Being an airline can be a glamorous, exciting and very rewarding job. However, it takes many years and a lot of commitment to land a job with a larger airline. For some positions, it can take up to 10 years of flight experience to even qualify. If you do not have the military, it is quite expensive to get the required training and flight experience. To become a pilot airline, you need to get a series of licenses: a private pilot, a commercial license and an airline license. Overall, these three licenses require thousands of hours of flight experience. Then you can apply to work as a pilot for an airline.
Edit Become a private pilot
- Graduate from high school with courses in mathematics and science. Although there are no high school requirements to become an airline pilot, courses in mathematics and science will generally benefit your future career. Subscribe to advanced placement classes if offered by your school. 
- Consider participating in flight extracurricular activities. In the UK, for example, you can participate in the Air Training Corps (ATC), a volunteer-military youth organization for people under the age of 18.
- Earn a 4-year college degree to fly to a large commercial airline. A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required to become a pilot for a major airline. It is preferable to obtain a Bachelor's degree with emphasis on aviation, but your degree need not necessarily be flight related. 
- Some regional airlines only need a 2-year degree.
- Some colleges and universities, such as the University of North Dakota, offer flight training in collaboration with academic classes. 
- Get a medical certificate in first class. Make an agreement with a certified aeronautical examiner. A doctor will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination to ensure that you are physically and mentally capable of operating an aircraft. 
- Contrary to popular belief, you can still become a professional pilot if you wear glasses or contacts, as long as your vision is correctable to 20/20. 
- In the United States, you must visit the office of a certified aviation investigator (AME). A list of AMEs in your community can be found here: https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/
- Sign up for an accredited flying school or training program to get an air experience. Education is available in two different forms: integrated and modular. Integrated training programs are more expensive, but allow you to complete your workout faster, generally 14-18 months. Modular programs allow you to pay when you go and are better if you want to practice part-time, possibly take breaks between modules. 
- If you are in the United Kingdom States, which fill classes in an FAA Approved Flight School, can reduce the amount of flight experience required for pilot tests.
- Think of military flight training for a subsidized alternative. Enrollment in flight school and acquisition of the desired number of flight hours can be an incredibly expensive process. However, if you arrive in the military, your flight training will be subsidized. The flip side is obviously that you must approve a multi-year commitment to the armed forces (10 years, in the US). 
- The Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard offer flight training if you are an American citizen.
- Job prospects are generally good for those who leave the military to become airlines.
- Get a student pilot license to fly your own plane. Apply for a student pilot license through the official air traffic control in your country. These licenses are free to apply for, but you may need your instructor login to prove your skills. 
- You can start taking flight lessons before applying for a student pilot, but you need one to run a plane yourself. A private pilot card, your next step, requires a certain solo flight time.
- You can often apply for a student pilot at the same time as your medical certificate.
- Take a written exam to start earning your private pilot license. The written exam can be taken at any time before the internship test. Some instructors and flight schools require that they be filled in successfully before you start flying. The test consists of 60 multiple choice questions. 
- However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that you fill in a solo country road before taking the written exam.
- A list of test centers in the US can be found here: https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/test_centers.pdf.
- Pass a practical flight test and get your private pilot card. To complete your practical exam, you must have completed 40 total hours of flight time. The 40 hours must include at least 10 hours of flying solo, of which 5 must be a solo flight and 20 hours with an instructor. The flight test is administered by an FAA examiner and usually lasts 1-2 hours. You must give your own flight to the exam. 
- After completing this process, you are an officially licensed pilot. You will be comfortable with the foundation for flying a one-engine plane.
- You cannot get payment for your services when you hold this license.
Edit Earn an Airline Transport Pilot License
- Add an instrument rating to fly in bad weather. An instrument classification requires 50 hours of flight time in the countryside while it acts as a pilot in the command. You also need 40 hours of real or simulated instrument flight experience to qualify. To prove your flight hours, your instructor will review your pilot logbook and create a meeting with a particular pilot investigator. Then you will be asked to plan a country road using instrument flight rules (which you may or may not fly), as well as an oral test and flight test. 
- With this classification you can fly a plane during periods of low visibility, guided only by the aircraft's instrument.
- Earn a commercial pilot card to be paid for flying. To qualify for an FAA Commercial Pilot License, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience. As your private pilot license, you must submit a written and flight test. The commercial certificate requires 250 hours of flight (including 100 hours as commander, 50 hours of cross country and 10 hours of dual instruction in a complex aircraft). 
- The written exam for a commercial license contains 100 multiple questions. You will be given 3 hours to complete the test, and the minimum score is 70%. 
- The practical exam must be administered by an FAA-approved reviewer, a list that can be searched here: http://av-info.faa.gov/DesigneeSearch.asp.
