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“Boxes to Check” for a Professional Pilot

Despite the current “pilot shortage” we hear so much about, there is still no guarantee that an aspiring pilot will ever get picked up by a Major Airline.  Yes, it may be easy to get an entry-level pilot job in the current market, but competition is VERY stiff for the “good” jobs!

It takes more than 1500 hours and an ATP to get a call.  There are lots of little things that can set you apart from other candidates on a pilot application.

Here I’ve listed some “boxes to check” on airline applications that might help you get a job.  Some of these items seem to be appreciated by all airlines, while others, like “Float Plane License,” only FedEx asks about.  So I went through the online applications for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and FedEx, and I put all of these credentials into a spreadsheet to see which are the common denominators.

Obviously, they all want the basics: ATP License, 1st Class Medical, FCC License, Passport, Etc.

But it’s interesting to see which airline is asking for what -Who asks the most, and who asks the least. This data could give you some insight into what’s important to a specific airline, and which once are more focused on the total time in your logbook.

Delta and United are combined because, apart from a separate addendum, they both use the same application –

Check AirmanYes
(Non Military)
(+LCA & SCA)
(121 & 135)
Chief PilotYesYes**YesYes
(121 & 135)
Safety Officer / Director of SafetyYesYesYesYes
Military InstructorYesYesYes
(+Years & Hours)
(+Years & Hours)
(+Years & Hours)
Director of OperationsYesYes**Yes
Helicopter LicenseYes
(+Inst. & Instructor)
Simulator InstructorYes
(“Flight Time” matrix)
FAA ExaminerYesYes
“FAA Designee”
Flight ManagerYes**Yes
Full Time InstructorYes
(+Years & Hours)
FE WrittenYes
(TJ, TP, & Piston)
FE LicenseYes
(TJ, TP, & Piston)
(Turbojet Only)
Turbojet TypeYesYes
Boeing 737 TypedYesYes
Assistant Chief PilotYes
FAA Approved Program ExaminerYes
Powered LiftYes
(+Inst. & Instructor)
Large Aircraft TypedYes
Ground InstructorYes
(B,A, and I)
Airframe & Powerplant (A&P)Yes
CFI (University vs. 141 vs. 61)Yes
Float Plane LicenseYes
Taildragger QualifiedYes
BGT (Basic Gas Turbine) RatingYes


*Have you ever been a Check Airman, Line Check Airman, Stan/Eval, NATOPS evaluator in a Jet/Turbine/Turbo Prop Aircraft? List Aircraft Type & effective dates. FAA, Company, Military Certification Document or similar must be produced at interview.

**Have you served as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations or Flight Department Manager for a Jet/Turbine/Turbo Prop operation that employed ten or more pilots?

***Have you ever been a Check Airman, Stan/Eval, NATOPS?


The Truth About “Induced Drag”

Do you really understand what “Induced Drag” is?

For a pilot, the true importance of induced drag is understanding how being on “the back side of the power curve” relates to flight characteristics. Especially in terms of approach to landing.

However, the current way pilots are taught about Induced Drag is flawed, confusing, sometimes incorrect, and often contradictory. Continue reading

Relaxation, Balance, and Confidence

I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of different pilots over the years. Of these people I’ve seen many different styles and personalities. Fighter pilot wannabes, cranky pilots, ladder climbing politicians, and those just happy to be flying.

It takes all types to keep the aviation industry running, however, there seems to be a common thread among the strongest pilots. From the best student pilots to the highest paid captains, a certain mindset seems to be shared. An overwhelming sense of balanced and relaxed confidence.
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Visualization for Pilots


If you want one thing that will significantly improve your flying ability, help you spend considerably less time and money on training, increase your confidence in the sky, and make your life as a pilot all around easier…  VISUALIZATION!!
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