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ATP Pilots Employment and Salaries

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

ATP Pilots Employment and SalariesPilots aren’t paid like any other hourly worker in other professions and for that reason airline pilot salaries are probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of the profession when discussed by the non-flying public. Despite the fact that professional pilots work 8, 10, 12 hour+ days just like any other professional, they are only compensated for the time considered “in flight.” For most flying jobs, unless it’s a salaried position, that usually means that they are paid from when the parking brake is released at the departure point until the brake is set upon arrival at the destination.

The law says that pilots who work for an airline cannot fly more than 100 hours a month or more than 1,000 hours a year. Most airline pilots fly about 75 hours a month, and work another 75 hours a month at other parts of the job. When they are flying, airline pilots often stay away from home overnight. Airlines have flights at all hours of the day and night. This means that airline pilots are often asked to work odd hours.

Pilot pay is something the general public often has a lot of misconceptions about. The general ‘glamorization’ of the career leads many people to think that airline pilots make $250-300K+ a year and that they work two weeks or less a month. While there are a select few captains at the major carriers with 25+ years of tenure may have a life close to that, they are by far the minority. According to the Air Line Pilots Association, their average major* airline member Captain is 50 years old, with 18 years seniority and makes $182,000 a year. A non-major airline Captain is 41 years old with 10 years of seniority and makes $70,000 a year. The average ALPA First Officer member at a major airline is 43 years old with 10 years of seniority and makes $121,000 per year, while an ALPA non major First Officer is age 35 with 3 years of service and makes $33,000.

*A major airline is a carrier with more than a billion in sales annually. American, Delta, Northwest, United, Continental, US Airways, Southwest, Alaska (and even several ‘regional’ carriers) are considered majors by that definition. However, not all major carriers pilots are members of the ALPA union, notably AA & SWA who have their own in house unions.

Factors affecting pilot pay:
  • Time with the company (seniority)
  • Aircraft flown
  • Whether they are a Captain or First Officer (seat)
  • The hours in their monthly schedule
  • The pay scale at their specific airline

A pilots pay is figured upon the hourly rate for their seat and their equipment based upon the pay grade for their seniority. Each company also has a set ‘minimum guarantee’ flight hour pay in their pilot contract. This is generally about 75 hours per month but varies slightly by airline. (A few majors guarantee is only 65!) However, in no case will the pilot earn less than the ‘minimum guarantee’ every month. They may fly less than 75 actual flight hours, but they will still be paid for the 75 per their guarantee. If they get a flight schedule that is scheduled for more flight hours than the minimum guarantee, they will then get paid for the greater amount of time flown instead, plus “per diem”. Flight crew make about $1-3 per hour in ‘per diem’ for every hour they are away from their domicile on a trip to cover expenses. This generally adds a few hundred dollars to their pay check. Source

Employment of Commercial Pilots May 2012 Statistics

USA Map, source Bureau Of Labor Statistics
Commercial Pilot Employment

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

States with Highest Employment

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How To Prepare For Your Pilot Job Interview

How To Prepare For Your Pilot Job InterviewEmployment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Modest employment growth is expected as air travel gradually increases over the decade and as more travel takes place between Asia and the United States.

Job opportunities will be spread among both passenger and cargo airline companies.
Most job opportunities will arise from the need to replace pilots who leave the workforce. Between 2010 and 2020, many pilots are expected to retire as they reach the required retirement age of 65. As older pilots retire and younger pilots advance, entry-level positions may open up. And the demand for flight instructors may increase as they are needed to train a greater number of student pilots.

Job prospects should be best with regional airlines, on low-cost carriers, or in general aviation, because these segments are anticipated to grow faster than the major airlines. In addition, entry-level requirements are lower for regional and commercial jobs.

However, pilots with less than 500 flight hours will probably need to accumulate hours as flight instructors or commercial pilots before qualifying for regional airline jobs.

Pilots seeking jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition because those firms tend to attract many more applicants than the number of job openings. Applicants also will have to compete with furloughed pilots for available jobs.

