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A guide to pilot licences

In this guide, we explain which pilot licence you will need to fly different types of aircraft, whether you want to fly professionally or recreationally. We cover everything from a Private Pilot Licence to the ATPL. We also explain what a ‘type rating’ is and when you’ll need one to fly.

How to become a pilot in the UK

To become a commercial pilot, you’ll need an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Training for this can take around two years and cost as much as £100,000. It’s therefore important to know all your options before you start applying for courses. We cover everything you need to know to get started.

Helicopter Engineer: Job Description

A helicopter engineer is responsible for the maintenance and repair of helicopters. These roles are usually based at airports or flight service centres. You’ll need to be practical and have technical understanding. Our guide tells you everything you need to know about becoming a helicopter engineer.

Aviation jobs: The complete guide

There are a wide range of roles available in the aviation industry, from pilots to office workers. This guide will help you decide what role is for you. We explain what each job involves, the skills and qualifications you need, and how much you could expect to earn.

Airline Pilot: Job Description

An airline pilot is responsible for flying passengers and cargo on long-haul or short-haul flights. There will usually be two pilots on board an aircraft; a captain and a supporting first officer. We fill you in on everything you need to know about becoming an airline pilot.

Cabin Crew: Job Description

Cabin crew jobs involve a lot of hard work and commitment but the rewards can be excellent. The role is to provide a high standard of customer care, but equally, cabin crew are responsible for ensuring that all the passengers are safe and secure during a flight. Here’s everything you need to know.

Flight dispatcher: Job Description

A flight dispatcher or aviation scheduler is responsible for ensuring that aircraft are where they need to be at the right time. They work with pilots to decide on the most efficient routes and create flight plans. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a flight dispatcher.

Aircraft Engineering: Job Description

If you want to work at the cutting edge of technology, a career as an aviation engineer might be for you. Aircraft engineers apply scientific and technological principles to the research, development and design of aircraft and their components. Here’s everything you need to know.

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