Apart from a love of flying, incredible hand-eye coordination and determination to work hard, there are a few other things you need if you want to be a commercial pilot.
See our top tips on some of the areas that you can focus on to help you begin your journey to the flight deck. For specific entry criteria please view our partners’ websites.
Not necessarily. We’re looking for real passion for aviation first and foremost, though we expect 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science. And you can do a degree as part of your training.
University may cost less, but the earning potential of a commercial pilot means after 10 years, you’ll have earned £251,000 more than the average university graduate.
Not true. Providing you meet the standard of vision, you’re fine.
It takes time, though not as long as you might think. Pass the training course, which lasts around 18-24 months, and you’ll be ready to step into the co-pilot’s seat.
It depends on the airline. But pilots for a short haul airline like easyJet can expect flexible shifts and will be home most nights.
You don’t need any previous flying experience to apply for the generation easyJet programme.
How long will it take to complete your pilot course?
Which airlines are partnered with your flight school? If you’ve set your heart on becoming a pilot for a specific airline, check they recognise the course you’re doing.
Look at the size and reputation of the pilot school. Some training providers may cost more, but if they have more support from airlines, the chances of getting a job could be higher too.
How employable will the course make you? In reality, many airlines look to recruit from integrated, rather than modular, courses.
Money matters. Make sure you know what’s included in the cost of your training, and don’t forget to add up every element. Remember, after you’ve completed your integrated or modular training, you may still have to fund your own type rating.
Is the application process as exciting as your first flight as captain? Maybe not, but being prepared and getting it right means you’ll get that chance much faster. Before starting the application process, it’s important you do your research on the flight schools and submit your application to your school of choice. The process differs between flight schools, but it looks something like this:
You apply to the flight school you’ve chosen. Your application gets reviewed to see if you meet the criteria for generation easyJet. If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to the technical selection event.
How’s your hand-eye coordination? We’ll find out at this point, along with your motor skills and spatial awareness, in pilot aptitude tests. You’ll sit at a computer for more tests, and then we’ll grill you on your academic, mathematical and technical abilities. Do well, and you’ll be invited to attend a non-technical selection event.
We’ll bring you onsite to the training school, and give you a presentation and a few group exercises followed by a one-on-one interview. Do you have what it takes to be an easyJet pilot? This is crunch time.
Do you do any team building activities like the DoE awards, Cadets, Scouts, Guides, or other youth and volunteer work? These are always great to talk about in interviews.
Speak to pilots. Ask them about how they started out, and listen to their experiences and advice.
Think of ways to show your passion for becoming a pilot, and why you want to join easyJet specifically.
We’re looking for team players. So if you’re involved in sports, keep it up.
Speak to the CAA about any medical queries, and remember, don’t rule yourself out. Let the professionals decide.
Keep doing your research.