British Airways opens application process for its Speedbird ‘self-sponsorship’ new pilot career pathway

British Airways is now accepting applications for its Speedbird Self-Sponsored Pathway for aspiring pilots. The self-sponsored programme runs jointly with the airline’s fully funded Speedbird programme, with the main difference being successful applicants must pay for training cost.

Candidates who are training at one of British Airways approved training organisations (ATO) including FTEJerez, L3 Harris, Leading Edge or Skyborne, can apply before starting training at the ATO, or after completing their ground school examinations.

If training on a modular route, training must be completed within 2.5 years.

The scheme is a rebrand of the Whitetail programme, meaning candidates that have already applied through the Whitetail scheme can be moved without the need to reapply.

Entry Criteria Includes:

Height will be between 1.57m (5’2″) and 1.91m (6’3″) (height is accurately determined during the assessment process). Qualified pilots who are taller than 1.91m may apply but will be required to undergo a functionality check to confirm their ability to meet the requirements of the seating positions in the British Airways fleet of aircraft

A good level of physical fitness, and ability to satisfy the British Airways medical requirements

ICAO ELP Level 6 proficiency

A valid passport (with minimum of 12 months before expiry date at time of joining) allowing unrestricted worldwide travel

Tattoos are permissible as long as they are not on the hands, face or head

UK Class 1 flight crew medical

Right to live and study in the UK without sponsorship

For those applying before joining the ATO, in addition to the above you require:

6 GCSEs grade A-C or 5-9 including Maths, English and Science or equivalents qualifications

Training Criteria Includes:

First Series ATPL Ground School with an average score of 85% and above with no more than three resits

First series pass in both CPL and ME/IR (Series 1, Attempt 1 or Series 1, Attempt 2)



UK Part-FCL licence

Visit British Airways Careers for additional information and to apply.

Feature image accredited to British Airways media library

Author: FTN Editor

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