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FAPA Pilot Career Resource Center for School Counselors

Welcome to FAPA's pilot career resource center for school counselors. Our goal is to provide you with information about professional pilot careers so that you can speak intelligently with your students about this exciting career path.

We are adding many new resources regularly. Please see the links below to get started. Sign up at the bottom of this page to receive updates as we we add more information.


FAPA Future Pilot Forum Video Library

The FAPA Future Pilot Video Library offers video of presentations given at past FAPA Future Pilot Forums. We are continuously adding new videos from past events. You will get more out of a FAPA Future Pilot Forum by attending in person. Following presentations, the presenters and others host roundtable discussions for personalized advice. It is of great benefit to listen to others' questions and answers. However, if you can not attend in person, the video library offers and excellent taste of the event and expert guidance by our Platinum Partners.


School Counselor Pilot Career FAQs

1) Q: I heard drones would be replacing many of the pilot jobs. Is that true?
2) Q: What courses in middle and high school do they need to take?
3) Q: Are the medical requirements stringent? I heard corrective lenses are not allowed.
4. Q: Do future pilots need a four-year degree?
5. Q: How much does an aviation college cost?
6. Q: Is it true there are thousands of airline pilots laid off?
7. Q: Do future pilots need to become a military pilot to work for the airlines?

Click here for the answers!


Future Pilot Forums

FAPA Future Pilot Forums offer future professional pilots a FREE educational seminar about pathways to professional pilot careers. Career changers, non-aviation separating military personnel and students of all ages (and parents) are invited to attend in person or may register to view portions of the event via on demand video later. All attendees should pre-register for free at FAPA/FuturePilot.


FAPA's Aviation Row at ASCA

FAPA's Aviation row at ASCA began in 2016 at the New Orleans event. 2016 (New Orleans), 2017 (Denver) and 2018 (Los Angeles) were terrific successes. FAPA and aviation partners gather on FAPA's Aviation Row to educate counselors about professional pilot careers.

FAPA will again host FAPA's Aviation Row at ASCA 2019 in Boston. Please visit us and our partners to learn about how to speak to your students about pathways to professional pilot careers.


We will continue to add more counselor resources here. Please sign up for updates below to be notified when new material is added.

Meet the FAPA team

Captain Andy Simonds

Senior Staff Writer

Captain AndySimonds

In 1980, Captain Andy Simonds first soloed in a beat-up fire-prone Cessna 152 Aerobat in Madison, Wisconsin.   After a tour in general aviation as a CFI and Part 135 charter pilot, Andy started collecting uniforms from American Eagle, TWA, Airborne Express and, finally, American Airlines where he is currently a Chief Pilot in NY and a captain on the A-320.  Whether left seat, right seat, back seat or jumpseat he never met an airplane he didn't like.  Andy would fly all airplanes to which somebody (who had the guts) gave him the keys including Metroliners, Jetstreams, DC-9, B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767 and the Airbus 319/321.

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Job Fair Attendee

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