PATHWAY TO BECOMING A CORPORATE PILOT
The two most common pathways to obtaining a pilot career with a corporate flight department are civilian and military training. Each of these options provide an excellent method to earning the experience needed to become a corporate pilot.
Before pursuing the 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.
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.
There are several flight training programs available to obtain the necessary pilot certifications to become a corporate 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 a corporate pilot career must meet the minimum flight time experience requirements to be eligible for hire with a corporate flight department.
Where to Start
Your military flying career can 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.
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 to see one pilot's training for the C-130H.
Corporate Qualified Pilot
Build Flight Time
Once completed with military training, a pilot pursuing a corporate pilot career must meet the minimum flight time experience requirements to be eligible for hire at their desired corporate outfit, as well as obtain an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.