How To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot, Salary, Training, CPL, ATPL


Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and in this
video I’m going to summarise the requirements for becoming a commercial airline pilot. I covered this subject in a previous video
made in August 2017. That video continues to receive a lot of views but it has become
clear from the enquiries I received since that there are still some unanswered questions. So if you’re still unsure of how to become
a commercial pilot then here are a few pointers. This video is longer than previous ones about
learning to fly so be sure to watch it to the end and replay certain sections as required. Let’s start with the prospects for anyone
considering a career as a pilot. The much publicised 2016 forecast by Boeing
for a huge global demand for pilots in the next two decades persists. Even taking into account the regional variations
in the figures it is likely that Europe alone will require 80-90,000 new commercial pilots
in the next 20 years. What do airline pilots earn? What salaries
can you expect? As you can probably imagine, salaries vary
according to the size of the airline, the aircraft type, and the pilot’s experience. A recently qualified First Officer for a small,
regional airline can expect a starting salary of around £25,000 pa. Larger airlines may offer more and the salaries
will eventually increase in proportion to the experience. For example, more experienced First Officers
can look forward to £36,000 to £48,000 pa. Once you’ve been promoted to Captain you can
expect a salary of £57,000 to £78,000 for a medium sized airline. If your employer is one of the major operators
then salaries of between £97,000 and £140,000 or more are the industry norm. Next, a reality check. If you want to end up in the cockpit of a
major airline then there is a long road ahead. There is a great deal of study to be done
and a lot of money to be spent. Once qualified you will still need to compete with other
eager young pilots for positions within airlines. If you’re still at school or college then
make sure you get five GCSEs and two A-levels, ideally in Maths, English, and Science. And at the risk of stating the obvious, you
need to be fluent in English too. The distance and the requirements may seem
overwhelming at first but like all long, hard journeys it’s persistent effort, patience,
and sacrifice that leads to eventual success. One step at a time seems like a cliché but
it’s true. Focus on what is in front of you on any given day. Develop the self-discipline
to take steps toward your goal each week. As the months roll by you will be able to
look back at sure and certain progress. Chocks away then, where do you start? For reasons that should be obvious, anyone
wishing to fly aircraft commercially needs to be fit and healthy. You’ll need to pass
a Class 1 Medical examination and maintain that standard throughout your career. If you have any questions or concerns about
the medical certificate then please check the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/medical/ Next, you’ll need access to a big pile of
money. The cost of training and the prospect of running
up a huge debt can be a little daunting. Obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Licence
(ATPL) is likely to take up two years and cost over £100,000. If you or your family are unable to sponsor
you then the money will need to be borrowed. However, there are finance schemes available
specifically designed for this purpose. It may be possible to obtain finance through
an airline and then pay the money back through salary deductions once you are employed. If you do self-finance then make sure the
necessary safeguards are in place to protect your money. Study the terms and conditions
carefully and make sure your money is protected should the training company suddenly cease
trading. Sadly, both private and commercial student
pilots have learned the hard way that there are risks associated with handing over large
sums of money to flying schools that go out of business weeks later. Flight Training Day One. If you have no flying experience at all then
you can join what is called an integrated ATPL course. These are designed for ab initio
students. If you’re not familiar with your Latin, ab
initio means ‘from the beginning’. Integrated ATPL courses are full time courses
provided by Approved Training Organisations. The advantage of an integrated course is the
continuity of training. You will focus on the training and nothing else. The disadvantage is that you need not only
the money for training but all living expenses available to you throughout. If you have some flying experience or you’re
unable to commit to full time training then you can opt for a modular course. As the name suggests, this enables candidates
to complete things stage by stage or module by module. The advantage of the modular course is that
you can keep working to pay your bills. You fit the training and study in around your
job. The disadvantage is the lack of continuity
in training and the commitment required to juggle a full time job with intense study
and training. For a list of all current CAA Approved Training
schools please visit the address shown on the next slide. www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Learning-to-fly/Finding-a-flight-school/. Now you’re flying. You will have had many hours of flight training,
simulator time, classroom lectures, and self-study. Eventually, whether on an integrated or a
modular course, you will pass several milestones. These will include First Solo, Private Pilots
Licence (PPL), Night Rating, Instrument Rating (IR), Multi Engine Piston (MEP) rating, and
Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL). With the CPL/IR with MEP achieved you could
branch out into paid employment at this stage. You could become a Flying Instructor or a
pilot of light and medium commercial aircraft. But onwards and upwards – your goal is the
airlines. After a lot more study and exams you’ll eventually
obtain your Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). So far, so good, but the training doesn’t
end here. Your ATPL is ‘frozen’ i.e. it’s recognised that you’ve completed the theory
but you don’t have enough flying experience yet. This is when most candidates will start knocking
on doors and elbowing their way to the front of the queue for a coveted position within
an airline. Next comes line training with your airline
to build up a total of 1,500 hours in your logbook. You’ll also need a type rating for
a specific aircraft type. Typically, you’ll become type rated on aircraft
like Boeing B737 or an Airbus A320. There are hundreds of these types flying on short
haul routes. If you’re lucky the airline will pay for this
stage of training but again, you may need to pay up yourself. As an alternative to the ATPL some UK airlines
require only a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL). This enables a pilot to reach the position
of First Officer but to be a Captain the pilot will still need to obtain an ATPL. Another option is to attend one of the new
university apprenticeship courses. Several universities in the UK now offer full time
courses that lead to a frozen ATPL. Google for phrases like ‘university frozen
ATPL’ for a list of universities and the courses they offer. The course content, fees, and
degrees on completion vary so check each one for details. This route gives access to other options in
terms of funding and loans. Having reached the position of First Officer
with an airline you can look forward to a long and rewarding career. Thanks for watching. Please post your questions,
comments, and feedback below. Please like and share this video with others
who may be interested in its content. Happy Landings!

15 thoughts on “How To Become A Commercial Airline Pilot, Salary, Training, CPL, ATPL

  1. All The Information Is Very Well Explained. Thank You For Making This Video.

  2. If anyone passout on commerce in 12th class and they want to become a commercial pilot..is that possible?

  3. I saw envoy air u work for American eagle but will you ever make it to american airlines and what is envoy air and how to do apply for airlines like emerites or american and delta etc please answer

  4. easy jet pay co pilot new one 40k starting and when u build ur hours up it goes up 50k and senior officers with 2000hours will get 60k and captain 80k if he a teaches aswell 150k thats according to easyjet inside the cockpit show series if u watch very interesting its on itv or u can watch it on YouTube

  5. Hi Ben, if you have the money and the availability, would the easiest route be a MPL with someone like easyJet who guarantee you a job at the end of 18 months of training. I don't like the thought of going through the training with a school spending 100k and not having a guaranteed job at the end.

  6. Hello, i'm from Kenya. graduated from highschool back in 2017. Ive been dreaming and really aspiring to be a pilot, but my parents cant afford to take me fo flying school,

  7. Sir … Can Pakistani joins any abroad airline…. need your reply Sir

  8. Thanks a lot for this video. Would you be able to video on method where you obtain finance through an airline which would be payed through deduction of salary?

  9. Im In 4th year highschool right now, please pray for me to be come a airline pilot soon❤

  10. I'm sure you can become an airline pilot without grades? But have a lot of flying hours under your belt from private flight schools?? And have basic knowledge of maths and physics.

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