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Pilot Qualifications To Fly The Plane Involve Combination Of Flight Training and Flight Experience

Pilot Qualifications To Fly The Plane Involve Combination Of Flight Training and Flight ExperienceIn the summer of this year Boening warned of worldwide pilot shortage saying airlines will need nearly half a million new pilots over the next 20 years, including 69,000 in North America alone. The Aisa-Pacific region will need even more pilots, the planemaker said, with some 185,600 slots to fill. The company also predicts a great need for mechanics and other technicians.

Regulators, too, have concerns that the climbing demand for pilots coupled with more stringent rules regarding experience in the cockpit set to come online next year will deepen the shortage domestically, according to a report in the Washington Post.

John Allen, the FAA’s director of flight services, told the Associated Press that the scenario raises safety implications. Allen said that some airlines might hire pilots who have the right qualifications on paper, but may not have the aptitude to command an airliner.

 “Not everybody is supposed to be a pilot,” he said.

F.A.A. New Flight Hours Requirements for Co-Pilots

The proposal announced in earlier this year would increase the minimum number of flight hours required to fly for a commercial airline to 1,500 for all pilots. Captains already must meet that threshold, but co-pilots need only 250 hours. The proposal is the first increase in the requirement to become a co-pilot since 1973, when the F.A.A. raised the minimum number of hours to 250 from 200.

Co-pilots would also need a “type rating” specific to the airliner they plan to fly, another requirement that has applied only to captains. That would mean additional training and testing.

The F.A.A. was required to propose the new threshold under an aviation safety law enacted in response to the crash of a regional airliner near Buffalo in 2009. Fifty people were killed.

Both of the pilots in that accident had more than the minimum 1,500 hours. But the crash, which was attributed to pilot error, turned a spotlight on hiring and training at regional airlines. Unions for pilot and safety advocates told Congress that co-pilots were sometimes hired at low wages with barely more than the 250-hour minimum and allowed to fly passengers after meeting no-frills training requirements.

“Our pilots need to have the right training and the right qualifications so they can be prepared to handle any situation they encounter in the cockpit,”

said Michael P. Huerta, the acting administrator of the F.A.A.

The proposal contains two exceptions to the new experience requirements that were not called for by Congress. Former military pilots will need only 750 hours to fly for an airline, and graduates of university or college flight schools will need only 1,000 hours.

Hours accumulated flying small planes along beaches towing banners or other basic flying are not as effective as fewer hours of quality training, F.A.A. officials have said.

“The F.A.A. believes a combination of training and flight experience is what makes a candidate qualified to fly” for an airline, the proposal said.

For the review of our students in training, we have selected Delta Pilot Requirements to qualify for employment as a pilot.

General Requirements
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Graduate of a four-year degree program from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting organization
  • Degrees obtained from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Postgraduate education will be given favorable consideration.
  • Current passport or other travel documents enabling the bearer to freely exit and re-enter the U.S. (multiple reentry status) and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. (possess proper working documents)
FAA Requirements
  • FAA commercial fixed-wing pilot license with an instrument rating
  • Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • Passing score on FAA ATP written exam preferred
Flight Time Requirements
  • Minimum of 1,200 hours of total documented flight time
  • Minimum of 1,000 hours of fixed wing turboprop or turbofan time
  • When evaluating the flight time of applicants meeting the basic qualifications, consideration will be given to, among other things, quality, quantity, recency, and verifiability of training; complexity of aircraft flown; types of flight operations; and hours flown as PIC in turbine powered aircraft. Applicants invited to interview must provide appropriate documentation of all flight hours.
Other Requirements
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit (RP)
  • DOT required pre-employment drug test and a medical exam administered by Delta
  • TSA required fingerprint based Criminal History Records Check and a Delta background check

The above requirements and additional information can be found on Delta website.

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Aviator Flight Training Academy offers professional pilot training programs with a minimum of 200 hours of multi-engine time. The flight school has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator), large classrooms and individual briefing rooms.

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