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Fail 3 times during training?

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during my training as a professional pilot in usa I had failed 3 times in my checkride : commercial multi,cfii,mei

i was wondering if this is gonna afect if wanna work as an airline pilot in a near future, such as american eagle.

thanks for ur answers.


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  1. Wes Beard on Feb 11, 2013

    It isn’t going to affect you nearly as much as failing a 135 or 121 check. You need to remember that they have access to your records, so be honest about the failures and tell them what you learned each time. If you do that, you might just turn this “weakness” into a strength.

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  2. Jim F. on Feb 11, 2013

    Unfortunately, the answer is most likely yes, it will affect you. Generally, they will only accept one failure, provided you have an otherwise clean record. One isolated incident shows them that you may have had trouble with something, worked to correct it, and learned how to avoid it from happening again.

    For example, I failed my PVT checkride, but I was in high school and was flying for fun. Once I decided to pursue my professional pilot degree at a university, I got serious about it and never had a failure after. That’s the kind of thing they want to see.

    When somebody fails 3 higher-level checkrides, it appears to them as somebody who’s not serious about learning and mastering what’s necessary to become a safe and proficient pilot. And when they have a pool of hundreds or thousands more applicants with zero or one failure and a clean record to choose from, they’ll most likely toss a three-failure applicant aside.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s the harsh reality of it.

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