AIRLINE PILOT TRAINING
Adapted training whatever your background
Adapted training whatever your background
For most of you, the job of airline pilot is a childhood dream ... A passion. At the controls of a Boeing or an Airbus, he travels the planet. Fly, hover, fly, take off ...
But behind this dream job hides a position with great responsibilities and great technicality. How to become an airline pilot?
Find here the missions, necessary training, remuneration of this profession.
The airline pilot is part of the flight crew (PNT). The mission of an airline pilot is to transport passengers from point A to point B in optimal safety conditions, with obligations of accuracy, but also of quality of comfort and excellence for the passengers.
Before each flight, a briefing is carried out to check the technical aspect of the aircraft as well as the airport aspect (radio means, means of communication, geolocation, navigation instruments). One hour before departure, the airline pilot must prepare his flight.
In addition, each time he must calculate the fuel requirements, which turns out to be a complex calculation. The airline pilot may also be the pilot-in-command.
The pilot's work began well before take-off time. Before the trip, he must:
. prepare the flight plan: with the co-pilot, he reviews the route to be taken considering the weather conditions, the weight of the aircraft and the distance to be covered,
• calculate the amount of fuel required for the trip,
• prepare the navigation instruments and enter the data into the on-board computer,
During the flight:
• he remains in constant contact with air traffic control,
• monitors on-board instruments,
• ensures passenger safety,
• He represents the civil and administrative authority on board, whatever the problem.
The airline pilot flies between 40 and 70 hours of flight per month, depending on the airline.
In addition, he continues to train throughout his career, due to constant technological and regulatory developments in civil aviation.
During the flight, in the cockpit, the captain controls all the parameters of the aircraft with the co-pilot (s), manages the on-board computers and maintains permanent contact with the air traffic control centers present on the ground.
Automatic systems are now more and more important on-board aircraft. The pilot remains in any case inside the piloting loop. On board the aircraft, the pilot-in-command is responsible for the safety of the entire flight crew but also of the passengers.
When admitted as aircrew of civil aviation, pilots undergo a very thorough medical examination. The access conditions are extremely strict. Their nervous and physical systems must be prepared for any test. Every year, this medical visit is renewed. We therefore recommend you to pass the admission medical examination before embarking on your career.
He must also be able to assume the heavy responsibilities incumbent on him: he has authority in matters of technical flight management. Even if accidents are rare, the hazards during a flight are numerous: thunderstorm, fog, wind, congested airspace, icy runway ... The airline pilot has no right to make mistakes.
A pilot must have excellent physical condition. He must undergo regular medical checks. In case of weakness, one can withdraw his license. Pilot work can be physically demanding: long flights,
staggered schedules with night trips and jet lag. The working hours are spread over a wide range of hours.
The pilot's career generally begins with cargo flights (transport of goods and not of people). First as a co-pilot, the first years of flight are carried out on short or medium haul, in small capacity aircraft. After 4 years of experience, he can apply for long-haul flights.
After 10 to 12 years as a co-pilot depending on the airline, he will have to do internships and pass national qualifications). At that time, he can become captain and can then be entrusted with large aircraft on international routes.
The state sector: you can take one of the entrance exams to the ENAC (National School of Civil Aviation): baccalaureate level*, baccalaureate + 2 years of a scientific course, Professional Pilot license (CPL) and the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilote License) theoretical. The competition is very rigorous, and less than thirty candidates are received each year.
The private sector: in France, the baccalaureate level is required. You will then have to pass one of the entry tests in an FTO (Flight training organization). Abroad, especially in the United States, there is no special requirement in academic terms and training is around 25% cheaper.
The military sector. You must be between 17 and 22 years old, be a bachelor. You will then be trained to pilot a fighter plane, a transport plane, or a helicopter.
A candidate for the pilot trade can, if he/she wishes, self-finance all of their airline pilot training. In Europe, there are a multitude of private schools which require from the candidate to pay almost 100,000 €.
Aero Consulting offers two other options to obtain your airline transport pilot license according to your own requirements.
With our training courses in San Diego, California, you are guaranteed to have found the best place for your pilot training with an EASA and FAA license.
Rates are around 25% lower than in Europe
Whatever your background, trust us: together, we will accelerate the development of your training in the right direction, the direction of success!
Aero Consulting EASA trainers (Technical Knowledge Instructors EASA-TKI certified) provide theoretical lessons. The program offered is a training approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and therefore fully recognized by airlines worldwide.
The best climate in the United States allows you to fly all year round 7 days a week and obtain your license in record time. States such as Florida and Texas experience three months of storms and cyclones that prevent training flights and lengthen your training and increase your costs.
Record number of airports. California has a much higher number of airports than other states. This will allow you to improve your training.
California is recognized as one of the youngest and most innovative states in the USA.
Even if the job of airline pilot remains a dream job, access to a job is not always easy. Recruitment largely depends on the economic context. Most pilots leaving the ENAC, however, find a job. Until the beginning of 2020, there was a huge shortage of airline pilots, especially in the United States and China. Hiring has slowed since then. Market development is currently uncertain.
The airline pilot's salary differs according to:
pilot experience the airline company co-pilot or captain status.
the type of flight carried out: medium-haul or long-haul.
seniority in an airline the type of aircraft: the larger the craft, the higher the salary.
Newly trained young pilots often start with a salary of € 1,500 to € 2,500 / month in small companies. In large companies like Air France, salaries are higher: a first-time co-pilot earns around € 4,500 / month and a long-haul captain around € 16,000 / month at the end of his career. In all cases, the airline pilot's salary is governed by the collective agreement for air transport.