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How to Become a Commercial Pilot

Updated on November 4, 2014

There is More than One Route to a Career in Commercial Aviation

A commercial pilot in the U.S. is a person who is allowed to be paid for flying. Before you can be paid for flying any type of aircraft you must meet these minimum FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requirements:

- Be at least 18 years of age.

- Be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

- Hold a private pilot certificate or higher license from the FAA

- Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of a commercial pilot license that apply to the aircraft category (type of plane) and commercial class rating (type of work) sought.

- Take and pass the knowledge test.

- Pass the practical flying test.

Commercial Aviation is a Career

Being a commercial airline pilot is a career and, as such, requires both commitment and an investment in training and experience.

Unlike jobs which require little or no skill or training and where one simply applies, goes to work and collects a paycheck, commercial aviation requires a high degree of skill and commitment.

In addition to the opportunity to earn a good income which is usually accompanied by good benefits and travel perks, flying airplanes for a living is also a high status position. Since the beginning of aviation, airplane pilots have had a special aura surrounding them. People respect and admire airplane pilots as people set apart by their daring and ability to cut loose from the bounds of gravity and soar above the land below.

Flying airplanes is a glorious job and this glory and travel adventure associated with airplane pilots makes flying airplanes an attractive career option.

Simply wanting a career in commercial aviation or any other profession is not enough. People are not born with the knowledge and skill needed to be an airline pilot just as they are not born with the knowledge and skills needed to be a doctor, lawyer or any other type of professional.

Wanting to be an airplane pilot is a first step. However, this is simply a desired goal or objective. In order to achieve this goal and actually become a pilot takes work and commitment.

Before one can legally fly an airplane in any nation, let alone fly commercially, they need to successfully learn how to operate and fly an airplane and then pass a government test in order to obtain a license allowing them to simply fly an airplane.

The first level licenses usually simply allow a person to rent or buy an airplane and fly it alone. More extensive training and testing for higher level licenses are required to be able to fly for pay. Additional training and licenses are required depending upon types of planes being flown and different types of commercial flying services.

Regardless of what level of commercial flying one desires, the training needed to simply pass the tests for the required licenses needed before you can apply for commercial airline flying jobs is expensive in terms of both money and time.

Even if one has the money to pay for the training they will still have to invest hours of time sitting in classes, studying for tests, practicing in ground simulators as well in the air.

Paying for and working through the required training requires a commitment to putting in the time and effort needed to complete this.

Successfully completing training and obtaining the required licenses doesn't guarantee a job - it simply gives one the opportunity to apply and be considered for a flying job. Further, even though one has completed training and earned the required licenses, the licenses have to be kept up to date by piloting planes regularly in order to keep one's skills up.

If one finds flying work quickly this flying requirement will be met as you work. If you don't find work quickly you will have to pay to rent planes in order to maintain your licenses.

An American Airlines Jet at gate of Tucson International Airport
An American Airlines Jet at gate of Tucson International Airport | Source
Frontier Airlines at the gate at Tucson International Airport
Frontier Airlines at the gate at Tucson International Airport | Source
Small Corporate Jet - another option for Commercial Pilots
Small Corporate Jet - another option for Commercial Pilots | Source
A Northwest Airlines taxing at Las Vegas Airport
A Northwest Airlines taxing at Las Vegas Airport | Source
Wind sock at Las Vegas Airport provides pilots with last minute info on wind for take off
Wind sock at Las Vegas Airport provides pilots with last minute info on wind for take off | Source

Options for Training

If, after reading the above, you still feel that you want to commit to become a career aviator despite the money and time costs but don't have the money for commercial flight training, here are some lower cost alternative options.

One would be to attend flight school and train yourself. Most cities have flight schools that train people for their private pilot license, which is required before you can obtain any type of commercial license.

Many of these schools also offer training for commercial pilot licenses for small propeller driven aircraft. For jets and large commercial airliners (both passenger airliners which the airlines use as well as air cargo haulers like Federal Express) you will need to go to one of the smaller number of schools that specialize in this type of training. Most of these schools are located in the southern part of the U.S. where there is good flying weather year round. Even if you do go through and earn a license to fly the big jets that the airlines use, most major airlines will still require that you complete their flight school.

A second, no cost way of obtaining a pilot’s license is to join the Air Force and have them train you as a pilot for free. This costs nothing in terms of cash (you will actually get paid while going through flight school) but you will have to fly for the Air Force for a set number of years.

Upon leaving the Air Force you will have the license, training and experience which, depending upon what type of aircraft you flew for the Air Force, may or may not transfer directly to a commercial civilian aircraft. However, with some additional training in a particular aircraft type, you will be able to qualify for employment as a commercial pilot with an airline or a company.

Again, In the case of major airlines they will not only provide the training but usually require that you go through their training school regardless of your background and experience (as an airline employee, you will be paid to attend their school). While your military flying experience will not lead directly to an airline flying job, it will be a big plus in their deciding to hire you.

The final suggestion is to look abroad. The U.S. has a well developed aviation industry, but many countries abroad have a small aviation industry that is just now developing. People in these countries are becoming wealthier and want to fly more, so demand for airline services – both passenger and freight services – is increasing and airline companies in these countries are eager to hire pilots. With a commercial license and some experience you can often have them hire you and pay for the remainder of your training.

Flight Simulator view of Pilot Training

Suggestions for People Looking to Become Commercial Airline Pilots

A number of people who have left comments have asked about the requirements for becoming a pilot and for getting into pilot school.

As I said in some of my responses to comments, I don't have enough information to these specific questions.

My advice to those of you who would like a career in commercial aviation, is that you take time to check out your options by searching the Internet.

First, check out flight schools and then check out their requirements.

As stated in the Hub, there are a number of different options for commercial flying besides simply piloting major commercial passenger carriers.

There are freight carriers, smaller regional passenger airlines, charter planes, etc.

Licensing and other requirements will vary depending upon the type of planes and type of carriers as well as from nation to nation.

Do some Google searches using terms "airline flight schools", "airline flight schools Europe", and "airline flight schools Asia".

These are just three quick searches and when I did these searches they yielded names and websites for numerous flight schools.

Studying the information on the sites could either give you the answer to your questions or ideas for further search terms.

Landing at Cleveland Airport

Flaps up to slow down at Cleveland Airport
Flaps up to slow down at Cleveland Airport | Source
Taxing after landing at Cleveland Airport
Taxing after landing at Cleveland Airport | Source
Runway marker at Cleveland Airport
Runway marker at Cleveland Airport | Source
Taxing to terminal at Cleveland Airport
Taxing to terminal at Cleveland Airport | Source
Refueling at Cleveland Airport
Refueling at Cleveland Airport | Source
Cleveland Airport Control Tower
Cleveland Airport Control Tower | Source

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      Chuck Nugent 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      ron rupchis - your son could work and start saving his money for training. He could also consider joining the military and trying out for flight training. Finally, he could also try to find work with an organization involved in flight such as an organization providing aircraft maintenance, flying services, airplane manufacture or sales. These types of organizations often attract people who are interested in flying and my offer some types of flying lessons either free or low cost. In the U.S. he could also look into joining the Civil Air Patrol which I understand provides some flight training.

