First Officer


We are accepting applications from those pilots who meet the requirements.

Mandatory Requirements

Panamanian pilots

  • Minimum age: 21.
  • Minimum operational experience: 250 flight hours as a pilot.
  • Single-engine, multi-engine and instruments license.
  • English level 4 (ICAO).

Foreign pilots

  • Minimum age: 21.
  • Minimum operational experience: 1,000 flight hours as a pilot.
  • Single-engine, multi-engine and instruments commercial license.
  • English level 4 (ICAO).

Competence Profile

Technical skills (aptitude and skills):

  • Information processing capacity (above average)
  • Numerical skills (average)
  • Verbal skills (average)

Attitude (personality traits):

  • Emotional stability (above average)
  • Work under pressure (above average)
  • Self-confidence (average)
  • Team work (average)
  • Customer orientated (above average)
  • Leadership (average)
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills (average)
  • Adherence to regulations and procedures (above average)
  • Planning and organization (above average)
  • Social skills (average).

Selection Process

As with any leading company, Copa has a staff selection process that aims to determine whether a candidate encompasses the Copa pilot profile, taking into consideration their interests, experience in the aviation field, knowledge, skills and their potential.

Our selection and recruitment process for our technical crew includes the following stages:

General knowledge evaluation
English evaluation
Psycho technical evaluation
Human Resources interview and technical interview
Flight test

As the selection process moves forward, and according to the results obtained by each candidate, the company will communicate to each applicant if they will continue onto the next stage of the selection process. The process is complete when the candidate receives a proposal to join the Copa Airlines team as a technical crew member.

Copa Airlines reserves the right to modify the selection criteria to their own discretion and without prior notice.

If you meet the requirements, please follow the instructions and submit an application within our Human Resources page. Also, please attach the following documents:

  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your flight licenses and medical certificate
  • A copy of the last page of your Flight Log
  • A certificate of no incidents/accidents issued by the qualified Aeronautical Authority
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A photocopy of your passport and American visa (if applicable)

See this tutorial to follow step by step what you need to do to apply to Copa Airlines.

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