Pilot Careers Vs. Other Professional Careers

Airline Pilot Careers Vs. Other Professions, Occupations, Careers-

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Why a pilot career can prove to be a wise career choice when compared to other major professional occupations such as a doctor, lawyer, or dentist. General comparisons of education costs and expenses, length of school and training, to time frames in school and/or training before able to actually work as a paid professional…

Promising news for aspiring commercial pilots and ATP pilots. As their has and will always be negative media attention on airlines, pilot careers, and pilot pay, the actual facts of the matter can actually attract some positive attention to those interested in starting a professional pilot career.

What aspiring pilots need to understand is that commercial and ATP pilots do make decent money if they can stick with it for 5,10,15 years with the same airline or are fortunate to transfer to one that accepts pilot transfers without starting all over from the bottom of the pilot pool. In comparison to any other decent paying occupation, traditionally you would need to graduate from college with either a 4,8,12 year degree(s) to make over $100,000 per year.

With becoming a commercial pilot or ATP pilot , you can very well complete all of your pilot training in a matter of 2- 3 years if motivated, of which, half of that time you could be working as a certified flight instructor gaining additional flight hours towards your ATP certificate while receiving payment for training new pilots.

Pilots at major airlines receive upwards of $200k+ per year for flying big jumbo jets, are restricted to the amount of flight time they can work per week/per month, and they also receive numerous other benefits and perks. The problem is being able to work with an airline for that long in hopes that the airline does not re-structure, merge, or go under to the dtriment of their pilots. There are a plethora of extenuating circumstances that numerous pilots have to endure in terms of “negatives” of the aviation industry, but is this not very similar to any other occupation? Doctors?, Lawyers?, Dentists?

How long do these types of professionals go to school for before they can start working in their fields as licensed professionals?

How much do they make per year while going to school to receive their diplomas?

How much do they make right out of grad school?

As you can see these are examples of “OCCUPATIONS” that typically pay $100k+ per year, but only after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on education within an 4,8, or 12+ year time frame of receiving said education.

Do you see the connections when comparing the pilot career to that of any other major career? There is additional education and training, additional education costs, additional time frames of education and training, the major differences in time frames from training to be be able to work in professions, career supply and demand( there are plenty of doctors, lawyers, and dentists, but the world is in desparate need of qualified pilots), etc.

Not every pilot, doctor, lawyer, or dentist is going to make a gazillion dollars, especially right out of grad school or training. Eventually though, each professional will more than likely end up making a decent amount of money after 10+ years of working in their career. The major difference is the amount of time a pilot has at working in the real world receiving a paycheck while earning more hands on experience years before most other professions are able to do so. Life is what we make of it, largely dependent on the career decisions we make within the industry we want to work in, along with the network of connections we have, current life situations, and the opportunities that may present themselves at any given time within our occupational travels.

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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?

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