For many people, becoming an airline pilot is a dream that has been with them for a lifetime, however, the difficulties of life get in the way, and learning to fly is put on the back-burner as a wish. The good news is, you’re never too old! At Soar Aviation, we have many individuals in their thirties, who have decided to go out there and dare to soar.

Commercial Pilot Licence:

This is a question we hear often. For those that dream of becoming an airline pilot, the first step it to enrol in The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane), which takes only two years part-time to complete, and consists of 200 hours flying time once complete.

Within those two years, students complete training on Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and are ready to embark on their aviation career.

Instrument Rating:

Following the completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, students who wish to improve their employability will complete The Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) which means that a student is able to operate a multi-engine fixed wing aeroplane and has the ability to fly the aircraft solely, referencing to Instruments in varying weather conditions. The Instrument Rating consists of 47 hours of flight time and a simulator as well as 20 weeks of full time theory.

Work as Certified Flight Instructor:

Once a student has completed these requirements, many choose to complete their Certified Flight Instructor rating (CFI), which allows pilots to build their flying time quickly. Whilst working as a flight instructor for a few years and steadily building flying hours, students should complete their Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) ratings.

Airline Cadet Pilot Programme:

Once pilots are ready to take the next step, Airline Cadet Pilot Programmes offer training in phases with the final phase completion resulting in certifications to fly large jet aircrafts. Cadet Pilot Programmes vary greatly from airline to airline with come taking approximately four years to complete and require a minimum of 1500 hours, while others require less flying experience with a slightly longer completion time.

At Soar Advanced Flight Training, our aim is to get you out there and taking to the skies. With the right qualifications, passion and skills, you could be working as a pilot in a challenging environment, working with some of the most skilled individuals in the industry within a few years.

If you think a career in aviation is right for you, or if you’d like to know more about what it takes to become an airline pilot, take a look at our Diploma of Aviation or call us on (03) 9587 5020.