There is a great fascination with the responsibilities of a private jet pilot, the lifestyle as a whole is something to be explored upon. Aircraft pilots are often asked about their role, motivations, their training and the difference between being a passenger airline pilot versus a private jet pilot.
For many commercial airline pilots, their roots begin after their time in the military and many of them move into the commercial route for the purpose of having a sense of job security. Business aviation as a private jet pilot is opposite to that all together. When asking pilots across the career path of being in the air about their motivation, whether they were an airline, military, helicopter or private aviation pilots; a majority 65% responded that their main motivation was the passion for flying. Most of these motivations were fueled since childhood when they stepped into a cockpit for the first time. The second most recounted motivation was their family’s influence, most pilots had family members that were pilots.
But differences do show in job satisfaction and remuneration as private jet pilots experience higher job satisfaction but lower remuneration. Research indicates that airline pilots fare less in their satisfaction of the job because tasks were generally the same every day and were repetitive and dull. The lack of stimulation in their jobs and the decreased sense of autonomy creates routines and patterns that give an airline pilot no operational control. Things as simple as decisions to carry extra fuel, varied flying through a wider range of routes and airports are basic compromises that airline pilots have no say in. Another huge factor is in the interaction with passengers, private jet pilots get to meet and greet guests at the airport as well as escort them to the aircraft, private aircraft pilots get to travel wherever their passengers take them.
Private aircraft pilots get to enjoy the freedom of unlocked cockpits where the flight decks are open to the cabin, making interactions that much more special. The crew can converse with their passengers throughout the flight, answering questions, making sure their needs are met and giving information as the passengers require. Customer service is an essential part that airline pilots do not take a part in.
The security of an airline pilot, however, outweighs the salary and career security experienced by private aircraft pilots. In the study, private pilots expressed that they are less likely to get an employee pension plan versus the majority of airline pilots that will receive better benefits and bonuses and bonus structures. A large third of private jet pilots said they received no benefits at all because their employers are small companies or individuals.
A modern concern of the aviation industry is the shortage of pilots available. The demand for pilots is expected to grow in the next ten to fifteen years, if this expectation comes to fruition, we should also expect a huge shortage of needed pilots. Traditionally pre-trained pilots from military forces are reducing, as well as pilots that go through formal training due to the financial commitment involved; they simply cannot afford to go to school for it. There just aren’t enough pilots down the pipeline to replace current pilots that will retire in the next handful of years.