They're Pumping Out Product And Competing For Contracts
So you've been laid off from your flight crew gig at the
airline? You're a commercial flight student looking at
less-than-optimal job prospects with any of the major carriers?
Well, consider this:
Rotorcraft. Sure, you might make less money than at a legacy or
low-cost carrier. But then, chances are, you will have a job.
The New York Times points out that, while pilots and pilot
wannabes struggle in the current airline economy, helicopters --
particularly medical helicopters -- have proven virtually immune to
the slump that has gripped aviation for the past three years.
Medical aviation companies that rely heavily on rotorcraft say
their business is up more than eight percent.
"Face it: more aortas are going to burst as more people age,"
Steve Towne, chief executive of Ranger Aerospace, told the Times.
Ranger, of course, owns Keystone Helicopters.
Of course, companies that provide helicopters and helicopter
maintenance aren't doing bad either. Flight schools, according to
the Times, are also seeing relatively good times, with a marked
increase in the number of rotorwing students.
"Regional jets, corporate jets, they have explosive growth one
year, none the next," said Roy Resavage, president of the trade
group Helicopter Association International. He told the Times, "We
grow at a steady 3 to 4 percent clip. It's the tortoise and the