Can I be hired by a major airline as a pilot without a degree but higher than average amounts of flying experience?
Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:
I would say no at this point. It may change in a few years though.
As Tom mentioned, airlines are now in fact using computer based screening for their applications. If you do not have that degree box check in the affirmative, you will not be selected to move to the next step in the selection process.
Further, due to numerous equal opportunity lawsuits over the past 10 years, airline HR is not likely going to "bend the rules" or "make exceptions" to the selection standards in order to avoid lawsuits.
It can be quite frustrating for many with special skills or experiences that may separate them from the pack. Or, those with bumps in their past that are minimal or minor that are easily explained and understandable once given the opportunity.