Jordan’s love of flying starting as a child where he was surrounded by the thrill of aeroplanes all around him. Whilst working as a journalist in London, he realised where his heart belonged and did a dramatic career change to become a commercial pilot. Now working at Ryanair, we sat down with him to discuss his journey of a lifetime.
Experienced pilot and First Officer Jerome, talks us through his unexpected journey to becoming a First Officer for Ryanair and how he’ll never lose his love for teaching.
Before our Flight Instructor Pablo went off to pastures new, he agreed to complete quickfire Q&A for us. Pablo was a great asset to the company and really enjoyed his time teaching FTA students. His responses offer great insight into 'why to get into flight instruction'.
To qualify as a commercial pilot, a prospective pilot will need to have completed both theoretical and aircraft flight training and have passed all the required exams and flying skills tests as laid out by the UK CAA.
1. Do your initial aviation research
Before you decide if you want to become a pilot, it is important to research the realities behind this career path. Try to immerse yourself within the aviation world. You can do this by visiting different airfields and airports, and researching the flight schools who provide your desired training programme – most flight schools offer a tour around their campus where you can visit the environment you would be training in and ask any important questions you may have. Try to attend careers shows such as Pilot Careers Live, and subscribe to lots of aviation news blogs; this will help you to stay on top of all the current issues and trends within the world of aviation. You could also book a ‘Trial Flying Lesson’ to experience what it’s really like to be in control of an aircraft.
We sat down with FTA trainee pilot Nathan after he’d just finished his ATPL exams and discussed his journey to becoming a pilot.
Flight training requires skill, dedication and hard work but, once qualified, you can expect excellent career prospects, great pay and opportunities to travel the globe.
You can complete your commercial pilot training and achieve a frozen ATPL on a module-by-module basis. We have created a handy timeline to illustrate the training you need to complete, in what order.
The duration depends on you, but generally this route takes around 22 to 24 months to complete full-time. The total cost of completing your training via this route is around £76,844.*
If you have already completed your PPL, Hour Building and ATPL Theory, you may choose to take advantage of our special course price on the MEP, ME IR and ME CPL. If you complete your MEP, ME IR and ME CPL flight phases with us, full time and back to back (in the specified order) you will pay just £26,195. Please contact us for more details.