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Advocating for your Success

Regional Airlines find when they interview candidates after they have completed all of their training that, at best, only 50% are qualified to be offered a position.


  • The ACT Program Advocates for candidates long before you ever invest in your time or finances.
  • Coast Flight Training prescreens all applicants prior to them ever beginning their training.
  • Four tiered screening process empowers candidates to make informed decisions prior to pursuing your career.
  • Don’t spend your time and money at some fast track school before knowing you qualify.



Required Flight Ratings

Airline Pilots must have a valid Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate to be Pilot in Command. You must have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time, be over the age of 23 and be able to pass a 1st Class Medical exam. You can receive your Commercial Pilot Certificate at 18, Restricted ATP at 21 and your ATP certificate at 23.



Most Major Commercial Airlines require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university along with the flight ratings listed above.



Airline Pilots must have 20/20 vision. You can use corrective glasses or contacts to pass this requirement. If you are color-blind, you can consult an Aero Medical Examiner for more information.


Background Checks

Background checks are performed by some airlines; some have certain other pre-employment checks. Felonies will disqualify candidates. Misdemeanors and DUIs are handled at the discretion of the particular airline.
To qualify for the Coast—ACT Program, you must:

  • be be at least 17 years of age;
  • be able to pass a first class medical (;
  • be a US citizen;
  • hold a current US passport;
  • be proficient in English;
  • No more than 2 moving violations on your driving record in the past 3 years;
  • hold a high school diploma (or GED); and
  • have or be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. An online bachelor’s degree is available through Indian Hills Community College. It is highly recommended you enroll in this program as a college degree is required to fly for any major airline in the country.


Flight Training Requirements

  • Uphold required academic standards
  • Respect the required code of conduct


Airline Requirements

Upon graduation from the flight training program at Coast Flight, you will work as a Certified Flight Instructor to build the hours required for airline employment.

To start flying at any airline, you must accumulate the following flight hours:

  • 1,500 – hours total time
  • 50 – hours multi engine
  • 75 – hours instrument
  • 500 – hours cross country
  • 100 – night hours
  • ATP Written Exam Completed


Criminal Offense and Canadian Clearance

Any pilot who has been convicted of a criminal offense within the past five years will be prohibited from gaining Canadian clearance, nor will be hired for a flight job. After five years, the pilot has to apply and receive a wavier indicating that he/she is eligible to enter into Canada. Any conviction that a pilot receives in his/her lifetime will require the same waiver authorization to be obtained.