Hello IFC, I have noticed that a lot of users are asking about flight schools and what it takes to become a pilot. Well here is a simple breakdown of that. Any airline pilot can add on to this as well this is from what I know.
There are many flight schools around the country that are independently ran. I suggest choosing the one that best suits your needs and mission. You can google a list of flight schools in your state.
There are some colleges and universities that offer flight training. Some notable ones are: Embry Riddle University, University of North Dakota, Kansas State University, Purdue University, and Middle Tennessee State. These are all four year schools and you will get a bachelor’s degree in aviation. There are also some two year schools but the list is shorter. The school I currently attend Ozarka College is a two year school that one can get there associates degree in aviation. Choose the school that’s the best fit for you. These schools usually are for pursuing an airline job.
There are many flying jobs out there. In the US, flying is broken down into Part 91 which is GA/Business flying, Part 135 which is scheduled charter/freight operations and Part 121 which is all scheduled airline flights including regionals.
Ratings and Certificates:
In order to become a professional pilot a pilot will have to complete the following ratings:
Types of Training:
There are many types of training one can do. These types of training are Part 61 and Part 141.
Part 61: Usually slower paced. No big hurry to finish your ratings. 1,500 hours to get to the airlines
Part 141: Usually college and university programs are this. Have to be FAA approved. Usually between 1,000 and 1250 hours to the airlines.
Four year school: R-ATP 1000 hours and a bachelors degree
Two year school: ATP and 1250 hours and an associates degree.
Both are approved Part 141 schools
Airline Pilots fill free to add on