Here’s our top tips for anyone looking to become a commercial pilot
Have a trial lesson at your local flying club
You might have flown on a passenger plane already but flying in a light aircraft can feel completely different! It can give you the chance to control a plane for the first time and get a feel of what you’ll be doing in your future job.
Consider how much money you’ll be able to spend on training
Flight training can cost upwards of £100,000, which is too much for many people. Luckily, Wings Alliance costs far less – from £51,000. Our flexible route lets you work at the same time, so you can have a source of income during your training.
Research what you’ll be expected to learn as a commercial pilot
This includes the 14 ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence) theory exams. Wings Alliance use Bristol Groundschool for this training, the leading ATPL theory training provider. These will be split up into 3 manageable modules, with a revision week before each block of exams.
Have a chat to students at the school you’re considering applying to
Getting feedback from current or past students is a great way to check that the school offers what it promises. Have a look at the feedback from Wings Alliance graduates.
Think about how the training is structured
Integrated schools can require you to live in a totally different location to where your friends and family are. While this might be an exciting first adventure away for some people, others may prefer to stay put.
Go through airline-style assessment before spending £10,000s on training
Training is a big commitment, so it’s best to see early on if you’ve got what it takes to be a pilot at the end. Wings Alliance Assessment will give you useful feedback on any areas you need to improve.