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What Are Spirit Airlines Pilot Requirements?


Spirit Airlines Pilot Requirements

Are you dreaming of piloting the iconic bright yellow planes of Spirit Airlines, known for affordable fares and popular destinations? If so, you're not alone. Many aspiring pilots share this goal.


And it isn't surprising - Spirit Airlines provides a unique and exciting career path for commercial pilots. But what does it take to become one of their pilots? Let's discuss the requirements and the path to get there.


Spirit Airlines Pilot Requirements - Basic Job Requirements


As of May 2024, prospective pilots must meet the following requirements for consideration to fly for Spirit Airlines.


  • 1,500 Total Flight Hours

  • Unrestricted Airline Transport Pilot License with multi-engine land - Current

  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate - Current

  • Legal right to work in the United States

  • FCC Radio Telephone Operator Permit

  • Valid passport/documents with six months of minimum validity and the ability to depart and arrive at all domestic and international destinations Spirit Airlines serves.


With a basic understanding of these minimum requirements, the next logical question you might have is, "What is the first step to acquiring these skills and certifications?"


Minimum Educational Requirements


Piloting is not an ordinary entry-level job. It's a career that takes you places! You'll need an educational minimum of a high school diploma or GED to get your foot in the door.


A private pilot license is the first milestone in your flying career, certifying you understand basic flying skills and sets the stage for more advanced training.


Once obtained, you are on the pathway to becoming a commercial pilot!


Logging Flight Hours


Piloting a plane requires extensive experience to keep everyone safe, and logging necessary flight hours is a significant part of the learning and training process. Learn more about it here!


Before becoming certified pilots, individuals log flight hours in various ways to meet their pilot's license requirements. Here's where and how to log these hours:


Flight Schools - Most aspiring pilots enroll in accredited flight schools, like Nationwide Aviation, where they receive structured training from certified flight instructors. 


Flying Clubs - Joining a flying club can be an affordable way to log flight hours. Some flight clubs offer rental access to a fleet of aircraft to practice and log flight hours.


Military Training - Some pilots gain their initial flight experience through military service. Military training is rigorous and provides extensive flight hours, often with advanced aircraft.


Building Hours Post-License - After obtaining a Private Pilot License (PPL), many pilots build hours by flying for pleasure, performing volunteer flights, or working as flight instructors.


Where Dreams Take Flight


Becoming a commercial pilot requires dedication, training, and passion. It's a career that offers endless opportunities and the chance to see the world from above. Are you ready to take the next step?


Explore the comprehensive training programs at Nationwide Aviation to kickstart your aviation career.


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