Cover letter for a pilot (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a pilot position.”

Samples of pilot cover letters

To get a position as a pilot, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a pilot cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Pilot cover letters”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7890

May 1, 2018

Dear Chief Pilot and Hiring Manager,

I read your posting for a Pilot position for the King Air 200 route between Denver, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, with great interest. I earned a B.S. at Green Valley State, where I completed my baccalaureate with a major in meteorology and a minor in public relations. Last year, I completed my flight training at Longford Tech’s flight training program. I believe I’d be an excellent fit as a Pilot for Cloud Clearwater Aviation.

My current Pilot ratings are as follows: Private Pilot VFR/IFR, Commercial and Multi-Engine, and CFI II. It was through much hard work that I was brought on to work the flight line while at Longford Tech. During that time, I worked my way up and became rated as a certified flight instructor II in the institution’s King Air.

I understand all that is involved in flight training and certainly understand that your company must carefully analyze all the credentials of each applicant. Therefore, attached are references from my previous and current employers that vouch for my integrity and confirm my safety rating in all my flying endeavors. I have also attached copies of my Federal Aviation Administration Licenses and ratings. Please notice the attached copies of my logbooks and the impressive quantity of flight time that I have earned while on this rewarding career path.

Thank you for your consideration and time. Attached are my resume, letters of recommendation. I look forward to learning more about the position, and I hope to hear from you soon.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 2: “Pilot cover letters”

“Dear Mr Korthley, 

Having worked as a charter pilot in Canada and North America for the past five years (in particular on the New York to Vegas route) and previously flying military cargo planes, the charter pilot position to fly Lear Jets and Gulfstreams with LightAir is an ideal next step. 

I have experience across a range of aircraft, including LearJet 35 and 60, Gulfstream 450 and 500 and Hawker 800XP, amongst others. On gaining my pilot’s license with the U.S. Air Force (graduating top 10% in my class), I specialised in flying far larger aircraft, but I enjoy the responsiveness of the smaller corporate jet and would not go back. My certifications include: the ATP, CFI and AGI along with full first aid an emergency preparedness training. 

My previous employer was meticulous about measuring the smoothness of their flights and I was rated the best out of 8 pilots for comfort. I can deliver a first-class passenger experience through all but the worst of weather. 55% of my passengers on my Vegas flights were repeat fliers and I regularly enjoyed extra hospitality “bonuses” from my employer whenever there was a stopover. I do not gamble, but I do enjoy the buzz of the city and it is important to be able to share the Vegas magic while chatting with my passengers mid-flight. 

During my military postings in the Middle East, I became conversant in Arabic to a good level and this is always something I seek to tap into when I fly the 25% of my passengers who were from that region. I know that this is a demographic that you are particularly keen on targeting. 

I would value the opportunity for and interview to discuss my experience in more depth. 


Connie Chang”

Sample 3: “Pilot cover letters”

“Dear Human Resources Director:

My name is Blake Kelly and I have just been honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving 2 tours of duty as an air evac pilot in Afghanistan. I am applying for a position as a pilot with U.S. Airlines and I am able to relocate to any city in the country.As a member of the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron I am also a certified paramedic. I have experience flying evasive maneuvers which, although not necessary in the commercial airlines industry, promotes dexterity and improves response time. I also have experience landing an aircraft on virtually any terrain. My Air Force experience has enabled me to react calmly and rationally in an emergency situation.

My training as a paramedic is an added benefit that can be useful should a passenger become ill in flight. I plan to maintain my certification even after obtaining a civilian job. I have my Airline Transport Pilot Certification as well as a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aviation which I earned at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. During my time in the Air Force I was awarded the Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Combat Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.

Although I am not at liberty to discuss any details regarding specific missions in Afghanistan, I can say that I believe the experiences have served to prepare me for a position as a commercial airline pilot who places the safety of the passengers and the security of the aircraft above all else. After researching the mission statements and passenger reviews of several airlines in American, I believe that U.S. Airlines is the finest and the one that would be the best fit for me.

Please find attached my resume and a letter of recommendation from my commanding officer in the Air Force. I am available for a personal interview any time at your convenience. You may contact me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Blake Kelly”

Sample 4: “Pilot cover letters”

“Dear Human Resources Director:

My name is James Kim and I am applying for one of the available positions of pilot with ABC Airlines. Your ad specifically indicates that fluency in Japanese would be a plus for a job applicant. As the son of Japanese immigrants I grew up bilingual and speak Japanese fluently. As a corporate pilot for XYZ industries I flew regular flights to Japan because the corporation’s parent company is located in Tokyo.

I believe my excellent flight record with XYZ, my fluency in Japanese and my familiarity with the accepted flight patterns between the U.S. and Tokyo make me an ideal fit for one of the open pilot positions. In addition, I possess a multi-engine land rating for several commercial aircraft and have logged in excess of 3,000 hours throughout my career. Prior to working with XYZ I served 2 tours in the U.S. Air Force in Iraq and was a Pilot Instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado for 1 year.

I am highly skilled at flight planning and preparation and congenial yet professional with all passengers and flight crew. My work with the Air Force has helped prepare me to respond quickly and appropriately in emergency situations. I received a Purple Heart and a Medal of Valor from the United States Air Force after being shot down in Iraq. I was the commander of the aircraft when we were attacked, and I sustained a bullet wound to the right shoulder. I was able to land the damaged aircraft, extinguish a fire and evacuate the entire crew. We were able to remain in hiding until we were rescued 7 hours later by another Air Force plane. There were no fatalities in the incident.

My application and resume are attached along with a letter of reference from Senator Jeff Jeffries of the great State of Colorado. I hope you will consider my qualifications and honor me with an interview for a position as a pilot with your outstanding airline. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I look forward to hearing from you soon.



Sample 5: “Pilot cover letters”

“Dear Human Resources Director:

My name is Ginger Preston and I am applying for a position as a junior pilot in your Flight Services Department. I am a recent graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science. I graduated number 3 in my class and was presented with the Chancellor Award for outstanding academic accomplishment and campus and community service.

I was fortunate to attend Embry-Riddle on a partial academic scholarship where I had the benefit of the most advanced flight training curriculum in the world. Both the academic studies and the in-flight training programs were extremely rigorous and designed to prepare a pilot for virtually any situation. I had access to the most sophisticated aircraft and simulators available today and believe my education has prepared me well for a career as a corporate pilot.

I believe in giving back to the community and while in college I volunteered with the local public school system in the City of Daytona. I participated in their “Character Counts” program which was designed to educate and help students make appropriate decisions when faced with choices like lying, cheating, stealing or other options. I would present elementary school students with scenarios and help them come up with the best way to handle the situation while demonstrating a high level of character.

My application and resume are attached along with 2 letters of reference. One is from the principal of Daytona Primary School and the other is from the Dean of the College of Aeronautical Sciences at Embry-Riddle. I hope you will review this package and contact me for an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I look forward to having the honor and privilege of serving as a corporate pilot for ABC Industries.


Your Signature”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of pilot cover letters

How do you write a cover letter for a pilot?

How to Write a pilot Cover Letter

  • Start with a personal greeting and a catchy first paragraph.
  • Show that you’re the perfect candidate.
  • Explain why you’re excited about this role.

What should be on a pilot resume?

A Pilot Resume should have

  • Personal information:
  • Mention your Objective. 
  • Flight hours. 
  • Qualifications. 
  • Work experience.
  • Education and training.

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How to Write a Pilot Cover Letter

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