British Pilot Education

British Pilot Education

It’s every persons’s dream to be able to take flight. Although not physically possible, there are many routes to being able to obtain wings of steel. For the brave, flight training involves intense study and many pilot hours before licensing is issued. In Britain, there are many different forms of pilot education to experience between civil and military aircraft. Each of the following options can be pursued if one desires to learn more upon flight education.

Obtaining a Private Pilot’s License or PPL requires dedication and evidence of experience. The British PPL requires all applicants to be 17 years of age holding a valid JAR-FCL Class 2 certificate of medical approval. Other requirements include a minimum of 45 hours of flight training, 5 hours of solo flight across country and the ability to hold one solo flight greater than 150 nautical miles with full stop landings at two separate airports.

If one desires to become a commercial pilot, the standards for obtaining a license are more stringent than a privateer’s license. The hours of flying time and cross country flying has been significantly increased and all seeking a commercial pilot’s license have extra incentives upon completion. Commercial license holders are allowed to act as co-pilot of multi-crew aircraft. Co-pilot qualifications include completing successfully the ATPL theoretical knowledge course, valid multiple crew cooperation certificates and valid instrument rating knowledge.

Flight training for military operation is specific to each squadron’s requirements. In the British Royal Air Force, there are 8 specific flight training squadrons that focus on different aircraft needs. Infamous support, fighter, cargo and bomber aircraft all have positions in the 8 RAF squadrons. For more information on RAF flight squadrons and their respective duties, click here.