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First Officer Experience Requirements ("Other Time")

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LUV Team,


I am applying to be a First Officer and I wanted to confirm that fixed-wing inflight "Other Time" will now be considered.  This changes my total logged flight times significantly, and I did not want to overclaim flight hours or give myself an unfair advantage.


Current First Officer Experience Requirements (July 15 - August 1, 2021 Hiring Window):

  • Required: 1,000 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft
  • Preferred: 1,000 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft as a Pilot in Command (PIC)
  • Preferred: Actively flying for 2 of the last 5 years
  • Note: PIC time is defined as Captain or Aircraft Commander of record or pilot signing for the aircraft (not sole manipulator of the controls)
  • Note: Only time in a fixed-wing aircraft is counted, this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO and UAV


Previous First Officer Experience Requirements (Prior to July 15, 2021):

  • Flight Experience: 2,500 hours total or 1,500 hours Turbine total.  Additionally, a minimum of 1,000 hours in Turbine aircraft as the Pilot in Command* is preferred. Southwest considers only Pilot time in fixed-wing aircraft. This specifically excludes flight simulator, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO, etc. “Other Time” will not be considered.


Thank you!


Scott Robinson


Re: First Officer Experience Requirements ("Other Time")

Top Contributor

Hi Scott.


Since this is a customer to customer form, I doubt that you will get a definitive answer to your question here.