Choosing to become an airline pilot as a career
Are you interested in pilot training? Many people find the idea of becoming an airline pilot an attractive career choice, but don’t know exactly what it involves or how to pursue it. Believe it or not, the technical process of learning to fly a plane and operate all of the controls is not the most difficult part of becoming a pilot. With dedication and commitment, you can learn how to operate an aircraft and master the controls. However, there’s much more involved when you’re put in charge of an aircraft, the passengers, and all of the cargo.
You may have heard the cliché that “airplanes fly themselves,” and with technological advancements it’s easy to understand why people say that. But pilots must possess the ability to make quick decisions in adverse conditions, they need to be able to act in the best interest of everyone on board, and they must be able to keep a calm demeanour when tense situations arise. As the pilot, you’re responsible for everyone and everything on board, and you’re also responsible for maintaining an atmosphere that is as relaxed as possible.
Educational requirements differ depending on the airline. A Bachelor’s degree is required to fly for large commercial airlines, while smaller regional airlines often require a two-year degree. We recommend pursuing an aviation-related Bachelor’s degree, so you have the option to one day pilot a commercial jet, plus obtaining a Bachelor’s degree will give you more flexible career options.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements
In order to become a licensed pilot you must meet the FAA requirements, and this includes getting an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. To obtain this certificate, you must pass an applicable knowledge test, a practical test, and meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 23 years old
- Flown for at least 1,500 hours total
- Flown for at least 50 hours in a multi-engine aircraft
- Have a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating
Different options in learning how to fly in NJ
There are several routes to becoming a licensed pilot:
- Aviation College. You’ll learn to fly while earning your four-year degree, and the training you’ll receive will be of the highest standard. You’ll also have access to the most advanced technology.
- Part 141 or Part 61 Flight School. The numbers refer to FAA regulations, and each one has several differences.
- Aviation Academy. Similar to our flight school at Monmouth Executive Airport, you can gain the necessary experience while doing required coursework at an aviation academy.
If you’re ready to kickstart your aviation career and would like more information about Monmouth Executive Airport’s flight school, or if you have any questions, please contact our team today. Discover why so many people in New Jersey choose our pilot training program.