Working as a CFI

Gareth Bussa

Gareth Bussa,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 23 September 2017

This past summer I resided in Athens, while I have been completing my aviation courses and working as a Certified Flight Instructor. As a newly rated CFI, I was able to gain experience and better myself as a teacher while instructing current Ohio University Aviation students.

During the fall semester, I am currently working on an internship as a CFI at the Ohio University Airport. There are many opportunities for internships today, due to the pilot shortage. For me, I chose the CFI internship because it allows me to build hours and grow as an instructor for my future. As a commercial pilot and wanting to pursue an airline career, you have to have 1,000 hours of flight time before you can start a job as an airline pilot. This internship has given me the fastest path to my future as an airline pilot.

Not only was I able to become a CFI this summer, I was able to go to an aviator’s paradise during the end of July. Yes, it does sound very dorky, but Oshkosh is the world’s largest airshow. This was an eye opener for me to see the aviation field get together for a week and share the love and passion of aviation. Over 500,000 people and 10,000 aircraft stop by the air show during the last week of July. Going to Oshkosh helped me as a college student, prepare for an airline career.

In the United States, the airlines are in a pilot shortage. Over the next decade, airlines in the U.S. will need roughly 10,000 pilots to fill the shortage. With this in mind, airlines are hurting for pilots today. Small regional airlines are taking the largest hit, so they are doing anything they can to bring you into their airline. Airlines were present at the air show and it gave me an opportunity to talk and learn about the airline industry and what the best way for me as a pilot is to fill the gap in the airlines.

As the fall semester has begun in Athens, I am able to look back upon my summer and appreciate all that I was able to do working as an intern. I have gained a lot just in the summer and hope to continue to gain more during the continuance of my intern at the airport. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the school year.

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