This type of training has not changed
much since the beginning of the airline industry according to Dick
Capon a retired captain and a security inspector for the Federal Aviation
Administration in Miami.
The requirement for a private license is 40 hours. It has not been
changed for over 40 years, he said. The requirement for a commercial
pilot license remains at 200 hours, which was the same back in the
70s. Then you can fly for hire and get paid to do so.
The highest pilot rating is the ATP,
which is also known as the Airline Transport Pilot rating. This
requires 1500 hours of flight time and an instrument rating, which
enables one to fly on instruments in bad weather. This requirement
used to be 1200 hours, and the Federal Aviation Administration upped
it to 1500 around 10 years ago. During the 70s the same amount
licenses were require in order to become a pilot.
Differences on aircraft were very widely. The incorporation of technology
into the 90s has brought massive changes to the industry. All the
way from computers to programmed the flight plans to different methods
of handling the different features of the aircraft.