Aer Lingus announces its Future Pilot Programme

Aer Lingus launches Future Pilot Programme combining classroom study and practical flying training. The Future Pilot Programme is the second ‘fully funded’ flight training initiative launched in recent weeks after British Airways announced its sponsored pilot cadet programme in July.

Successful candidates for the Future Pilot Programme will complete a 14 month airline transport pilot licence (ATPL) course at FTE Jerez in Spain, before joining Aer Lingus’ A320 type rating course. The Irish flag carrier aims to put 90 cadets though its training programme over a five year period.

“We are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds to join our team. Aer Lingus has a proud tradition in pilot training and has been offering Future Pilot Training Programmes for almost 60 years. These programmes offer candidates a unique opportunity to join our expanding team as an Aer Lingus pilot via this fully sponsored scheme,” says chief instructor ATO recruitment at Aer Lingus, Capt Karl O’Neil.

The Future Pilot Programme is open to existing PPL holders, yet applicants with CPL/MPL/ATPL ratings must apply though Aer Lingus’ Direct Entry Pilot campaigns.

According to O’Neil, the course is suited to application who have recently finished school/college or simply want to change career adding: “Many of our pilots have joined us from other industries, and we urge you to consider doing the same.

“To secure a place on this course, you need to be highly motivated and must demonstrate the competencies required to become a commercial airline pilot. If successful, your journey towards becoming a pilot with Aer Lingus will begin in January 2024,” says O’Neil.

Applicants must be over the age of 18 before 1 July 2023 and be able to obtain an EASA/IAA issued Class 1 Medical. The on-line application form must be submitted by 16 August 2023. Visit Aer Lingus careers for a detailed list of the entry requirements.

Image accredited to Naoise Culhane for Aer Lingus

Author: FTN Editor

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