This is a summary of the new structure for California Airlines pilot ranks and the requirements for advancement through those ranks. California Airlines has been established as, and continues to be, an X-Plane based flight simulator Virtual Airline that promotes a realistic flight simulation experience.
As such, we strive to achieve these goals by being innovative and flexible in order to provide our pilots with a near-realistic airline operations experience.
An airline transport pilot (commonly called an "ATP") is tested to the highest level of piloting ability. The certificate is a prerequisite for acting as a flight crew-member in scheduled airline operations. The minimum pilot experience is 1,500 hours of flight time (1200 for Helicopters), 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours instrument operations time (simulated or actual)
To meet eligibility for promotion, along with any required flight hours pilots can choose to fly from the following flight categories.
|1: First Officer | 0 - 10 Hours||Must complete 10 flight hours|
|2: Senior First Officer | 10 - 30 Hours||Must complete 20 flight hours|
|3: Captain | 30 - 60 Hours||Must complete 30 flight hours|
|4: Flight Captain | 60 - 100 Hours||Must complete 40 flight hours|
|5: Senior Captain | 100 - 150 Hours||Must complete 50 flight hours|
|6: Commercial Captain | 150 - 210 Hours||Must complete 60 flight hours|
|7: Commercial Flight Captain | 210 - 280 Hours||Must complete 70 flight hours|
|8: Commercial Senior Captain | 280 - 360 Hours||Must complete 80 flight hours|
|9: Certified Commercial Senior Captain|