img_2335-2Welcome to episode 113! There are many jobs in aviation and some will surprise you. Today I am joined by Paul Grieco and special guest Jennifer Adams. Jenn is an Aviation blogger writing at Tales from the Terminal on all types of Aviation jobs and adventures.

In This Episode We discuss:

  • Why Jennifer became interested in Aviation as a child.
  • Working life at a Fortune 500 company while yearning for a job in aviation.
  • How she discovered Aviation related jobs.
  • Landing  an accounting job at her local airport.
  • The different technology related jobs available at the airport such as tech support, IT, etc.
  • The many security related jobs including camera management, security officers, and K-9's.
  • Wildlife Management, and why it is a critical position in keeping the airport open.
  • Airfield Maintenance: responsible for caring for the runway surface making sure the pavement is sound, keeping clear of snow, etc.
  • Aviation jobs that do not require travel.
  • Pavement specialists are responsible for determining the right type of concrete needed and making sure runways and other airport surfaces are  maintained.
  • The many administrative support specialists responsible for office supplies, scheduling meetings, running the FBO, etc.
  • The job as Airplane Watcher which it's a bit more involved than you would think.
  • If you want to get into Aviation but don't know how, make a list of your skills and then look for Aviation jobs that fit those skills. Think outside the box to find something that will get you in the airport using the knowledge you already have.
  • Jennifer's guest appearance  on Airplane Geeks episode 404.


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Listener Feedback and Questions:

  • I'd like to know if you or your guests have any experience owning an airplane. Would it make sense to buy a cheap trainer aircraft as an easy way to start a business and employ my brother to train me as well as others to offset the cost of expensive flight hours?
  • Could you explain how bidding  works?
  • How much vacation time does a pilot get?
  • The pay where I work is substantially better than a regional and  I am unsure whether I should make the jump to a regional.
  • Which regional should I choose?
  • How do you log right seat time?
  • Here in Australia I'm really struggling to get my aviation career off the ground.
  • From listening to the podcast, it sounds like there are more jobs that need to be filled in the USA. Is this really the case?
  • When should a CFI be a contractor vs employee?
  • When should a CFI buy insurance and what type of insurance?
  • There are TONS of side jobs available in the UAV industry.
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