Delta Airlines Pilot Requirements
Are you preparing to meet Delta Airlines’ requirements for pilot candidates? Paragon Flight offers a plethora of avenues for success, including the streamlined Professional Pilot Program (P3), which will give you an accelerated beginning to climb the occupational ladder.
To begin, let’s discuss Delta Airlines minimal requirements for direct pilot hires:
- 23 years old, minimum
- Eligible to work in the US without present or future sponsorship needed
- High school diploma or GED
- Current passport and able to freely travel domestically and internationally
- Preferred qualifications:
- Four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning or an equivalent as determined by the NACES, or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
- FAA requirements:
- Airline Transport Pilot certification (Commercial Pilot License with multi-engine and ratings)
- FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate (current)
- Flight Time Requirements
- 1,500 flight hours – total time
- 1,000 hours of fixed-wing turbine time (preferred)
- 250 hours PIC or SIC
- Fifty hours of multi-engine flight time.
- Flight time considerations will focus on quality, quantity, recency, verifiability, aircraft complexity, flight operation type, and PIC hours flown.
- Additional requirements:
- Interviewees must supply all documentation
- FCC Radiotelephone Operator’s permit
- DOT pre-employment drug screen
- Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination
- Criminal background checks through TSA and Delta
Application Process for Direct Pilot Hires:
- Step One – Apply using Airline Apps
- Step Two – Review by two members of the Delta Application Review Team
- Step Three: Complete an online evaluation and a panel interview, followed by a final assessment, before receiving a Conditional Job Offer.
- Step Four – Complete all pre-employment screenings.
- Step Five – Complete the two-week Delta Indoctrination process.
- Step Six – Receive your wings from Delta in a ceremony.
- Step Seven – Pass the FAA-authorized Initial Qualification Curricula [Delta’s Advanced Qualification Program (AQP)].
- Step Eight – Begin your career as a Delta pilot.
Delta Airlines Pilot Pathways
- Pilot Career Pathway Program
- Endeavor Air
- Experienced Pilots
Prepare with the Paragon Flight P3 Professional Pilot Program
The P3 Program from Paragon Flight allows pilots to reach their goals faster and cheaper. Credentials that would otherwise require over two years of training can be earned in fewer than ten months.
During the first ten weeks, students will prepare to earn their Private Pilot Licenses (PPLs) and be legally permitted to fly single-engine aircraft in clear conditions. This stage is integral to all future training, and as such, it’s also the most important.
The program’s second stage trains pilots to utilize aircraft communication and navigation systems, earning an Instrument Flight Rating (IFR). This supplement to their license allows pilots to fly in nonvisual conditions, a skill used regularly by commercial pilots.
We’ll then prepare pilots to fly professionally, earning their Commercial Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Licenses. This certification is essential for any pilot who wishes to accept service compensation.
Finally, we’ll help you earn your license to work as a flight instructor. This role will allow you to earn a living while accumulating the hours required for work as an airline pilot.
Click here to explore the P3 Program or a customized course based on your needs at Paragon Flight. We can prepare you well as you strive to meet the requirements of all applicants who wish to be a Delta Airlines pilot.