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How many years does it take to get to a commercial pilot?

I’m a high school student, I love the idea of seeing different places and I think I can to that through being a pilot I still have more to learn.
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Carlos "Danny"’s Answer

Chelsea, I love the idea that you want to travel around the world and see different places. There are many ways in aviation to do that. Although, becoming and airline pilot is one way to fly internationally...it’s definitely not the only way. You can fly corporate, Charter, cargo, private own airplanes, etc. There are even companies that organize trips around the world (such as Air Journey) that you could work for. So there are many options to chose from. With that said, you will have to get at a minimum your commercial license to do so and be legal to get compensated. I see that in the previous comments they have given you a rough idea of the hours required to be able to get your Commercial License so I won’t copy/paste that again. As for “how many years does it take to be a commercial pilot?” : No one can give you an answer. Like Alan said, that would depend 100% on you, the effort and dedication you can put into it. I have seen people getting their Commercial license in 1 year and I have also seen 150hr students going for their Private pilot License.

Thank you so much Chelsea K.

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Alan’s Answer

Much of that will depend on how much time, and effort, YOU put into it.

The basic commercial license requirements are detailed in FAR 61.129. That will get you a commercial certificate. Many pilots also get their instructor certificate so that they can get paid while they build time. To get a job at an FAR 135 air charter company, you will generally need at least 500 hours of total flight time. To get a job for a major carrier (FAR 121), you will generally need at least 750 hours total time (restricted ATP). A full unrestricted ATP rating requires 1500 hours total time.

I hope that helps.

Good luck.

Thank you so much Chelsea K.

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Rich’s Answer

Chelsea, you can get a commercial license in two years or less, if you do part 141 or part 61. 141 is structured through a college and reduces the amount of total hours needed to fly for an airline company. 61 is quicker but requires more hours. You will need multi engine also and it is best if you become a certified flight instructor CFI. If you become a CFI and instruct for a year or so, you will have enough hours to fly for the airlines (1000 hours part 141 ..4 year degree, part 141 1250 hours 2 year degree and part 61 1500 hours no degree). Ps you will have about 250 or so hours when you complete multi and CFI.

Good luck.

Thank you so much Chelsea K.

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Steve’s Answer

Typically it takes 7-10 years to get the flying hrs and experience to get hired at a major airline.
This can be accomplished in a couple of ways: in the civilian world flight instructing or flying corporate or commercial aircraft. The experience can also be acquired through military training and service, typically requiring at least a 10 year commitment.
First step is a 4 yr degree; several universities have in-house flying training programs which can allow one to get the degree while getting a headstart with their flying/training.

Thank you I didn’t know it took so long. Chelsea K.

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