A pilot cover letter should mention the type of experience the pilot has, where flight training was received, any time spent in the United States Air Force or other branch of the military, any situations in which the pilot had to take action to protect the passengers, and any awards or accommodations received in the line of duty. The letter should be concise and well-written, devoid of any kind of errors and proofread by someone other than you. Make sure your enthusiasm for the position comes through like these pilot cover letter samples you can use as guides to create your own letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This pilot cover letter example is from an individual who served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan. He flew rescue missions as a member of the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Along with being an experienced pilot, he is a certified paramedic.
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.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This pilot cover letter example is from a graduate of a prestigious American flight school. She is applying with a number of companies for a position as a pilot flying corporate jets for management and employees. She graduated in the top of her class and is eager to begin flying.
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.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This pilot cover letter example is from an experienced corporate pilot with a stellar work record who would like to transition into the world of commercial flight. He has been working for a large corporation for several years but is applying for advertised pilot positions with commercial airlines in America.
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.