Blimp Pilot

Leisurely travel the skies as the captain of a dirigible.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$35,000 – $120,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Blimp Pilots do?

Blimp Pilots take to the air in one of the most unique ways that people can get around. If you’re a Blimp Pilot, count yourself lucky to captain one of these amazing vehicles, as there are only about 30 blimps left in the world, and few people get a chance to fly in them, let alone steer.

Loading up Soldiers into dirigibles (a fancy name for blimps) used to be a popular way to transport and attack during war times. Now, as you sit behind the dashboard, preparing for takeoff and examining complex instruments, it’s more likely that the airship you’re in was built for advertising rather than for a battle.

Companies like Goodyear hire Blimp Pilots to fly their blimps over stadiums packed with people, or along the beach on a sunny day. Like a flying, brightly painted billboard, your blimp reminds the consumers on the ground of the brand you’re representing, though unlike most obtrusive advertising, people tend to love watching you pass above them. At an average speed of a bicycle and a low flying range, you have plenty of time to wave to the crowds below.

Even though you aren’t required to haul masses of people around in your blimp’s passenger car, you still can’t hoard yourself up in the cockpit. Oftentimes, you’re considered a friendly Representative of a company, giving tours and rides to top investors or executives. The extensive ground you travel allows you to be an Ambassador for your company when you land, often at public events, answering questions and making connections. And when more people have flown on a space shuttle than currently captain a blimp, there will be a great many lining up to shake your hand.

Should I be a Blimp Pilot?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Blimp Pilot

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