- Add an engine accessory to legally fly a twin engine airplane. To work as an airline pilot, you must obtain a multi-engine assessment for two-engine aircraft. You need an approval from your instructor and must also take a practical test that contains a detailed oral test. 
- The oral exam can be administered by the instructor and contains questions about weight and balance, aircraft and minimum controllable flight speed. 
- No written test required.
- Earn your airline's airline ticket. To apply for this license you must be 23 years or older and have at least 1500 hours of flying experience (which includes both night and instrument flight). You will also need to pass written and flight tests. 
- The written exam is multiple choice and addresses topics such as airplane planning and surveillance, radio navigation, meteorology and air rights
- The practical exam is administered by either an FAA inspector or an FAA designated pilot investigator. It is divided into two sections: an oral exam and a test flight.
- This license allows you to act as a captain (or "pilot command") of a commercial aircraft.
Edit Gaining Experience
- Apply for jobs with regional airlines. To work for a major airline, you usually need 3,000 hours of total flight time, including at least 1,500 hours of multiple engines, and at least 1,000 hours as a commander of a turbine powered aircraft. To get that experience, you can start by working at a regional airline, which often requires only 1,500 hours of flight time. 
- Many pilots start at smaller airlines where they can gain experience flying on regular flights in different weather conditions. Then they use that experience to get higher paying jobs at major airlines.
- Complete your certified flight instructor rating to work at an air school. Some flight schools offer you flight hours in exchange for working as an instructor there. This is a very common way to earn the hours needed to fly to a larger airline because it allows you to make money while building your flight hours. 
- Similarly, find a job as an instructor at a simulator company. Although they cannot pay you a salary, see if you can trade your instructor hours for hours with the help of the simulator and gain experience using in future interviews. 
- Volunteer as a pilot to gain experience and help others. For example, security pilots keep an eye while another pilot carries a vision-limiting device that simulates low-visibility weather conditions. You can donate your time while earning flight hours. Or, if you are in the United States, you can work with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – the official civilian aid from U.S. Air Force. Search and rescue missions and training flights for younger cadets are performed with a sense of smaller aircraft. 
- Some CAP flights require minimum private pilot while others have stricter requirements.
- Find "low time" pilot jobs in your community for additional hours. The options include scenic flights, gliding trailers, aerial photography, towing banners and patrol pipelines. These jobs can be difficult to find when the market is poor for pilots, as others can find more experienced pilots looking for work. 
- These jobs can usually be found through oral or contact with companies in your area that you think may be employed by part-time executives.
Edit Work with an airline
- Apply for airline as soon as you meet the minimum requirements. Prepare a professional pilot project on one page. The summary should be divided into sections with your contact information, grades and flight time, experience and chronological job history and any awards or achievements. 
- Ask other pilots who have direct knowledge of your flight knowledge to write letters of recommendation.
- Prepare for the interview by examining the airline. Find out what types of aircraft they work, as well as their hub cities. Look at them online to see if there is any latest news about the company. Also make sure your logbook is complete and you have a proper record of your flight time. 
- Check professional pilot sites where pilots share flight-specific interview experiences.
- You may want to include copies of documents such as college prints, military records and licenses for the interview.
- If the airline carries out a simulator check, rent a simulator at your local airport or flight school to brush up. Some companies offer aircraft-specific interview simulator preparations, although this is a special interview that can be expensive.
- Complete your first workout when you are employed. Airline boarding typically includes a week of corporate training, 3-6 weeks of primary and simulator training, and 25 hours of first-time experience (including a FAA safety inspector's tour).
- When you are trained, you must complete regular training and simulator checks. These usually occur once or twice a year.
- Start working at the airline as a flight engineer. Depending on the type of aircraft starting, new airlines start pilots as first officers or flight engineers. Although some airlines favor applicants who already have a flight technology card, they may provide aeronautics training for those who only have a commercial license.
- Until first official after 1-5 years. In the airlines, advances are usually predetermined by the employment period stated in trade union agreements. After a period of 1-5 years, you will probably be promoted to the role of first office. 
- A first officer (also known as co-pilot) is the second commander of the captain.
- Become a captain after 5-15 years at work. Getting employment will also help you to acquire the desired flight assignments. Your time with the airline determines when you fly, whether you are flying on weekends, or if you will be in the air during Christmas or other holidays. 
- When you change airlines, at your choice or because you have been dismissed or your airline has been in traffic, you begin at the bottom of your new airline when it comes to your position, schedule and pay, regardless of experience. 
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- Flying as a career is one stressful job. A pilot's ultimate responsibility – the safety of his passengers and cargo – makes many personal victims. You will be expected to undergo constant training and evaluation, drug and alcohol testing, background checks and long hours. 
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