Hiring requirements for Experienced Pilots
No job openings for the position of ‘Experienced Pilot’ are expected to arise over the next few years. Those openings that do become available are usually filled by ab-initio pilots who have graduated from the KLM Flight Academy.
We require that all job applicants have completed an integrated flying training course in full. Candidates who have graduated from the KLM Flight Academy, NLS, Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force) or Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) are eligible for the selection procedure.
In addition to the flying training course requirements, KLM also requires that ‘Experienced Pilots’ have at least 500 hours of heavy twin fixed wing experience. This requirement does not apply to pilots with F-16 experience from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Pilots with a military helicopter background are also required by KLM to have 1,000 hours of heavy twin fixed wing experience.