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What education and training is required to become a commercial airline pilot?

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Carlton Burgess on May 4, 2018

1. Get a CPL, Commercial Pilot License. 2. Get enough hours on multi-engine of 3 flights. Have excellent vision and medical condition \n. \n. \n. \n Answer \n. \nHere is the typical route for acivilian pilot:\n1. Get your pilot certificates and ratings via a flying club or school at the local airport, a university aviation program. A new certificate of commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings usually have around 250 hours. This is not enough for the airlines*. (See note* at bottom)\n. \n2. Accumulation of flight experience until about 1,000 flight hours. Most regional airlines require pilots to have at least 1,000 hours of flight time, with 100 of that being in multi-engine aircraft and a Commercial/Multi/Instrument certificate. (An airline Transport Pilot certificate is not required until the captain.) Common time building jobs are: banner towing, skydive pilot, pipeline patrol, traffic watch or flight instruction (with the additional Certified Flight Instructor rating)\n. \n3. To obtain a degree. You don't need a degree in aviation, but having a bachelor's degree in any subject is a requirement for being hired at a major airline. The regionals are not as demanding. Many think that you must have an aviation degree to have an advantage, but when or if you ever furloughed during your career an aeronautical degree is useless.\n. \n4. Upon reaching the magic 1,000 hours begin applying! We hope that you will be hired. Learn to live on a budget as regional airline pay is not very good. After the construction of about 2,000-3,000 hours and "paying the debt" at a regional you then qualify for a job with a major company.\n. \n5. Start to apply all over again to the big leagues.....\n. \n . There are some airline academy programs (Delta Connection Academy, Mesa Ailines Pilot Development, Flight Safety among others) that offer a "quick entry" to the right seat of a regional airline in two years or less. They are very expensive and do not guarantee a job, but an interview. If you spend your program and job interviews, you could very well be hired as a First Officer in a 300 to 400 hours. Some are very much in favor of this method, while others in the industry are not as they feel it is "buying a job". Some academy grads will face discrimination during their career because of this.\n . \n Answer \n. \nThere are two routes to becoming a commercial pilot. One is through the military. Please contact your local recruitment office for more details. Dealing with ex military people, this is not the way to go, if a career in aviation is your ONLY reason to join. \n. \nthe other way is to finance their education on their own. The typical progression of the training is to obtain your certificate of a private pilot first. This is, basically, your driver's license for an airplane. This requires a minimum of 40 hours and that it could take up to a maximum of 100 flight hours, not including the time on the ground spent with a flight instructor. This is going to cost anywhere between 4 thousand and 8 thousand dollars. Local flight schools can be found in the yellow pages.\n. \nNext in the progression of certificates is your instrument rating, which allows you to fly in adverse weather conditions. After that you get your commercial pilot license, and then your multi engine rating. At this point you have around 300 flight hours and have spent close to 2 years of training. You still non-negotiable for the airline. \n. \nMost regional airlines hire in about 1500 flight hours and 100 multi engine hours. You can buy this time and fly it yourself, but that would be a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Or, you could get your flight instructor certificate and teach flying for a couple of years. \n. \nExpect to fly with a regional airline for 2 - 5 years before you become captain, and then expect to fly 1000 more hours before you are marketable to a major airline. At this point you are ready to fly the aircraft!\n. \n Answer \n. \n. \nMany of the universities offer a Bachelor's degree in Professional Piloting. This is a great way to increase the capacity of marketing your career in the future and also to build seat time. With a military origin, which are further along when you have a multi-engine rating and more hours.\n. \n Answer \n. \nActually, that is not true. In 2005, around 65% of new cars are the main pilots of the airline were from a civilian background. During the past 10-15 years, pilot have been increasing coming from a civilian back ground.

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