How Does A Pilot Become An Airline Pilot?
An airline pilot is someone who controls an airplane’s flight by operating its control panels. In the cockpit of an average plane, there is only one pilot and no other pilots unless the plane is operating in a controlled environment, which could be mountainous terrain, a ocean, or the edge of space. The pilot can decide where to fly the plane and at what altitude. Other aircrew members, including flight engineers or navigators, are usually considered pilots, since they execute the pilots’ instructions throughout the flight. The other passengers on an airplane include passengers who will be taking various educational and health courses during their time in the air, passengers who will be sitting in seats other than those occupied by the pilots, and sometimes passengers who will be passengers only for the trip, not for the entire flight.
To be certified as a pilot, the individual must pass a test that assesses his or her basic piloting and flight experience. The candidate then must undergo a training program that includes both classroom instruction and time in a planes in flight simulator. After successfully completing the training program, the pilot will have successfully passed the written and oral exams required for his or her certification. To become an airline pilot, the individual must still fulfill the requirement for 250 hours of pilot training. These hours can be fulfilled through flight instruction school, through military training, or through education at an approved pilot training school. Each of these methods requires a different amount of time and cost in order to complete the process.
When airline pilots are needed for flights, there are places waiting to fill their vacant seats. There are dozens of airlines in operation today, each with their own fleet of aircraft. In order to qualify for a full-time position, pilots need to be selected from the pool of available candidates who passed all of the airline’s required tests and were accepted into the program, and who continue to meet the airline’s requirements.
Pilots who already have the necessary experience and who have completed their pilot training should apply for a part-time position in a major airline carrier. Part-time positions usually start out as aides to the primary pilot. They will soon move up to regular flight attendant and eventually one of the primary pilots. If an individual has already completed the required 250 hours of pilot training, he or she may apply directly to the airline to fly.
Becoming a pilot is not a simple process. It takes a long time and continuous learning in order to achieve the rank of pilot. It requires much effort, luck, and persistence. To be an effective pilot, a person must be highly educated in the operation of both the human physical systems and the complex technology that pilots use to control those systems. For more information on becoming a pilot contact any of the aviation recruitment agencies near you.