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Is Your Flight Training Up To High Standards To Get a Pilot Job

Is Your Flight Training Up To High Standards To Get a Pilot Job

Quality of Flight Training

Flight school location is a key factor and can make the difference in the amount of flight training months or even a year needed to complete a professional airline pilot training program. Some of the best flight training facilities are located in sunny Florida where the weather provides optimal flying time. Throughout a year Florida flights schools are able to run their flight training program because the weather is good. The top Florida flight schools have excellent instructors. Qualifications of flight instructors are important and you need to do your research to find out if you are getting the best instruction with top standards. Top flight schools in Florida offer a wide range of professional flight training programs to cater to the needs of all students including international students who wish to study abroad. When choosing a Flight School, carefully review the the types of flight training programs offered and look for the school that offers part 141 that is approved by FAA.

Know Your Pilot Licenses

There are two primary certificates, commonly called licenses, that you can earn in order to enjoy the privileges, challenges, and beauty of flying. They are the recreational pilot certificate and the private pilot certificate. To be eligible to receive either certificate in a single-engine airplane, there are a few minimum requirements.

You must:

  • Be 16 years old to solo.
  • Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.
The Recreational Pilot Certificate

The recreational pilot certificate requires fewer training hours than the private certificate and can be earned in as few as 30 hours as compared to the 40 hours needed for the private. The reasoning behind this is that as a recreational pilot you receive fewer hours of cross-country navigation flight training because you must remain within 50 nautical miles of your home base. You also won’t have to learn to fly in airspace requiring communications with air traffic control. And night operations and flight by reference to instruments, which are part of the private pilot training, are eliminated from the recreational pilot’s curriculum.

The Private Pilot Certificate

A private pilot certificate is like a driver’s license. It allows you to fly anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You can carry any number of passengers, and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. There are fewer limitations for a private pilot then there are for a recreational pilot. Although, there are currency and medical requirements to make sure you stay proficient and healthy, only a few other factors affect when and where you can fly. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies below 18,000 feet above sea level to your heart’s content. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city.

Getting a Job as Pilot

Once your flight training, pilot license and medical requirements are fulfilled, it is time to polish up your resume. There are plenty of jobs available for brilliant and knowledgeable pilots. How do you get hired?
What qualities and skills airiline personnel managers are looking for to make a hiring decision? Outlined below are some suggestions from Paula W that can help you review your resume and land a job (land a plane wink*) as a pilot.

There are many things that airlines look for when they’re hiring captains and first officers for Airbus 320s, Boeing 737s, and other pilot jobs. Get out a copy of your resume and review how well your resume reflects the items they value most.

While there may be many candidates that have similar or equal skills and all should meet the posted minimums for the job, here are some ways you can really stand out from the crowd.

Having a type rating sets candidates apart.

Be sure your hours and ratings are current on ANY resume you send out, whether or not it’s specifically required by the position!

Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written).

By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is critical in business.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.

Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities

Deals with your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.

Interpersonal Abilities

The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Proven relationship-builder with unsurpassed interpersonal skills.

Leadership/Management Skills

While there is some debate about whether leadership is something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Goal-driven leader who maintains a productive climate and confidently motivates, mobilizes, and coaches employees to meet high performance standards.

Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness

There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and job-seekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Personable professional whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.


Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Results-driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation.


Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Innovative problem-solver who can generate workable solutions and resolve issues.


Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

Resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues.

Distributed by Viestly

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