Monday 5 September 2022

Step-by-Step Guide What are the Steps Required to become a Commercial Pilot?

Step-by-Step Guide

What are the Steps Required to become a Commercial Pilot?

Step 1

1. Earn Private Pilot Certificate

The first step in becoming a commercial Pilot is to earn a Private Pilot certificate, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Starting in a single-engine airplane, this stage of training focuses on the fundamentals and sets the foundation for more advanced certificates and ratings.


Step 2

2. Add Instrument Rating

After becoming a private Pilot, the next step is to earn an instrument rating which allows a Pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and in all kinds of weather.


Step 3

3. Earn Commercial Pilot Certificate

Next is earning a Commercial Pilot certificate. Pilots must meet specific experience requirements and fly to a higher standard in order to become commercial Pilots, which ultimately allows them to legally be paid to fly.


Step 4

4. Earn Flight Instructor Certificate

Once the commercial Pilot requirements are satisfied, obtain a Flight Instructor certificate. Becoming a certificated flight instructor (CFI) allows Pilots to earn a living flying, while they earn the flight experience required by the airlines.


Step 5

5. Add Multi-Engine Rating

To fly large passenger airliners, Pilots must add multi-engine privileges to their Pilot commercial certificate. Adding a multi-engine rating to the Commercial Pilot certificate is the final step before building experience to meet hiring minimums.


Step 6

6. Gain Experience & Interview

Flight instructs to gain the type of quality and relevant flight experience necessary to meet the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which commercial Pilots are required to hold and includes a minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time.


Between 500 and 1,500 hours of total flight time, interview with your desired airline for the position of First Officer. Airlines typically conduct both a technical interview and an HR interview. Upon successful completion, you will receive a conditional offer of employment.


Step 7

7. Commercial Pilot Job

Upon meeting the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot certificate, you are eligible to fly as an airline Pilot and will meet the hiring minimums of most regional commercial airline Pilot jobs. ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program can take you from zero time to airline Pilot job in two years. View the training timeline »


If your career goal is to get a job flying for American Airlines, learn about how to participate in the cadet program and become a Pilot for American Airlines. While the typical career progression is to first fly for a regional airline, then advance to a major airline, direct programs allow you to go straight to select major airlines at 1,500 hours.



Tuition for up to 19 credit hours, for undergrad and grad school, is $3,006 per semester. Flight training ranges from $8,859 for private Pilot single-engine to $15,300 for commercial multi engine training. The school has a Cessna fleet of 24 aircraft, including 152s and 172s


Important documents required to transfer from one university to another

-Students are required to have a valid i20

-Students are required to have in possession an F1 or J1 Visa

-It is mandatory for the student to clear all financial dues in his current university and meet all finances from his new university

-Both universities must be open to the policy of transferring students from one university to another in the United States.

 Get in touch with the new university

While considering the transfer option, it is necessary for you to check the features and policies of the university you wish to get transferred to. Right from the course curriculum, infrastructure to course fees and faculty need to be checked so that you can select the right university this time. Once you are certain about your choice of university, you need to gather information about the transfer policies of that institution so that you can start the transfer process.

 Certificates and Ratings

In order to become a commercial airline Pilot, there are several certificates and ratings that you will need. The first thing you will need is a private Pilot licence, which will allow you to fly on your own, but does not allow you to receive payment for flying.


Commercial Pilot certificate

Next, you will need a commercial Pilot certificate, which allows you to receive payment for your flight services. You earn this certificate by passing commercial Pilot ground school and logging at least 250 flight hours, with allotted time dedicated to certain conditions and maneuvers. After you have passed your written ground school test and logged your hours, you will need to pass a check-ride. This is a lot like the driving test required in order to receive a driver’s licence; in the check-ride, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examiner will ask you to plan a flight, quiz you on aviation matters, and then accompany you on a flight. Like with a driving test, you will be asked to execute certain maneuvers and your examiner will direct your flying throughout the flight. After the test, if everything goes well, you will be issued a commercial Pilot’s certificate.


Medical certificate

Additionally, in order to become a commercial airline Pilot, you will need an up-to-date first- or second-class medical certificate. To receive this, an Aviation Medical Examiner will need to verify that you meet the health and fitness requirements to be a Pilot. As a commercial airline Pilot, you will be subject to these examinations throughout your career; captains need to pass a physical exam once every six months, and other commercial airline Pilots need to pass an exam every year. If a health problem is discovered, you could be out of a job.


Instrument Rating

You will also need to get an instrument rating in order to fly with low visibility (in adverse weather and in clouds). You receive this rating by passing instrument ground school, logging a specified number of instrument flight hours (flying without visibility), and passing an instrument rating check-ride.


Multi-Engine Rating

Next, you will need a multi-engine rating. This will allow you to fly planes with multiple engines, which is most likely what you will fly as a commercial airline Pilot. To receive this rating, you will need to take some lessons and mass a multi-engine check-ride.


Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

At one point or another, most commercial airline Pilots also get an airline transport Pilot certificate. This is the highest Pilot certificate and allows you to be the Pilot in command (captain) of a large commercial aircraft. For this certificate, you will need to pass a written test, have a first-class medical certificate, be a high school graduate, and have logged 1,500 flight hours, including 250 hours as the Pilot in command.


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