Flightplan: Military Transition to Commercial Aviation

Landing the next career opportunity in civilian aviation can be an intimidating mission for pilots transitioning out of the military. For many, this may be their first time establishing a professional profile in networking websites, building a resume, attending career fairs, or asking for letters of recommendation.

According to one Boeing forecast, the worldwide economy will require 800,000 pilots over the next 20 years. An increase in passenger flying and goods transported, along with a mandatory retirement age of 65 contribute to the industry’s growing need. This high “flying” demand for experienced aviators leads many military pilots towards a career path in commercial aviation.

In honor of National Aviation Day (August 19th), this week we reached out for advice from former military Coronado residents who made the successful transition to commercial aviation. Here’s the latest “gouge” to get your civilian career off the ground.

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