Pilots with the greatest number of flight and instrument hours usually have the best prospects. For this reason, military and experienced pilots will have an advantage over entry-level applicants. Source

The Pilot Job Interview

If you have your flight training completed and licenses in hand, the next step is to find employment. The tips below list some of the reasons why pilots fail their interviews to get a pilot job. Review, learn and prepare better to get your dream pilot job. Source

  1. Negative first impressions. Treat each person with equal respect and courtesy – from the person who calls you for the interview, to the gate agent and the interviewer. If you don’t, the word will get back quickly to the recruitment department.
  2. Lack of knowledge of the company culture and business plan. Do your research. You want to be sure the company is a good fit for you and make that clear in the interview. You don’t want to say something contrary to the business plan or philosophy during the interview. For example, you don’t want to say at a Southwest interview that the thing you like most about your current job is flying a variety of aircraft or at FedEx that you are a “morning person.” If you are interviewing just because you need a job, that will come through.
  3. They don’t get to know you. Don’t go to an interview over prepared with canned or rehearsed answers. You always hear recruiters say, “Be yourself, we want to get to know you.” Well, you can be yourself all day, but that doesn’t mean they are getting to know you. You need to tell your own stories, your own way. Be careful not to let your friends or what you read in the forums direct what you say or how to act. Each pilot perceives an experience in his/her own unique way. They want to know you, not your friends or someone in cyberspace.
  4. Lack of substance in stories. In a pilot interview you need to be very descriptive and provide a lot of detail. If you don’t say anything, you won’t get hired. Don’t time your stories. Once you do that they become scripted. As long as you are describing what they are targeting and they are learning positive things about you, give as much detail as possible. If you start repeating yourself, going off on a tangent, or they look at their watches more than once, it is time to stop. I would rather hear more than not enough.
  5. Lack of professionalism. Interviewers want to see pilots who are poised, polished and professional. So don’t fidget, crack your knuckles, or tap on the table. You don’t want to be stiff and speak in a monotone – unless that is your nature. But, you also don’t want to come across cavalier or overconfident. Sit up and get involved. Demonstrate interest.
  6. Poor grooming and/or inappropriate attire. Wear a conservative business suit and hairstyle. This is not the time to express your individualism. Think about it. You will be required to conform to company uniform and grooming standards. Let the interviewer remember you, your strengths, qualifications and qualities, not what you were wearing.
  7. Poor communication skills. Articulate clearly and use correct grammar. Don’t swear or quote someone swearing and don’t use slang. Again, a little polish is required without sounding like an English professor.
  8. Bad attitudes. While we all like to think our attitudes are stellar, sometimes overconfidence or acting a little cavalier in the interview can cause our demise. Stay away from small talk that moves in a negative direction – like furloughs, union issues, etc. Interviewers feel that it is a privilege to work at their respective companies, and want to see that you feel that way too.
  9. Disregard for the “4 H’s”. Honesty – let them get to know the real you. Humility – they want pilots who are humble, with an attitude of service. Humor – they want pilots who are easy to get along with. Homework – there shouldn’t be anything you don’t know about that company when you get to the interview.

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What Are Your Expectations in Getting a Job As A Pilot Job?

What Are Your Expectations in Getting a Job As A Pilot Job?In July 2013, The Federal Aviation Administration said it was making final a rule that says all commercial airline pilots hired by U.S. carriers will be required to have at least 1,500 hours of flight time.
The Air Line Pilots Association, which praised the new rule, said it goes into effect Aug. 1.

“The rule gives first officers a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge and experience before they fly for an air carrier,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in the agency’s announcement. “With this rule and our efforts to address pilot fatigue – both initiatives championed by the families of Colgan flight 3407 – we’re making a safe system even safer.”

Before, a first officer had to have only a commercial pilot license, which requires a minimum of 250 hours of flying. The new rule requires the ATP license and the 1,500 hours. In addition, the FAA now requires a pilot to have at least 1,000 as an airline first officer before flying as captain. The minimum age for an ATP license is 23 years.

After finishing flight training, we all have one thing on our minds. Landing that first job! Below is an article that lists some of the things you can expect before hearing the word “Hired”.


