How to Become an Airline Pilot in 2021
A complete guide on how to become an airline pilot in 2021. Discover how to pass the selection process, with our online resources.
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WANT TO BECOME AN AIRLINE PILOT?
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This guide is created by a serving pilot and flying instructor and is guaranteed to drastically improve your understanding of becoming an Airline Pilot with any of the major UK airlines.
Airline Pilot Careers
The exciting thing about the airline industry is the fact that it’s a global one. For you, this means that you have a variety of flying opportunities on offer. Here is a typical career pattern that you may wish to follow:
- FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (FI)
- TURBOPROP FIRST OFFICER- COMMAND TURBOPROP
- 737/A320 FIRST OFFICER- COMMAND JET
- LONG HAUL A330/747 FIRST OFFICER
- PROMOTION TO CAPTAIN
Starting as a flying instructor is a good beginning as ‘low hour’ pilots have the chance to build their hours and gain valuable experience. Allow us to give you the low down on how to become a Flying Instructor.
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THE ROLE OF AN AIRLINE PILOT
The job of a pilot comes with heavy responsibility and personal commitment. Stringent training courses have to be passed followed by recurrent training every six months in order to maintain the relevant licence required for the job.
There is more to the role than just flying the plane, which has to be done safely and economically, and tasks can typically include:
- Ensuring all information on the route, weather, passengers and aircraft is received;
- Using that information to create a flight plan which details the altitude for the flight, route to be taken and amount of fuel required;
- Ensuring the fuel levels balance safety with economy and supervising the loading and fuelling of the aircraft.
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- Ensuring all safety systems are working properly;
- Briefing the cabin crew before the flight and maintaining regular contact throughout the flight;
- Carrying out pre-flight checks on the navigation and operating systems;
- Communicating with air traffic control before take-off and during flight and landing;
- Ensuring noise regulations are followed during take off and landing;
- Understanding and interpreting data from instruments and controls;
- Making regular checks on the aircraft’s technical performance and position, on weather conditions and air traffic during flight;
- Communicating with passengers using the public address system;
- Reacting quickly and appropriately to environmental changes and emergencies;
- Updating the aircraft logbook and writing a report at the end of the flight noting any incidents or problems with the aircraft.
HOW TO BECOME AN AIRLINE PILOT – ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee Woolaston is currently a Flying Instructor and Captain with a Major UK Regional Airline. He currently flies the Embraer 135/145, a modern regional passenger jet airliner. He has approaching 5000 flying hours total time (3500 with the Airlines) and holds a JAR-FCL ATPL.
Prior to the flight, pilots check flight plans, ensure that the aircraft’s controls are operating efficiently and calculate the required fuel for the flight. They are also responsible for checking the weather conditions and briefing cabin crew.
Airline Pilot: Commonly Asked Questions
To be eligible to fly airliners for a commercial airline, you will need to hold an ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License). However, getting to this stage will take a considerate amount of commitment and funding, as pilot training can cost up to £90,000 plus.
To be considered for pilot training you will be required to have at least 5 GCSEs and 2 A Levels. Maths and physics are desirable subjects, as the training requires a good level of understanding in these.
There are a number of routes for training you can take which include the following: Integrated training – This is a full-time course which takes about 18 months to complete and is a mixture of classroom-based tuition and flying time in the cockpit. This is the most expensive route and will cost between £80,000 and £90,000 to undertake.
You can also take what they call Modular training which allows you to take the same course, but in smaller chunks, more of a pay as you go model. Although more affordable, the cost is still considerate and will also involve more studying at home, potentially this route could take longer depending on your personal circumstances, especially if you are working to fund the training. This route could also require you to already have a PPL (Private Pilot’s License) so please check with the course provider first.
In some circumstances you may be fortunate to receive partial or full sponsorship from an airline to fund your training. However, as you can imagine the competition for spaces would be fierce, so you would have to prepare comprehensively to be successful with this entrance. Also, the number of places depends on how well the industry is performing and how busy the airlines are. Based on the current climate and the downturn in international travel restrictions due to the pandemic, there would not be much scope currently. That being said as we start to move out of restrictions in large parts of the globe, we would expect more sponsorship opportunities to become available in the near future. It is certainly worth checking airline company websites for information on any opportunities and what their eligibility criteria is.
Before applying for any course, there is one thing you should most definitely consider. All commercial pilots will be required to pass a class one Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) medical. If you are unable to pass this medical, you will not be eligible for the ATPL, regardless on how well you do in the training.
Dependent on the route you could take up to two years and beyond to gain your ATPL. You would still need to apply for roles within a commercial online, which could take longer depending on available roles. If you are lucky enough to be sponsored by an airline, this could be a minimum of 18 months to become a qualified airline pilot.
There is no maximum age for becoming an airline pilot. However, please bear in mind that the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots is 65. This is enforced by the Civil Aviation Authority and must be adhered to. So, considering the cost and the length of the training, this should be a career you consider from your late twenties or thirties. Possibly, something you would not want to consider approaching your twilight years of your working life.
Becoming an airline pilot is very difficult, expensive and time consuming. As you can imagine the role of an airline pilot is a safety critical role, so you will have to undertake an extremely difficult and comprehensive training course to ensure that you are fully qualified to fly commercial airliners, responsible for the safety of the crew and passengers and the competence to take control of a multi-million-pound aircraft. Regardless of the difficulty, this is no reason to be put off. As once you have achieved your goal the benefits and salary are excellent. Also, having the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world and be paid for it at the same time, will be extremely appealing to many of us.
The salary will largely depend on the organisation and the size of the aircraft you are flying. When starting you can expect a salary of around £30,000 pa. As your career progresses you can earn up to £50,000 as a first officer. Captains can earn considerably more, again depending on the size of the operator, for a large airline a Captain can earn £150,000 per annum.
The Shift Pattern and Salary
- Must hold a CPL or a PPL with all the CPL (or ATPL) theoretical knowledge exams passed
- Must hold a valid SEP rating
- Minimum of 30 hours flight training
- 25 hours dual instruction
- 5 hours may be as mutual flying with another FI applicant to practice flight demonstrations
- 125 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
- 40 hours tuition
- 78 hours teaching practice
- Final Skill Test with a Flight Instructor Examiner, comprising ground lectures and an airborne flight test.
As a qualified Airline pilot you will fly passengers and/or cargo on long or short-haul flights. As a general rule, the aircraft that you will pilot is operated by two pilots. The first pilot will be the captain who has overall command of the aircraft, while the other pilot carries out a supporting role and will normally be referred to as the first officer. In order to avoid fatigue and tiredness the two pilots will share the flying of the aircraft. Whilst one of the pilots is controlling the aircraft the other one will be completing logs and paperwork and also be communicating with air traffic control. The captain has the overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft including crew and passengers.
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