Steps to Become an Airline Pilot

Take the steps to become an airline pilot in one place: Paragon Flight. We are a premier source for aviation education, able to meet the needs of all student pilots. The P3 Professional Pilot Program is a spectacular program for pilots with full-time availability who would like to complete training on a shorter timetable and with a smaller budget.

Flight School Choices

The Ideal Flight School

Steps to Become an Airline PilotThe flight school that you need for training should be fully able to prepare pilots for all aspects of operating an airplane. If your ultimate goal is to fly for an airline, those training needs will be more stringent than otherwise.

As you consider the available flight schools, a few parameters will matter more than others. Paragon Flight stands apart from the competition by providing every element with a high degree of excellence.


The flight training expenses can seem insurmountable, but they don’t have to be. Paragon Flight offers a range of program choices, including the P3 program, which is designed to save on costs and time. Furthermore, we have experience dealing with various lenders and financing options to lead our students in the appropriate direction and help them overcome challenges to securing a complete financial package.


The flight school location must be well-established and equipped with modern facilities and features. We offer three locations with tower-controlled runways, friendly airfields, and nearby metropolitan areas. The weather is also accommodating, with clear-for-takeoff and landing conditions year-round.


Imagine the let-down of securing flight training only to discover that the institution doesn’t offer practical training on-site because it lacks appropriate equipment! You won’t experience this issue with Paragon Flight.

We offer a full fleet of training aircraft, including the following:

  • Primary Training
    • Piper PA28 “Pilot” – single-engine aircraft training
    • PA-44 Seminole – multi-engine aircraft training
  • Specialty Training
    • Cirrus SR20 – primary flight instruction, high-performance endorsements, transition/differences training, and aircraft rentals
    • ALSIM AL172 Flight Simulator – replica for training on the ground to save the expense of paying for flight hours.

Flight Instructors

The Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) who provide training here at Paragon Flight are impressive. We provide a staff of instructors with diverse backgrounds and specializations, and with a significant number of instructors, we can also offer a best-fit instructor match. Students can request a replacement when they don’t mesh with the provided instructors.

Accelerate the Process

Want to speed up the path to operating as an airline pilot? The P3 Professional Pilot Program is the solution. It focuses on the quality of flight training, professional development, and financing opportunities. The program requires 38 weeks, broken down into four phases:

  • Private Pilot License (PPL) – Weeks 0-10
  • Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) – Weeks 11-18
  • Commercial License, Single Engine and Multi-Engine (CSEL/CMEL) – Weeks 19-30
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) – Weeks 31-38

The intensity of this program demands specific characteristics, including the following:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency (college preferred)
  • References – one personal + one professional
  • Clean MVR, FAA record, criminal background check, and background/cognitive evaluation
  • FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate
  • English literacy and fluency
  • Full-time availability (4-5 flight lessons and 10-20 hours of ground training weekly)
  • Integrity and work ethic.

Click here to begin the steps to become an airline pilot. Paragon Flight offers a wealth of solutions, one of which will be right for you.