So many people have a negative viewpoint of the business end of flying. They don’t appreciate the corporate bailouts, the tiny seats or the unpalatable food and they certainly don’t love the high ticket prices with all those extra fees tacked on. They love getting where they’re going more quickly, they just don’t seem to appreciate the journey to get there. This is no reason for you to not consider the aviation business as a potential for your career path. Airline travel is here to stay, whether it’s for moving people or packages.
There’s no NAPA or AutoZone for airplanes, right? Wrong. Airplanes are comprised of many parts. Parts wear out and need to be replaced. Therefore, there have to be businesses which supply these parts. Their names aren’t as well know as the automobile parts suppliers because cars are more utilized so their parts have to be readily available. Aircraft parts suppliers can operate from anywhere, from warehouses to people’s basements depending on what they supply. Some parts businesses specialize in everything, others only in one or two types of parts. Other businesses only supply parts for certain plane manufacturers. You could definitely have a successful aircraft parts supply business if you plan ahead and follow good business practices.
Parked in the hangar, an airplane gets a through going-over by the various mechanics involved in that aircraft’s maintenance. All planes have airframe technicians whose job it is to look at the body of the aircraft and head off any trouble cracks, holes or weak spots may cause. A powerplant mechanic specifically deals with the airplane’s engines. You can get certified in both areas; that would make you an A & P technician. If you’re working on the electrical systems in an airplane, you’re an avionic technician. A crew chief oversees all the technicians’ work. The crew chief has to be well-versed, if not certified, in every area on the plane. A rule of thumb for airplane mechanics is if they wouldn’t send their own families up in the aircraft on which they’re working, they’re not going to certify it to fly you anywhere, either.
At smaller airports around the country, the idea of local aircraft tourism has gained popularity. Small aircraft pilots routinely fly helicopters or small twin-engine planes around local areas giving people a bird’s eye view of everything from farmland to small cities to popular tourist destinations.
Beyond customer service and flight attendants, the airline industry has a variety of career opportunities for all kinds of people.