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Major Airlines’ Minimum Hiring Requirements

All airlines have minimum hiring requirements applicants must meet in order to be considered for an interview. Provided below are the typical airlines minimum hiring requirements:

Certificates / Ratings:
All certificates and ratings required to be U.S.A. FAA issued:
• Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-engine and Instrument rating (without limitations)
• Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
• Current FE Turbojet Rating or written (FEX or Basic/turbojet)

Age:
• Must be at least twenty-three years of age.

Flight Experience:
• 1500 hours total time in airplanes
• 1000 hours turbine in airplanes
• 1000 - 1500 hours in Turbine aircraft as the Pilot in command* (PIC)
• Recency of flight experience will be considered

*Note: PIC for this purpose is defined as Captain/Aircraft Commander of record, not simply the sole manipulator of the controls.

Medical:
• Must possess a current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate.
• Must pass FAA mandated Drug Test.

Education:
• High School diploma or GED is required.
• Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university is preferred

Letters of Recommendation:
• At least three letters from any individuals who can attest to the pilot’s flying skills, by having observed them over a sustained period of time.

Other Requirements:
• Must possess a valid United States Driver's License.
• Legally authorized to work in the U.S.A.
• Able to pass a 10-year security background check
• Have a FCC Radio License

 
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