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June 21, 2023
When you close your eyes and imagine the career of your dreams, what does that life look like?
For many pilots, the perfect job is sliding behind the controls as a pilot in command of a scheduled airline flight or charter.
Let’s look at how to qualify as an airline pilot, the training you’ll need, the timeline, plus our tips for how to speed up the process of earning your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate – the piece of paper that is the ticket to your dream job.
Before you can start your ATP certification process, you have to meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
If you meet the basic eligibility criteria above, congratulations! You can start studying and training for your ATP.
To earn your ATP certificate, you must:
The ATP license is the most advanced of all pilot certifications, so you need to stairstep up to it and earn all the lower-level certifications along the way.
The certification pathway to ATP is:
Student pilot - Private pilot - Commercial Pilot - Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
If ATP is your goal, you’ll start out as a student pilot.
You must earn your private pilot certificate first before you can move on to your commercial certificate. Once you have your commercial certificate, you’re ready to start work on the ATP certificate.
Your timeline from student pilot to ATP certified will depend on the type of training you choose and the number of hours you log each month.
Students in a high-intensity accelerated training program or ATP flight schools can go from student pilot to ATP, having met the airline flight minimums in as little as 2 years and 3 months.
The average timeline is usually closer to 3 years on the low end and 7 on the higher end for non-accelerated, self-paced training progression.
If you’re eager to work your way up and want to turbo-charge your learning, the best way to do that is with high-quality, realistic supplemental training that can be done on your own time.
Dedicated aviation comms training is important for all pilots.
If you are going to one day be an airline pilot traveling through highly regulated Class A airspace, having a firm grasp on FAA phraseology and communication procedures for all phases of flight is even more crucial.
The easy (and expedited) route to aviation radio proficiency is through a realistic radio simulator tool like ARSim, which can be downloaded right to your phone or tablet. ARSim Aviation Radio Simulator emulates aviation radio, using speech analysis technology to give you instantaneous feedback on phraseology, speech patterns, and radio proficiency.
The best value for pilots looking for the full spectrum of aviation radio training plus supplemental reading material is a VFR-IFR and comms manual bundle. This premium package is your ticket to access basic, VFR, and IFR aviation communications along with a stair-stepped complexity level Trainer mode that keeps pushing your knowledge, skills, and comms muscle memory to the next level as you grow.
No matter which plan you choose, ARSim is structured to provide instantaneous feedback in realistic scenarios, leading to rapid retention and communication muscle memory that will serve you in the cockpit both while training and once you officially land your dream ATP job.
Start training today with a free trial download!
September 22, 2023
You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, but knowing that you’re not alone probably does little to help you feel any less nauseous as you reach for the infamous “barf bag” mid-flight.
We’re sorry you’re suffering from airsickness, but it is not hopeless - far from it. Let’s talk about airsickness & motion sickness in pilot training.
March 22, 2023
You’ve made the bold leap and are chasing your dream of becoming a pilot. Congratulations – we know how it feels to count down the days to earning your wings.
Today we’re talking about the timeline from starting training to earning your certification, plus ways to shave time off that journey while maximizing learning. So, how hard is it to become a pilot? Read on to find out.
Are you ready? Let’s get you up in the air!
March 22, 2023
Nevermind thunderstorms, gusty crosswinds, and the ever-present potential of an inflight emergency. What really puts many student and low-hour pilots on edge is radio communication, especially when they have to interact with ATC in busy airspace.
PlaneEnglish created this blog to provide aspiring and current pilots a resource for all things related to aviation radio communication.
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