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      Chuck Nugent 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Emmanuel - good eyesight is necessary to pilot an airplane. However, eyesight can be corrected and improved with the use of eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser surgery.

      Vision requirements and amount and type of correction allowed vary depending upon the type of flying license and the nation that issues the license. Also, different commercial airline companies may have rules that are more strict than the government licensing rules (however, they cannot be less strict). Government and private requirements for vision correction can also include not only the minimum level of correction needed to meet the rule but also they type of correction. For instance, the last time I checked, the U.S. Air Force now allows vision correction using contact lenses but not correction done by laser surgery.

      Your first step should be to check with the government department in Ghana that regulates flying to see what their eyesight requirements are and what measures, if any, are allowed to correct for natural vision that does not meet the requirements.

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      Emmanuel 3 years ago

      I am 16 years of age and a high school student from Ghana. My dream is to become a pilot but dnt have very good eyesight can i become a pilot?

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      Chuck Nugent 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      shaka - I suggest that you do a Google Search using the phrase "aviation schools south africa" I just tried this and came up with numerous commercial flight training schools in South Africa as well as sites which claimed to compare prices of commercial flight schools in South Africa.

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      shaka 3 years ago

      Am a south african which is the cheapest aviation school

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      ron rupchis 3 years ago

      My son is 17 years old and is very excited to become a pilot ,however I am broke and have nothing to help him obtain his goal what can I do to help him?

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      best flight school in india 4 years ago

      Blue Bird Flight Academy provides its students with an optional Survival Training Course.

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      Mel 4 years ago

      Dear sir, my younger brother have always wanted to become a pilot/co-pilot since he was 11ys old.Now he is 19yrs old and his still up for his dream but the thing is,our education here is very limited,i mean there no pilot course offered in our university,so i thought that maybe you could help us....and the other thing is he is still in university sitting physic,biology,science,maths and english.

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      Chuck Nugent 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      prashant karna - the rules for a commercial pilot license vary from nation to nation so you will have to check with the agency in your nation that regulates commercial pilot licenses. Also, if you can't afford to attend a flight training school you might want to see what options are available in the military for learning how to fly.

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      prashant karna 4 years ago

      I had passed my +2(higher sec level) in science(biology).Is this qualification apelicable for pilot tranning?I belong to poor there any way to become pilot 4 me.

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      davidas 4 years ago from Far, Far Away

      Thank you for this post. I am on a path of becoming a pilot and this post has helped me know a lot of what I need to know to become a pilot. My friend's father is a pilot and he told me to read this

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      superpipoy 5 years ago

      Thank you mr. chuck.. I really appreciate it!

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      Chuck Nugent 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      superpipoy - Thanks for your advice and link to your Hub on aviation engineers. Those seeking a areas of study or alternative paths to becoming a commercial pilot would do well to read your two comments below and click on the link to your Hub on becoming an aviation engineer. I clicked on the link and read your Hub and found it very informative.

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      superpipoy 5 years ago

      Thanks Mr. Chuck. Also, for those who are aspiring to be a pilot and seems to be very difficult to achieve, you can always start of becoming an aviation engineer. It would be a very good start as an engineer. Visit this hub to see if it is helpful for you.

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      Chuck Nugent 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      superpipoy - this is a great suggestion. It makes a lot of sense given both the costs of aviation schools plus the costs of moving and renting a place to live while there.

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      superpipoy 5 years ago

      For those who want to study aviation courses or want to become a pilot but cannot afford to go to aviation schools or your location is far more distant, you can always look for online aviation courses on the internet. Though there is a big difference from studying online and going to an aviation schools, at least you can still learn from the very basic of it. If it really interest you a lot then that would be the time for you to decide going in an aviation school. No time and efforts are wasted on that kind of idea.

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      Tamanna 5 years ago

      hi i want to become commercial pilot so suggest me some way that what should i do after 12th with maths stream plz answer me ,,,,

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      raj kumar patidar 5 years ago

      i become commertial pilot. i completed 12th and wait result ibecome pilot very low cost

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      PARTHO BISWAS 5 years ago

      I want to be a commercial pilot but i just only complete o level in science.but i couldn't complete my A level in science so how can i become a commercial pilot? It's my dream to be a commercial pilot,please help me & advise me sir how can i become a commercial pilot.......

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      salim 5 years ago

      great!of course piloting is wat we are behind.pls.i need every single person that visits this website to help us all with prayers so that our dreams may come true

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      RHODELL PHINX KHROWLL 5 years ago

      Iam a with this comment on my intention of becoming a commercial passenger aircraft pilot since the end of my advanced level education in Accra- Ghana.

      An innitial letter for the course was applied to the Moncton Flight Center in 1990 which has not been succesefull owning top cost in fee to pay.Other efforts made by traving to Europe Thus Italy since the june of 1992 to 2011 which was interrupted by Police deportation.

      Iam now towards the search of finance have taking a course for any employment on University composes and Flight schools or nearby to serve as a ready since the Examination for a Pilot employment with any of the Airlines in the United States of America.

      Currently preparing financialy to get to the Phoenix East Aviation Inc. in Florida-U.S.A.

      Happy to have this opportunity to be examied towards my ambition.

      Thank you.

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      jayc 5 years ago

      i am consern about my license because i graduated in a 4 years course(bs aircraft maintenance technology)in the philippines. Is my linence s aplicable to the american airlines?? or what do i need to do to get in and have a work in U.S.A.

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      Nicolas 5 years ago

      I am 14 years and from south Africa,Are there any scholarship or loans for foreign students ? If there is any please provide me with the link.

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      yara 5 years ago

      i am just 16 and i really want to be a pilot but my dad does not want me to be a pilot he wants me to be a docter instead.Pls help me

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      flying is my dream 5 years ago

      i'm tony from tanzania i'm a high school student and i really want to become a commercial pilot but our country doesn't support this and i feel so jealous when seeing people flying but why cant i and i'm also taking flying lesson with cessna 172n please help me>>>>

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      Mark Louie Adapun 5 years ago

      hi im 23 years old im a graduate of 4years course but my real dream is to become a pilot... im a poor man but i want to train to become a commercial pilot what should i do to become a pilot? plz email me... at facebook or ym... tnz'

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      Segar 5 years ago

      Im 15 and Im going to be doing my GCSE's in about 6 months time. Being a pilot is a lifelong dream of mine and I would love to know how I can start to build up on my aim to become a commercial pilot for arlines like British airways.Can you please E-mail me with the answer. E-mail Id-


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      Vic 5 years ago

      Hello, I'm a Malaysian, I wish to be pilot all the time, is there any opportunity available for me? I'm still a degree undergrad.

