While FAA sets minimum certification requirements for air carriers (commercial certificate with instrument rating), each airline sets its own minimum experience requirements. For example, FAA requires 250 total hours for a commercial pilot certificate. However, few, if any, airlines use that amount of flight time as their own minimum standard. They may require 1,000 or 2,000 hours or more. Also, market conditions (supply of pilots and demand for air travel) influence what minimum experience airlines require.
Also, different air carriers may consider some types of flight time more important than others. Some prefer more jet or turbine experience, while some may prefer more time in a particular type of aircraft. Many airlines also consider whether the applicant has a college degree.
You can get information about FAA Requirements for all pilot certificates
(14 CFR Part 61) on the Government Printing Office's Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Be sure to select Part 61.
Pilot Training For Students from Mexico, Europe and AsiaThe F-1 visa Professional Pilot Program
is for the international student who wishes not only to receive the FAA certificates and ratings, but also to stay on as a flight instructor to build flight time towards the ATP (Airline Transportation Pilot) Certificate. The F-1 Visa is valid up to 24 calendar months. The program consists of approximately 259 flight hours, 344 hours of ground and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator. For further information please consult the International Students section of our website under Visa Information for additional insurance requirements. The M-1 Visa Commercial Program
is for the international student who only wishes to study up to the FAA Multi-Engine Commercial Certificate and to return home. The M-1Visa Commercial Program, takes typically 4 to 6 months to complete. The program consists of approximately 250 flight hours, 144 ground hours and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator For further information please contact our recruiting office
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