Airline Pilot Program

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Airline Pilot Program

Currently, the demand for Airline Pilots is at an all-time high, there has never been a better time to start your journey towards becoming a pilot. For a lot of people, finances seem to be a major stumbling block in achieving this goal because obtaining all the certifications you need to get towards an entry level job as a pilot could cost up to $80,000 bar living expenses. This can be considered a large sum of money but if you consider the fact that being a pilot is a highly lucrative and exciting career with current pilot wages being as high as $400,000 yearly, this is a small price to pay. In contrast to university degrees that cost hundreds of thousands that will set you up for far lower salary earnings in the real world, flight training gives a great return on investment. Here at AGA Academy, we recognize this is a huge opportunity, so we created an Airline Pilot Program to train people interested in becoming a pilot to make this goal a reality. We have different programs depending on what stage you need to start your training. The standard program is the Zero to Flight Instructor package, this will take you from zero experience to earning a certified flight instructor certificate and you will accumulate up to 300 hours of flight time through the course of your flight training. We also have packages starting from the Instrument rating stage assuming you already obtained your private pilot license. Program completion time ranges from 8 - 15 months depending on how much time commitment you put in. Some of our programs give you up to 36 months to finish the entire program.

What are the requirements to begin flight training?

An individual with the goal of joining an Airline can begin training at the age of 17. Additionally, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 17 yrs old.
  • Must be legally able to work in the US.
  • Must have a high school diploma.
  • Must be able to obtain an FAA medical certificate.
  • Finally, must be able to speak, read and write in English.
Fee Details

How we conduct our training

Our airline pilot program is conducted under FAA Part 61 instruction. Part 61 allows a more flexible schedule, as per FAA requirements, all Airline Transport Pilots (ATPs) must have met the requirement of 1500 hour rule. This means you need to log 1500 total hours in order to fly for passenger and cargo airlines.

The steps required to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline are:

  • Private Pilot License Course (3 months)
  • Instrument Rating Course (2 months)
  • Commercial Pilot Single engine course (3 months)
  • Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Add on (3 weeks)
  • Certified Flight Instructor (1 Month) - Get hired as a flight instructor and build your hours to 1500. All our graduates are guaranteed an interview!
  • By this point if you wish, you can obtain Flight Instructor Instrument rating (CFII) or Flight Instructor Multi Engine rating (MEI) but these are not compulsory. At Aero Global Aviation we help our instructors get these ratings depending on their performance as CFI’s.
  • Get Hired by a Commercial Airline.

How long will it take to become an airline pilot?

It takes 10 months to complete our Airline program and to get hired as a Certified Flight Instructor. It takes another 12-14 month to fly and build time to 1500 minimum hour requirement. So, it takes approximately 24 months to become an Airline Pilot.

Of course, every student is different and availability for flight lesson might differ which could end up extending this time. This time frame is assuming full-time commitment.

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