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Minority Pilot Advancement Foundation

Becoming a Pilot

Did you know that the average major carrier airline pilot makes over $200,000 a year and only works fifteen days a month?


Did you know that less than three percent of all airline pilots are African American and less than one percent of minority pilots are female? Did you also know that 80% of active pilots will reach mandatory retirement age within 10 years? It is estimated that we will have a shortage of over 60,000 pilots at the start of 2022 and over 255,000 pilots will be needed worldwide over the next decade. Did you know that the average major carrier airline pilot makes over $200,000 a year and only works fifteen days a month?

For all the above reasons and more there will never be a better time for minorities to flood into the aviation industry than now, and the best thing about it is it does not require a college degree from a major, impossible to get into, university. All you need today is a High School Degree and the ability to read and write English!

From Zero to Hero

The Typical Career Path For Becoming An Airline Pilot

To go from zero (no pilot experience) to Hero (a full airline pilot), it will cost around $150,000 today. Although financing for this training is readily available, many airlines are so desperate that they will even cosign for a loan for your training. So financial ability is not the problem, it is exposure and the knowledge that almost anyone can become a pilot.

The usual path today to becoming an airline pilot:


Obtain your private pilot certificate which will cost $15,000-$25,000 depending on the plane you use


Next obtain your commercial, Multi Engine, Instrument, certified flight instructors and certificate flight instructor Instrument


At this point you will start to work as a flight instructor making $80/hour while you build up the 1,500 hours required to become an Air Transport Pilot (ATP)


Then you complete an ATP-CPT Course and you are ready to be hired as an Airline pilot

Grants to Become a Pilot

If you’ve always dreamed about becoming a pilot and you need a little help to get there, we want to hear from you! To apply for a grant, please see the requirements below. If you meet these requirements, go ahead and complete our preliminary application. 

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  • You must be between 16 and 21 years of age
  • You must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States
  • Never been convicted of a felony or DUI
  • Be able to pass the FAA required medical exam
  • Be of good character
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Meet the FAA requirements for becoming a private pilot


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