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7 Pilot Jobs For Non-CFIs

You're a commercial pilot with just over 250 hours of total time and want to start your professional pilot career, but either don't have your CFI or don't want to be a CFI. Here are 7 jobs for you:

1) Fish Spotting

Whether it be over Alaska, the Chesapeake Bay, or the Gulf Coast, fishing companies hire pilots to give their boats an eye in the sky to find schools of fish.

Swayne Martin

2) Air Tours

Derek Pasiewicz was hired at 18 years old and just over 250 hours to fly helicopter air tours in St. Augustine, Florida.

3) Skydive Jump Pilot

At 325 hours, Jeremiah Johnson was hired to fly as a skydive jump pilot in Colorado. If you're looking for a job that's filled with excited passengers, look no further than skydiving.

4) Pipeline Patrol

Patrol pilots fly cross-country at low altitudes along pipelines or power lines, checking for signs of damage, vandalism and other conditions requiring repairs.

Flick/U.S. Geological Survey

5) Banner Towing

Banner towing requires a special kind of pilot, someone that's willing to spend up to 8 hours a day flying low and slow around the same routes over and over. But if you want to build 1,000 hours in a year like Haley Howard, this might be the job for you.

6) Agricultural Pilot (Crop Dusting)

AG pilots fly specially-designed aircraft to apply herbicides, insecticides, seeds and fertilizers on crops, orchards, forests, fields, and swamps.

Flickr/tpmartins

7) Go International

Many international airlines hire pilots for turbine jobs right at 250 hours and a commercial certificate. For instance, Susi Air is a scheduled and charter airline based Indonesia; they hire first officers to fly onboard Cessna 208 Caravans, connecting small Indonesian cities to major airport hubs.

Matt Dearden

Did we miss another non-CFI job? Let us know.


Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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