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Charlotte Berrystone26 Apr 2018 Posted in: how to become a pilot, airlines, cadet, why be a pilot, careers

As the demand for pilots has rapidly increased, cadets are often questioning ‘what is the likelihood of securing a job after completing your pilot training?’ In addition, after gaining the qualifications and skills desired to land your dream job in the airline industry, one of the most common questions is ‘who is recruiting low hour pilots?

The International Civil Aviation Organization recently warned that more than 600,000 pilots will be needed by 2036 to fly commercial airliners. However, eighty percent of them have yet to be trained.  This high demand for pilots has resulted in expanding opportunities for low hour pilots.

Our role at FTA is to help our students develop the skills, experience, and confidence they need to achieve their dreams of becoming airline pilots. We understand that whilst financing can be a major factor in the way of achieving your dream, the opportunities and benefits of working in the airline industry are once in a lifetime.

Our alliance with companies such as Virtual Aviation and Kura Aviation supports students in gaining that all important position as a ‘First Officer’. We have produced a small sample of the current opportunities that are available for low hour pilots. In addition, it is worth mentioning that there are a lot more positions available,  not just within the airline industry.



  • Valid EASA Frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) 
  • Valid multi-engine instrument rating
  • Certificate of satisfactory completion of multi-crew co-operation (MCC) in accordance with AMC1 FCL.735.A.
  • Applicants holding a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF APS MCC-TRAINING in accordance with AMC2 FCL.735.A will be given preference during selection. 
  • Flight crew license (theoretical ATPL with valid EASA CPL)
  • Valid EASA -FCL 3 Class 1 Medical
  • Technical knowledge and good level of English (Minimum required proficiency is Level 4)
  • Have the right to work freely within the European Union– applicants must be in possession of a EUROPEAN PASSPORT to proceed in the selection process, please note National ID cards cannot be accepted 
  • Flight School Report - signed by your Flight School’s HOT (Head of Training). This applies to both Integrated and Modular students. This MUST contain ALL ATPL results (detailing any repeats), CPL & MEIR series passes, and information relating to your performance throughout training. 


Read more about this scheme here


 DHL - FIRST OFFICER A300-600 / B757

  • Valid EASA Part-FCL ATPL (A) or
  • Valid EASA Part-FCL CPL (A), ATPL Theory Credit, incl. HPL
  • Valid MEP / IR Rating
  • MCC - Certificate
  • Valid EASA Part-MED Class 1 Medical
  • EU - Citizen and / or
  • Unrestricted and unlimited working permit for Germany with valid passport without restriction
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • At least Fachhochschulreife” (or European equivalent High School degree)


Read more about this scheme here



  • Minimum 300 hours aircraft flying time
  • Minimum EASA/JAR FCL1 CPL with ATPL theory knowledge completed
  • Last flight within preceding 6 months (SEP or MEP)
  • Valid and current ME-IR
  • A valid MCC certificate and course program
  • A valid JOC certificate and course program
  • Minimum ICAO level 4 English Proficiency


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  • Hold a CPL or Frozen ATPL recognized by CAAS
  • Minimum GCE 'A' Level, Polytechnic Diploma or Degree. In addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in English, Mathematics and Science, preferably Physics (with at least credits in GCE 'O' levels or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak and understand English with ICAO English Level 6
  • Must possess valid certificate of Medical Assessment (recognized or can be validated by CAAS)


Read more about this scheme here


 cathay pacific - second officer

  • Commercial Pilots Licence
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • ATPL examination credits (same state as Licence)
  • Minimum 250 hours
  • Valid Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • ICAO English language proficiency
  • Experience commensurate with age


Read more about this scheme here


 Air dolomiti - direct entry first officer

  • Valid EASA ATPL (A) or CPL (A)/IR + ATPL frozen license
  • Valid Multi Engine/IR (A) rating;
  • Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) course;
  • ICAO Level 4 English language proficiency or higher;
  • Current Class 1 Medical Certificate


Read more about this scheme here



  • Valid UK issued EASA Pilots Licence (or the ability to convert to EASA)
  • Valid UK issued EASA Class 1 Medical (or the ability to convert to EASA)
  • Completed a Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Multi-Crew Co-operation course (MCC)
  • Strong ATPL results and Training record
  • Hold a valid Multi-Engine Instrument rating
  • The unrestricted right to work in the EU
  • English Language proficiency – minimum level 4


Read more about this scheme here



Please note: Information is accurate at time of publishing.


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