Real Answers from Real Pilots

How to become a commercial airline pilot

Can I still do the atp program with that on my record when I’m done with high school?

And what aircraft do you fly

Check out this webpage for Prerequisites: Admission Prerequisites for Airline Career Pilot Students/ ATP Flight School, and

check out this webpage for Enrollment: Enrollment Steps for Airline Career Pilot Students/ ATP Flight School, and

while you’re at it, might as well check out some of the articles that we wrote in our FAQ section: Frequently Asked Questions - Airline Pilot Life

Technically, yes. You can enroll after high school. Your first hurdle will be obtaining the First Class Medical Certificate. You will be asked about your medical history, any medications you have taken, and any arrests, convictions, etc. etc.

That said, we always recommend obtaining a four year degree before flight training. We go into more detail as to why in the FAQ section, but you are at no obligation to have a four year degree to enroll at ATP. It’s just something us, Mentors, recommend.

Also, if you haven’t flown in a small airplane before, that’s a must before signing up for flight training. You can schedule an intro flight at any school, but it is so important that you do this just to make sure that this is something that you truly see yourself doing as a career before you make such a large financial commitment.

Tory

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Is it also good if I have studied the instrument panel the throttle and all the buttons in the cockpit and Took notes About it every button in the 737 for when I start training for the 737 In the future

Will it help make it way Easy

Luke,

Until you know for sure that you will be flying a 737, or any airplane for that matter, I would reserve that kind of studying during your free time only.

The reality is that you have no idea which airplane you will end up flying. The most important airplane is the one you’re currently flying – not the one you hope to fly.

So, if you want to spend your free time learning about an airplane you hope to fly simply because you enjoy the learning process, then of course, by all means. Will it make it easier? Maybe, maybe not. What will make things easier is to focus on one thing at a time. You are currently at the beginning stages. Focus more on what is right in front of you.

Once you begin flight training, your focus should be on becoming the best pilot that you can be. Your flight training is your foundation. With a good foundation, you shouldn’t need to teach yourself about 737 systems until you actually find yourself in a position flying one. That’s IF you find yourself in that position. And if you do, whatever company you’re working for will provide you with everything you need.

And like I said, you have no idea where this journey will take you. It’s okay to have a list of favorite airplanes that you wish to fly in the future, but don’t forget to be realistic. There are a lot of steps that need to be completed before you get that chance, if you get that chance.

Tory

Luke,

The time to start studying the 737 cockpit is the day the airline hands you your manuals and not a day before. As Tory said you have no idea where this journey will lead and even if it leads you to the 737 you have no idea which version you’ll be flying.

You need to learn to fly an airplane first before you set your sights on a commercial jet. This is a journey.

Adam

Luke,

Even if you do end up flying a 737 some day, the knowledge you are gaining now will probably not apply. I can assure you that what you are learning now is not accurate and probably full of errors. The internet is the absolute worst place to learn about a particular airplane. Your time would be far better spent studying for your Private Pilot Written exam.

Chris