Real Answers from Real Pilots

A Little Confused

So I was wondering about this in my head. Say that you’d want to become a commercial airline pilot, But you’ve finished 4 years in college and graduated. You’ve also gotten all your medical and certificates completed. Do you just take the commercial airline pilot course? Or is there more to it?

Alexander,

There is no “commercial airline pilot course” per se. Going with your scenario that you’ve graduated, have your degree, have your medical and all your certificates you now need to gain some experience (aka flight time). The law requires ALL airline pilots (Regional and Major) to have a minimum of 1500hrs of flight time before they can be hired. Therefore in your scenario you’d then need to find an entry level position (the most common is flight instruction) so you can build that time. This is one of the reasons ATP is such a popular option. ATP guarantees it’s graduates an instructor position so they have a way to build the time and get hired.

Adam

I was looking at Liberty University for a Bachelors in Aviation Maintenance Management so I can atleast get a further understanding of aircrafts before applying for ATP you think it sounds good? I need some opinions please :smile:

Alexander,

I would stay away from any Aviation Maintenance Management programs. Your goal is to be a pilot, not a technician. You do not need to study airplanes before coming to ATP. At ATP you will learn everything about airplanes that you need to know to be a pilot. Nine months of intensive training is a lot, you will have substantial knowledge by then, you don’t need to go get it beforehand.

Chris

Alexander,

If you have an interest in Aviation Maintenance Mgmt then study it, but it will not help you to become a pilot. As Chris said ATP (or wherever you train) will train you to be a pilot.

Adam

Thanks so much guys, both of you are a big help to me appreciate it!