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Pilot Careers

Pilot Careers

Pilot Jobs and Pilot Career Opportunities

When most people think about becoming a professional pilot, the first thought that probably comes to mind for them in terms of a pilot career would be as a major airline transport pilot. Although this is the most common career path most pilots take, many pilots do not take into consideration that there are a large number of pilot jobs and pilot careers available for professional and properly certified pilots. We have taken the time to write down a brief list of some of the most popular pilot jobs and pilot careers.

Here is a quick list of popular pilot careers-

– Major Airline Pilot
– Regional Airline pilot
– Executive/Corporate Pilot
– Charter Pilot
– Banner Towing Pilot
– AG Pilot or Crop Duster
– Military Pilot
– Medical Pilot
– Fire fighter pilot
– Stunt Pilot
– Race Pilot
– Certified Flight Instructor

There are many career paths and options available for pilots, the choice is up to you to decide what type of pilot you want to be as this will allow you to understand all of the different criteria involved in getting the specific type of pilot license you need for the pilot career path you choose. Some pilot career paths may only require a private pilot license (PPL), other may require a commercial pilot license (CPL), and others may require an airline transport pilot license(ATP).

Click here to find out more about different types of pilot careers and pilot jobs

About Our International Flight School-
Epic Flight Academy, established in 1999, is an international pilot training institution that has successfully graduated thousands of new and existing pilots from there accredited flight training school. They operate over 40+ state of the art training aircraft, have over 30 plus certified flight instructors, a clean safety record, and operates out of a municipal airport located by the beach in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Get started with your pilot career path by enrolling with Epic Flight Academy today!

Pilot Training Scholarships

Pilot Training Scholarships

Pilot Scholarships and Pilot Grants

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Do You Need Assistance Paying for Flight School or Aviation College?

If you are strongly considering becoming a pilot and are having a hard time finding a way to fund your pilot education, you may want to consider applying for a scholarship and/or grant to help carry the financial burden. As with most types of continued education, it can be quite costly and expensive. Fortunately, where there is a will, there is a way. You would be surprised to find out that when it comes to finding a way to pay for your flight school or aviation college that there are many different options available and an even larger number of people, organizations, associations, non profits, companies, and financial institutions willing to help.

How to Apply for a Flight School Scholarship or Flight School Grant

Applying for pilot grants, pilot scholarships, and pilot loans is not as complicated as most people may think. Yes, the amount of paperwork along with other criteria that are usually attached to applying for a scholarship, grant, financial aid, and/or loan can sometimes be very time consuming and tedious, but the reward for you is being able to achieve your dream of going to flight school to become a professional certified pilot.

Pilot Scholarships– A pilot scholarship is probably going to be the easiest route to take when it comes to applying. Most scholarships have basic criteria that each applicant must meet before they can even apply for said scholarship. If the applicant meets the requirements, then the next step is to find out what else is needed in order to apply. Most scholarships have the applicants write a long essay that includes information about themselves, what they plan on doing with the funds  if they are awarded the scholarship, what the applicant’s career path is, along with numerous other various questions and whatever documentation is needed to apply for the pilot scholarship.

Pilot Grants– A pilot grant is very similar to that of a pilot scholarship. A grant may or may not have to be paid back and sometimes the application process can be much more complex and complicated. make sure to check out the criteria for applying for a grant before doing so. Sometimes and  in order to apply for a grant, the specifications on how the grant application is prepared and written are to complicated and require special writing services.  If so, you may need to hire a professional grant writer to complete the pilot grant application for you so your application does not get denied.

Pilot Loans, Pilot Finance, and Pilot Financial Aid- Their are numerous other methods for financing your flight training, such as: The aviation school may provide in house payment plans( still apply for grants and scholarships to help with costs and expenses), you could seek out a traditional financial institution for a pilot loan or personal loan, apply for a collateral based loan, research other financial aid programs for education, apply for a pilot loan with secondary finance companies(be careful), etc.

What is nice about most of the scholarship and grant programs is that some of them will allow you to spend your funding on related education expenses or related living expenses while receiving your education and pilot training. Some examples of these secondary expenses that your grant or scholarship could be used for are as follows- transportation or vehicle, living expenses, laptop or computer for school, school supplies, school clothes and uniforms, any pilot equipment needed that is not included in your tuition, additional flight time, any other additional courses and exams, FAA check rides and examiners, medical certificates, U.S. Visa costs, travel costs, and TSA clearance costs (international students), etc.

