. Most obvious is becoming a professional pilot for one of the many commercial flying services — major airline, regional airline, air charter, corporate, overnight mail, small package, and cargo. Pilots are needed for the many special missions of general aviation — emergency medical evacuation, agricultural work, law enforcement, news gathering, aerial surveying, photography, and a multitude of industrial purposes. Flying may also complement your career path in business or sales, or a profession that you haven’t even chosen yet.

There are many careers in the aviation industry in which the skill and knowledge you gain as a pilot are a special asset, even though daily flying is not a part of your job. These careers include air traffic control, computer science, electronics, and aviation safety; air carrier, airport, and general aviation operations management; flight navigation, communications, and maintenance; engineering, law, medicine, finance, and insurance. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination because general aviation touches many facets of our lives. As a pilot, you speak the language of aviation.

General aviation is a unique industry, combining the romance and enthusiasm of our heritage with the high-tech equipment and modern proficiency skills of today. It is a superb tool of business and a personal time machine. It is a partner in our nation’s productivity. Learning to fly can lead to your discovery of rewarding career opportunities.

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General Aviation Manufacturers Association