Question by  swiecichc (22)

What does it take to become a commercial airline pilot?

I know you obviously need to have a flying license, but do you have to have any degrees or anything else?


Answer by  Brandon55 (1719)

To work for a major airline they like you to have a degree in avionics. However, you don't have to have a degree. Most of it is instrumentation, flight time, and experience along with the license.

Reply by PilotCareer (14):
You need a degree to be a competitive candidate for ANY airline. No, you DON'T need an avionics or any aviation related degree.  add a comment

Answer by  yobob (16)

For a certificate, you must pass commercial pilot ground school, log 250 flight hours, and be approved by Federal Aviation Examiners. Being hired requires medical exams and additional flying experience.


Answer by  Sting1 (686)

Often requested: an associate or bachelors degree and a First Class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration medical examiner.


Answer by  oldmom (716)

You need to have passed the tests and earned the various licenses, type ratings, etc. , and have a certain number of flight hours. Technically, you do not have to have a degree, but there is such competition for flying jobs that it would be helpful, possibly even necessary when it comes to success in the hiring process.

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