How to Become a Corporate or Charter Pilot for Private Jets

Learn the requirements to become a corporate or charter pilot for private jets from pilot Josh Kallenberg in this Howcast video.

Hi, my name is Josh Kallenberg and I’m here at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. I’ve been flying professionally for about 13 years, and now I have the pleasure of flying this Gulfstream G450 which is a lot of fun and exciting. And today I’m going to talk to you about becoming a pilot. So you’ve decide you wanted to get into corporate charter or what they call flying private aircraft, private jets. You’re going to most likely start off in the right seat of some sort of smaller jet or turboprop aircraft with an individual company. And you’ll do this for a year or 2 before you would upgrade to their captain in that aircraft. Or you might move up as a co-pilot into a larger aircraft if they have other aircraft in the company. And just to differentiate, charter essential means people can rent out the airplane — where corporate aviation means you’re flying for an individual company. You don’t necessarily get airline benefits when you’re flying corporate or charter. But there are benefits such as you get hotel points and you get enough points that it usually allows you to go on a vacation about once a year or so with these points. And that’s assuming you actually want to travel anywhere at that point because you do it for a living! But once you are ready to upgrade, if you want to fly for a charter company as a captain they will require your ATP (airline transport pilot) certification, you need to be minimum 23 years of age, 1,500 hours of flight time. And if you have that you can be legally be a captain for a charter company.