The rule requires first officers — also known as co-pilots — to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours total time as a pilot.
I am just interested in how can you get 1500 hours? This number is super huge unless you fly a trans-continental airliner. But you cannot fly an airliner without 1500 hours. Even having a private airplane, 1500 hours I assume will cost a lot - probably more than €500,000 in Europe. What is so specific about the USA? I fly gliders and a tug plane. I fly every weekend without exception and even sometimes after work. But I won't reach even 100 hours during the season. So to reach 1500 hours will take 20+ years. What about if you fly aerobatics...? Well of course there are some people who have these numbers but they are in their fifties and have spent all their lives in aviation! They don't even think about starting afresh in a first officer's career. So I am just curious how do young people log 1500 hours in the USA?