Nov 25, 2008

More than a job?

So, do you find yourself scanning the "pilot wanted" ads, with a vague hunger for "more..."

More than - just boring holes in the sky...

More than browsing that three year old issue of Pilot! magazine while killing time in an airport lounge...

More than waiting for that overdue often alcohol-soaked executive who's late (again) for his return flight...

More than buzzing towards the local VOR while watching yet another student attempt the wrong entry pattern...

Maybe you don't need a job, but rather a "mission!" You may want to investigate Air Serv International or one of the other mission/humanitarian flying groups out there.

How many flying jobs can promise stuff like this:

Want to have meaning and challenge in your work?

Want to make a difference in

thousands of people’s lives?

Have you done anything exciting this week?

Have you saved anyone’s life?

Have you flown a medical team to help avert an Ebola Virus outbreak?

Have you brought medicine and food to a starving or dying child?

Air Serv pilots do this daily.

If you are a Pilot with a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (ATP Preferred), Instrument Rating and 1500 hrs PIC, have an airman certificate with an endorsement of language proficiency, you might just have a future with Air Serv International.

Google Humanitarian Aviation, or Mission Aviation for some interesting reading. There's a need for pilots (and others) who are up to the challenge!


Anonymous said...

Just make sure you go into humanitarian flying with your eyes open. This line of work can be hideously dangerous as it combines the risks of bush flying with the risks of robbery, murder and/or attack by ground fire (up to and including SAMs) by the locals.

There can also be rapid personal burnout and very little job satisfaction as humanitarian aid flights very rarely accomplish much of any lasting value.

Aluwings said...

Anonymous - Those dangers and risks certainly apply to all forms of humanitarian aid and mission work. My limited experience agrees with your comments. As part of "having your eyes open" I'd suggest choosing an organization very carefully. Make sure they have adequate preparation training for what you're getting into, and more importantly, adequate counselling and readjustment help after-wards.