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How to Become an Airline Pilot New York?

Becoming a Career Pilot

First Comes Private Pilot, then Comes Career

The first step to becoming a professional pilot is to earn a Private Pilot License in a Single-Engine Airplane. With a Private Pilot Certificate, you can fly an airplane as a hobby, only fly in good weather conditions, and split the cost of operating the airplane with your passengers.

And you could obtain your Private Pilot License faster with a Simulator:

While you are working on your Private Pilot Certificate, you can use the simulator along with your flight training in the airplane. Using a simulator will help you finish your training closer to the FAA minimum required aeronautical experience. To learn more about how a simulator benefits your flight training, head on over to our Student Pilot Training page.

Cessna !72 During  My Private Pilot Training
Cessna !72 During  My Private Pilot Training
Working On Instrment Rating

Instrument Ratings = Flying in Bad Weather

The next step is to get an Instrument Rating. Adding this privilege to your Private Pilot Certificate, it allows you to fly in weather conditions where you are only relying on the airplane instruments and navigation systems. Using an ATD will give you 20 hours (using an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) for experience. However, you are still limited to the private pilot privileges.

In the Simulator (ATD), you can work on multiple skill sets, making your Instrument Training more efficient:

  • Instrument scanning
  • Practice using Advanced Avionics such as Garmin G1000 NXi
  • Brief the approach
  • PAUSE the scenario when you have a question and get the answers right away
  • Learn how to communicate with ATC and practice the proper IFR phraseology with a live person acting as ATC (not the instructor) without getting oversaturated with information. 


Working On Instrment Rating

Commercial Pilot Rating

After building some flight experience, you can become a Commercial Pilot Single Engine. This pilot certificate that allows you to get a job flying. While jobs are limited with a Commercial Pilot Single Engine, you could find a job flying aerial photography, banner towing, flying someone’s airplane, and flying cargo. You can use 50 hours in a Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) for the required aeronautical experience needed for the Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Multi-Engine Privileges (Yes, more privileges!)

Adding Multi-engine privileges to a commercial certificate is fairly simple. Most of the time you only need about 5 hours of flight time (that’s right, no need for a written exam!) but you will need to meet with an examiner to complete and pass a practical test.

Multiengine Training
Multiengine Training
Flight Instruction

Getting an Instructor Certificate

Most pilots will obtain an instructor certificate (CFI), one the most common ways for pilots to build the experience needed to be hired to fly at the entry level of a charter company (flying on-demand or a regional airline). Earning an Instructor Certificate requires two written exams and a very challenging practical test. You could do a third written test to become an Advanced Ground Instructor. While you might not need the privileges, if the future you want to add a gold seal to your instructor certificate, you’ll have to take the extra written exam.

Flight Instruction

Getting an Instrument Instructor Certificate

Adding an Instrument Instructor (CFI-I), requires a written exam. For an Instrument Ground Instructor is an additional written test. This instructor rating allows you to train people for their instrument rating and conduct IPC.

Multi-Engine Instructor

Adding a Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) rating is crucial because most jet operators pilot either on-demand charters or regional airlines. They require you to have over 25 hours in multi-engine airplanes. For most people, flying a multi-engine airplane gets pretty pricey, and you need will build your multi-engine time instructing other pilots.

You’ve Accrued the Flight Hours. Now, you can work for a regional airline! 

Once you have about 1,500 flight hours, you could get hire for a regional airline and start flying an airliner aircraft such an Embraer 145 or 170, or Canadair CRJ 700 which each requires training for each model of airplane. After you fly for the regional for over 5 years, you will start meeting the experiences required to be selected to fly for a US Major airline. By the time you are ready to earn your ATP, the experience gained in an Aviation Training Device won’t matter as much as they did early on your training, but you can use 25 hours for the aeronautical experience requirements (if you used an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD).


Career Path Flow Chart