Utilizing pilot grants and pilot scholarships should also be used in combination with in house financing, pilot loans, secondary loans, or whatever works for your particular financial situation. Just understand that there are numerous ways to finance pilot training and you should not get scared when you see how much it costs to become a properly trained and certified pilot, commercial pilot, or ATP.

Flight School Grants and Aviation College Scholarships


AeroClub of New England’s Scholarship Program
Air Traffic Control Association – due 5/1
Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship
Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship
Non-Employee Student Scholarship
Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)-
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Boeing Scholarships
Girls With Wings Scholarship
LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship
National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE)
University Aviation Association (UAA) Aviation Scholarship Guide
Women in Aviation International (WAI)
Women in Corporate Aviation

Minority Pilot Scholarships-
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) Scholarships
American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA’s) Scholarship
Association for Women In Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
Black Excel Scholarships & Financial Aid
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology
Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students
Hispanic College Fund
Jackie Robinson Foundation
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarship Program
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Scholarship Program Minority Financial Aid Guide
Ron Brown Scholarship
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Udall Scholarship for American Indian and Alaskan Native Peoples
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
Women In Aviation, International Available Scholarships-
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards Scholarship

Miscellaneous Pilot School Scholarships-
Air Traffic Control Association – due 5/1 –
Buckingham Memorial Scholarship
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateway
FinAid – The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid
Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC)
Gates Millennium Scholarships
Intel Science Talent Search
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
Siemens Westinghouse Competition

Flight Training Grants-
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation, Fellowships and Grants
Grants for Minorities: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, etc.
Michigan State University Libraries Grant and Related Resources Guide
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for K-12 Teachers program
Wolf Aviation Fund: Grant Program

Other Sources for Pilot Scholarships and Grants for Pilots

Experimental Aircraft Association-

Air Force Aid Society-

Airports Council International-

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association-

Hispanic Scholarship Fund-

National Business Aviation Association-

North East Chapter- American Association of Airport Executives-

Society of Women Engineers-

Plus many other aviation related scholarships…all you have to do is put in the research and time to see what is available and for your specific financial situation.

As you can see, there are many creative ways to fund your pilot training. Whether it for a PPL, CPL, or ATP certificate; if one of your dreams in life is to become a pilot, do not let something as simple as money prevent you from going to flight school or aviation college.

Contact our prestigious international flight school today to request more information on how to become a pilot and how to finance flight school.

About Epic Flight Academy-
Since 1999, Epic Flight Academy has trained thousands of pilots from all over the world in the intricacies and fundamentals of flying. Operating an accredited FAA, EASA flight school that provides pilot training in over 40 state of the art glass cockpit aircraft and doing so with over 30 certified flight instructors, ensures pilots in training receive the proper amount of individual instruction and flight training needed to obtain their FAA pilot certificate in the shortest amount of time as possible.

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How to Become A Commercial Airline Transport Pilot

How to Become A Commercial Airline Pilot – ATP

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Interested in starting a commercial airline transport pilot career?

If you have ever dreamed about becoming a professional ATP pilot, you may want to strongly consider taking action now to get your ATP pilot license. The reason, their is a severe ATP pilot shortage worldwide and even more so in the USA, of which, opens the door of opportunity for people interested in starting a career as an ATP pilot.

Continue reading to find out more about the steps involved in becoming a commercial airline transport pilot.

Step 1-
Preparation & Research
If you are interested in becoming a pilot, gaining as much knowledge as possible about the in’s and out’s of flying, FAA regulations, pilot training, flight schools, and pilot careers would be highly advisable as the preparation and research will all contribute to how successful you will be with your commercial airline pilot career.

Furthermore and more specifically, conduct some research on the requirements needed for becoming a commercial airline pilot, the lifestyle of a commercial airline pilot, and the different career
paths a commercial airline pilot can take. This will allow you to fully
understand what commercial airline pilots have to endure as part of this particular exciting pilot career path.

After you have conducted your research, get your hands on any and all available pilot school training materials, go online and find pilot training resources, and you can even start playing with different flight simulators to get the feeling of flying. Becoming a commercial airline pilot is not easy, nor is it cheap. This is why you should research, prepare, and educate yourself so you have enough knowledge on the steps required to get your commercial airline pilot license.

Step 2-
Student Pilot Certificate-

The requirements for a student pilot certificate are simple; you must be at least 16 years old, pass a
medical exam, and pass an eye exam.

There are two options you can take – You could choose to enroll into a flight school or aviation college first, and allow them to assist you with filing for your student pilot certificate, or you could file for it yourself and then enroll in an accredited flight school or find an approved FAA certified flight instructor.

