Path to Becoming a Professional Pilot
Completing school and getting all of your ratings is just the start of becoming a Professional Pilot.
As you complete your training you will have a great deal of piloting knowledge and very little experience…. Approximately 250 hours. The FAA and the airlines require 1000 – 1500 hours to acquire your ATP Rating (Airline Transport Pilot) and hiring on new pilots. So, the big question…. HOW DO I GET TO THE AIRLINES? There are a number of ways to get there AND being a commercial, pilot you can get paid.
Here are a few options:
Getting your CFI Rating (Certified Flight Instructor) can be accomplished relatively quickly after your commercial program and will allow you to earn a decent wage while building hours. JA Flight Training offers ALL of its graduates the opportunity of working as a Flight Instructor after graduation.
A number of Air Taxi (FAA part 135) companies hire co-pilots to build time, typically utilizing a hiring contract and minimal salary to build individuals toward a captain’s position within the company. At JA Flight, we are in the unique position of having ownership in one of the largest Air Taxi operations in the country, flying in excess of 200 flights a day in Cessna Caravan Aircraft. Our relationship with Southern Airways Express gives our graduates the opportunity to apply as a co-pilot and work within an airline operation with a follow-on path to Skywest Airlines.
Other Local Piloting Jobs
These jobs include towing gliders, towing banners, skydiving operations, aerial mapping, spraying crops, police enforcement, traffic reporting, and other pilot services.
What You Get
JA Flight Training is committed to helping our graduates further their professional pilot careers and finds placement for them upon training completion.
Finish in as little as 2.5 years
Learn & train with the best
NO extraneous subjects or time lost
Financial Aid Available
Minimize student loans
Be mentored by real airline pilots
Receive a tuition reimbursement with Southern Mesa
Some pilot supplies may be additional
Zero Experience to Professional
Start a career as a commercial pilot in just 12 months.
Become an airline pilot earning Airline Pilot wages in less time than a 4-year college degree, AND at a substantially lower cost.
We take pride in our top-notch program and facilities.
Complemented by our 20,000 sq ft canopy, pilots and students enjoy our spacious lobby and lounge area. With all of our exceptional aircraft maintained by our FAA Certified repair station and Cessna Service Center, you won’t find a finer fleet that’s supported by more trusted and proven technicians. This creates the foundation for a world-class flight training school that prepares our students for a successful future in piloting with flexible classes and affordable programs.