An Interview with An Air Charter Pilot – Part 1

Air Charter Pilot

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Ever wonder what it’s like being a charter pilot?  We’ve got some answers.  We interviewed one of our pilots and here’s what we found:

Q:  What do you like best about being an air charter pilot?

A:  The variety is great.  Every day is a different destination, a different customer, a different challenge.  I’ve also really enjoyed the relationships I’ve built with not only my co-workers, but with customers too.  After years of flying certain customers, I’ve really appreciated the chance to get to know them, their companies and their families.  And, of course, I love to fly.

Q:  Who are private jet charter customers?

A:  Everyone.  I’ve flown business people, charitable organizations, families, vacationers, celebrities, you name it.

Q:  Are celebrities more difficult to fly than other customers?

A:  Not really.  We try to take care of every customer’s needs and we certainly try to protect every customer’s privacy.  Celebrities sometimes have slightly different needs, like needing space to work with publicists and to hang out with the kids, but there isn’t anything particularly difficult.

Q:  What are the greatest challenges of being a charter pilot?

A:  One of the things I love about being a pilot is there are constant challenges, from weather, to customers, to aircraft performance, no two flights are alike.  Flight planning for international trips is particularly challenging with visa requirements, customs, security, regulations, handling, etc. there are a ton of things to consider.

Q:  International flying must be exciting, what’s it like?

A:  I love exploring different countries and cultures, so I really enjoy the international trips.  Like I said, the planning is a challenge especially since all of the plans don’t always come to fruition because international trips tend to change as we go along.  But the best part is the journey itself, not the destination.

Q:  Where have you flown internationally as a pilot with Keystone Aviation?

A:  Europe and Asia mostly.   I’ve flown a lot of business people to Japan and China as well as to cities throughout Europe.

Q:  Would you encourage other pilots to explore a career as a private jet charter pilot?

A:  Yes.  I’ve enjoyed how my career has progressed as a charter pilot and I think it’s a great path for pilots to consider.  Ultimately, I would encourage anyone who wants to fly to go out and do it; doing what you love is the best part of being a pilot!

Well, now you know a little more about life as a charter pilot.  If you have other questions for our pilots, let us know!