Step 3-
FAA Flight School or FAA Flight Instructor

If you are going for your commercial airline transport pilot license, the best choice is to go with an approved FAA flight school or aviation college versus hiring a certified flight instructor. You should choose a flight school that offers accelerated pilot training programs, an ample supply of up to date aircraft, a low ratio of student to certified flight instructors, a clean safety record, etc.. When choosing a flight school, there are a number of criteria to take into consideration, such as- What works for your current situation? Do they offer flight school financing and/or flexible payment options? Do you plan on going to a local flight school or do you plan on traveling to another state or country to receive your flight training? What are the living accommodations for student pilots? How is the overall area where the flight school is located? Is there transportation for students? Are the things to do for student pilots when they are not in flight school? Does the flight school have good reviews and ratings?

If you are traveling into the US for flight school – Do you have a visa, green card, or passport? If not, do you have your visa paperwork in order?

The final and most important question you should be asking yourself is- Am I ready to commit myself to finishing flight school so I can graduate with a commercial airline transport pilot license?

Step 4-
Different Types of Pilot Licenses-

After you get your student pilot license, immediately get
started logging your FAA required flight hours to receive your
FAA private pilot license certificate. You only need 40 hours of
flight time to obtain your private pilot license, along with
passing tests and exams.

If you go to a FAA approved flight school, you will only need to
log 190 hours, if you choose to go with a private FAA approved
flight instructor, then you will have to log 250 hours of flight
time. You will also need to pass all required exams and tests.

Obviously the more flight hours you have the better. Moreover,
the faster you can gain the required 1,500 flight hours needed
to receive your ATP, the faster you will receive your
commercial airline transport pilot license certificate. After
you have over 1500 flight hours and have passed all exams and tests,
then you will will finally be on your way to becoming a
commercial airline transport pilot for a major airline.

Ground School Courses-
It is a good idea to gain as much knowledge about flying as it
is the actual flying of an aircraft. Make sure you take your
ground school classes and IR (Instrument Rating) classes, of
which, will be needed in order to obtain the Commercial Pilot
License and the Commercial Airline Transport Pilot License, or

Step 5-

Accumulate Flight Time –
As soon as you get started on your path to becoming a commercial
pilot or commercial airline transport pilot, you will need to
immediately start accruing as many flight hours as possible. In
short, the faster you log your FAA required flight time needed
to receive your private pilot license, the faster you will be on
your way to becoming a commercial pilot, and the next step of
commercial airline transport pilot.

Pilot License Flight Hour Requirements
PPL- 40*
CPL- 250*
ATPL- 1,500*

Tips: Go flying as much as possible in different aircraft and in
different weather conditions. Jump into a flight simulator to
gain more flight hours.* You can become a certified flight
instructor after receiving your CPL, which allows you to gain
flight hours by training other pilots on top of being able to
receive a paycheck while doing so.

Step 6-
Commercial Pilot License Requirements-

– 250 Hours of flight time- In various weather conditions
– At least 18 years of age with valid photo ID
– Pass a physical exam, eye exam, and obtain 2nd class medical
– Pass the flight exam
– Score at least a 70% on the written and oral exams
– Take the IR course and pass exam
– Take the Multi-Engine Rating Course and pass exam
– Certificate from FAA approved flight school or instructor.

Note: Most CPL license holders become flight instructors as they
can immediately start working as a professional pilot while
getting paid and earning more flight hours towards their ATP or
Commercial Airline Transport Pilot License.

Step 7-
Commercial Airline Transport Pilot License Requirements-

– 1500 Hours of flight time- In various weather conditions
– At least 23 years of age with valid photo ID
– Pass a physical exam, eye exam, and obtain 2nd class medical
– Pass the flight exam
– Score at least a 70% on the written and oral exams
– Take the IR course and pass exam
– Take the Multi-Engine Rating Course and pass exam
– Certificate from FAA approved flight school or instructor.

Step 8-
Commercial Pilot Career to Airline Pilot Career-
Most new pilots that just received their CPL go on to find
employment immediately upon graduation as a certified flight
instructor. New commercial pilots do this as they can instantly
start working as a professional pilot while earning a paycheck
and gaining additional flight time towards their commercial
airline transport pilot license requirements.

After meeting the required 1500 hours of flight time for the ATP license, passing all exams and tests, and meeting all of the other related FAA requirements, then you will be able to obtain your airline transport pilot license and be able to start working for a major airline.

Are You Ready to Become a Professional Commercial Airline Transport Pilot?

Are You Ready to Take The Next Step Towards Becoming a Professional Commercial Airline Transport Pilot?

Come and learn how to fly with our dual accredited international flight school-
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