Types of Pilots

Pilots have many different types of career options. The more common options are outlined below.

Airline Pilot:

Perhaps the most well known pilot career, airline pilots fly large jets and turboprop aircraft for companies such as United, Delta, and US Airways. Legally speaking, you are also considered to be an airline pilot if you fly for some large cargo companies such as UPS or FedEx.

Corporate Pilot:

Corporate pilots fly airplanes for private corporations or individuals. They fly anything from large jets to small, propeller-driven aircraft. Most large corporations have a flight department.

Charter Pilot:

Charter pilots, as well as charter aircraft, are rented by a corporation or individual. Like corporate pilots, charter pilots fly anything from large jets to small, propeller-driven aircraft.

Military Pilot:

Military pilots fly many different types of aircraft all over the world, including fighter jets, transport aircraft, and surveillance aircraft. All branches of the military hire fixed wing and helicopter pilots.

 

There are many other types of pilots, such as banner towers, aerial photographers, and flight instructors, just to name a few.