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Employment For Pilots After Flight Training

Employment For Pilots After Flight TrainingTo be a pilot for hire, you need a commercial pilot certificate. You earn your 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 logged your hours and passed your written ground school test, you will need to pass a check-ride. A check-ride is something like the driving test we take to get our driver’s licenses. FAA examiner asks you to plan a flight, quizzes you on aviation matters and then accompanies you on a flight. As in a driver’s license test, the examiner requests that you execute certain maneuvers and directs your flying throughout the entire flight. If everything goes well, the examiner issues you a commercial pilot’s certificate.

Additionally, a commercial pilot needs an up-to-date first- or second-class medical certificate, an instrument rating and a multi-engine rating. For you to receive a medical certificate, an Aviation Medical Examiner must verify that you meet the health and fitness requirements to be a pilot. You need to get an instrument rating to fly with low visibility (in adverse weather and in clouds). You receive an instrument rating by passing instrument ground school, logging a specified amount of instrument flight time (flying without visibility) and passing an instrument rating check-ride. To fly planes with multiple engines (most of the planes in commercial use), you need to have some lessons and pass a multi-engine check-ride. At some point, most airline pilots also get an airline transport pilot certificate. This highest pilot certificate allows you to be the pilot in command (the captain) of a large commercial aircraft. It requires that you pass a written test, have a first-class medical certificate, are a high school graduate and have logged 1,500 flight hours including 250 hours as the pilot in command.

To be hired, you need flight experience. Your level of experience is based on the number and complexity of aircraft you have flown, the quantity and complexity of the flying you did (jet or propeller, day or night, local or cross-country, flying with visibility or flying using only instruments, etc.) and which crew positions you’ve held.

Most successful pilot applicants at major airlines have thousands of flight hours. Secondary airlines (regional or commuter) may have lower requirements. Source

Employment of airline and commercial pilots is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Regional airlines and low-cost carriers will present the best job opportunities. Pilots seeking jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition.

AOPA Pilot Information Center

With a membership base of nearly 400,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the United States, AOPA is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.

As the foremost technical resource available to the general aviation community, the Pilot Information Center strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and technical expertise. Our skilled group of pilots and flight instructors has over 30,000 hours of collective flight experience and plays a pivotal role in AOPA’s mission and objectives. During the course of a given year, our specialists respond to over 200,000 member questions and thousands of e-mails and letters.

The AOPA Pilot Information Center puts some of GA’s most experienced pilots as close as your phone or email. Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern time or email pilotassist@aopa.org.

Aviation specialists are available to cover questions on a myriad of aviation topics, including:

  • Pilot and aviation-related topics
  • Airports issues, airspace
  • Legislative updates
  • Regulations interpretations
  • FAA enforcement actions
  • Flight training, CFI questions
  • Aircraft ownership
  • Buying and selling advice
  • Evaluations of specific aircraft
  • Flying clubs, co-ownership
  • Maintenance

International flights

  • Flight planning guidance for Canada, Bahamas, and Mexico, as well as Alaska
  • Survival equipment recommendations and requirements
  • U.S. border crossing procedures (Customs/

Medical certification

  • The airman medical certification process
  • Allowed and disallowed medical conditions
  • Medical application guidance
  • Locations of medical examiners
Pilot Jobs Directories


Aviator College is now accepting applications for Flight Instructors

The requirements are:

  • 350 hours of Total Time
  • 100 hours Multi-Engine Time
  • One Instructor Rating must be done with a FSDO office
  • Minimum of 15 hours of actual Instrument Flight Time
Aviator College is now accepting applications for TWO year Flight Instructors

The requirements are:

  • 350 hours of Total Time
  • 100 hours Multi-Engine Time
  • One Instructor Rating must be done with a FSDO office
  • Minimum of 15 hours of actual Instrument Flight Time
  • Minimum of 24 months as an Instructor
  • Gold Seal Certificate preferred
Aviator College is now accepting applications for A & P Mechanics

The requirements are:

  • Must hold a valid FAA Airframe & Powerplant License.
  • Experience working on twin and single engine aircraft preferred.
  • Aviator is Seeking Qualified JAA Unrestricted Flight Instructors
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have the right to live and work in the United States

If you are interested in becoming an instructor or a mechanic with the Aviator College of Aeronautical Science, e-mail your resume to employment@aviator.edu or fax: 772-489-8383

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