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      Balogun mustapha 5 years ago

      Hello sir i am 17 years &a secondary school student& i am also a nigerian pls sir i wish to become pilot but i don't know anything about it so i need details about if i want to study commercia pilot couse in nigeria or whithing the africa continent & all subject that i must take serious most in science subjects,you can contact me on my phone number 08162975785 THANKS

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      Anees Ibrahim 5 years ago

      My dream is to become a pilot. Sir,can you sent me about the qualifications to become a commercial pilot. what mark i want to get in 12 for becoming a pilot and in which all subjects.

      If you can sent ,the email is:

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      marine 5 years ago

      im 15 and a girl

      currently taking flight sim course lasting for 3yrs that teachers all the theory and practicals of flying a boeing 747.

      iver heard from the head of the company, a retired pilot who was promoted to become a pilor trainer in the airline in his last few years of his career.

      he has told me that during the interview of the airline, they look for qualities in u such as passion for flying and responsibility.

      they do not really care if u have already got like a flying license from some flying course in australia or wat so ever,

      bc they will (most of the companies) will provide u with their own training, therefore they are not looking for someone who has already got a license.

      they are looking for someone that has alot of knowledge regarding flying commercial planes, the theory behind it.

      and the industries are trying to balance the numbers of male and female, therefore they ARE accepting more and more female pilots.

      as for if u weaar spectacles, it is not a huge problem unless u'll be practically blind without ur glasses (bc if in emergency and u lose ur glasses.... how are u supposed to save the everyone)

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      j.gladis 5 years ago

      my aim is to become a pilot.but iam girl.i don't know. whether girls become pilot or not.what are the qualities to become a pilot.I very much afraid whether i will become a pilot or not.

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      Divyesh patel 5 years ago

      hello sir. I want your help As my dream was to be a pilot but now I am commerce student i want to now that who can i be pilot and what should i study further and where

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      Vishnu 5 years ago

      I am vishnu i want to become commercial pilot i am doing my +2 now what should i do after completing my +2 to become a pilot please mail me on

      or you can even contact me on 09567612575 please reply its a big dream of min!!!!!!!!!!!!....

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      Aakash Biswa 5 years ago


      PLEASE TELL ME...??

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      Aakash Biswa 5 years ago


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      Dharmendra kushwaha 5 years ago

      hello sir...........

      I want become a pilot please give me advise. I have complete 12 (science 70%). So please help me. My email-:

      My number, "8765253416"


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      komal 5 years ago

      i complete my +2 from Indian school certificate examination

      with math, physics,chemistry. my wish to become pilot. i am 19 years of age. MY EMAIL ADDRESS

      IS -

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      RAJAT SHARMA 5 years ago

      i want to know what courses are available in airlines after 12th. i want to join that course.

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      Towhid 5 years ago

      Sir I want to be a Pilot.but I don't know how to become a Pilot.Can you tel it how to become a Pilot?

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      Sankalp Katta 5 years ago

      I have my goal set..that is to become a pilot..i am from india...but the confusion is that whether doing my course in united states better than doing it in india..??????

      my email address in

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      darren ortega 5 years ago

      i want to ask that, what will i do first to become commercial pilot i'm just graduating in high school next year?

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      Rup Narayan Raut 5 years ago

      dear respected chuck,

      I am Nepali and

      while saying about my almamater, i have completed my bachelor in science in major physics but i was ever dreaming to be a good commercial pilot.As i don't have adequate money to spend for the fare of such pilot training,plz suggest me that could my dream come true with my poor economic problem .Is there any entity which can visual myself in the pilot seat.As i can do any agreement with such company who help me for the same.

      plz suggest me,

      my email address is

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      Mark Bascug 5 years ago

      My goal is to one day be captain of major airline. I am hearing that a degree is essential to when I apply after getting my Airline Transport Pilot Licence particularly at - - However, I am trying to get Commercial Pilot Licence as fast as I can and start working because I know licence and flying experience (hours) are most important. Will this extra experience be enough to get job at major airline without degree?

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      Dinesh 6 years ago

      Actually i drove a 4 seater flight in Akron, and the experience was so good , I drove flight with the help of a person called myron he works in Pilot . Visit that website the respond is too good from them who ever visits pilot journey they will enjoy the flight .

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      pilotschools 6 years ago

      This is very informative website on pilot training programs. This is the best industry for making bright future. Private Pilot Courses requires special attention from students and teachers as well during whole course. Proper interaction should be there for better understanding.

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      swapnil karki 6 years ago

      hello sir,

      I read your page and I quite liked it. Sir, I am doing my TOEFL for getting a USA visa as I am Nepalese and doing TOEFL is good for getting a US visa. I have also choose an academy for my learning and its Delta qualiflight of Texas, USA. Sir, what should be my further steps on my good pilot career and what steps are essential for it. And what should be my steps on getting into an airline after I complete my CPL with IR in Multi engine.

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      Gouravjeet Singh 6 years ago

      hallo sir. im from india. i want to become a commercial pilot but i don't know the best institutions in the world especially in US & their fees structure. so can u plz tell me about them. i would be grateful to u. u can also send the details on my email email i.d is and my cell number is 09796025125

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      bharat chainde 6 years ago

      how i become commercial piolet in india right now

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      jhake brian 6 years ago

      my dream is to become a commercial pilot .. my vision of being a pilot is so easy .. easy job and easy to earn money .. can you give me some comments or disadvantages of being a pilot .. im from Philippines and already graduate in secondary education and planning to take aeronautic course . thank you ..

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      Javier 6 years ago

      What are the subjects required to become a commercial pilot?

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      Abhishek Anand 6 years ago

      Good after noon Sir/Madam

      Sir I want to be a pilot.So plz tell me what to do to be a best pilot. Will u plz help me out which university shoud be best for me.

      My mail id is

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Thats so cool knowledge ,i am trying to complete ppl ,it will very soon .

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      Bhavik 6 years ago

      hello sir m from india...i want to be a pilot. i want to know which one is better university in US. can u give me some information about best university in US.

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      Sexy 6 years ago

      do i need physics

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      Anny 6 years ago

      Dear Chuck

      i am considering choosing my career as a commercial pilot,i guess it takes less times than any other carreer,you probably don't have to do a 4 year graduation,within 2 years u can become a commercial pilot,but the thing is i've heard that when u go to some airline 4 a job they require u to have an undergraduate degree as well,im confused now,i have checked the requirements of some airlines like EMIRATES,AMERICAN AIRLINES etc they all ask for flying hours & a valid pilot license.But still is there any kinda restriction like that?

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      PaulColucci  6 years ago

      I live in Canada and i am 15 years old. My dream is to become an airline pilot with the airline Enerjet, Canadian North or Canjet airlines 737. I fly the 737 simulator on my i-pod. what courses should i take in high school. im not the smartest person.

