I have a lot of questions pertaining to being an airline pilot

So I’m a Junior in High School and need to plan for my road ahead. Like many of the people on this forum I’ve wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember. I already plan to go to college, since the 4 year degree is necessary. Now onto the questions.

  1. How many hours are required to fly at a regional carrier?
  2. What are the requirements to fly at a legacy airline ex:(United, Delta, American)?
  3. How long does it usually take to go from starting at a regional to flying at a legacy?
  4. Is it possible to make $300k-$400k salary at persay United?
  5. How long does it usually take to go from first officer to a captain at a legacy airline?

Hope you guys can help. :slight_smile:


Flight training requires a great amount of hard work and study. The airlines are not like HS. There are no tutors and no one is going to hold your hand and spoon feed you the info. To that end here’s your first aviation lesson: EVERY single question you’ve asked has been asked and answered before (many in the FAQ section). I suggest you spend a few minutes doing some reading and see if you can’t do some learning on your own; https://airlinepilot.life/c/Ask-your-questions-and-get-real-answers-from-real-pilots/frequently-asked-questions

BUT, if you want some quick answers here goes:

  1. 1500
  2. LOTS of experience
  3. A while, more for some than others
  4. Yup
  5. Same as 3



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Thanks Adam for the help. I was having trouble accessing other topics for some reason. That’s why I posted the question. But thanks for the thoughtful feedback. :slight_smile: