From a small fixed base charter company, Empire Airlines, Inc. has grown into an international air carrier and heavy maintenance repair station. Our “We Can Do That” attitude has been with us since the inception of the company in 1977. Empire specializes in Airline Startups, Fleet Provisioning, Freight Services, STCs, cargo and passenger services. The family feel of the business and rewarding work atmosphere respects employee integrity and encourages professional and personal growth.

Below are the necessary steps to take to reach Empire Airlines and become an Empire pilot:


Step 1: Minimum Requirements for Aerosim Flight Academy

  • Must be US citizen or resident
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Proof of English proficiency (FAR 61.103 must read, speak, write and understand English language)
  • Note: Must pass FAA first class medical certificate, drug test and background test during enrollment process
  • Minimum age 17*

*Applicant must turn 18 no more than six months after enrolling at the academy.

Step 2: Selection Process

  • Enrollment application
  • Obtain FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • Flight Training Records release form to airline

Step 3: Enrollment Process

  • Proof of funding
  • Authorization to obtain health insurance form
  • TSA registration

Step 4: Flight Training

Aerosim Flight Academy Professional Pilot Program Overview:

  • Private Pilot License
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Single-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Professional Pilot Program (transfer student):

  • Private Pilot License completed outside of Aerosim Flight Academy
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Single-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Course Design:

Ground Training: 660 hours

  • Introduction to Aviation Communication
  • Private Pilot Single Ground School
  • Instrument Airplane Ground School
  • Commercial Pilot Multi-Ground School
  • Flight Instructor Single Ground School


Flight Training:

  • Private Pilot Single Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Instrument Airplane Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Commercial Pilot Multi-Flight Lab: PA-44 Seminole
  • Commercial Single-Add Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Flight Instructor Single Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20/PA-28

Simulator Training:

  • Cirrus SR20 FAA Level 6 FTD, PA-44 Seminole FTD

Step 5: Aerosim Academy Flight Instruction & Time Building

  • Interview for Aerosim Flight Academy Flight Instructor position*
  • Instruct Aerosim Flight Academy Students
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Course
  • Multi-Engine Instructor Course
  • Interview preparation for Empire Airlines

*Upon successful completion of the Professional Pilot Program, Aerosim Flight Academy will guarantee students an interview to be potentially employed as a Flight Instructor. Hiring is based on multiple factors, including candidates’ past training performance, communication and teaching skills, and the needs of the company, as well as successful completion of Aerosim Flight Academy’s Certified Flight Instructor Standardization Course.

Step 6: Interview for Empire Airelines First Officer Position

Minimum Requirements for Interview:

  • Interview with Empire Airlines hiring team
  • Responsible, committed, disciplined, and command ready
  • Advanced English (>ICAO Level 4)
  • Age 23, Age 21 with restricted ATP
  • First Class medical certificate
  • Comm/Multi/Instrument, CFI, and CFII Rated
  • 1500 hours total time (ATP minimums)
  • ATP written completed (if applicable ATP CTP course completed)
  • Drug Test & Background Check
  • FCC Radiotelphone Operator’s Permit (RP)
  • Checkride performance

Step 7: Employment at Empire Airlines

For more information on Empire Airlines employment, company and hiring requirements please visit their website at Empire Airlines. Click here to learn more about the Empire Airlines Pathway Program with Aerosim Flight Academy and speak to an admissions officer.

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