Aviation News

Aviation industry news and information to help the professional pilot.

Aviation Product Reviews

At Pilot Trends we review some of the latest aviation products and give feedback.

Pilot Jobs

Learn about jobs avaliable to professional pilots or aspiring new pilots.

Low Hour Pilot Jobs

low hour pilot jobs

Search Pilot Jobs Now

A brand new low hour pilot that has just finished getting their license faces a daunting task; getting that first pilot job. Getting your first flying job as an inexperienced, 250 hour pilot is difficult, especially when many pilot jobs now require upwards of 1000 flight hours in order to even be considered. Not too many places are looking for such low flight time pilots, especially since the FAA has increased the number of minimum flight hours that regional airline pilots need to obtain a first officer position. However, not all is lost; the following are some low hour pilot jobs that any new and aspiring pilot can do to boost their hours, and have a better chance at getting that first big gig. 

Banner Towing Pilot for Low Time Pilots

Banner towing is the practice of flying over a stadium or event with a large banner trailing behind you. These banners are usually advertisements, but can be anything from team names to even marriage proposals. Banner tower pilots can easily rack up hours over the summer months, especially with football, baseball, and soccer in full swing. Of course, that isn’t to say it’s an easy job: banners are unwieldy, and any strong gust of wind is bound to throw a new pilot off track the first couple of times. Banner towing usually pays fairly well, especially for a 250 hour pilot, but the experience it gives is even more valuable. Additionally, this is the ideal job if you want to boost your hours, as you will spend most of the day in a plane flying around a stadium, especially if there is any sort of highly publicized event (such as sports or concerts).

Flight Instruction Is a Great Job For Pilots With Low Time

low hour pilot job
Flight Instructor Job

This is one of the less difficult jobs to get into, but is one of the more difficult types of flying jobs. Once you get your commercial pilots license along with 250 hours, flight instructing is a great way to build flight experience.The first step is getting a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, which will allow you to teach other new or aspiring pilots. Flight instruction require that you have a great deal of familiarity with aviation, as well as knowing many of the finer points of your chosen career. Some of the areas you will need to be knowledgeable in include regulations and laws concerning flight and airspace, aerodynamics, weather and weather patterns, a familiarity with the vehicle, as well as the ability to teach and answer questions. As an instructor, you may also be responsible for hands-on learning; that is, getting into a plane with a student, similar to learning how to drive a car.

This flying job isn’t for everyone, as teaching numerous student pilots at once is incredibly stressful and in some cases exceptionally harrowing. However, if you are someone that likes to teach and loves flying, this is great pilot job for getting those flight hours up, as well as cementing the knowledge in your own mind as well. This is a great opportunity to build essential flying skills and knowledge to eventually land that higher paying commercial pilot job that requires at least 1500 hours.

Photo Flights

Aerial photography is another entry-level pilot’s position, and is possibly one of the least demanding of any low hour pilot’s jobs. Many different establishments may require aerial photography, such as universities, news stations, or even city council. These kinds of jobs require that you fly around a specified area while pictures are being taken from your elevated position. This allows customers to see an area from above, allowing for a greater view. Environmental researchers, for example, benefit greatly from these kinds of photos, as it gives them a better view of an area, allowing them to monitor the effects of certain influences (such as pollution). The tourist industry also benefits from these sorts of flights, as the pictures taken from such a high elevation look fantastic on postcards and souvenirs. Check with local flight schools and clubs, as they sometimes offer aerial photography.  

Traffic Watch Pilot

When you watch the news, and an aerial view of the streets is being shown on the screen, that is the work of a traffic watch pilot. Pilots will be up in the air, accompanied by news personnel, to report on the weather and traffic conditions over a local area. The purpose of this job is to help monitor traffic conditions in real time, allowing for more accurate news reporting. This job may require that the pilot fly in less than admirable conditions, and at all hours of the day. 

This is a great job for new, 250 hour pilots as it requires being up in the air for several hours at a time, then relocating to a new position. You would not have to worry about carrying cargo (with the exception of news crew), just flying from location to location. 

Aircraft Ferry Pilot Jobs for Low Hour Pilots

Just like the name implies, this low time pilot’s job requires that a pilot pick up and move aircraft from one location to another. The nature of the aircraft could vary, from picking up small personal planes to larger aircraft such as a commercial airplane. An aircraft ferry pilot would need to move aircraft for a number of reasons, including delivering a craft to a customer, moving from one hangar to another, or even just for maintenance. Another, more stressful application of this job may include evacuation of military equipment during a crisis. As a result of the many possible needs this pilot job may entail, it requires a lot of technical knowledge was well as spacial awareness to get it right. However, it’s a perfect job to help boost your hours and get your foot in the door for more demanding jobs later on down the road.  This is another great low hour pilot job opportunity.

Regional Airline Commercial Pilot Jobs

low hour pilot jobs
Commercial Pilot Job

Regional airlines will hire a low-hour pilot into a flying position, though the pilot in question would still need to get their ATP certificate in order to be eligible. The downside is that it is highly unlikely to get into this sort of work right after getting your certificate; a pilot job at a regional airline may require as many as 1500 flight hours before a pilot would even be considered, and for good reason. Flying a commercial airline is nothing like flying a small plane for a news crew, or flying a banner over a stadium. These aircraft are big, and carrying anything from consumer shipments to passengers. However, once you have the hours under your belt, this is a great commercial pilot job to kickstart your  pilot career.