Everyone seems to get VERY hung up on this one. There is more to an airline than their hourly pay rate. While doing your research be sure to look at more than just the hourly pay rate. Some companies have better contracts than others. For example some companies simply pay you X to fly from here to there because it takes 2 hours. If your flight taxis out and sits on the ramp for 5 hours, too bad, you are only getting paid for 2 hours. Other companies will pay you “block or better”. This means that you are guaranteed 2 hours of pay and if you go over that, they will pay you for the length of time you have to sit on the taxi way and the flight time. Duty Rigs are another thing you should check for in their contract. Every airline that I know of only pays it’s pilots when they are actually in the cockpit with the door shut. Is this company going to make you show up to work at 6am to fly to some po-dunk airport and sit around for 5 hours before flying to your next destination? If they do this to you, are you going to get paid at least X hours for the day? I don’t know about you, but when I have to go to work, I like being paid for my time! I’d rather not sit around in some airport terminal and not get paid. Other companies pay their pilots a yearly salary no matter how much or how little they fly.


Where will you start and end all of your trips? Are any of their bases close to your home or will you need to move or commute? If you plan to move, make sure you factor in how much moving will cost you and how much housing costs in the city you are moving to. If you choose to commute, you need to consider things like paying for a crashpad at your new base. Airport parking fees at your home airport. What companies have service between your home airport and your new base? How frequent are the flights between those two airports? Does your company have jumpseat agreements with the companies that service those airports? How competitive will your commute be? (how many other pilots will be trying to do the same commute you are) Commuting will let you live where you want but it also means you will use a lot of your days off getting to and from work. When the weather is bad and the flights are over sold, this can really take a toll on your stress level. You might have to leave home at 6am to wait around at the airport all day to catch a flight to your base. Then after you get to your base you might not start work until 8pm and you don’t get done flying until midnight. Obviously this makes for an extreemly long day! (the same can be true for getting back home after you are done flying)

Another hot topic area is how quick is the upgrade? Typically upgrades are faster at companies with a lot of movement. You need to ask yourself, why does company A have so much more movement than company Z? Is it because other airlines are hiring their pilots so quickly or because people don’t like working there? Generally it’s because people can’t stand working there. The choice you have to make is if you’d rather have a decent quality of life for a longer time or get the quick upgrade and hate your quality of life.


Almost every company offers some sort of flight benefits. Some are better than others. Almost all of them are space available reservations. This means that you can go for free or relatively cheap as long as there are seats available. Yes, this can be a great deal, but can also be a huge headache. I’ve gotten on the first flight of the day many times, but I’ve also sat around the airport from 6am until 9pm trying to get on a flight only to be turned away. Tickets are so cheap these days, if I need to get somewhere, I don’t bother trying to ride on my flight benefits and I just buy a ticket instead.


Yes, I know you are young and don’t need to worry about retiring for at least 30+ years. The question you need to ask yourself is: How old do I want to be when I retire and how comfortable of a retirement do I want to have? I’ve flown with other pilots that have no clue what they will do when they retire because flying is all they know and they don’t have very much money in their retirement funds. If you start saving for retirement early on, those funds will grow over and over again and you will have a very comfortable retirement. Some companies offer matching contributions which is basically FREE money! You should at least contribute at least that much per paycheck that way the company is giving you the maximum FREE cash possible!


Do you have any idea what SJS is? Shinny Jet Syndrome! There are so many people who come out of flight training that have SJS it’s pathetic! Don’t go fly for some company just because they have brand new shinny jets! You paid a lot of money and spent a lot of time to get to where you are today. Just because XYZ has 50 brand new CRJ-700’s or EMB-170’s on order, that does not meant they are a great company to work for. Do your homework and you will be a lot happier with your decision!

Types of flying

This comes down to what type of person you are. Do you like the scheduled routine and like knowing when you start work and when you will finish? You will fly to the same airports over and over again, but you’ll know all the routes and won’t have to worry about landing somewhere you are unfamiliar with. This type of flying is usually with a hub and spoke carrier. Are you the type of person who likes variety in your life? There are companies out there where you’ll hit different airports all day instead of the same ones over and over. How many days would you like to work in a row? Some comapnies do all day trips where you start and end your trips at your base every night. Other companies have 2 day, 3 day, 4 day trips, etc. Some places even do 18 day trips where you work 18 days straight (with breaks on the road) and then you are off for the remainder of the month. These are all things to think about before you narrow down your job search. Options: Airline or Freight carriers tend to be hub and spoke always going to the same airports during your trips. Fractional Ownerships, corporate or charter companies usually don’t go to and from a hub all the time. They have a lot more variety in their schedules.


