Carl Valeri is an airline pilot who produces the Aviation Careers Podcast, which is dedicated to helping people achieve their aviation career goals. He has over twenty years of flying experience and currently flies as an airline captain and flight instructor. For over ten years, he has assisted pilots in finding jobs and obtaining airline interviews. He also writes the aviation blog ExpertAviator.com.
He recently interviewed me for a podcast and provided this introduction:
“Many look upon the flight instructor position as a stepping stone towards another career goal while earning poverty level wages. Other instructors are able to command six figure incomes and pursue a fulfilling career helping create knowledgeable and safe pilots.
“One of the misconceptions in the aviation industry is that flight instructors will always make less than minimum wage and will live in poverty until they obtain a better flying job. Today I want to debunk this myth and help you become a successful flight instructor who has many students and is able to make a great living teaching.”
Carl asked me about how I became a pilot and my passion for aviation. We then talked about becoming an expert in a niche and building a flight instruction business. When Carl asked me how successful CFIs should market themselves, I mentioned Greg Brown’s The Savvy Flight Instructor: Secrets of the Successful CFI. Greg should know: he’s the 2000 National Flight Instructor of the Year and a contributor to AOPA’s Flight Training magazine.
You can listen to this podcast here.