How to Become an Airline Pilot
Your Step-by-Step Guide
Right now is one of the best times in history to become an airline pilot. Airlines are in desperate need of more pilots and are increasing pilot pay and bonuses frequently.
Learn How You Could Become One
First Become a Private Pilot
Learn how to fly small single engine airplanes. You'll Need at least 40 hours of flight time.
Next Earn Your Instrument Rating
You'll learn how to fly in many different types of weather when you have to use only your instruments.
Then Your Commercial Rating
This rating takes a while to complete but when done, allows you to start being paid as a pilot.
Become a Certified Flight Instructor
Most pilots become CFIs so they can teach others how to fly and build hours towards airline minimums.
Next Up is Your Multi-Engine Rating
As the name suggests, you'll learn to fly an airplane with more than one engine, a requirement by airlines.
Build Time to the 1,500 Hour Airline Minimum
Federal regulations require airline pilots to have 1,500 hours minimum. Once you reach this, you can be hired.
Last, Earn Your Airline Transport Certificate
You'll need this to fly cargo and passenger airlines. Most jobs pay for you to get it once hired.
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