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      sanjay 6 years ago

      me from cali man oh man so if i go do that through the af and try to be a commercial pilot i till need a 4 year degree huh?

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      Shekh firoz 6 years ago

      Hello sir me from Nepal and i wana to be a pilot but i am poor. Is there any scholarship. Give me some tips

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      jitender pandit  6 years ago

      piolet is most dangerous and funnnnnnn for flying

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      saurav kumar 6 years ago

      i am a school student and i want to become a pilot

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      alex 6 years ago

      hey what do you need to do in college to be a pilot?

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      samuel.samuel. 6 years ago

      Dear respected sir,

      my name is samuel paul and Iam studying 9 class in andra pradesh and goal is to become pilot and I need to compete my 10 classin the year 2011 and what should I do to become a pilot. please dear sir give me the details so that it is good so I wanted to become a commercial pilot for the most pretigious airlines luftansa my age is 15yeares at present and hear is my email address

      hope to hear from you soon,

      may god bless you.

      samuel paul

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      gurseerat 6 years ago

      I m 15 but wanna be a ladypilot. plzzz help me that when i can do traning and which subjects should i have to become a lady pilot easily and quickly.. write now i am in 9 second smester..

      plz do help me

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      r.h.r 6 years ago

      hey! i'm just a little smaller than 16 now but i've been dreaming to a ladypilot since when i was about 7 or sumthing and i'm a srilankan so it's a little bit hard for me to become LADY PILOT... and so damn! i wanna take training at the age of at least 17. so if you have an idea it would be great! thanks.

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      Dr Prabhakasr Borkar Human Rights Activities 6 years ago

      hallo sir i m from india i am social worker my area of work is weaker section of the socity. for golden future of rising sun of india's weaker section. i whish to guidence regarding commercial pilot. but i don't know the best institutions in the world especially in u s and south africa the their fees structure and eligibility. so can u plz tell me about them. i would be greateful to u. u can aslo send the details on my email pl. my email

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      gene willis 6 years ago

      can anyone who learned to fly a small plane be able to fly and handle a bowing?can a person fresh out of flying school take and fly a commercial airliner?is it possible to learn how to fly a commercial airliner after one years of flight training? can you learn to handle a commercial airliner like a pro with one year worth of training?can a person with one year of training skillfully pilot a commercial airliner 500ft from the grown?would a fledgling pilot be able know how much turn a commercial airliner like a pro?this is a 9-11 questions.

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      Jae 6 years ago

      wew I wanted to become a pilot but my dad says that taking the course to be a pilot is really expensive... that's i'm a working student right now so that i can earn my money... share hehehe ---Jae from PHIL.

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      youcef  6 years ago

      i wanna become a pilot , u know some person have a dream , nd that my dream since child , so can u tell me plz about one academic or school in europe to learning cuz am from algeria nd that's my to contact me so thank u nd good luck

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      Hari krishna karki 6 years ago

      We student confuse to join

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      maui b 6 years ago

      Hi I’m Maui from Philippines,

      I have a brother his planning to become commercial pilot. He his 16 yrs old and graduating from high school on March 2011, there are few aero schools here in the Philippines and both of us confuse what course he will need to take in college? Through surfing in the internet they say he need to take Bachelor of Science in aviation the problem is I already check all the aero school in the Philippines but they don’t offer that course here. Please help me and my brother. Thank you.. Maraming salamat..

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      William 6 years ago

      Greetings from Philadelphia, Pa

      My name is William and I've had a dream ever since I was 11 and flew to Seattle and back to Philadelphia. I want to be a commercial pilot. I graduated 3rd from my Middle School, and Im going to Japan in the Summer of 2011 for very high scores on the Terra Novas. Will this affect the way major airlines and even colleges and universities look at me? I am going to be a Sophomore this year, and I was wondering what courses should I really focus on to be a pilot? If anyone has suggestions, please Email me at! Thank you people!

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      suresh 6 years ago

      if u want to comence CPL course with the most suitable academy, for cpl CARVER AVIATION LTD. this is DGCA approved and with 21 self aircraft for flying…in india having more aircraft, for training…….with lower rate….. then contact me,,,:9096890304,,:9890629516 I ALSO HELP U FOR SCHOLERSHIP……

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      Chuck Nugent 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      hossen mohamed tamreze - I don't think that 27 years old is too old for commercial pilot training or for finding work as a commercial pilot. However, some employers of commercial pilots and some pilot training schools may have age and other restrictions regarding who they will accept.

      As to cost for training, it generally is expensive but pricing varies from school to school. I suggest you do some searches on the web to find some schools and check their prices and entrance requirements.

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      hossen mohamed tamreze 6 years ago

      hello chuck first of all thnxx for your interrest of reading.. i still waiting your reply about iam 27 yrs old i want to be a pilot is it too late or still have time?

      and how much budget can cost me around to become a commercial pilot or CPL WITH FROZEN ATPL (CO-PILOT)


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      Paul 6 years ago

      well i want to become a pilot in the future so.. im trying to research about how to be a pilot and what skills doles a pilot need. so yeah guys.....!

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      Dokunmu Adebayo 6 years ago

      I pray i become a pilot so please help.Love you bye. GOOD LUCK to me

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      hina bhutto 6 years ago

      dear sir,I am in 9 class and i want to be a pilot. so sir what can i do it.

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      sujata 7 years ago

      Respected sir/mam through the hug coloumn of your webpage i want to pay your attentoin that i want to became a commercial airline pilot and i have no information about this.will you give me information about this on my e.mail id that is my mobile number is 09708423792

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      kunal 7 years ago

      sir/mem i wanna be a commercial pilot bt it is so expensive so suggest me more option to become a pilot.

      my e mail add is & mobile number is 09897860448

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      vishard100 7 years ago

      in my whole life i would love to become a pilot but i need some guide me show me what subjects i should do

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      bamidele 7 years ago

      i want to become a commercial pilot and i just finished my O level exams.I am from Nigeria please tell me on how to go about it.

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Vittorio - Here are a couple of websites which you might find helpful:

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      Vittorio 7 years ago

      I already have my eurapean airliner lisons ( im from italy so mind he spelling) i want to apply to air france but i don't know how please help??

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      alphasmartboy 7 years ago

      well , I want to be a pilot too !

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      nehemiah davis 7 years ago

      thaxz i really needed that imfo

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      arben  7 years ago

      I wanna be a pilot so I want to know the period of training and the price I am from kosovo


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      chuck norris 7 years ago

      hey i am want to become a piolt in the future and i was wanting to know how to become one

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      Kiara 7 years ago

      I am 15 year old female and I want to become a commercial Pilot in the future! So please tell me What to do and What must be done!

