Selecting your training route

Selecting your training route


The first module of flying training is the Private Pilots’ Licence. This may be completed at a Wings Alliance member Flight School, but this is not mandatory as there are any number of competent PPL schools around the world. We will help you with the choice, but often your local airfield is the best place to train.


There are eight Wings Alliance members that offer Ground School training for the ATPL theory subjects which you would do after your PPL and before your commercial flight training. They are:

ATPL Groundschool can be studied full-time, which takes about six months, or by distance learning, which takes from 6 to 18 months, depending on your work-rate. Some of the Wings Alliance members that offer Ground School do distance learning only, some full-time only and some do both. All training is conducted in English.


Before you can complete your next formal course, which is usually your CPL course, you must have a total of 150 flight hours logged. Therefore, it will usually be necessary for you to complete about 100 hours of flying. Normally, this should include a night rating. By the time your licence is issued In theory, you can do what you want during this time. However, we strongly recommend that you follow a structure and supervised plan to ensure that you get the most out of this time and prepare yourself best for the intense training that will follow. We can provide you with a training plan to guide you, and/or you can do this phase of training under the supervision of one of our Member ATOs.


Once the ATPL exams are complete the next stage is to choose a Flight School for the Commercial Pilots’ Licence (CPL) course, multi-engine piston (MEP) class rating course and Instrument Rating (IR) course. There are many different ways to approach these courses; they may be completed in various orders, on various aircraft types, with on organisation or several. Each of the Wings Alliance members offer a slightly different product, in different locations, using different aircraft and often at different prices. Whatever your choice, which will depend entirely on your own preferences and circumstances, you have the assurance of the Wings Alliance quality. We will guide you through the options available and help you make an informed choice.

The Wings Alliance Flight Schools which offer training for CPL, MEP and IR are:


Upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) is not currently required for employment as an airline co-pilot but it is shortly going to be a mandatory requirement for ATPL holders and consequently for command. The Wings Alliance offers this as an option with our partners Ultimate High Aviation in Goodwood and we strongly recommend that all our trainees complete this excellent and exhilarating course ahead of it becoming mandatory. www.ultimatehigh.co.uk


The final stage of training with the Wings Alliance, is the Airline Pilot Certificate (APC) course.

If you want to be considered for recommendation to an airline, the first step is to undergo selection. This takes one day and is carried out at Clevedon in the UK. The selection consists of interviews and group exercises, and this, along with your training history, will be used to assess how well you match the partner airlines’ requirements.

The selection day costs £295 including VAT. It is conducted at the Wings Alliance headquarters in Clevedon, UK.

You don’t have to do selection if you don’t need an employment recommendation.

The purpose of the APC course is to select, train and place suitable graduates from licence training with Wings Alliance Member schools with partner airlines.

A prerequisite of the course is an EASA CPL(A) with multi-engine IR and ATPL(A) theory credits (with the training conducted at Wings Alliance member schools), and the right to live and work in the EU.

Wings Alliance will run selection days only when there are places available on the course, and places on the course will be available only when there are jobs available with airline and corporate jet employers for graduates.

Please complete the application form which we will check for eligibility.  If you are eligible you will be invited for selection.  Those selected will be invited to join the APC course. You will be assessed throughout the course and successful graduation and placement with employers is dependent on your performance.

The APC course consists of a 2 week CBT course.  This is followed by 4 days Crew Resource Management and Technical classroom training and then ten 4-hour long simulator sessions.  The simulator training is assessed and forms the final stage of selection.

Next you will complete a 2-day advanced pilot core-competencies course which builds upon the non-technical CRM training undertaken before the simulator phase and introduces further pilot competencies, not covered elsewhere. This training is delivered by current airline trainers who specialise in airline recruitment and selection.

The successful candidates are then put forward to our partner airlines where, if selected, they complete ratings on specific aircraft types and then proceed to line training with the airline.

This course goes beyond the requirements of EASA approval so that if you pass the course you will be properly assessed and prepared for your first type rating.

The cost of the APC course, including all elements other than the type and line training is £7,500.  The steps are summarised here:

  1. Application screening
  2. Selection
  3. Basic classroom training
  4. Simulator training
  5. Advanced pilot non-technical training
  6. Interview preparation
  7. Airline selection
  8. Type rating
  9. Line training

The selection undertaken by the employers varies from company to company. The terms and conditions of the employment contracts offered by participating employers also varies.  Some may require their recruits to self-fund their type training.  Others, such as Flybe, will sponsor the type training.


The total cost of training through the modular route is generally between £45,000 and £65,000 (€63.000 to €91.000).

Access our unique budget calculator to create a detailed budget based on your choices of courses.

To find out more about the training please complete our enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.