Being a Pilot is one of the best jobs according to U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report scored being a pilot one of the best jobs with an overall 6.8 out of 10 rating.

  • #3 in Best Social Service Jobs
  • #14 in Best Paying Jobs
  • #26 in 100 Best Jobs

“No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common: They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers, and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Whether the position is in demand is also a consideration among job seekers. U.S. News uses theses qualities to rank the 100 Best Jobs of 2021.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups pilots into just two categories: airline and commercial. They define airline pilots as working scheduled airlines in the movement of people and cargo. Commercial pilots are defined as performing unscheduled flights for corporations, wealthy individuals, aerial tours, charter flights and agriculture. Air ambulance services is expected to be a large area of growth for commercial pilots. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 4.8 percent employment growth for pilots between 2019 and 2029.

Pilots made a median salary of $121,430 in 2019. The top 25% quartile comp was $208,000. The lower 25% quartile comp was $83,880.

Reference: U.S. News and World Report, January 2021

Internal TestFlight of Connecting Aviators app is underway

App Store TestFlight, which is part of Apple’s SDK tools for developers, makes it easy to test apps and collect valuable feedback prior to formal release. Our developers created version 1.0 and uploaded it to TestFlight.

Currently, internal team members are testing the app. Participants receive an email invite which allows them to download TestFlight from the App Store. Testers can to turn on automatic updates to ensure they’re always testing the latest build of the Connecting Aviators® app.

Internal Team members are evaluating version 1.0, build 8 of the app as of January 29,2021.

External Testers will be invited to evaluate the Connecting Aviators app in the near future. Are you ready to be an App TestFight pilot? You must be a pilot in the United States. Submit a contact form request through this website. After you’re cleared, you’ll receive an invite to access TestFlight from the App Store when external pilot testing begins.

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Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

Cirrus has published their airplane pricing for 2021.

Table 1: Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

Base Price       779,000       679,900       494,900 
Add: GTS SR22 or Premium SR20       150,900       150,000       100,000 
Add: Ice Protection         30,000         30,000 n/a
Add: Air Conditioning         29,900         29,900         29,900 
Add: Global Connect         15,900         15,900         15,900 
Add: Hartzell 3-Blade Lightweight Composite PropIncl.        12,900         12,900 
Add: Built-In Oxygen SystemIncl.        10,900 n/a
Add: Tanis Avionics & Engine Pre-heater           2,490           2,490           2,490 
Add: 3-Day Transition Training Package           2,900           2,900           2,900 
Total    $1,011,090       $934,890       $658,990 
Cirrus Aircraft Pricing 2021

GA Market Trends in Preowned Aircraft

In January 2021, the available supply of preowned airplanes listed for sale reached significant lows. For example, among high-performance airplanes, there were a total of 96 Cirrus SR22’s listed for sale which included 15 planes located outside the United States. And, only 85 Bonanzas were listed for sale which included 8 planes located outside the United States. Similar supply lows to total aircraft manufactured were reached in preowned sales listings for Cessnas and Pipers.

A supply to demand balanced ratio of preowned listings is said to be 3% of the manufactured models that were shipped. The preowned listings for some Cirrus and Bonanza models are below 1%.

Table 1: Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Listed for Sale

Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Sales Listings, January 2021
Preowned Cirrus Aircraft Sales Listings, January 2021

Table 2: Preowned Bonanza Airplanes Listed for Sale

Preowned Bonanza Sales Listings, January 2021
Preowned Bonanza Sales Listings, January 2021

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A New Year 2021

As we enter the new year, we’re focusing on new beginnings. There’s no forgetting the vicious global pandemic, yet there’s help arriving with the scheduling of vaccines. We hope you and your family are able to stay healthy and safe.

Our Connecting Aviators® Interactive Aviator Software which helps pilots find, connect and share their passion for flying with fellow aviators is a new beginning. Stay tuned for dev updates. We’ll also report on GA market trends and the value of shared aircraft ownerships during 2021.

High Flight 2020

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
 of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung
 high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung
 my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and [sought the shekinah glory] of God.”

In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries. References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14

We trust your flying this year was remarkable and wish your best dreams of flight become a reality in the New Year.

High-Fidelity Prototype Complete

The high-fidelity UI/UX prototype of the Connecting Aviators® app is complete. It’s what developers call the front end user interface and we’ll reveal more screens in the near future. Many thanks to the pilots that have provided feedback on the design.

The Dev Phase for backend buildout has now started. And, we’re still on schedule for release of the app in early 2021.