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How Long Does it Take to Become a Pilot?

It takes 3 months to become a pilot and earn your private pilot license. To become an airline pilot, it takes just over two years to gain the required 1,500 hours flight time.

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Pilot Training

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 3 months. In the next 6 months, you will 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 3 Months
Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating 4 Months 4 Months
Certified Flight Instructor 2 Months 2 Months
Total Duration 9 Months 6 Months

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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.

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Flight Time Requirements

The FAA requires 1,500 hours to fly as an airline pilot, which can be earned in about two years. Enjoy the security of ATP's guaranteed certificated flight instructor job placement while you hone your skills, build flight hours and get paid to fly.

Total Hours Required
Private Pilot License 40 Hours
Commercial Pilot Certificate 250 Hours
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate 1,500 Hours
(How do I get 1500 hours of flight time?)

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