PATHWAY TO BECOMING AN AIRLINE PILOT

There are several avenues to becoming an airline pilot, but the two most common are civilian and military. Each of these options provide a training pathway and method of obtaining the experience needed to become an airline pilot.

Civilian

General Requirements

Before pursuing a professional pilot career, one must meet certain requirements established by the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, it is important to understand the expected training costs to obtain the required pilot certifications.

Flight Training

There are several flight training programs available to obtain the necessary pilot certifications to become an airline pilot. The selection of a flight training program will be specific to the needs of the individual aspiring aviator.

Building Flight Time

Once completed with training, a pilot pursuing an airline career must meet the minimum flight time experience requirements to be eligible for the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

Military

Select Military Branch

There are five primary military branches that offer a pilot career pathway: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. Each sector operates a unique fleet of aircraft conducting missions throughout the globe.

Where to Start

Your military flying career may begin at different times during your education. Your military aviation life can begin during college, or after graduation. Knowing the difference between these times can help you plan for a successful future.

Complete Training

Each military branch has a defined training program outline. Upon successful completion, the pilot is required to serve a set time commitment with the military branch. Click below to learn about a real pilot training experience for the C-130H.

Airline Qualified Pilot

Build Flight Time

Once completed with military training, a pilot pursuing an airline career must meet the minimum flight time experience requirements to be eligible for the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with military-reduced flight times.