For 34 years, In Flight USA has been delivering news; first, through their monthly publication, and now via their virtual publication at www.inflightusa.com. InFlight USA is committed to delivering 21st century communication with a digital presence that is second to none. Adding AeroSearcher, aviation’s powerful search engine, to their website supports that objective.
AeroSearcher is the aviation industry’s search engine for everything general and business aviation. You can shop products and parts, browse aircraft for sale, or see what aviation jobs are available. You also can search millions – MILLIONS – of aviation photos, all without leaving the In Flight USA site.
The AeroSearcher widget is located on the right-hand sidebar of the homepage on the In Flight website.
Nearly 80 percent of InFlight’sprint readers utilize tablet or smartphone technology, and they now have the advantage of enjoying a wide variety of articles, hard hitting editorials, and product news while on the run. With AeroSearcher’s help, InFlight is putting the power of the internet into the pocket of their readers.
AeroSearcher is a game changer.
AeroSearcher gathers data either by direct feed from partners or via aggregation; it scans the internet to provide data to AeroSearcher’s four streams: planes, products, positions, and pictures. As part of their push to modernize aviation search, the company has focused on making their UI simple and intuitive and their filtering of search results simple yet robust.
“We’re delighted to have In Flight USA as part of the AeroSearcher network,” said Co-Owner Jeff Miller. “As a widget partner, In Flight USA now provides visitors with AeroSearcher’s four streams of aviation search technology: planes, products, positions, and pictures.”
AeroSearcher makes finding any particular aviation listing far easier than ever before. Instead of browsing multiple sites and manually having to compare items, AeroSearcher consolidates results in one place. The advanced search features help the aviation community narrow their choices by allowing them to compare and filter data, which saves them time and keeps them coming back. Users can create free accounts and receive notifications as well.
The power of aviation search engine technology now on In Flight USA…Give it a try, you’ll be glad ‘ya did!
We’re three months into 2020, and it’s interesting to take a step back and look how far we’ve come as an aviation industry. From the first commercial flight in 1914, to the newest Boeing 777X taking its first flight in January of this year, life in the air has come a long way.
The 1920s was a turning point in terms of commercial flights. This was the year aircraft design took a turn to exclusively accommodate passengers. It wasn’t the best of times though: aircraft traveled slower than most trains, were cold because they were uninsulated and had to stop to refuel often. Although flights in the era only held 15 to 20 passengers and were quite uncomfortable, traveling by air continued to gain popularity.
Much of the 30s centered around making aircraft more comfortable for passengers. Early in the decade, female flight attendants became part of the growing list of aviation jobs to provide service similar to current-day duties. By the end of the decade, planes could fly upwards of 20,000 feet, above weather making, for a more comfortable ride.Additionally, seating improved to couches and reclining chairs, cabins became soundproof and heated, and the first pressurized aircraft was made public in 1938.
Significant change occurred in the 40s and 50s. During the second World War, planes were needed for military endeavors rather than commercial use. After the war ended, there was a surplus of planes left over, as well as air bases with long runways. These were transformed for commercial use, leading into the 50s, known as the “Golden Age” of travel. Flying during this time was expensive. In today’s world, a flight from Phoenix to Chicago would cost just over $1,000; to get across the pond, $3,000. Nonetheless, this era lived up to what people paid. Unlike today, people dressed to the nines when flying, and were served unlimited booze and dishes like lobster and prime rib.
From 1960 to 1990, flying was much more relaxed. The “Jumbo Jet” was introduced, making tickets more affordable. More and more people were flying and getting to the gate was easy. No form of ID was required and security screenings didn’t start until 1973, and even those were less extensive than today. Although the meals were included, the quality declined. Free alcohol was still an accommodation. In the late 90s, inflight entertainment was in its early stages and in many cases, seats had a phone.
As most know, 2001 was the year of the 9/11 attacks. After that tragic day, TSA was created and airport security became extensive. Cockpit doors were now locked and reinforced. Present day flying is more about convenience than comfort. Many planes are equipped with large touch screens for tv’s and charging ports for their electronic devices. No free meals or alcohol, unless you buy a first class ticket. That’s where the glamor from the past century continues.
The world of private flying, or general aviation, took off soon after commercial flights. Yet, personal use of planes was actually adopted early in the history of aviation. Just before the first World War, an exhibition pilot Clyde Cessna started his first aircraft business with the intent to produce small, inexpensive aircraft for personal use only.
