What to study to be a commercial airplane pilot?

study to be a commercial airplane pilot

What to study to be a commercial airplane pilot?

If you are reading this it is because you are interested in the world of aviation and you are considering becoming a commercial pilot, are we on the right track? Well, nothing pleases us more than giving you the keys and ways you have to achieve it.

Age and requirements to be a commercial airplane pilot

Many of you wonder if there is a minimum age to train as a pilot, and the truth is that there is no. But since there are academic requirements to access the ATO (Approved Training Organization, whose translation would be accredited pilot schools), depending on the time it takes to obtain these qualifications (baccalaureate, training cycle, university degree …), you will have age or other.

But when it comes to obtaining the commercial pilot license, you must meet the following requirements :

  • Be of legal age at the time of license
  • Accredit an ICAO4 level of English.
  • And be eligible for the Class 1 Medical Certificate.

Licenses required to be a commercial airplane pilot

To be a paid pilot of an aircraft for commercial purposes, you need a CPL  (Commercial Pilot License). But also, to be able to work in an airline, you must complete your training with other types of Licenses and Qualifications:

  • IR (Instrument Rating) enablement. A qualification that enables to fly in instrument flight conditions. That is, in flights without external visual references, such as in night conditions, low visibility, flying between clouds …
  • Enabled ME (Multi-Engine). The rating allows for piloting aircraft with more than one engine.
  • MCC Course (Multi Crew Course). This course is not usually taught by all ATOs and teaches teamwork in situations where there is a pilot and co-pilot. Essential to operate online!
  • Theoretical ATPL. This License is the first part to obtain the full ATPL License, which will grant you the possibility of being a commander of the multi-manned aircraft, such as airline aircraft.
    In your training as a pilot, the theoretical ATPL, also known as ATPL frozen, is obtained in the final phase of the training after passing fourteen theoretical exams of AESA.
  • Linguistic proficiency in English is a requirement to obtain a license.

And to finally obtain the full ATPL License, a higher level license that authorizes the Pilot to exercise full command of a commercial flight aircraft, you must have performed at least 1500 flight hours in multi-manned aircraft (typically with commander and co-pilot), which pilots normally perform while practicing their profession.

Our great advice

At here we want to encourage you to continue to find out about the different schools that offer pilot training, and that with the advice that we have provided, you weigh the pros and cons, taking into account what will provide you with better guarantees in the future.

Keep in mind that a pilot requires a lot of knowledge, such as meteorology, basic mechanics, aerodynamics, navigation, legislation … and a set of skills and aptitudes that enable him to operate in both normal and abnormal conditions. And all this goes beyond the simple handling of the aircraft, as it requires good training and preparation. That is why it is so important to choose good training and a good school, as it will be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.

We know that it is a lot of information at once and it can overwhelm you, but be calm, because we will solve all your doubts and we will accompany you in all the processes so that it is as easy as possible for you.

And we know that if you have the skills to be a good pilot, you will know what the best decision is.

Good flight!

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