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      Boithabelo 7 years ago


      my career is to be a pilot but I don't know where to start and the requirements and the fees and the insitutions as well that offfers this kind of field i will be glad if someone can help

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      pranav 7 years ago

      sir im boy of class 10th....and i have i almost completed

      10th and mine aim is 2 become a pilot could u plzz guide which category should i take whether science or commerce...

      can i become a pilot by chosing commerce...

      plz send the reply in ""

      it is really urgent....

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Wakil, Suzuki - Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I suggest that you click on this link for more detailed information on how to go about finding pilot training programs:

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      suzuki 7 years ago

      i want to be a piolit n i am student of commerce n i used specticles can u help me by sending mail what i have to do

      thak u

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      Wakil 7 years ago

      Hey chuck, i am in in grade 10 and i badly want to be a pilot, can you shortly tell me who to become one, as in where to go and how to start and how to finish?

      thnx. :)

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      becomeapilot - Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      I checked your Hub on "How to Become a Pilot on a Budget" ( ) and found it very informative. I have included a link here and in the links section in this Hub as many readers of this Hub are looking for more information.

      Thanks again.

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      becomeapilot 7 years ago from UK

      Was searching for "how to become a pilot", saw your how to become a commercial pilot hubpage. Great info on how to become a pilot for some on who is starting up.

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      ashi 7 years ago

      hey i want to be private pilot

      so is there anyone who can help me to show the way

      through which i can apply

      just tell me what is the first step

      after 12(science)


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      Gerry 7 years ago

      Hi there my name i gerry, 23, and from ireland. i have been really interested in becoming a commercial airline poilot since the age of four. I am finding it really difficult to secure finance for the whole course.. approx. €100,000! Is anyone aware of some part or full sponsorship arrangments to complete training. We don't have much of an air force here neither. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Morshedul 7 years ago

      I am just a kid about 14. I want to be a pilot but my father has not enough money but i know If there is a way there is a will.I hope my dream will be coming true.Please pray for me so that i can achieve my goal successfully.I live in Bangladesh and it is very hard to be a pilot here . So maybe i need to go to Australia to be a pilot. But it requires 200000$us dollar per month . And that's impossible for my father to spend. I need help.

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      ashwinkumar ks 7 years ago

      please tell me how to become a pilot?

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      nisa - the last time I checked, it was up to individuals to get their own training either by paying for flight instruction from private providers or joining the military and having them train you.

      Once trained, most airlines and other large companies that hire pilots put them through their own training programs as well.


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      nisa 7 years ago there any sponser to become pilot?

      really need to know

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      Yohan  7 years ago

      Hi I'm Randy from Srilanka and i'm currently doing my Al's in maths.

      After my Als i would like to follow an aviation course and wana be come a pilot

      I would be much obliged if u could help in giving me the minimum requirements to become so.

      My mail z

      Thanks & Regards,

      Yohan de Silva.

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      raj 7 years ago

      if any body want to become a pilot in india, here is carver aviation for u, one of the asia's biggest training institute for details contact +919673990901

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      johansenmj - Thanks for your comment.

      While I tried not to make the task of becoming a commercial pilot sound my objective was to provide people with various options and routes to consider.

      While, being a former military pilot can be helpful in entering the field I know for a fact that few, if any, large commercial airline companies give preference to such pilots. However, the training and experience gained as a military pilot would make the training program to be a commercial pilot easier. Also, I did urge people to consider other, non-passenger, flying as an option and in this area military flight experience alone might be sufficient depending upon the employer.

      As to the challenges to becoming a military pilot, I covered these in my related Hub on How to Become a Fighter pilot ( )

      However, thanks again for reminding readers that it takes work and persistence to get into this highly competitive field.


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      johansenmj 7 years ago

      Its not that easy to just join the Air Force and become a order to be a pilot in the USAF you have to be an officer. That means you will need a Bachelors Degree first, then of course before any flight training you will have to attend Officer Candidate School (the officer's version of boot camp) and then somewhere down the line if you meet certain requirements you can apply for flight school, but that doesn't mean you will be accepted. It is a possible approach, but don't think its an easy or quick route.

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      Digvijay Singh Chauhan 7 years ago

      what to do for becoming a commercial pilot??

      what is the future regarding this stream??

      what are the physical requisites for being a commercial pilot?

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      Capt. Singh 8 years ago

      We provide one of best CPL trainings worldwide with 100% job Assistance. Three licences at a single time FAA/Transport Canada/DGCA (Indian) . 100% exemption from RT Exam in India. Total Package 42500 USD inclusive all, (Transportation, Accommodation, Pre Trainings & post training Assistance), Feel free to contact today

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      kwadwoannor 8 years ago

      hi every one i am new so every one is free to make friend with more over i am in ghana

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Kamish - thank you for your comments. This is excellent advice for anyone seeking a career as a commercial pilot. Competition for these jobs is intense and it will be those who are willing to put in the extra work and effort who will succeed in getting these jobs.

      Thanks again


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      kamish 8 years ago

      Hi everybody! i am from Mauritius and want to give two hints to all of you.Once at the airport i had great chance to meet a few air mauritius officials and some pilots discussing. I eagerly approached them and asked them what are some of the means to help aspiring pilots in terms of qualifications and financial advices.

      What they explained to me are as follows- to help a few of you

      1the first option-- Once you finish your secondary school education,it won't be a good idea to begin immediately seaching for flying training opportunities as competition is tooo... high among school leavers who want to become a pilot or postulating as cadet pilots.They advised me that the best solution is to get enrolled in university to study subjects which corrolates to aviation perspectives-some of the courses you might do may be a degree in physics or engineering .Why am i saying this is that it gives you the xtra edge over other applicants postulating as cadet pilots when an airline (of your choice) is recruiting new pilots.Hence U have a greater chance to realise your dream to fly those birds

      2 The second option-if you are not lucky enough or you have not been selected as cadet pilot don't worry

      once you have your university degree (take patience-just 3-4 years learning physics)-which brings U many advantages, U can now begin search flight training centres and with pre-acceptance recruitment forms U can now approach banks which gives educational loans.Bring with you a person(may be your uncle or other close persons in your family who works and is financially possessed.WHY! This is because the bank official will examine your forms and other qualifications ( before granting U the LARGE money.the bank will make a condition that if you can't repay the money for any reasons even you are now a pilot it is your uncle who is rich etc... who will repay back the bank since he has been standing by you and taken the responsibility

      to help U to get the pilot loan.The above suggestions is surely an advantage to mauritians but for other countries i don't know.


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      Beni G. Kabuluku 8 years ago

      I'm 14 years old and wanted to be a pilot since I was 9

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      TonyB 8 years ago

      Definitely a worthy goal to have. I just hope its not too hard to get hired.

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      Ankita 8 years ago

      Respected sir,

      I have just completed 11th , so sir I just want to know about commercial pilot course . I 'm really desiring for it .

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      Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. 8 years ago

      Thank you Alot for that very informative information thank u

      and great Post!!