Cessna and other personal aircraft producers were attempting to make aircraft to fulfill the “winged gospel.” Historian Joseph Corn had a belief he termed the “winged gospel” – a dream that one day aircraft would be the common form of transportation. Producers ran into cost problems. In order to have a small enough aircraft, they would need an expensive engine. To keep the cost down, less expensive engines like the OX-5 could be used, but would require larger aircraft to surround it.
The government began to get involved in the 20s, requiring pilots to have licences and certifications to fly. This made general aviation harder to take off. However, the late 20s and early 30s showed significant advancement in terms of general aviation. More people were getting their pilot’s license, and crop dusting started in the south, proving valuable. The first affordable, small aircraft debuted in 1929. After this development, American manufactures began to produce small, affordable engines to be used in personal aircraft.
World War II grounded most general aviation planes. However, some general aviation pilots found a way to get involved in the war and keep flying. Business aircraft continued to manifest during this time, but post war, personal aviation suffered.
The personal aviation boom never happened, putting many small aircraft manufacturers out of business. Cessna, Beech and Piper managed to survive, but rebuilding the personal aircraft market wasn’t easy. Through the 1970s, some success was seen as builders transitioned from fabric to metal covered aircraft. Aircraft used for general aviation began to include restored warbirds, helicopters, single-engine planes, business jets and homemade aircraft. The 80s and 90s saw more hardships for general aviation. Lawsuits against manufactures soared, and liability insurance caused a rise in price of owning your own aircraft.
Today, a more cost-effective means of personal aviation to which many are using is fractionally-owned aircraft. With this method, multiple people buy into an aircraft, sharing use of it. This helps the aircraft get used more, and keeps it cost effective for the individuals.
Some are lucky enough to own an aircraft or know someone who does, and general aviation is again, slowly on the rise. More and more sites are popping up that sell personal aircraft, and the list of aviation jobs continues to grow. If you’re looking to own your own aircraft, sites like AeroSearcher make it easy to browse thousands of listings through an extensive index, not to mention jobs, parts and products, as well. Although aviation has changed significantly in the last century, it continues to evolve and inspire thousands of people to become part of the industry.
The decades following 2015 will go down as the biggest hiring boom in aviation history. Though the years following WW II are recognized as the most dramatic for airline growth, nothing comes close to the massive pilot shortage and hiring bonanza that we are experiencing worldwide today. As of this writing in late 2018, 3,306 pilots have been hired by the major air carriers, with 5,532 total pilots to be hired in all of 2018. Compare this to the 30 total pilots that were hired for all of 2009, or the 540 pilots hired in all of 1993. We are in an unprecedented time of bounty for prospective pilots, technicians, mechanics, and cabin crew.
To understand what is driving both the pilot shortage and the massive hiring projections for the next 25 years, a brief explanation is helpful. Aviation is nothing if not dynamic, and the forces that have shaped the professional pilot career are varied.
Boeing Corporation- currently the major supplier of airliners – publishes a yearly outlook projecting the need for pilots, mechanics, and crew based on the number of airliners ordered internationally. The projection is recognized as highly accurate and has been a driving force in the industry for nearly four decades. Boeing’s 2018 outlook projects a need for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years across the globe. That projection dwarfs the 2015 projection of 560,000 pilots, which means the need is growing faster than even the industry recognizes. There are many factors driving that demand.
WHY A SHORTAGE?
First, airline pilots are forced to retire at age 65. This, after an increase from age 60 in 2009 to help curb the then-coming pilot shortage. However, all the increase did was move the shortage out a few years. At current levels, over 10,000 pilots will reach mandatory retirement over the next 8 years; about 42% of the total number of active airline pilots today.
The military, which was once the major supplier of airline pilots, has dwindled in pilots over the last decade. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or “drones”) have overtaken many of the missions that manned aircraft would handle. In 2017, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said they were short 2,000 pilots- or about 10 percent- and were alarmed that the shortage will deepen further. The Air Force is worried enough that they have offered an unprecedented $100,000 – $400,000 retention bonus to pilots to extend their service commitment.
A huge and demarcating blow to pilots was the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Prior to 1978, airlines were heavily subsidized by the United States government, allowing airlines to offer premium service without financial concern. In those days airline pilots were Rock Stars; they were one step below astronauts in the public’s perception. It was not unheard of to see children with autograph books greeting international captains coming off their Pan American or TWA flights. The career was glamorous, allowed unlimited travel for the pilot and their family, and featured unheard of schedules; many pilots flying 5-7 days per month while earning a salary equivalent to about $300,000 a year today.
