How Long Does it Take to Become a Pilot?
It takes two months to become a pilot and earn your private pilot license. To become an airline pilot, it takes two years to gain the required 1,500 hours flight time.
In ATP's fast track, Airline Career Pilot Program, gain the flight training you need for your private pilot license and become a pilot in as little as two months. In the next five months, you will earn your commercial pilot certificate and flight instructor certificate — making you ready to start a career flying as a commercial pilot.
|Starting from Zero Time||Starting with Credit for Private|
|Private Pilot||2 Months|
|Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating||3 Months||3 Months|
|Certified Flight Instructor & Multi-Engine Rating||2 Months||2 Months|
|Total Duration||7 Months||5 Months|
How much does flight school cost?ATP quotes prices based on realistic flight time requirements, providing up-front, fixed-cost pricing for becoming a pilot.
Flight Time Requirements
The FAA requires 1,500 hours to fly as an airline pilot, which can be earned in two years.
|Total Hours Required|
|Private Pilot License||40 Hours|
|Commercial Pilot Certificate||250 Hours|
|Airline Transport Pilot Certificate||1,500 Hours|
You Can Become a Pilot — Here's Your Next Step
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- Download Your Free Airline Pilot Career Guide
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