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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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      davidas 5 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 http://pilotinformation.webnode.com/

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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. http://superpipoy.hubpages.com/hub/Knowing-the-Rig...

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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.......

      parthobiswasbd08@gmail.com

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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 6 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 6 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>>>>tonykirschstein@ymail.com

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      Mark Louie Adapun 6 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... simpatico022@yahoo.com at facebook or ym... tnz'

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      Segar 6 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- airblade124@msn.com

      Thankyou

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      Vic 6 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 6 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 6 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: aneesibrahimtharayil@gmail.com

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      marine 6 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 6 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 6 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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      daksh gupta 6 years ago

      HELLO SIR/MA'AM I WANT TO BECOME A COMMERCIAL PILOT BUT I AM DOING POLYTECHNIC CAN I BECOME A PILOT AFTER MY ENGINEERING AFTER DOING DIPLOMA.

      PLEASE REPLY ON MY EMAIL ID ITS daksh1906@gmail.com.

      WAITING FOR YOUR EARLIEST REPLY.

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      Vishnu 6 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 visu2hell@gmail.com

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

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      Aakash Biswa 6 years ago

      I AM AAKASH FROM KOLKATA..I WANT TO BE A PILOT BUT I AM A COMMERCE STUDENT..SO, WOULD IT BE STILL POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO THIS COURSE(cpl)..??????

      PLEASE TELL ME...??

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      Aakash Biswa 6 years ago

      I AM A COMMERCE STUDENT.. I WANT TO BE A PILOT EVER SINCE A CHILD.. SO, WOULD IT BE STILL POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO THIS COURSE.??? PLEASE TELL ME..???

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      Dharmendra kushwaha 6 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-: dhrmndrsingh63@gmail.com.

      My number, "8765253416"

      Thankyou.

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      komal 6 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 - gurshransandhu@gmail.com

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      RAJAT SHARMA 6 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 6 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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      KOMAL 6 years ago

      I COMPLETED MY +2(MATH PHYSICS CHEMISTRY) FROM BOARD INDIAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION.MY WISH TO BECOME COMMERCIAL PILOT.SO KINDLY TELL ME TO BECOME PILOT. I AM 19 YEARS OF AGE. PLEASE

      MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS -anmolsandhu77@yahoo.com

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      Sankalp Katta 6 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 sumsanaks@yahoo.co.in

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      darren ortega 6 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 6 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 dream4pilot@yahoo.com

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      Mark Bascug 6 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 - http://pilotincanada.com - 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 journey.com . 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.

      http://www.commercialpilottraining.net/

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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 id.my email i.d is gouravjsingh@gmail.com 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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      ashwin 6 years ago

      I ALWAYS LIKE TO BECOME A PILOT AND I HAD AN aim AFTERFINISHINGMY 10th

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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 abhishekanand8084@gmail.com

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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 7 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  7 years ago

      piolet is most dangerous and funnnnnnn for flying

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      saurav kumar 7 years ago

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

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      alex 7 years ago

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

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      samuel.samuel. 7 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 samuelpaul1@live.com

      hope to hear from you soon,

      may god bless you.

      samuel paul

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      gurseerat 7 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 7 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 7 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 hrmustak@gmail.com

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      gene willis 7 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 7 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  7 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 :k-maro_youcef@hotmail.com so thank u nd good luck

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      Hari krishna karki 7 years ago

      We student confuse to join

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      maui b 7 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 7 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 cardinal.31@live.com! Thank you people!

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      suresh 7 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 7 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 7 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)

      THNXX PLEASE REPLY ON EMAIL

      sportydriveshopmu@yahoo.com

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      Paul 7 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 7 years ago

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

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      hina bhutto 7 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 sujatapatna@gamil.com.and 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 kunal.mehra143@gmail.com & 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:

      http://www.pilotjobsnetwork.com/jobs/Air_France-KL...

      http://www.devenirpiloteairfrance.com/

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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

      thnx

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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! ki2k6@hotmail.com

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      Boithabelo 7 years ago

      hi

      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 "porche15@hotmail.com"

      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: https://hubpages.com/education/becomeapilot

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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 love_satisfaction@hotmail.com

      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" ( https://hubpages.com/education/becomeapilot ) 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 8 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)

      thankyou