Deregulation put the airlines into a free-market economy without subsidies. The only way airlines could offer $79 airfares was to reduce pilot salaries and cram more seats onto existing aircraft. Deregulation also gave rise to the regional airline- a small carrier who contracts with a larger airline to carry passengers from smaller “spoke” airports to the major airliner’s “hub.” To survive, they hired pilots at meager wages. In 2005, a regional airline first officer earned about $24,000 per year at hiring.
Finally, as our society grew accustomed to jets and air travel, the career lost its luster. Much of the public began seeing pilots as glorified bus drivers and, in fact, in the 2000’s, the parking shuttle driver was likely to earn more than the regional airline pilot.
All of this led to a dramatic decline in student pilot starts; the true yardstick of the aviation industry. Today there are 30% fewer pilots than in 1980, with many prospective pilots turned off by the cost of training (typically about $100,000 to go from zero hours to first officer), and the 1500-hour minimum created by the congressional law passed in 2010 following the tragic Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, New York- a topic for another article.
GROWTH and OPPORTUNITY
However, the industry has made a dramatic turn-around. Leading the cause is the mouth-dropping growth of air travel in Asia. As the Asian economy has exploded, billions of people have begun travelling, creating huge demand on international carriers. The Boeing outlook predicts a need for 261,000 pilots in Asia alone over the next 20 years along with 257,000 mechanics. From a manufacturing perspective, the demand in airliners is so great that neither Airbus nor Boeing can build them fast enough. In 2017 alone, Boeing and Airbus delivered more than 1400 new aircraft, compared to 20-30 a year through the early 2000’s.
What this means for pilots is huge. First, new pilots are earning more than they have since deregulation. A new First Officer today might start at $60,000 – $70,000 per year, with signing bonuses. Today, an average American Airlines pilot earns a yearly salary of around $170,000. A senior captain for one of the large cargo carriers like UPS or FedEx could easily earn $300,000 yearly. Some international captains are reporting salaries of $400,000 per year. With demand driving salaries, the next 20-30 years looks like a feeding frenzy for professional pilots.
And the news is as good or better for mechanics, technicians, and flight attendants. The job market outlook for each of those is increasing exponentially. Worldwide, current figures project a need for nearly 800,000 technicians over the next 20 years.
As airlines continue to refine business models, additional demand for cabin crew will result from denser seat configurations and innovative cabin sectioning to increase revenue. Over the next 20 years, the largest projected growth in cabin crew demand is in Asia, with a need for 321,000 new flight attendants. Across the board, there will be 890,000 new openings for cabin crew.
NEW APPROACHES TO PILOTING
Along with the pilot shortage come all kinds of new training programs across the industry to attract young, new pilots. Lufthansa – the renowned international air carrier based in Germany -has created a full-immersion program that takes top-notch high school students and, if accepted, grooms them into a first officer for the airline together with an employment commitment from the candidate. The idea is to identify promising youth and turn them into airline pilots from day one.
Just months ago freight carrier, UPS announced their new “FlightPath” training program. Traditionally, piloting freightliners has been the “golden ring” of aviation jobs; highly paid with flexible schedules and ample time off. The demand for pilots has been very low because those positions are highly sought after. Today, UPS – which employs about 2,800 pilots – is feeling the shortage and is projecting an urgent need for new pilots, thus the FlightPath program.
Through FlightPath, pilots first complete a year-long internship with UPS. If they meet all the requirements, they move into a 3-year flight training curriculum run by Ameriflight, a regional carrier in Texas. UPS is purchasing $10 million dollars’ worth of advanced training simulators and other equipment for their FlightPath program. When pilots complete the program, they are guaranteed an interview with UPS for a full-time pilot position.
JetBlue has created two innovative training paths; their “Gateway Select” and “University Gateway” programs. The Gateway Select program trains prospective airline pilots by offering early exposure to multi-crew/multi-engine operations, full motion simulator training, crew resource management, and threat and error management. Once meeting all program requirements, including the FAA’s 1,500 flight-hour requirement, pilots will become a new hire at JetBlue. Graduates then go through the same orientation and six-week instruction that all E190 first officers complete.
JetBlue’s University Gateway program is a college-based program that couples aeronautical university students (at AABI-accredited schools) with a flight internship and training through CapeAir and ExpressJet. Candidates undergo flight training and then serve as flight instructors for one year, followed by a three-year internship with CapeAir or ExpressJet. This leads to a pilot position with JetBlue- traditionally a difficult airline to get hired into. It’s just one of many industry-changing programs luring pilot candidates.
