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Question About Being A Bizjet Pilot

Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:30 am

I've always wondered, what are the typical employment terms for a bizjet pilot?

Let's say a company big cheese decided to buy himself a bizjet to cart him to various conferences dotted round the globe every couple of weeks and of course a few trips a year to his mansion on some Caribbean island, but he can't fly the plane himself so has to employ someone to fly it for him. A pilot is realistically only going to be interested in a full time position to get a decent pay packet at the end of the month, and wouldn't be prepared to work on a as-and-when required basis, so how does it normally work out?

Does the CEO offer a pay packet equivalent (or better) to a "normal" every day bizjet pilot job, but the pilot spends most of his time at home or playing golf until the CEO calls him up and say he wants to fly to a conference in Hong Kong in 2 days time, or does the pilot have to come in to the office and empty bins and answer the phone when he's not required to fly, or what?

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RE: Question About Being A Bizjet Pilot

Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:53 am

Well, thats definately not the normal biz jet pilot routine. most bizjet pilots work for fractional companies like NetJets. Even the so called"big cheeses" find it easier to buy time in certain aircraft and not have to maintain them than keep their own. Pilots for a company like that maybe be notified as little as 4 hours in advance- to a few days, etc. here are some facts about netjets:

NetJets Aviation currently hires pilots for the following domiciles:
Columbus, OH (CMH)
Teterboro, NJ (TEB)
Dallas, TX (DAL)
West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

To qualify as a NetJets Aviation (Citation, Hawker, Falcon, Gulfstream 200, Boeing aircraft) pilot candidate you must have the following prerequisites:

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (Multi-Engine Land)
Current FAA First Class Medical certificate
2500 hours total pilot time
500 hours fixed wing multi-engine time
250 hours instrument time (actual or simulated in flight - excludes simulator time)
NetJets International (Gulfstream large cabin aircraft) Pilot Requirements:

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (Multi-Engine Land)
Current FAA First Class Medical certificate
5000 hours total pilot time
500 Gulfstream hours (preferred)
Gulfstream type rating (preferred)
Crewmembers must live in the Continental US and within 1 hour of an airport with scheduled airline service

http://www.netjets.com/footer_content/careers_pilots.asp

As you can see, you actually need more experiance to be hired for biz jets than a 737. here is a video that give a lot of good info about how it all works:

http://www.netjets.com/NetJets_Experience/Difference_video.asp

hope it helps!

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RE: Question About Being A Bizjet Pilot

Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:42 am

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
I've always wondered, what are the typical employment terms for a bizjet pilot?

Let's say a company big cheese decided to buy himself a bizjet to cart him to various conferences dotted round the globe every couple of weeks and of course a few trips a year to his mansion on some Caribbean island, but he can't fly the plane himself so has to employ someone to fly it for him. A pilot is realistically only going to be interested in a full time position to get a decent pay packet at the end of the month, and wouldn't be prepared to work on a as-and-when required basis, so how does it normally work out?

Does the CEO offer a pay packet equivalent (or better) to a "normal" every day bizjet pilot job, but the pilot spends most of his time at home or playing golf until the CEO calls him up and say he wants to fly to a conference in Hong Kong in 2 days time, or does the pilot have to come in to the office and empty bins and answer the phone when he's not required to fly, or what?

Every company is different however what you are describing is very rare. Your scenario would be a for a pilot that is employed by one person like billionaire. What normally happens is a company has a flight department and they hire 2 or 3 pilots. Another option would be a charter company, they hire a few pilots. Another would be fractional companies like Netjets but they really have a totally different pilot structure then the previous, even though the flying is unrestricted they're more like an airline, look at the video above. A corp pilot will never get that kind of support as far as flight planning from the company. Corp pilots are on their own, maybe that's why you need more experience and pay is higher.

As far as your question about life as a biz pilot, it all depends. Charter is usually where you find the bad jobs, jobs where you will have no life except to be the chauffeur for company about 20 days out of the month on call 24 hours a day. Corporate is usually good, they have high pay, those are the highest paid biz pilots. Down side is that they are on call certain days out of the month. Also it's not uncommon for them to be on call 24/7 365 if they have a high paying employee. One thing you have to consider is that being a biz pilot means that you're expected to do administrative stuff where's an airline pilot is just expected to fly the plane. One major aspect of biz flying is that unlike the airlines, you will not know your schedule in advance and unless you fly for a fractional airline like netjets you will be on call.
 
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RE: Question About Being A Bizjet Pilot

Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:25 am

Thanks for your informative reply AirWillie and thanks for your insight into Netjets HighFlyer9790.

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