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This information was first published on Reddit on 3/22/2016: World War II veteran and Boeing B-17 pilot Carl Estersohn appeared on Reddit on March 22 to participate in one of that board’s “Ask Me Anything” sessions. The 90-year-old, who says he still flies “when I get the chance,” fielded hundreds of questions and comments with the help of a Redditor named Victoria.   Carl Estersohn, second fr...

Professional Pilots and the Helicopter Industry There has been quite a lot of attention paid, recently, to the ongoing professional pilot hiring boom within the helicopter industry. Many outside observers have wondered if they have missed their chance to seize the opportunity to become a professional pilot and still benefit from the current market conditions. We are happy to be able to report to our reader...

Boeing's China Forecast Is Good News for Professional Pilots It's true that few pilots thought that the greatest opportunities they would have access to would be overseas, let alone in China, but that is the world we live in. There continues to be prime opportunities for pilots who wish to work for domestic carriers or in other aspects of the North American aviation industry, but for pilots willing to go out on a limb and conside...

Ag Pilot Fixed-Wing Careers There are many emerging markets within the fixed-wing segment of the aviation industry, and indeed across the industry as a whole. This has led to a proliferation of fixed-wing pilot careers the likes of which has never been seen. Industry analysts have looked at the causes of this recent boom, and suggest that the conditions will continue to grow for at least the next five year...

Professional Pilot There aren’t many people who consider themselves the sort of person who would pass up an opportunity. We are presented with many choices in the course of our lives, and we evaluate our options on a near daily basis, or at least we ought to. Are we happy? Are we fulfilled? Are we a success at what we set our minds to? Are we on the way to reaching any of those three things? We have arrived at an era of tremendou...

Helicopter Career Choices: Ag Pilot The number of careers out there that can be had by professional helicopter pilots is sometimes overwhelming. It can be difficult to know which sort of career that you should pursue. Your flight training will go a long way toward clearing that up for you. You’ll come to understand what you do and don’t like about certain aspects of flying a helicopter and then you’ll have an easier t...

Opportunities for Advanced Training: Professional Helicopter Pilots   Professional helicopter pilots must take certain steps to be sure that they keep their credential current. In many cases, you must book time with a CFI every twenty-four months in order to keep your license effective as a pilot-in-command. This is the bare minimum. And while we are constantly stressing the point that there is no shortage of opportunities for qu...

Aviation Career Salaries - Do You Know What To Expect? Many prospective professional pilot students are curious about what kind of salary they can expect to earn after completing their flight training. As with most careers, entry-level salaries are sometimes hard to pin down with an exact number because they can vary depending upon a variety of factors. One thing that professional pilot students who are curious about aviation salaries ...

Helicopter Engineers have been called out to a North Sea oil platform after a helicopter was forced to return during a crew change.  A spokeswoman for Bristow Helicopters said: “We can confirm that one of our helicopters was shut down on an offshore installation as a precautionary measure."  The Sikorsky S92 was heading to Scatsta Airport on Shetland from Brent Delta when the crew reported "airframe vibration". The hel...