Search airline pilot jobs here:

Pilot Jobs

  • Technician Avionics Mobile Service-Wheels Up

    Loudoun VA US

    …isolate a customer complaint in a particular avionics system and repairing that aircraft system in accordance with FAA procedures.Based on in-flight analysis

    Read more
  • (ZDC) Air Traffic Controller - Instructor II, Leesburg, VA Casual

    Leesburg Loudoun VA US

    …providing air traffic controller training services for the Federal Aviation Administration's ( FAA ). The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) is responsible for

    Read more
  • (ZDC) Air Traffic Controller - Instructor II, Leesburg, VA Casual

    Leesburg Loudoun VA US

    …providing air traffic controller training services for the Federal Aviation Administration's ( FAA ). The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) is responsible for

    Read more
  • Aviation Safety Officer

    Manassas Manassas VA US

    …a current FAA Class II Medical Certificate as well as a current FAA Commercial Pilot or Airline Transportation Pilot Airplane Certificate Must have

    Read more
  • KA350 Pilot In Command

    Manassas Manassas VA US

    …by the Site Operations Manager (SOM) and the Leidos Program Chief Pilot Operate aircraft in accordance with applicable regulations, and program/corporate

    Read more
  • KA350 Lead Pilot

    Manassas Manassas VA US

    …Solutions Group at Leidos currently has openings for Super King Air 350 Lead Pilot s. The Lead Pilot will support contracted CONUS/OCONUS flight operations and

    Read more
  • FAA Senior Aviation Analyst II

    Washington District of Columbia DC US

    …aviation areas, including the regulatory process, conducting air carrier aircraft records reviews, corporate aviation evaluations, and quality system evaluations.Job

    Read more
  • FAA ADS-B Aviation Analyst

    Washington District of Columbia DC US

    …2020 equipage database for ADS B out. Input responses from operators and aircraft owners.Provide technical support for the use of SAIC teleconference and webex

    Read more
  • Chief Maintenance Test Pilot (m/f)

    Christian KY US

    …in complex and matrixed environments preferred. Valid FAA commercial pilot certificate for assigned aircraft type (rotorcraft/fixed wing) and instrument

    Read more
  • Chief Pilot , F-18 and USN Tactical Programs - L

    St. Louis St. Louis City MO US

    …must have no less than 2,000 hours first- pilot time in fighter/attack aircraft . Candidate must hold FAA Commercial Pilot multi-engine land rating.

    Read more
  • Air Communication Specialist

    Rochester Olmsted MN US

    …plans and analyzes Notice-to Airman (NOTAMS); Uses flight planning software and other aircraft performance planning products; Monitors pilot work rules to assist

    Read more
  • Administrative Assistant (AA2) ANC Job

    Anchorage Anchorage AK US

    …providing air traffic controller training services for the Federal Aviation Administration?s ( FAA ). The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) is responsible for

    Read more
  • Chief Pilot PHI Air Medical Jobs at PHI Air Medical

    Phoenix Maricopa AZ US

    …and insure their currency. * Establish and maintain liaison with customers, the FAA , aircraft manufacturers, industry groups and others in order to insure

    Read more
  • Pilot in Command - PA31 Navajo Chieftain PIC - Pa31

    Navajo AZ US

    …times. * Assumes other duties as may be assigned including loading and unloading plane. * FAA ATP Certificate * 250 hours of Pilot in Command MEL minimum *

    Read more
  • Chief Pilot

    Anchorage Anchorage AK US

    The Chief Pilot will ensure all flight operations are conducted in a safe, efficient, economical manner and in accordance with Federal Air Regulations by performing

    Read more
  • Flight Test Engineer

    Bridgewater Rockingham VA US

    …radios, and radar.Familiarity with FAA airworthiness directives and Army regulations. FAA pilot certification.Leidos Overview:Leidos is a global science and

    Read more
  • Chief Pilot (mf)

    Kansas City Wyandotte KS US

    …and reporting; safety programs; appropriate training and currency records as required by the FAA and company policy for each pilot and mechanic; prepare, review

    Read more
  • Field Research Assistant - Senior

    Monmouth Warren IL US

    …- SENIOR Field Research Assistant - Senior Monmouth, IL 4+ Months Must have FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Description: Geospatial Research Team

    Read more
  • FAA Senior Aviation Analyst II

    Washington District of Columbia DC US

    FAA Senior Aviation Analyst II (Job Number:436667) Description: Job Description: Researches and drafts technical and regulatory documents, and reviews documents for

    Read more
  • FAA ADS-B Aviation Analyst

    Washington District of Columbia DC US

    FAA ADS-B Aviation Analyst (Job Number:435450) Description: Job Description: The Aviation Analyst works in concert with team leaders and members engaged in the

    Read more
Next 20 Jobsjobs by Juju.com