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      hossen mohamed tamreze 8 years ago

      hello sir, iam from mauritius island i love to become a commercial pilot i saw in south africa have many school for pilot but i don't know which course i need to take for having the commercial pilot certificate? i would liked to work in the emirates airline or air mauritius or british airways!

      reply me plzzzzzz sir tel 00230 2570890

      msn : plzzzzzz help

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Gokulnah, in answer to your comment please check out my reply to a previous comment by sai prashanth which is two comments above yours.

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      gokulnath,india,kerala,kasargod,thrikkarippur,nadakkavu 8 years ago

      Respected Sir,

      I am studying in 11th std,my ambition is become a pilot.I don't know how to become a pilot? r thr any schollarship or lons 4 forign studies?

      wich is the best institute for studying tis course.


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      sunny  8 years ago

      just want to b a pilot

      and assure u i will b

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      sai prashanth - I suggest that you make a list of the commercial airlines that serve your area. Start with the big international and national commercial carriers, then include regional airlines. Include air transport carriers such as giants like Federal Express but also regional and local air services. Once you have your list, go online and use a Google search to find their home pages. On the homepages go to the employment page to see what the requirements are to fly for them. Also check with your nation's civil air authority (the FAA in the U.S.) which licenses pilots and regulates the airways. They usually have a website with licensing and other information.

      Check out filght schools in your area to find training to get your private pilot's license - this will allow you to fly alone without any passengers. It will also show that you have the knowledge, skills and ability to fly a small private aircraft and can thus probably be trained to fly commercial aircraft for pay. Flight training in the United States comes in two parts - ground school and air school. Ground school consists of books and tests on the principles of flight, weather, navigation, etc. Once you have completed and passed your ground school you are ready for the cockpit training and actual flying. In some places you have to buy the two parts of the training as a single package while in others each portion is offered and paid for separately - sometimes you can even take the ground school from a different company than the one that provides the air portion of the training.

      Aviation is a popular career so you may have to work your way up by starting with a small company taxing people and packages around the local area and, as you gain experience, move up to larger companies and larger aircraft.

      You should also consider enlisting in the Air Force or other branch of the military that flies plaines as a part of their mission. If you qualify and are accepted for flight training (a process that I describe in my Hub which describes the process involved in becoming a fighter pilot - whether you want to fly jet fighters or not, the process of earning your wings and flying any type of military aircraft is about the same and the military flies many types of aircraft besides fighter jets - in my Hub I have a picture of a USAF O2 Skymaster which is a single engine prop plane that is the same as the type of aircraft many civilian flight schools train people in and which most amateur pilots with a first level private pilot license generally fly). One word of caution here. If you enlist and either fail to get accepted into military flight school or end up failing and washing out of flight school, you will, in most cases, have to remain in the military for the duration of your original enlistment working at a job other than flying.

      Good luck with achieving your dream and don't give up on your dream.

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      sai prashanth 8 years ago

      now iam in 12 class very intrested to become a commertial pilot how can i aproch from now to become a pilot.

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Ken - thank you for visiting my Hub.

      First of all I am not a commercial pilot. I flew as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force and thus worked closely with the pilot in the cockpit. I have also worked with a number of commercial airline pilots and it is these experiences that have enabled me to write this Hub and the one on how to become a fighter pilot. Both Hubs have been written as general information on how to go about looking for jobs in these two fields.

      My advice to you is to check out the links I have included in this Hub and then do a Google search to find the URLs for airlines and/or air transport companies which you would like to work for and see what they require. Barring physical problems such as poor eyesight, which will prevent a person from entering this profession, you should be able to focus and work on preparing yourself to meet the requirements needed to achieve your dream.

      Never mind your friends' teasing. Concentrate on your school work so you can complete high school and start preparing to get into flight school and land a job with an airline.

      good luck and don't let your friends' teasing cause you to give up on your dream.

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      Ken 8 years ago

      Sir. Chuck im from philippines and im still 14 can be a commercial pilot like you because my friends tends to tease me that i cannot be one because i have a lot of failing subjects. I feel sometimes that im losing my hope because of my school problems. Sir i need advices to pilots like you because i really wanna be a pilot like you. Being Commercial Pilot is my dream. I hope i can be one with the help of you're advice sir.

      Thank You!!

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      azeela.s ,india,kerala,tvm. 8 years ago

      to be a pilot,just put ur mind in it........nothing is impossible, for a person with good intension..........and a courageous mind.............

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      sanjay paudel 8 years ago

      Are there any scholarship or loans for foreign students , if thre any please provide me wit the link

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      meeee 8 years ago

      amazin hub!!!!!!!!!!

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      satc12 - Try a Google search using the terms "Certified Flight Instructor training" or "CFI Training". I just did this and came up with over 700,000 results. For those who would like more information about the details of CFI training here is a link to an airline pilot message that was among my results:

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      satc12 8 years ago from mesa

      can i get some information about CFI training in US?>??

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      Deepak Rahi 8 years ago

      I m in 12th class having physics,chemistry and maths.i want to be pilot after 12th,please tell me the procedure to be the pilot.i m searching it for last 2 months?

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      anna 8 years ago

      I have always been wanting to be a pilot .ONE day i will really fly the plane ...i might be only 14 now but i will reach my dreams one day .It not what others say but i will be a pilot no matter what!!

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      marc purifoy 8 years ago

      i would love to become a commerciled pilot and need to know where and how to enter a school for it. i am a 25 year old male that just now figured out what i wanted to do in life. i have never flown in an airplane. i find it very interesting and would love to learn, so if you can send me some information on schools or training it would be very appriciated. thank you for all of your information. my e-mail is

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      Paul 8 years ago

      The flight school I am getting my training (TX, USA) has the most competitive pricing. I am getting my privot pilot lincese for USD$6,000 . This include 40 Hrs of Cessna 172S aircraft time (The one I am getting trained is equipped with G1000).

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      Umair Rizwan 8 years ago

      Man i have a burnin desire to be a commercial pilot!!!!i don't even have the slightest idea of what to study...plz make my dream come true by contacting me at my address a lot

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      zahed pasha 8 years ago

      pilot traning for commerece send information to or


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      Shravan  8 years ago

      Sir, MY aim is to became a commercial pilot but i have taken a commerce after my ssc . but in my college i hav taken Maths. sir plz give me the solution plz as early as possible

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      kevin attale 8 years ago

      Hello sir i want to become an airline pilot ......... is it very Expensive????????????????

