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Article from TNU MAY 2024

Pilot training boom

Fancy a career in civil aviation?  At least three major airlines in the UK are in the pilot recruitment mood.

Heading the list is British Airways which has opened another fully funded cadet scheme following unprecedented response to its first year intake which saw more than 20,000 applications for just 100 places.

The Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is aimed at levelling the playing field and making a career as a commercial airline pilot a realistic option for all, by removing the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their training themselves.

Ryanair has launched its new Future Flyer Academy pilot training programme in partnership with the long-established Cork-based Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), which will see over 400 aspiring pilots join the airline group as Second Officers over the next four years.

With Loganair the approach is different in that it is recruiting pilots who already have a multi-engine instrument rating.  What follows is a 16-day airline pilot standard multi-crew cooperation (APS MCC) course focused on teaching candidates how to work as part of a team in the flightdeck on the Loganair route network.  

Bookings open on 13 May for the first course, which runs from 10−26 July. Two more courses will also be available this year, with further dates set to be announced in May.

The Loganair Mentored APS MCC course is for UK CAA licence holders who have a right to live and work in the UK and is based at White Waltham Airfield, close by Maidenhead on the M4.  The cost is £5,495 which includes 40 hours simulator participation.




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