BEFORE YOU START
If you have never flown previously, before you even start your training we recommend that you book into your local flying club for a ‘trial lesson’. This is a short air experience flight which will be a bit of fun and will give you a clue as to whether flying is the right thing for you.
If you have little or no flying experience, before you start training we recommend you to go to RAF Cranwell in the UK for independent aptitude testing carried out by the Royal Air Force for the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP). This assessment is totally independent, and is provided by the most credible organisation in the field. The results will give you a reliable indication of your likely success in training. We want you to make an informed choice before committing a lot of money and time on your training.
The next stage is to contact one of our training advisors who will discuss with you the options for your training and advise you on what is most appropriate for you and your circumstances.
FLIGHT AND THEORY TRAINING
We have designed the programme to be as flexible as possible, while retaining the benefits of a mentored programme provided by a single group of schools. You will need to progress through a series of courses including your PPL, building your flight hours up, your theory training, CPL, Multi-Engine Piston class rating, Instrument Rating and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). You will make the choices about which of our members to train with, when to train and what pace to train at. You will be able to do your training full-time, or parts of it can be completed while you are still working.
What is different about our training is:
- The quality is assured
- Our members follow industry best practice
- You will be mentored and supported as you progress through your training
- Your training programme will be tailored to suit your individual circumstances, even allowing you to train alongside normal working hours.
- Depending on the choices you make, the total price is likely to be much lower than equivalent integrated courses, typically £45,000-£65,000 (€63,000-91,000) as opposed to £95,000 (€133,000).
The final stage of training with the Wings Alliance, is the Airline Pilot Certificate course. If you wish to be put forward to a partner airline, you must first pass our Airline Selection. If you don’t need an employment recommendation there is no requirement to undergo selection.
The selection is completed in one day at our selection centre in Clevedon, UK. The day consists of group exercises, individual planning exercises and an interview. The tests will determine your performance against criteria that the employers are looking for including problem solving, verbal reasoning, motivation, communication and teamwork; in other words the non-technical skills required to be an effective airline pilot.
If you are not already enrolled as a Wings Alliance student pilot please complete the application form which we will check for eligibility. If you are eligible you will be invited for selection. If you are already enrolled with us and approaching the end of your flight training, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The selection day normally costs £240 including VAT however, for a limited period the cost will be discounted to £120 including VAT. When you apply we will send you more details, including advice about how to prepare for the day.
Wings Alliance will run selection days only when there are places available on the Airline Pilot Certificate course, and places on the course will be available only when there are jobs available with airline and corporate jet employers for graduates. Those selected will be invited to join the Airline Pilot Certificate course.
AIRLINE PILOT CERTIFICATE (APC)
The purpose of the Airline Pilot Certificate course is to select, train and place suitable graduates from licence training with Wings Alliance Member schools with partner airlines.
A prerequisite of the programme 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.
The APC course starts with 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. Finally, you’ll undertake a day of airline selection training making sure you are prepared fully for your forthcoming interview.
You will be assessed throughout the course and successful graduation and placement with employers is dependent on your performance.
Wings Alliance is using Cardiff Aviation’s 747-400 simulator for the flying element. Each simulator detail will be assessed, and each trainee’s overall assessment will determined by their performance during flight training, selection and the APC course. This course also includes a Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) certificate which is required before your first multi-crew type rating.
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:
- Application screening
- Basic classroom training
- Simulator training
- Advanced pilot non-technical training
- Interview preparation
- Airline selection
- Type rating
- 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 and Thomas Cook, will sponsor the type training.