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      adeel  8 years ago

      hello i na be a commercial pilot i got everything all the graduates and money to spend

      but i dont know how to apply

      plz can any1 send me the link or number plz


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      sarah..... 8 years ago

      hellow! sir.. i am sooo intrested to b a commercial pilot..seeking for ur reply about each and every information

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      saleem 8 years ago

      how many of them became a pilot from south india

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      Nick Browne 8 years ago

      Hi everyone,

      Im a pilot in Australia and im writing an eBook on how to become a pilot. Covering things such as all the different avenues you can take, cost, how long and were you can complete your training. As i value your opinion greatly i would appreciate it if you could leave me with your thoughts on what you would like to know about becoming a pilot to include in my eBook.As a sign of my appreciation i would love to send you a copy of my book Free to get some feed back from you when its finished. My email is so feel free to email your thoughts and details so i can send you my book when its done. Cheers Nick

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Praphull - Thank you for visiting my Hub.

      If you are an American, I have outlined the minimum qualifications required to become a commercial pilot in the United States along with some suggested paths to follow to become a commercial pilot.

      If you are not an American, the general qualifications are probably about the same. As to specific courses of study, your best bet, whether American or not, would be to do a Google search using terms like "pilot training schools", "commercial aviation training", "flight schools", etc. seeking to locate schools near you which you could then contact to find out things like costs of training, types of training offered, requirements needed to be admitted, job opportunities following training, etc.

      You could also look up and study the employment sections of websites of major national and international airlines as well as smaller regional carriers, cargo carriers and other classes of commercial aviation, to both see what openings they have and what the requirements for these positions are.

      Good luck.

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      praphull 8 years ago

      deer sir

      sir I want to bocome a commercial piolet but i don't know how to become it please tell me wich subject is must required to becoming a commercial piolet and how many marks in each subject and tell me also how many total many and year are required to becoming a successful commercial piolet please call me 9273152326

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      nirvika talreja 8 years ago

      respected sir/maam

      i have just completed 10th grade in ICSE with science ie.phy ,chem,biology,math

      now i intend joining the IB curriculum. and have to select my subjects. i was wanting to know if i require chemistry...because i am planning to take only math and physics.

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      trisha 8 years ago

      hello sir i want 2 information about that

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      Dave 9 years ago

      sir, it is my dream to become a commercial piot and work for SIA. singapore airlines.. im in philippines and ging to start training in a few months.. all i really wanna know is that how many years will it take of training and diff types of lisence to actually become a full fledge commercial pilot and fly.. like how many years?? im 16 right now.. not too young to think aboit such things but not too old to dream as well..

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      Raj 9 years ago


      I am a graduated in philosophy and Economics. I do not have any physics and Maths background in my 12th Std. Moreover I am 30 years old. I would like to know whether I can become a commercial pilot in India. Please email me at

      Thank you

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      N C 9 years ago

      Dear Sir/Madam

      Im 24 years old girl, i m commerce graduate, but always like to fly, i love to become a pilot, but somehow it was not possible for me, because 1st thing is tht i m from commerece background and second thing is tht, to become a pilot u need lots of money to spend, that is not affordable for me.

      and i have medical problem like, i m thyroide patient.

      so can i become a pilot with this mediacl problem,? and secondely show me the different way to join the flighting institute and there fees structure which can help me to fullfil my dream.

      Kindly send us u r suggestion on my email id

      I hope u will do the needful in the matter.

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      RIM 9 years ago

      Respected sir/mam

      I want to bocome a commercial piolet but i don't know how to become it please tell me wich subject is must required to becoming a commercial piolet and how many marks in each subject and tell me also how many total many and year are required to becoming a successful commercial piolet . please tell me diply information on my e-mail address (rimsha ansari 1993 @ G-mail . com)

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      nitesh 9 years ago

      dear sir , i am a student frm nepal , after all i have completed my +2 level(science) , i always want to fly high on the sky so it was my dream to become a pilot, but due to economic condition it became very tough for me to achieve my goal, i think i can't be not able to fullfill my dream,its very difficult to take decision in this moment ,please please please sir, if there is any way(soln) to overcome this problem then plz suggest me for that, your suggestion may help to fullfill my desire dream......... hope u will send me ur words on

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      philip 9 years ago

      i am 21 years old now i am pursuing bachelour of social work 2 year.i want to become a COMMERCIAL i am working in nagpur airport under handling agency for QATAR & AIR INDIA pls help me out to get the pilot traning.i want loans also because i belong from a very poor family and cant afford to pay,so pls help me out my email addres

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      Ankita 9 years ago

      Respected sir\mam

      i want to become a commercial pilot but don't know the procedure to apply for same.i request you (or anyone who visits this site) to send the procedure in my e-mail id - .please mention the total fee structure .

      thanking you,


      (from india)

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      ngureco 9 years ago

      Thank you chack for your detailed explanation. I certainly must mention the link to this hub in my blogs.

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thank you ngureco for your comment.

      Having written over 300 Hubs, I have often been surprised by the results of some of them and have spent time analyzing the ratings and comments to try to determine what sells and what doesn't (I just looked at your Hub and plan to incorporate the tools and ideas you discussed there into my analysis in the future.

      This particular Hub was one my my entries in the contest that HubPages ran in the Fall of 2006. Following the contest I published a Hub

      in which I reflected on the contest and made it clear that I had actively participated in the contest both to win in the short term and to also lay a foundation for future Google AdSense earnings by having written articles on topics that viewers had expressed an interest in (as I mentioned in that Hub, I also took care to maintain other quality areas along with promoting the Hubs - all of which are explained in more detail in the Hub).

      My prediction proved true as many of the Hubs I wrote fro the contest in the Fall of 2006 (and this Hub on How to Be a Commercial Pilot is one of them) continue to draw readers and generate revenue for me. In the case of this Hub I tried to write clearly and accurately (it was revised, spell checked and proofread more than once before being published), tried to keep my audience in mind and write for them and tried to keep it short and too the point. More importantly, it was written in response to requests for that topic from people who visited HubPages.

      Frankly, I would have never thought to write this Hub on my own. However, the interesting thing is that many of the comments on this Hub are from people living abroad. From this I have concluded that much of the traffic that visits this particular Hub (and the companion one ) is from abroad. This is further backed up when I check my Traffic Sources (found by clicking on the "My Account" and then clicking on "Traffic Sources" on the drop down menu) and see the volume of traffic that comes from abroad as evidenced by the number of search engines (including Google and Yahoo) that have a country code (such as .uk for United Kingdom, or .in for India) rather than a .com at the end (see my Hub for a list of country codes and the countries they represent). While flying is common in the U.S. and commercial pilot jobs here are difficult to get as airlines continue to cut back on benefits and even lay off pilots, the economies of nations like India are developing rapidly and people in these countries are using their new wealth to travel which is leading to an increased demand for commercial airline pilots in those nations. Good pay, high status and growing demand for commercial pilots in countries like India it is not surprising that people are seeking information on how to get into that field.

