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You Have It

You Have It

Airline Pilot

FTA Global


  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • Pilot training has long had a reputation for being a career path reserved for the affluent, and is predominantly male.
    • You Have It was released during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week which provides FTA with the opportunity to put the spotlight on females. It is an annual event for aviation companies and training organisations who want to unite to address the gender imbalance in the industry.

  • Routes »


    • You could do a university degree in air transport or aviation, which includes commercial pilot training with an approved flight training organisation.
    • You'll need to apply for the higher-level Class 1 medical certificate during your course to get your Commercial Pilot's Licence. If you wish, you can apply for the Class 1 certificate before your course starts.
    • University courses lead to a 'frozen' Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). This allows you to apply to airlines to work as a co-pilot and build up the necessary flying hours to become an airline captain.
    • As well as standard university fees, you will need to fund the flight training part of your course. Universities can advise you about this.

    Direct Application: 

    • You may be able to apply directly to the Civil Aviation Authority's Military Accreditation Scheme to become a commercial pilot, if you have flying experience in the armed forces.

    Other Routes: 

    • You can apply for a place on a pilot training programme with a passenger airline.
    • You can also train with a private flying school to get your Commercial Pilot's Licence. 
    • Courses can take at least 18 months of full-time study. Part-time or modular courses will take longer. 
    • The Civil Aviation Authority has details of flight training schools.

  • Entry Requirements »


    • a minimum of a Class 2 medical certificate
    • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Leadership skills
    • Excellent verbal communication skills
    • Knowledge of maths
    • Thinking and reasoning skills
    • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • The ability to operate and control equipment
    • Observation and recording skills
    • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
    • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Opportunity to work on an aircraft
    2. Travel around the world
    3. Competitive salary
    4. Varied working days
    5. Learn additional skills, such as meteorology
    6. Follow passion for aviation
    7. Meet new people everyday
    8. Work in a highly qualified environment
    9. Enjoy a great lifestyle
    10. Member of a team or crew

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • flight training instructor
    • operations manager
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