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How Long Does it Take to Become a Commercial Airline Pilot?

To fly as a commercial airline pilot, you will need 1500 hours of experience, which can be earned in about two years. ATP's accelerated commercial pilot training programs provide a structured timeline and shorten the time it takes to gain experience and meet qualifications. Receive the training, certifications and flight time needed to start your career as an airline pilot in the fastest timeframe possible. When seniority is everything, get there first with ATP Flight School.

Commercial Airline Pilot Flight Time Requirements

The FAA requires 1500 hours for a pilot to become an Airline Transport Pilot. Learn more about the steps to become a pilot and additional commercial pilot license requirements, including frequently asked questions about who can become a commercial airline pilot.

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What are the eligibility requirements for becoming an airline pilot?

Summary of educational, medical, legal, certification and qualification requirements to become a commercial pilot and fly for major and regional airlines.

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How do I become a pilot?

You can become a pilot. Learn how to become a pilot and get your pilot license, including requirements, eligibility, how long it takes, and cost.

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How do I become a pilot for United Airlines®?

ATP Flight School is the nation’s leader in airline-oriented flight training and has partnered with United to provide ATP students the fastest path to a successful pilot career with United. Learn more about United AviateSM.

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How do I become a pilot for American Airlines?

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Do I need a college degree to be a pilot?

The answer to this question is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Learn more about what the college education requirements are to become an airline pilot.

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How long does it take to become a pilot?

It takes 3 months to become a private pilot. In about 2 years, you can become a commercial airline pilot. Learn how you can become a pilot with ATP Flight School.

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How long does it take to become a commercial airline pilot?

Enroll in accelerated flight training with ATP and go from zero experience to a commercial airline pilot, with 1500 hours, in about 2 years. Learn how you can become an airline pilot with ATP Flight School.

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What is airline seniority?

Airlines operate on a seniority-based system. Learn what this means for your career and why getting to the airlines first is important.

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What is a regional airline pilot's salary?

The shortage of pilots qualified to fly for the airlines is causing regional airlines to offer signing bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and other incentives. Learn more about how much you will earn as a pilot.

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How much does it cost to become a commercial pilot?

ATP provides up-front, fixed-cost pricing in a way that differentiates us from most other flight schools and academies. With over 30 years of experience, ATP designs our flight training programs with enough flight time for the vast majority of students to be successful.

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What pilot training programs are available?

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What is a student pilot certificate?

The student pilot certificate is a requirement in order to fly a powered aircraft by yourself, known as “soloing” in aviation.

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What is a private pilot license?

A Private Pilot License (PPL) is the first major milestone on the road to a career as a pilot. Learn about the private pilot license; including privileges, requirements, eligibilty, and how to earn your private pilot license.

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What is a commercial pilot license?

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How to become a certified flight instructor (CFI)?

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How to become a certified flight instructor? »

Learn all about earning your flight instructor certification, including privileges, requirements, eligibilty, and salary information.

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How to earn your ATP certificate?

An ATP certification will also open a wide array of pilot job opportunities with various corporate and private air carriers. Learn more about the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification, such as, eligibility requirements and flight experience requirements.

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How much do airline pilots make?

Flying can be a very rewarding career, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction. Pilots undertake intensive training to develop a highly unique skill set. As a result, commercial pilots are paid well.

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What is the current airline pilot hiring outlook?

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What are the effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry?

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