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get into • pilot's • single engine
good gig
  1. This summer I plan to take classes to get my private license, and then I plan to buy a plane.
  2. planes are more difficult to fly on very windy days.
  3. For being only a few months out of university, I think my job is a pretty.
  4. You must be so excited that you were able to a corporate position with Starbucks.
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615 High Flying Job
Shuan talks about his dream of being a pilot and how to make it happen.

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get into

I'm trying to get into Japan Airlines as an international pilot.

Here, 'get into' is like 'get a job with.' Notice the following:

  1. It would be really good to get into an assistant manager position in that company, but I may have work there a while first.
  2. How did she get into an advertising job?

private pilot's license

I've already got a private pilot's license.

When you have a 'private pilot's license,' it means you can fly planes that are not used to transport the public. Most people who have a private pilot's license have small planes that they use for traveling short distances. Notice the following:

  1. His eyesight wasn't good enough to get his private pilot's license.
  2. She has always wanted to get her private pilot's license.

single engine plane

I can fly a plane but only a single engine plane.

A 'single engine plane' is one that only has one engine. This means that it is a small plane and is not used for transporting many people. Notice the following:

  1. It would take forever to travel that far into Canada by car, so we usually use a single engine plane.
  2. The company has a single engine plane that they use to fly to meetings.

a good gig

It's a pretty good gig to get a salary while still training to become pilot.

In this case, a 'good gig' refers to a good job, maybe with a good salary or nice benefits. Notice the following:

  1. This is actually a pretty good gig for your first job.
  2. Waiting tables is a pretty  good gig for college students.