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British Airways announces third phase of Future Pilot Programme

BA FPPEver dreamed of flying as a First Officer for a national flagship carrier? This might be your chance to train towards that coveted right-hand seat.

British Airways has announced the third round of its Future Pilot Programme (FPP), a pilot training scheme which aims to bring 800 pilots to the airline by 2016. This year, the programme will accept 60 applicants.

British Airways Manager Pilot Recruitment Lindsay Craig explained, “We really want passionate individuals who can understand BA’s commitment to our customers and show us the skills and abilities that we as an airline pride ourselves on. We’re looking for people with limited or no flying time, but huge levels of motivation and enthusiasm and excellent communication skills. Once accepted, the training will then bring them up to the point where they can be flying as a first officer on our fleet. There’s no worries about securing that first flying job.”

The website opened for the ‘read-only’ period on 24 October and the official application window will open on 11 November. Applications will close at 23:59 on 26 November 2013, although BA states that the right is reserved to close the application window early if an overwhelming number of applications is received.

Lindsay added, “We really want people to take their time with the application, which is why we’ve gone for the short ‘read-only’ time before applications open. My advice to applicants would be to really go slow with the application, thoroughly read through what we’re looking for and show us why you could be a good candidate for one of our 60 places on this programme. We want the best candidates, wherever they come from.”

Cadets will once again be given the choice of carrying out their training with one of three Approved Training Organisations (ATOs): CTC Aviation, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy or FTEJerez. FTEJerez CEO, Oscar Sordo, commented, “FTEJerez is proud to once again have been chosen by BA as one of its cadet pilot training providers. The college is well aware of the responsibility it undertakes in moulding the selected BA trainees into first class pilots and the future captains of the airline. We are confident that our experience as well as the college’s training environment, infrastructure, equipment, facilities and expertise, will allow us to deliver the quality training demanded by BA.”

As well as giving the choice of training provider to the cadets, the programme offers a unique financing opportunity. While a security bond of £84,000 is required, once it’s paid and the cadet graduates, BA will pay back this bond over the pilot’s career as a First Officer with the airline. Should students not be able to raise this bond, BA will act as a guarantor to secure a loan with Spanish bank BBVA. All management of financing is overseen by Airline Placement Ltd (APL), a subsidiary of the CTC Group.

If you think this could be you in two years time, all the information you need to apply can be found at www.bafuturepilot.com.