A Brief Overview of Commercial Airline Pilot Requirements
For over two decades, Aubrey Gladstone has served as president of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, Aubrey Gladstone has worked as a commercial pilot with National Jet, Corp., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1980.
There are a number of steps individuals must take in order to attain a commercial pilot’s license. First, individuals have to be at least 23 years of age when the licensure and certification process begins. While some commercial airlines may require a bachelor’s degree or a specified level of post-high school education, there are no formal educational requirements associated with a commercial pilot’s license. That said, the flight and testing requirements for a license are quite extensive.
Individuals need a minimum of 1,500 hours of recorded flight time before pursuing licensure. Aspiring pilots must log an additional 250 hours in a recognized certification program, after which they are required pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical test for commercial licensing.
With a commercial pilot’s license, individuals can seek work as charter pilots, crop dusters, or various other positions. However, those interested in a job with a commercial airline will need to obtain additional certification.