2 November 2018 - 3 November 2018 | 10:00 - 16:30

Guaranteed to inform and inspire YOU on a career in aviation, Pilot Careers Live is Europe’s leading career exhibition.


Sofitel Hotel, Terminal 5, London Heathrow

The pilot training journey

Training to be a pilot is a unique learning experience, which is character-building, complex, and challenging. The training demands high levels of self-discipline and determination, across a variety of physiological and practical skill-sets. But success will reward those who meet the required high standards, with a well-respected, exciting and fulfilling career.

Ask any professional pilot and they will tell you… despite the early morning starts in the depths of winter, delayed flight schedules and irregular work patterns, they would not change their career for any other.

By visiting this website you could have already made the first step to becoming a pilot. Take the next step and book your tickets now. Make it part of your checklist!

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in a career in aviation and aerospace, from aero engineering and flight deck positions to maintenance, airport operations, management, air traffic control or flight ops.
  • Candidates with an ambition to be an airline or military pilot.
  • Anyone interested in commercial helicopter flying operations.
  • Those considering making an exciting career change.
  • School/college career advisors, as this event offers an excellent opportunity to gather reference material and speak with the experts about options within the sector.

You don’t need to be an aviation expert to attend as this event will equip you with comprehensive knowledge about every career opportunity and training process, to ensure that you get the best possible independent, professional advice.

Seminar programme

There will be a series of informative presentations by industry experts throughout Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November.

Friday 02 November 11:00 - 11:25

Pre-training assessments and how to ace them

How can you prepare for your assessments? What are the requirements? Why are potential pilots falling short? what can they do to improve their chances?

Testing and assessments are a regular feature of your aviation career, from before you start training to your last sim check before retirement.

Martin Russell from Airline Prep is talking you through the process and a series of practical tips designed to get your aviation career of to a great start

Friday 02 November 12:00 - 12:25

Key factors to enhance your career

Should I train through an MPL, Integrated ATPL, Modular CPL/IR; should I train overseas or in Europe; how might I fund my training?

Anthony Petteford presents the primary training options to consider along with some key pointers to help make a decision that is right for you.

Friday 02 November 13:00 - 13:25

What are airline recruiters really looking for?

Passing your ATPL writtens and your CPL & IR flight tests are one thing, getting a job is another. Years of experience recruiting pilots for UK airlines, will tell you what recruiters look for, what is effective, and what isn’t

Friday 02 November 14:00 - 14:25

Pilots in Training: Student stories

You’re in the early stages of finding out more about a professional pilot career and you are deciding which route might be the best for you.

Four pilots, all in the first year flying the line, talk about their experience so far. How they got to where they are, how they paid for it and what they wish they’d known before they started

Friday 02 November 15:00 - 15:25

Flybe – flying for Europe’s largest regional airline

Find out more about the day to day life of a Flybe pilot, the lifestyle and flying experience that comes with it and learn about the opportunities available to make a career with Flybe.

Saturday 03 November 11:00 - 11:25

Becoming a Pilot: Which Route is Best for Me?

Integrated, modular, military, university? Finding the right training route for you can be daunting. Dr Andy Taylor is here to give you guidance on how to choose.

Saturday 03 November 12:00 - 12:25

Careers as a military pilot

The RAF Careers department will be presenting on what you can expect from a career as a military pilot, giving information on the lifestyle, its global operations, the nature of the flying and the requirements for application

Saturday 03 November 13:00 - 13:25

Pilot Training: 0 hour to Type Rating

Industry professionals are collaborating to discuss your training journey. Taking you from a 0 hour student to your first Type rating, sharing their experience.

Saturday 03 November 14:00 - 14:25

Flybe – flying for Europe’s largest regional airline

Find out more about the day to day life of a Flybe pilot, the lifestyle and flying experience that comes with it and learn about the opportunities available to make a career with Flybe.

Saturday 03 November 15:00 - 15:25

Everything you need to know about pilot medicals

Are you fit to fly? Aviation medical doctor, Dr Kurbaan, will explain what the medical requirements are for pilots entering the career. Separating the facts from the myths

Please note:  Seating capacity in the seminar areas is limited. We politely request in advance that any accompanying family or friends to the seminars are kept to one extra person. Your co-operation is appreciated. Thank you.

Book Tickets

By visiting this website you have already made the first step to a career in aviation. Book your ticket online to save money.

Make it part of your checklist!

All ticket types include access to the seminar overflow rooms. The seminars are live-streamed (video and audio) into the overflow rooms.

The VIP ticket type will grant you full access to the main theatre, where the seminars take place. Please note that the numbers of VIP tickets, which are sold individually, availability is very limited due to limited seating in the main theatre. In order to maximise access to the seminars, the number of family members attending them with each candidate is kept to just one person.

Don’t worry if you miss a seminar as all of the speakers will be available to talk to before/after in the main hall. We’ll also be making video recordings of the seminars available to ticket holders after the event.



Exhibitors are updated daily. Please note attending exhibitors can change without prior notice.


If your business is interested in exhibiting at Europe’s leading ab initio ATPL exhibitions, or you are a visitor requiring further details contact:

Pilot Careers Live team

Exhibitions Manager

Darran Ward

+44 (0) 1225 632184
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Exhibitions Manager

Paul Yates

+44 (0) 1225 632184
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Event Coordinator

Victoria Smith

+44 (0) 1225 632184
Email Victoria