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How to Become a Pilot in the UK

How to become a Pilot. Have you ever thought about becoming a Pilot?

Job Description of a Pilot

Pilots are persons who are responsible for the flight of an aircraft and safety of passengers on flights. They act as the person in charge of the aircraft and all colleagues. Pilots are generally expected to be confident, Level -headed and willing to work at short notice and long hours, and capable of remaining calm in stressful situations. The hours depend on the duration of the flight. Being a Pilot is a good job for many people, but the key traits to have are a sociable personality, strong teamwork skills, and ability to work under direction, a good sense of humour, calm under pressure and physically fit. A medical test must be passed prior to any training or work placement.


Entry Requirements & How to Become a Pilot

Many Pilots start their career by attaining their own Commercial Pilots Licence. This is similar to passing a driving test, but much harder, and the cost is between £35,000 and £50,000. Before commencement of any training, potential pilots have to undergo a Class 1 Medical Test. Most training establishments require a minimum of 5 A-C Grades at GCSE Level including Maths, English and Science, although some will also request two A Levels (OR equivalent). You can make yourself a better candidate by offering any qualifications in Maths, Sciences, Physics or Engineering. There are sometimes schemes and sponsorship available although competition for these places is very high.

Responsibilities and duties

Standard duties include welcoming passengers aboard, keeping them informed of the journey information, and highlighting safety information. You are also responsible for keeping the aircraft on course and liaising with the various airspace control towers. You then act as a point of contact for crew through the flight; assuring passengers have a safe and comfortable journey. You are responsible for all aspects of the plane and ensuring that it is being operated safely.

Working hours

These may vary depending on the duties and job you are doing. Some flights can be long haul and these can mean being on duty 12-24 hours non-stop, although some airlines will ensure that you receive cover during longer flights. Shorter flights may mean you have to board various flights during one shift. There are regulations about flying time, so you will always be physically flying for no longer than set amount; however you may be physically present on an aeroplane.

Skills and Training Development

Pilots can expect to progress through their careers with improving skills and knowledge. After gaining your licence, building up ‘flight hours’ and studying subjects such as Physics, or Engineering, will make you a more attractive prospect. You also have the expandability to branch out into training, and can use your experience and skill to train others to become Pilots. You could also see yourself promoted into different types of Piloting, such as the RAF or the Army.

Average Pilot Salaries

The average salary for a Trainee Pilot is £19,000 PA.
The average salary for a qualified Pilot is £25,000 PA.
The average salary for a Senior Pilot is £35,000 PA.


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