This is a big area that you should put a lot of research into. A contract can make or break your decision to work for a company. Would you rather work for a company that has 10 guaranteed days off per month or one that has 15 guaranteed days off per month? Some companies have that quick upgrade time, but guess what, you are going to work your tail off! When you first get started in the aviation world, you will probably want to fly, fly, fly, but after the luster wears off, you’ll want more days off! For most people, that’s what it’s all about. Get the most time off and make as much money possible. Other things besides days off to consider are things like seniority or merit based systems. Seniorty is good because it forces the company to give pilots perks in seniority order. Such as bidding your schedule based upon how long you’ve been at the company, who upgrades and in what order. If you are on a merit based system, you better be ready to suck up a lot! If you don’t, you will more than likely be passed over for the bosses kid or someone else who does suck up.


Will you be paid during training? Will the company put you up for your training or will you have to rent a place to stay during training?

Training contracts –

I love this one! Some companies have them and some don’t. If a company requires you to sign a training contract before they will let you work for them, that should be a HUGE red flag! Normally this means that people hate working here or there are better places to work so they get some experience and leave. The only way the company can keep people is by holding them to these expensive training contracts ($10,000 – $15,000 is pretty average). Companies that are good places to work won’t require you to sign one of these because they aren’t worried about you leaving. Source

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Professional Pilot Associations. Why Being A Member is Important

Professional Pilot Associations. Why Being A Member is ImportantTo be hired as a professional pilot 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.

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. Attending professional flight training exhibitions is essential for anyone considering employment as a professional pilot.

The Importance Pilot Networking

Aviation is a small world and the pilot group even smaller. It’s crucial to cultivate friendships with the pilots and other industry people you come across during your training and career.

Today, it also means being active on discussion boards (forums) online and staying informed of what’s going on in the industry around you. Airline pilot message boards have many active members whose combined knowledge is greater than any group of friends you might have. Ask questions, seek advice, and you’ll be farther ahead than most in your networking efforts.

For student pilots and CFIs, now’s the time to start! Have a business card made for yourself, and pass it around to people in the industry you run into. Have a short “elevator speech” that sums up the direction you’re headed. Something such as, “I’m building time right now flight instructing; looking forward to getting on with a regional. Eventually I want to fly for a major airline.” When others see your determination and goal setting, many will offer advice and even future job leads! Your enthusiasm will be contagious.

For those pilots happily employed, a great job today doesn’t mean you won’t need any contacts or help down the road tomorrow. Many pilots have been furloughed only to belatedly discover that they should have kept up with their old buddies at the other airlines.

A majority of pilot jobs across the country are filled every year by word of mouth. To stay ahead and improve your odds of finding good pilot employers, make every effort to get to know the pilots and industry contacts around you, and network like your career depends on it! Source

Professional Pilot Associations. Build Your Pilot Career By Becoming a Member

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.

Membership Benefits
Whether you are a pilot, an aircraft owner, or an aviation enthusiast, AOPA provides the resources and support you need to sharpen your skills, keep informed, and stay connected to the GA community. Join AOPA today to enjoy all of the many exclusive benefits, services, and opportunities available to you as a member.

Members consistently rate advocacy as the number one reason they belong to AOPA—and with good reason. AOPA is on the front lines every day fighting to ensure that general aviation and the interests of our members are promoted and safeguarded at all levels of government. See how we advocate for you »
Visit AOPA website for complete info and details.


The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 50,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.

