As youngsters, many of us would have dreamt of becoming pilots when we became older! More people are pursuing their dreams of making a living flying commercial airliners. To some, the idea of being a pilot for a well-known airline might sound like a pipe dream. But, the reality is easier than you might think!
With the right skills and dedication to learning, anyone can fly a commercial airliner. It matters not what one’s background or previous vocation is. What does matter is how committed that person is to achieve their goals and dreams.
As you might expect, commercial flight training is both structured and challenging. Still, it’s not impossible. The many people that fly commercial airliners for the first time each year are a testament to that fact!
Are you thinking of starting a career as a pilot working for a commercial airline? If so, you will need to know how to get started.
The classical route into commercial flying is to get a private pilot’s licence (PPL). To get licenced, one must get trained in a single-engine piston plane. The training for a private pilot’s licence will also include ground studies. This is necessary to pass ground school exams. A successful flight must also get completed before the licence gets issued.
There are some other requirements you must follow before learning to fly an airliner. They are as follows:
- At least 175 hours of total flight time as a PPL holder;
- At least 100 hours as a PIC (pilot-in-command);
- You must pass 14 EASA ATPL(A) exams;
- You must complete a 300nm cross-country flight. This should include two full-stop landings at other airfields;
- You must have a valid Class One medical certificate;
- You must also hold a Night Rating.
As you can imagine, flying a commercial airliner is a big responsibility. The above might seem like a lengthy list of requirements to get trained. But, they ensure that only serious and safe pilots learn to fly an airliner.
Before you start, it makes sense to take an Aeros COMPASS Pilot Aptitude Assessment. It’s an easy way to determine how likely you are to complete the CPL course.
Once you’ve got a Commercial Pilot’s Licence
The good news is that having a CPL means you’re a step closer to flying a commercial airliner. If you want to work for an airline, there will be some other courses you’ll need to pass too.
Examples include the multi-engine piston (MEP) rating and multi-engine instrument rating (IR). You’ll also need to pass a multi-crew cooperation (MCC) and jet orientation course (JOC).
How to get started
If you’ve never flown before, the obvious answer is to start training to get your PPL. Doing so means you have the foundations to build your commercial flight training.
Have you flown aircraft in the military? If so, the good news is you can convert your Military Pilot licences into EASA equivalents. And if you’ve trained overseas, you can do the same with ICAO licences.
Contact Aeros Flight Training today to get started!