The Airline Transport Pilot license, also known as (ATP) in the United States, is the highest-level Certificate in the Pilot License Certification Scale. This level of certification is what pilots with Commercial Pilot Licenses hope to possess one day. With this certification, it does not necessarily open the doors widely to apply to any Airline in the world, but also qualifies you to exercise as a Pilot in command of an Airliner, weighing more than 12,500 pounds and operating under FAA Part 121 rules.
Unless otherwise exempt, you must have 1,500 hours before you apply.
Different ways to obtain experience and accumulate the minimum requirement of 1,500 hours:
Why has it become so lucrative to become an Airline Pilot?
Becoming an Airline Transport Pilot is not easy, but at the end it is worth the sacrifice. In addition, the salaries paid by the Airlines in the last few years had gone down and in many cases the investment in training, which can take two to three years, seemed for some regions was not worth it. However, this situation has begun to turn around with the increase of air traffic worldwide, and especially with the frenetic growth of airlines in Asia and the Middle East, which need more and more pilots. These airlines pay salaries five or six times higher than those in Latin America and two or three times more than in the U.S. That is why the challenge is to become a better prepared pilot.
After covid-19, aviation faces a pilot shortage.
Emergence of the pilot shortage – The most important question is not whether a pilot shortage will reemerge, but when it will occur and how large the gap will be between supply and demand. Based on a modest recovery scenario, we believe a global pilot shortage will emerge in certain regions no later than 2023 and most probably before.
However, with a more rapid recovery and greater supply shocks, this could be felt as early as late this year. Regarding magnitude, in our most likely scenarios, there is a global gap of 34,000 pilots by 2025. This could be as high as 50,000 in the most extreme scenarios. Eventually, the impact of furloughs, retirements, and defections will create very real challenges for even some of the biggest carriers. One cushion airline has created consists of 100,000 pilots still on payroll but flying reduced schedules or on voluntary company leave. In the US, such programs have been extremely popular and will provide the airline some flexibility once the industry begins to recover.