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I want to be a pilot for my career, I'm not exactly sure what kind of pilot I want to be yet, I already have my student pilot certificate and third class medical certificate so I am ready to start flying, but I want to know what certifications I will need to get and what the requirements (hours needed, tests required, anything like that) are to get all of them and get a job flying. Also I've gotten mixed answers as to what the requirements are for becoming a flight instructor (I've heard that you need to have a commercial pilot certification and that you don't), what are the requirements for this?

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  1. Mark Kolber on Jan 08, 2016

    The requirements for becoming a flight instructor are clearly set out in the FAR.

    Assuming you are not talking about light sport, they are in Part 61 Subpart H, entitled “Flight Instructors Other Than Flight Instructors With a Sport Pilot Rating.” The requirement start with FAR 61.183, entitled, “Eligibility requirements.”

    Even as a student pilot, a visit to the Table of Contents for the FAR is a good idea,

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  2. Tyler Connell on Jan 20, 2016

    61.183 will answer your questions as far as what you need to be a CFI.

    As far as your other question, you’re asking a very broad question. It all depends on what career you want in aviation? Do you want to fly cargo, private, flight instruct, give tours, airlines…they all require something different. I will say pretty much lowest hours you can find a steady job is around 1000-1500 hours. You can find jobs for less of course, but they sometimes don’t offer very good pay….and that being said sometimes it’s okay pay.

    I don’t think many people here can answer that question unless you answer for yourself what you want to do. If you want to go the airline path which is probably the most popular, you can look up the required flight time to get an ATP in the regs or online. Also, check out R-ATP minimums if you choose to go to school and get your training. I would first figure out what it is that you want and then ask for help along the way.

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