RFT 035: Pump Up Your Resume!

July 4, 2016

Your resume and application are what the airlines will see when deciding to select you for an interview. In this podcast, we discuss strategies to improve your chances to score that interview.

More ratings and education makes you more competitive. Airlines may assign points to applications based on ratings and education. Here are some suggestions:


Glider power pilot transition

Estimated cost: $2,500-3,500.

Start to Solo usually 10-20 flights.

FAA Minimums: (FAR 61.109 f 2)

Must have logged at least 40 hours of flight time as PIC.

Minimum of 3 hours of flight time in a glider, including:

A minimum of 10 solo flights;

A minimum of 3 training flights in preparation for the practical test.

Check Ride – consists of oral and flight portions.


Cost: $1400 in J-3/$2000 in Husky (approx)

1.5 hours ground school

5 hours flight instruction


check ride

ground instructor basic/instrument/advanced

cost: about $150 per test

At least 18

Be able to read/write/speak/understand English language

Fundamentals of Instructing test (unless CFI) – questions taken from Aviation Instructor’s Handbook

  • the learning process
  • elements of effective teaching
  • student evaluation and testing
  • lesson planning
  • classroom training techniques

Not required for GI or CFI, holder of teaching certificate for 7th grade or higher, employed as a teacher at accredited college or university

Basic Ground Instructor – BGI

Advanced Ground Instructor -AGI

Instruments Ground Instructor – IGI


community college

credit for ratings/experience

Thomas Edison State University – up to 35 credits for ATP (http://blog.tesu.edu/can-your-faa-certifications-get-you-college-credit)

ERAU – 36 credits for ATP – College of Continuing Education at 39 teaching centers


ERAU aviation Bachelor’s Degree through Independent Study

make sure it’s accredited!  There are lots of diploma mills out there!

costs: as little as $5000 in state in MA 

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