Why Union

  1. ALPA’s Team Approach to Negotiations.
  2. ALPA’s team approach to negotiations will secure a better collective bargaining agreement for pilots, helping achieve cornerstone contract improvements in fair pay, improved work rules, and a better quality of life.
  3. Making Pilots’ Jobs Safer and More Secure.
  4. ALPA, the world’s largest non-governmental aviation safety organization, makes pilots’ jobs safer and more secure, in the air and on the ground. ALPA plays a key role in government and industry efforts.
  5. ALPA’s Voice in Washington and Ottawa.
  6. ALPA, recognized as the voice of airline pilots in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, has established the rapport pilots need with members of Congress, Parliament, and other government officials — powerful people who make decisions that directly affect the airline piloting profession.
  7. ALPA’s Products and Services Gives Pilots Peace of Mind and Protection.
  8. ALPA, the world’s largest pilot union, is in the best position to take care of pilots and their family. With programs and products tailored specifically to airline pilot needs, ALPA provides products and services that independent unions could never match.
  9. ALPA’s Global Presence Benefits Pilots in Many Ways.
  10. Only ALPA, the sole representative for pilots in both the U.S. and Canada for the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association (IFALPA), can represent pilots’ interests at significant international and regional forums — including ICAO, the aviation arm of the United Nations.

Visit ALPA site for full info and details.

The United States Pilots Association (USPA) is a “grassroots” organization of general aviation pilots, dedicated to protecting General Aviation in the United States. Please review our site to learn more about how we can help you protect your right to fly, while also enjoying the benefits of participation in our association.


The complex issues affecting general aviation in the United States point out the necessity of a firm hand in its constructive development. Such a force and influence is the United States Pilots Association.
USPA offers you the opportunity to belong to an organization in which you can participate, and help set the course for the future of general aviation in our country. By working together, we can be a strong and effective force in the struggle to keep general aviation alive and healthy.

Areas of activity sponsored by USPA include aviation safety, pilot education, airport development, pilot seminars, aviation legislation awareness, awards for pilot proficiency, and many other state, regional, and national issues in which USPA has achieved a strong record and played an active role.

Aviator Flight Training Academy

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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

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 or fax: 772-489-8383

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Pilot and Co-pilot Dereferences

Pilot and Co-pilot DereferencesIn aviation, pilots receive certificates and ratings, rather than a “license”. The certificates are as follows:

  • Sport – This is the best type of certificate for individuals who wish to fly light sport aircraft. Sport pilots cannot carry more than one passenger, and are limited to daytime flight only.
  • Private – For pilots who wish to go to any airport in the country, in any aircraft, unlimited passengers, day or night, in fair weather, this certificate is the best option. Private pilots may share the expenses related to the flight with their passengers, but may not be compensated / paid for flying people to different destinations.
  • CommercialCommercial pilots can fly for hire and are required to have higher training standards than private or sport pilots.
  • Air Transport Pilots – ATP’s as they are called, typically qualify to fly the major airliners of the US transit system. ATP’s must qualify with a range of experience and training to be considered for this certificate.

The pilot in command (PIC) of an aircraft is the person aboard the aircraft who is ultimately responsible for its operation and safety during flight. This would be the “captain” in a typical two- or three –pilot crew-, or “pilot” if there is only one certified and qualified pilot at the controls of an aircraft. The PIC must be legally certified (or otherwise authorized) to operate the aircraft for the specific flight and flight conditions, but need not be actually manipulating the controls at any given moment. The PIC is the person legally in charge of the aircraft and its flight safety and operation, and would normally be the primary person liable for an infraction of any flight rule.

Difference Between a Pilot and a Co-Pilot

All modern aircraft are flown by a two-person crew consisting of a captain and a first officer. The first officer is often referred to in a kind of shorthand slang as the ‘copilot.’ The captain normally wears four uniform stripes, and the first officer three.

That said, on any airplane requiring two pilots, you will find a Captain (a.k.a the “pilot”) and a First Officer (a.k.a. the “co-pilot”).

Here’s some background on the main difference between a pilot and a co-pilot. You see, most aviation terms have nautical origins, and just as there is only one captain on a ship, there is also only captain on a plane (the pilot in command, or PIC). He or she is the final authority for the safe operation of the vessel and is ultimately responsible for everything that happens on board. The First Officer, on the other hand, is like the first mate on a boat (the second in command, or SIC). He or she is there to advise, assist and inform the Captain as needed.

So what’s the big advantage to being a Captain? In the airlines, I’d say the two biggest advantages are 1) running the show, and 2) a significant salary bump. Lets face it, we all know what a big difference it makes to work for a great boss. As a First Officer, you constantly fly with different Captains, so you’re forced to become a chameleon, meshing your personality with each Captain’s personality and unique way of running the cockpit.

