How To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot. How To Start A Career In Aviation By Learning To Fly

How To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot. How To Start A Career In Aviation By Learning To Fly

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In this video I briefly answer the question “How to become a commercial airline pilot?”

While forecasters may disagree on the numbers it seems highly likely that the demand for commercial pilots will continue for many years to come. If you are young, ambitious, and you have the financial backing then there are opportunities for those reaching for the sky.

You may have seen TV documentaries like the one about EasyJet in which young recruits are put through their paces in the right hand seat of the cockpit of an Airbus A320.

Here they hope to demonstrate that they do have the required skills to become a permanent member of the crew. Once they have passed the final tests they can look forward to a career path that leads to the position of Captain, and perhaps one day, Instructor.

To reach this point they have gone through months of training and spent a great deal of money. Depending on the route taken and your own personal aptitude the final figure is likely to be around £100, 000 from ab initio to ‘frozen’ (f) ATPL. There are two paths you can take, the integrated and the modular route. The integrated route is the full time study method in which you fully immerse yourself in flying and study until you reach your goal about 18 months later. The big advantage of this path is the continuity of study and training.

The modular route allows candidates to study and train at their own pace. The advantage of this path is that it allows flexibility in planning and financing, with breaks in which to earn money for the next stage.

Here then is a summary of the steps taken on either path. Of course, this is only a summary that will give you a rough idea of what’s required. For the details you are strongly advised to do your own research, consult the CAA website ( or equivalent for your country) , and talk to flight instructors, and of course qualified airline pilots.

As with all things in aviation the onus is on you to check the latest information, whether that is the weather, aeronautical charts, or training requirements. The first step for any aspiring airline pilot is to pass a Class 1 CAA medical examination. There is little point in dreaming of a career in commercial aviation if you are unable to pass this essential test of your physiological condition. This is a very thorough examination that includes eyesight and hearing tests. The next step is to obtain a Private Pilots Licence. If you have no flying experience at all then you’ll need to complete a minimum of 45 hours of training of which 5 can be on an approved flight simulator. Those 45 hours should include 25 hours of dual flight i.e. with an instructor. You will also need to include 10 hours of solo flight. Five of these ten hours should be solo cross-country flight.

One of those cross-country flights should be of at least 270 NM in total with two full stop landings at two different aerodromes to that of your departure point. This is commonly known as the Qualifying Cross Country (QXC).

Aviators with previous flying experience and perhaps existing lesser licences should check the PPL requirements with the CAA and their Chief Flying Instructor. The 45 hours is a minimum and most students will take longer than that to meet the required standards so always budget for more hours than the minimum. However long it takes you to complete all the required air training you will also need to pass all the multiple choice ground school exams.

Finally, you will need to pass the Skills Test which consists of about 90 minutes of scrutiny of your flying skills by an examiner.

I’ve made other videos which describe obtaining a PPL in more detail so check out my channel for more information.

Having obtained the PPL the candidate now needs to consolidate what was learned and to expand on those new skills.

Continued in the video…

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Learn To Fly At Andrewsfield Aviation Saling Airfield Essex

Learn To Fly At Andrewsfield Aviation Saling Airfield Essex


Learn To Fly At Andrewsfield Aviation Saling Airfield Essex. PPL. CPL, Flight Training

At Andrewsfield Aviation we like to offer friendly but professional flight training at all levels.

We provide training for the Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) and the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) aboard our fleet of Cessna C152 and Piper PA28 aircraft.

For these licences candidates need to complete a minimum of 30 or 45 hours respectively and pass 9 written exams on the various ground school subjects.

The final step before gaining your Pilot’s Licence is the Skills Test during which your flying ability will be tested by an examiner.

But don’t be daunted – our instructors will be there to guide you and mentor you every step of the way.

Once you are the proud owner of Private Pilot’s Licence you’ll free to take friends and family on trips of your own choosing.

As your confidence and skills develop you’ll soon be able to fly further afield. For example, you could fly to popular destinations like Le Touquet in northern France, only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Andrewsfield. Stop there for lunch and fly back in time for tea.

One major advantage of learning at Andrewsfield is that home landing fees are included in the lesson price. Many other flying schools charge landing fees in addition to your normal lesson price.

Recently Andrewsfield was the choice of Paul Bonhomme to renew his Flight Instructor Rating.

Paul Bonhomme was one of the stalwarts of the Red Bull Air Race series.

He announced his retirement from the championship just days after securing a record-breaking third title at the 2015 Series finale in Las Vegas. In aviation the learning and developing never ends and we offer further instruction for Instrument IR(R) /IMC training, a Night Rating, and an Aerobatic Rating.

You can even go for a Multi Engine Rating in our own Beech Duchess B76 aircraft.

If your ambitions include teaching then we can provide you with a Flight Instructor Course (FIC) which is open to PPL and CPL pilots.

However if you don’t want to commit to the full FIC course and if you have at least 300 hours logged as Pilot in Command you can opt for the Class Rating Instructor (CRI) course which will enable you to perform type conversions, check outs, and refresher training.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training is also available and is normally carried out using our Piper Arrow PA-28R-200 aircraft.

If you’re looking for a gift with a difference then why not buy one of our Trial Flying Lesson vouchers. The lucky recipient will have the opportunity to take control and fly the aircraft, and will be presented with a Certificate of Completion to mark the event.

Finally, we can also offer flight training and hour building at our satellite flight school in Naples, Florida where we can also take you from zero hours right up to EASA/FAA CPL/ATPL licences.

So whether it’s on a full or part time basis Andrewsfield can offer you the flight training you need at very competitive prices.

Please visit for more information and follow the links to our social media accounts where you’ll see what our students past and present have to say about our services.

Or call us now on 01371 856744 and we’ll answer any questions you may have about learning to fly. We look forward to welcoming you to Andrewsfield.

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