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.

Civilian

General Requirements

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.

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.

Flight Training

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.

Corporate Qualified Pilot

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.

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 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.

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