Sure, our procedures are highly standardized, but the Captain still sets the tone, and that tone can vary a LOT! Once you are the captain, you get to set the tone, not adjust to it. You get to make the big decisions, not just advise, assist and inform about them. Additionally, who wouldn’t want to earn more money? I’d say that as a rough average,

First Officers only earn about 60% of what a Captain earns.
So what’s the downside to being a Captain? Well, the biggest disadvantage is giving up accumulated seniority as a First Officer. As we’ve talked about before, seniority is everything. From monthly bidding to vacation, seniority determines everything. Would you rather make less money but be a very senior First Officer? Or would you rather be a junior Captain, on call, flying less desirable trips but making quite a bit more money?

So how do you become a Captain? While each airline is different, most airlines offer several position bids each year. This outlines how many captains and first officers are needed in each base and on each different type of plane. Then, the computer (in essence) goes down the seniority list one-by-one, asking each pilot what position he wants. Eventually, there comes a time when all the captain slots have been filled thus leaving only first officer slots left. The time it takes to upgrade varies greatly depending on how many senior pilots retire (thus freeing up captain slots) and how much the company is either growing or shrinking. For me, I’d guess it will take about 7 years with my airline to make Captain for the first time.

Day-to-day, the Captain is focused on big picture things like managing the crew, ensuring the flight plan is correct, the fuel is adequate and being the ultimate decider for any inflight situations that may arise. The First Officer focuses on the smaller picture such as making sure the cockpit switches are set correctly, the flight plan is loaded in the computer correctly, etc. That said, both pilots fly the plane, they generally just alternate who is actually piloting the plane by switching every other flight.

So as you can see, there are lots of differences between pilots and co-pilots, or Captains and First Officers.

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Higher Demand For Professional Pilots, EasyJet To Hire 200 New Pilot Positions

Higher Demand For Professional Pilots, EasyJet To Hire 200 New Pilot PositionsProfessional pilots must now have first-rate knowledge and continually upgraded skills if they want to hear the word “Hired!” Pilots who train at quality aviation schools and who possess the technical knowledge, first-rate flying skills and a professional attitude will have the hiring edge!

Professionalism and knowledge are now prerequisites for entrance into the worldwide airline industry. Fast paced, “fast track” programs, or self-study courses will not meet the new airline industry standards.

Becoming a pilot is a journey that only a handful of people are able to do. Flying an airplane requires a very high level of skills and perseverance. It takes years to acquire the skills necessary to fly commercial jets. Furthermore, a pilot is always working on his or her skills; there is always room for improvement.

Few of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree. If you want an airline job, you stand a better chance if you are among the 95 percent with a degree than the 5 percent without one.

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easyJet Has Announced To Fill 200 New Pilot Positions in 2014

In a statement, Head of Flight Operations, Cpt Brian Tyrell, explained the airline expects to fill the new positions from several sources including: pilots starting their career, pilots currently flying for the military who wish to join the civilian aviation sector, and those who currently fly for other airlines.

According to the airline, the new positions will be offered across all 11 of easyJet’s UK bases – Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast – and across easyJet’s European network of bases.

Those interested can apply through and if successful will start flying with easyJet from summer 2014.
Captain Tyrrell said,

“I’m really pleased to be launching this recruitment drive for 200 new pilots. We are actively seeking pilots from the military services and we know from the ex-forces pilots who already fly with us that their skills and experience will be an asset to the airline.”

Of the 200 new pilots some will join easyJet directly while others will join via easyJet’s training partners CTC Aviation and CAE Parc Aviation. These pilots will fly for the airline on a contract flying basis before gaining a permanent contract with the airline.

CTC’s Chief Executive, Rob Clarke said,

“We are delighted that CTC continues to play a significant role in supporting the airline’s future pilot requirements. All indications are that the CTC Wings programme will remain a valuable, continuous source of pilots for easyJet as their growth plans evolve, an example of which is a new easyJet MPL cadet programme, in conjunction with CTC, which we will be releasing details of very soon.”

easyJet announced last month that the airline would be creating 330 permanent jobs, but these would be filled not by directly recruited pilots, but converted from pilots who are already flying on existing contracts with the airline. easyJet has previously come under criticism from pilot organisations such as BALPA for the airline’s treatment of its contract pilots.

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