Explore the World of Flying
It is worth reading as much as you can about flying before you decide that this is the best career option for you.
Join the Aviation Skills Partnership Network to become part of the network discussions and access the latest aviation information.
Browse the Careers information websites listed below in order to understand the routes available for you to become a pilot:
- National Careers Service. The main site used by advisers, teachers and public. The website aims to help with career decisions and planning https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
- Airline pilot job profile
- Careers that Move. Careers in Passenger Transport and Travel
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES).
The webpages of the careers and education section of the RAES
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (Formally GAPAN).
Advice and information about a career as a pilot including 'So you want to be a pilot', our recommendation for anyone considering a career in flying
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots website includes - So you want to be a pilot? (2012)
- British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). Becoming a Pilot – the inside track
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Look at the Careers in Aerospace publications on this website:
- Career Flightpath
- What can aerospace do for you?
Browse the websites of aviation organisations, so you begin to understand more. They often include helpful pages for would-be pilots. Keep up to date with their news, request any publications which are available, including the definitive GAPAN document:
- Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP)
- British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA)
- British Women Pilots’ Association
- Independent Pilots Association (IPA)
- CAA. Guidance for Applicants for Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)
Read flying journals and aviation articles in newspapers:
- Careers in Aerospace – News
- Flightglobal (Includes Flight International)
- Pilot Career News
- Article on Pilot career routes:
- Professional Flight Training Exhibitions
Take the time to look at websites of the Flight Training Organisations (FTOs):
- CAA Doc 31. List of approved flight and ground training organisations
- Careers in Aerospace – Flight School Directory
- CAE Oxford Aviation Academy
- CTC Aviation
- CTC Wings
- Flying Time Aviation
- FTE Jerez
Take an interest in the general websites of the airlines in addition to their Careers and Job pages:
- RAeS List of UK Based Airlines
- Ministry of Defence
Finance and Funding:
- Air League
- Royal Aero Club Trust
Look at the pages of Education providers:
- RAeS FE Colleges List
- RAeS Universities List
- Search UCAS for a list of degree courses which include pilot training:
- Freedom in the Air (FITA) - a not-for-profit organisation which specialise in the training of people with a range of disabilities to obtain their Private Pilots Licence, National Private Pilots Licence and flying for fun. http://www.freedomintheair.org/