      It is my strong belief that it is very important to know your audience and keep them in mind when writing. That is why I make a point of reading every comment, reading Hub pages of others and looking at the comments they receive and regularly check my traffic sources to keep tabs on who my audience is (another trick I have found is to go to Google and check my AdSense earnings throughout the day to see the times when they are increasing the most - if they suddenly jump at night that is an indicator that the readers are in the Asian-Pacific region while early morning indicates Europe and during the day and early evening the U.S. where I live).

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      ngureco 9 years ago

      What a great hub Chuck you’ve posted here. You have done a great job here. It is true you need not only financial, academic and physical qualifications but you should have a high degree of alertness to do well as a commercial pilot.

      Trsmd is wondering how you get a PR of 100. Trsmd, this has not only got to do with the quality of the hub, but there are other factors that are being considered not only here at hubpage but everywhere else in internet. I have done a good hub on this, “Page Ranking Flow Diagrams” which you can read if you can.

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Sunny Kumar - the cost to become a commercial pilot will vary depending upon the cost of the filght schools and training that you choose. The types of training and acceptable schools may also vary depending upon the requirments of the airline for which you want to work.

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      Can anyone tell me what is the reason behind this Page Rank of 100?

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      Sunny Kumar 9 years ago

      How much total cost to become a commercial pilot

      i do i need to become a pilot for example school diploma ans what else

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      dhroov siwatch 9 years ago

      i want to become pilot, plz. tell me crietyarea essential in comm. pilot. also about fees.

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Amarbir - that would depend upon your overall eyesight, government regulations and individual airline policy.

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      Amarbir 9 years ago

      i just want to know that can i do fying with specticles

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      caseysellers02 9 years ago

      What a great hub! You did a wonderful job and I'm giving you five stars for that. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this topic. I was planning to be a pilot before but for some reasons I didn't pursue it. You made it look so easy to be a pilot and that awakens that long dream of mine. Let me share to you a lens that I find helpful and informative too. They provide inforamtions on air charter by jets, its different kinds and features and much more.

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      TravelMonkey 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi chuck

      i enrolled in a pilot's school but dismissed for being a diminutive monkey. Very unfair! Still great hub.


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      Jeffrayteta12 9 years ago from India

      Great Hub. . More informative for those who wants to become a commercial pilot. Thanks for your hard effort to pull all the information into your hub and for sharing. I like this hub and rated 5*. I have bookmarked this hub to come back again. Here is a similar kind of interesting and informative site about Cost Of Private Jets on Please step into this site if you are free to surf more information about Cost Of Private Jets.

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      aaron - thanks for your comment. As to studying aeronautical engineering in preparation for a career as a commercial pilot, I doubt that it is required but it certainly would not hurt and would help in understanding your aircraft and the principles of flight.

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      aaron 9 years ago

      uhm.. what course in college will i take o be a pilot? is aeraunotical engineering already fit for me to be a pilot?? just asking???

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      cyndeehaydon 9 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I have the greatest respect for commercial pilots - and it's only getting more challenging. The scary thing is you finally become a commercial pilot and in this market place you get laid off - excellent hub!!

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      sanjay 9 years ago

      sir,my wish is to become a commercial kindly please tell me how to become a commercial pilot.

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      The problem these days is that it is really hard to get on with the major airlines in the US, and the smaller regional jets don't pay much at all. I think it helps to have a college degree in the area these days as well.

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      creatingwealth 9 years ago

      Perhaps it's not easy to pass the practical flying test.

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      vinod 9 years ago

      Hi kirupa...This is vinod from coimbatore..i saw ur article..U have asked that how to become a pilot with expenses..I don know wheather u have asked this question serioiusly??because i m sitting without money to join in madras flying club or not even collateral security to get loan but u have asked that....anyway best of luck....if u wish give me a call @ 9894680019 and my mail id is

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      Gaurav 9 years ago

      hey guys,heard abt this company called Caital Flight Training based in New Delhi,India...they send students to amazing flying schools in US,Philippines,South Africa,etc...also have awesome Simulator set up along with ground classes...a person is truly guided the right way and helps you save money in US....

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      ambresh kohli 9 years ago

      i want to be a commercial pilot and i think i should fulfil my requirments . So you please send me information that which subjects i have to take to be a part of your air lines From Ambreesh kohli

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      ADAM 9 years ago

      I would like to become a pilot but really don't intend on joining the Air Force how can i get hired to a large comm company? PLEASE E-MAIL me

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      dav  9 years ago

      how long is it from start to finish to go for an airline and what is the youngest pilot out their for an airline

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      SUDHIN 9 years ago

      Respected sir/madam,

      i am very much interested to become an Indian Piolot, Can u pls guide me about the qualification and courses based on this field. My e-mail ID is sudhin_prince

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      Sanjay kumar 9 years ago

      My dream is to become a pilot.But i don't know how to become......Can you please tell me how to become???????????????

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      krishna murthy 9 years ago

      i completed my +2 (maths physics chemistry) from board of national institute of open schooling is my qualification eligible for the pilot course and also iam 19 years of age.

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      Sanjay 9 years ago

      Sir, My dream is to bcome a pilot. But i don't know how to become a pilot.So,please tell me what should be the qualities,rules and regulations to become a pilot.How to apply for it.

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      rahul bhatu 9 years ago

      from any stream can we can become a comm pilot , from whre to get FAA crtificate or private pilot certificate what are the aeronautical requirements how much percentage after 12 std ,and what todo after 12 , its my foremost dream sir plz let me know through e mail the answers of the above queeries as early as possible my yahoo id is rambo_321

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Anthony - thanks for your comment. Not being a pilot myself (I was a navigator in the Air Force and thus have considerable cockpit time as well as having spent considerable time with pilots) I can't answer for certain but I believe that you do need some type of student license before you can receive a private pilot license (at least in the United States).

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      anthony h 9 years ago

      do you need a student pilot lisence before you receive your private lisence?

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I'm not planning to become a commercial pilot (at age 72), but I enjoyed reading about it and watching the video. Very nice.

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      luv  9 years ago

      hallo sir. im from india. i want to become a commercial pilot but i don't know the best institutions in the world especially in US and south africa & their fees structure. so can u plz tell me about them. i would be grateful to u. u can also send the details on my email id.

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      kirupa 9 years ago

      I want a good adviceon " how to become a pilot with expenses ".

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      karukera 9 years ago

      geeez what a great hub!!! 2 thumbs up

      if you have time come check mine

      see ya ;-)

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      hubber 10 years ago from San Mateo

      I always wanted to become a pilot. But, my eye site has never been any good.

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      Chuck Nugent 10 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Amal, as I stated in the article, two possibilities for obtaining the necessary flight training without having to pay cash for it is to look into joining your country's air force and having them train you or try to find an airline (small regional airline or air freight service) at home or abroad that is desperate for pilots and will provide the necessary training when they hire you. Good luck.

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      Amal 10 years ago

      be a pilot . it's my dream.being an indian it is very tough to achieve my goal.

      the main barrier is the money itself.

      so send some remedies

      your's faithfully Amal

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