Airline Pilot Program
(U.S. Students)

US Students Airline Program

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What are the basic requirements to begin flight training?

  • You must be 16 years old.
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • You must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • You must be able to obtain an FAA medical certificate.
  • You must be able to communicate proficiently in English.

How can Epic help me become an airline pilot?

By prioritizing safety and minimizing course completion times, Epic Flight Academy’s Airline Pilot Program allows students to go from zero flight experience to airline pilot in as little as two years.. We have trained pilots to fly for more than 300 airlines. Whether you have had no exposure to pilot training or are transferring from another training facility, we offer our students high quality flight training in a new-generation aircraft fleet, preparing you for the aviation careers of your dreams.

Which flight training program is best for me?

This depends on whether you are a domestic or international student. Epic’s Airline Pilot Program is intended for U.S. (domestic) flight students that are seeking a career as a commercial pilot; foreign students should review our International Airline Pilot Program. With the growing worldwide airline pilot shortage and the minimum 1,500 hour requirement in the U.S., most of our U.S. students choose to become a Flight Instructor to build flight time. (International students typically are required to have only 200 or 250 hours in their respective countries.) However, we do offer individual and customized training for students pursuing other professional pilot career opportunities. If you have questions about which program is best for your aviation career goalscontact our Admissions Team directly to determine which flight courses best suit your needs. With airline pilot salaries soaring, there has never been a better time to pursue your dreams! Financing options are available.

How long does it take to become an airline pilot?

Epic Airline Pilot Program

The average length of time to complete training, build flight time as an instructor, and become an airline pilot is 24 months. However, this depends on many factors, including the individual student. Many Epic students have achieved this goal much more quickly. Others required a little longer due to other factors. You can view our U.S. student profiles to see the range of dates it took each student to achieve their milestones in training.

Does Epic maintain relationships with airlines to hire Epic-trained pilots?

Yes! Below are some of the airlines with whom we partner to provide many hiring options for Epic graduates. We also host Pilot Career Seminars on campus so you can meet face-to-face with airline representatives.

Airline Pilot Program Air Wisconsin Airlines
Airline Pilot Program Ameriflight
Airline Pilot Program CommutAir
Airline Pilot Program Endeavor Air
Airline Pilot Program Envoy Air
Airline Pilot Program ExpressJet
Airline Pilot Program GoJet Airlines
Airline Pilot Program Horizon Air
Mesa Airlines Pilot Program
Airline Pilot Program Partner Piedmont Airlines
Airline Pilot Program PSA Airlines
Airline Pilot Program Partner Ravn Alaska
Airline Pilot Program Republic Airways
Airline Pilot Program Partner Silver Airways

What are the details of the Airline Pilot Program?

The Airline Pilot Program is an accelerated Part 141 flight training package for students that are consistently able to fly full-time, which is a minimum of 5 days per week and 5 hours per day. For students that require scheduling accommodations due to other commitments, such as employment or university education, we offer training under Part 61 instruction. Part 61 allows a more flexible schedule, however it does then extend the estimated completion time. As per FAA requirements, all Airline Transport Pilots (ATPs) must have met the requirements of the 1,500 hour rule. This means you must have logged 1,500 hours total in order to fly for passenger and cargo airlines. The steps required to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline are:

Airline Pilot Program – Domestic Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $66,749.30 USD (Price increases to $72,585.00 USD effective June 1, 2021.)

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $46,763.80 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $34,387.80 USD

What are the age requirements to become an airline pilot?

Students may begin flight training at any age, but the FAA requires pilots be at least 16 years old to solo an aircraft, and 17 years old to get a Private Pilot Certificate. To be hired as a commercial pilot, you will need to be at least 18 years old and have logged the hours required by the airline.

Do I need a college degree to become an airline pilot?

Most airlines do not require a college degree. However, some do, and having one can give you a hiring advantage. Epic is proud to provide a college degree program through Daytona State College for flight students who want to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while learning to fly. This is not required; however, we are proud to make this available to our flight students.

Why should I choose Epic Flight Academy to train as a professional pilot?

Students from all over the United States and more than 80 countries choose Epic Flight Academy for pilot training in order to pursue their aviation career dreams. Our pilot school began flight training in 1999, and thousands of Epic Professional Pilot graduates are thriving today in their aviation careers with more than 300 airlines worldwide. Learn to fly with us!

Epic-Trained Airline Pilots

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Milimo Thindwa

Career Highlight:
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What else do I need to know?

Epic’s airline pilot program requires full-time commitment. You must be available seven days a week. We student availability of five days per calendar week (must be available for four consecutive hours between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.) and a minimum 20 days per month. Epic strives to provide two days off per week, but flexibility is required due to weather, maintenance, and other factors outside of Epic’s control. Our experience indicates that leaving longer than a week is detrimental to completion rates and tuition costs. Any leave must be approved by Course Managers. We are here to provide you with the greatest opportunity to meet course deadlines and achieve your career goals!

What if I have other questions?

You can view our Frequently Asked Questions, and you can also post questions and comments in our Pilot Forum. We are here to help and look forward to answering your questions. You are welcome to contact us anytime!