The Job-Finding Challenge
Finding a job as a pilot, technician, mechanic, or any other aviation-related position has traditionally been difficult because there is no easily-accessible centralized job source that contains even a small majority of openings. Different companies list their job openings on a wide variety of websites and publications. Some (like many major airlines) only list openings on their own company websites.
The usual Internet sources like Indeed.com or Monster.com list only a miniscule number of the available aviation job openings. To make it worse on already budget-squeezed candidates, several aviation-only job sites charge fees for access or require an expensive membership.
That’s where AeroSearcher.com comes in. It’s an entirely new way of finding aviation job openings that uses an intelligent engine to search a huge number of aviation job sources and combine them into a single resource. Job-searchers type their search criteria into the site and AeroSearcher delivers results from across many platforms, sites, and sources. It saves an enormous amount of time and gives users information right away. The best part is the service is completely free.
Whatever path a prospective pilot, technician or cabin crew member takes, the future looks laser-bright, with opportunities abounding in every corner of the industry. Whether you are attracted to law-enforcement flying, charter, cargo, military, or any of the other corners in aviation, there is not and has never been a better time to jump into the cockpit as a professional pilot, mechanic, or cabin crew. With AeroSearcher.com, the task is easier that it has ever been. The future is yours!
Marc C. Lee is a Commercial, seaplane and instrument-rated flight instructor specializing in tailwheel and vintage aircraft. He is an FAA Safety Team (FAAST) representative for the Southern California area as well as an adjunct professor of aviation at a Southern California college, and he holds an Advanced Ground Instructor rating. Marc is an aviation journalist, having spent 10 years as a contributing editor for Plane & Pilot Magazine, and has over 200 published articles in publications worldwide. He is a member of SAFE (Society of Aviation and Flight Educators), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and Southern California Pilots Association (SCPA), and is a frequent Young Eagles pilot. Marc often presents aviation topics to the industry, and his Catalina Island instructional video is used by the Catalina Conservancy to train visiting pilots. Marc earned his Private Pilot certificate at age seventeen while working for famed movie pilot, Frank Tallman, at his “Movieland of the Air” facility. Currently Marc runs his own flight school and instructs full-time at busy John Wayne Airport and gives tailwheel training around the Southern California area. In 2017 Marc was honored to receive the “Distinguished Flight Instructor” award by AOPA.
“Once you become a pilot – and I believe anybody can make that dream come true – you are forever changed. Adventure becomes your way of life.” – Marc C. Lee
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App Functionality. We may collect information about the mobile app functionality that you access and use for the purposes of helping us identify the areas that are of interests to most users and consider what areas we may need to improve. This kind of data does not specifically identify you.
Device Identifier. We may collect information relating to the unique device identifier (a “UDI”) which is a sequence of numbers or characters that are unique to your mobile device. When this data is collected it is done on the first opening of the mobile app so that we can be sure that our advertising network can log the number of downloads resulting from clicks on their respective ad banners and other similar marketing tools.
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Error Reporting. We want to know if there is an error or bug with the system so that we can promptly address the issues and release fixes and/or new versions. As such the mobile app will send to us error information in the event of a crash or it otherwise gets hung up. The reports about these errors that we will receive may include information relating to the mobile device type and version, the UID, the day and time that the error occurred, information about the feature that was being used and the state of the application at the time the error occurred. We will not be using this information for any other purpose beyond investigating and fixing the cause of such errors.
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Based upon the foregoing, and while we take reasonable measures under US law to protect the data.
DATA STORAGE AND RETENTION
Your personal data, and data provided by you about others, is stored by Aerosearcher on its servers and/or on the servers of third-party vendors that Aerosearcher engages, located in the United States. Aerosearcher retains the data permanently (although there is a possibility that some data maybe lost due to technological transitions or other accidental errors). This is due to Aerosearchers’s need to preserve historical evidence in the event of litigation, to provide historical data where relevant, including the consumer facing information, to provide information that is of legitimate interest to the public just as court records are and to promote free expression. If you do not consent to this permanent storage of such information, do not use Aerosearcher.
OPT-OUT & UNSUBSCRIBE
We respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information. Typically, such opt-out options are present on the communications sent to you by email themselves. Alternatively, users may opt-out of receiving any or all marketing communications from Aerosearcher by contacting us here:
Web page: www.aerosearcher.com
Email: ***@aerosearcher.com with the Subject Box Titled “AEROSEARCHER- OPT OUT/UNSUBSCRIBE”
CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT
Aerosearcher welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Aeroseacher has not adhered to this Statement, please contact us at:
20802 N. Grayhawk Drive, #1183
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255, USA
Effective as of 06/**/2018