Career as an Airline Pilot
On the road to a Career as an Airline Pilot, you’re going to have to make many decisions – there’s no ‘normal’ route to a job in the left-hand seat, there are many different training routes, financing options and career paths.
Check if you are eligible for it?
To become a Pilot a degree is not necessary but a bachelor's degree in Aircraft operations; aviation, aeronautical engineering, or a related field will greatly increase chances of being hired in this competitive field. In addition, you will complete up to two months of ground training and need more than 1,500 hours of Flight experience.
The Pilot training course does not have copious studying to do. It rests on a lot of hands-on practical flying time and instruction. Nonetheless, there is a bit of classroom studying involved as well where the pupils are taught Air regulations, aviation meteorology etc.
At the Student Pilot License level, the pupils are taught and tested on Air regulations, aviation meteorology, and Air navigation. At the Private Pilot License level, they are taught and assessed on the above-mentioned topics and plus, Aircraft engines and seamanship. Lastly, at the Commercial Pilot License level, they are taught the technical portion and Flight planning. They are also assessed on the past topics.
Each Pilot certificate or rating typically involves a component of both ground school and Flight training. Ground school is any training done on the ground and prepares Flight students for the FAA written exam as well as the ground portion of the FAA practical exam.
Ground school can be accomplished by one of any number of different methods. Ground school training at large Flight schools is often conducted in a classroom setting. Sometimes ground school is completed one-on-one with a Flight instructor, through a computer-based course or an online learning program.
In the end, a reputable ground school program will cover all of the material necessary to prepare a student for the FAA written exam, and will include the instructor “sign-off” needed to take the written exam.
Now comes the turn of Flight training
For many prospective Flight students, choosing school to attend is a challenge. There are a variety of Flight training schools available to get the aeronautical training you need to become an Airline Pilot. Here are three main types of Pilot training programs:
· Fast-Track Airline Programs: Fast-track Flight programs are often the quickest and least expensive route to becoming an Airline Pilot. Fast-track programs are Flight programs that allow students with zero Flight hours to gain the necessary experience to become a Commercial Pilot in a very short amount of time. These programs typically involve an intense daily training regimen and provide the opportunity to gain aeronautical ratings quickly and safely. Fast-track programs can sometimes be completed in one year, depending on your previous experience, ability to learn and the program you choose, but it can take some time beyond the program to build enough hours and experience to become a competitive candidate for an Airline job. Occasionally, fast-track Flight programs are accredited, which means that the academics portion of the Flight school must meet specific requirements and is maintained to a specific standard.
· Colleges and Universities: Collegiate Flight training programs usually include Flight training and a college degree. These programs are often the most expensive of the Flight training programs and take the longest to complete (about four years).
· The Local Airport FBO: Local fixed base operators, or FBOs, often provide Flight training at your own pace. There are multiple advantages and disadvantages to this method of Flight training. The ability to fly at a small, local Airport without the rigid schedule found at some fast-track or university programs is appealing to some, but this same benefit can also be a detriment, as students in these programs might be less likely to fly regularly and training programs at these schools are less regulated than collegiate and fast track Flight schools. Flying at an FBO can also mean frequent instructor changes and scheduling interruptions.
Part 61 vs. Part 141 Flight Training
There are two different types of FAA Flight training programs that are available to prospective Pilots: Part 61 and Part 141 training. Both types of training are acceptable, but there are slight differences you’ll want to know before you choose a training program.
· Part 61 Flight training programs are the most common type, and the kind that most small Flight schools offer. Part 61 training is flexible and allows for you to go at your own pace and allows the program to be adjusted to suit the needs of the students. With a Part 61 program, instructors are free to use any type of training materials they’d like to use, and can train the student in a variety of different ways. Because Part 61 Flight instruction is less structured, it can often take longer to complete.
· Part 141 Flight training programs can often be found at larger institutions, including fast-track programs and universities with Flight programs. Part 141 Flight training is conducted to the same standards as Part 61, but is done under a more structured training outline and more efficiently.
Yashi Julka [MBA HR]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt Ltd