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There are two (2) separate divisions at California Airlines

  • General Aviation (GA)
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
  • To meet eligibility for promotion within the divisions, along with any required flight hours, at certain pilot rankings a Check Ride (CKR) Exam is also to be completed before promotion

General Aviation (GA)

All new-hire pilots start out here as a General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot and must complete 75 flight hours and the CKR-A exam in order to advance to Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

GA Instrument Rated Pilots may fly online once Cal Air Online Certified

C172S

Cessna 172N Skyhawk

Source: Wikipedia

P28A

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II

Source: Wikipedia

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

Each rank requires certain flight hours before eligibility for promotion to the next rank. ATP ranks will not be allowed to fly Airline Transport Aircraft for PVT flights. The ATP pilot may fly the General Aviation Aircraft (Prop and Regional Jet aircraft) as PVT flights.

Also at certain pilot rankings a Check Ride (CKR) Exam is also to be completed before promotion

DH8C

Bombardier DHC-8-300

Source: Wikipedia

B75F

Boeing 757-200

Source: Wikipedia

Table of Ranks, Hours and Requirements

Epaulet Rank Hours Check Ride Requirements
GA Private Pilot GA Private Pilot 0 - 25  
GA Instrument Pilot GA Instrument Pilot 25 - 50 CKR-A Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Alpha Exam  
GA Commercial Pilot GA Commercial Pilot 50 - 75  
First Officer First Officer 75 - 125 CKR-B Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Bravo Exam  
Senior First Officer Senior First Officer 125 - 200  
Captain Captain 200 - 300 CKR-C Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Charlie Exam  
Flight Captain Flight Captain 300 - 400  
Senior Captain Senior Captain 400 - 500 CKR-K Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Kilo Exam
Commercial Captain Commercial Captain Above 500