Eye of Experience #43:
Recreation
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The general aviation industry is always looking for ways to reduce the cost of flying and training as a way to encourage more people to learn to fly and keep at it after earning a certificate. AVweb's Howard Fried says one of the best-kept secrets in training is the Recreational Pilot certificate. Training for it can help reduce costs and improve retention. Here's why. More

Mike Fizer's Tips on Air-to-Air Photography »

In a special supplement to his profile here on AVweb, aviation photographer Mike Fizer offers some tips to help you improve your own air-to-air photo skills. More

A Jumpseat Named Desire »

Jumpseating -- the practice of bumming a ride aboard a human mailing tube headed somewhere you need to go -- is one of the time-honored institutions of the airline industry. Some use their privileges to commute, others to move around on company business. But, in the right hands, it's really more of an art. Come along for the ride as AVweb contributor Ken Cubbin tells all in this humorous look at scheduled hitchhiking. More

The Captain »

Captains are not born; they are made, mostly from the school of hard knocks and with a copious amount of seasoning. As part of this process, being in the right place at the right time is as important as avoiding the wrong places. Along the way, the people, planes and places encountered all help give definition to the shapeless pilot and a captain is the result. As AVweb's Linda Pendleton writes, that captain is sometimes a mere reflection of one's former self. More

Cashing in on the Pilot Shortage: Is Now the Time? »

Who wouldn't want to make $160,000 a year flying a well-equipped aircraft just 15 days a month? Now is your chance! Airlines are scrambling to put warm bodies in cockpits. There's a pilot shortage in the United States ... even none other than the well-respected Wall Street Journal recently said so. Well, maybe. As AVweb's Liz Swaine discovered, just because airlines need pilots, it doesn't necessarily mean they want you. More

Interview Preparation »

Not even an engine-out circling approach at night in freezing rain can compare to the terror some pilots experience when going to a prospective employer for a job interview. Just as with the circling approach, however, there's a right way and a wrong way to proceed. Cheryl Cage of Cage Consulting presents her perspective on preparing for that airline interview and more important how much faith to put into the so-called "advice" with which applicants often get themselves in trouble. More

Career Common Sense: Strategies Used by Successful Professionals »

Cheryl Cage, one of the top career consultants in the aviation field, identifies six key approaches and traits that separate successful professionals from struggling ones. Cage's two decades of experience in guiding thousands of clients into aviation careers has convinced her that following these six simple strategies on a daily basis with dedication and motivation can help maximize your prospects for career success. More

The Road to Victory: My First Airline Interview »

Captain George Nolly, who has helped prepare thousands of pilots for their airline interviews, recounts his own first interview with a major air carrier. Just out of the Air Force, age 33, balding, and with crooked teeth, he'd applied to a dozen airlines but they weren't exactly beating a path to his door. When he was finally called by one for an interview, he was understandably nervous as hell. We won't spoil George's story by telling you the ending. More