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    I will be graduating September 2016. I have been studying BEng Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. I am thinking is it possible for me to become a pilot after this with any kind of graduate programme so that I don't need to pay anything. Or is there any option that I can have fully funded piloting course ?
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    Royal Navy - Aircrew Pilot Officer, graduate entry - http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/...erpilotofficer

    Royal Navy - Helicopter commando squadron training - http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-orga...e-headquarters

    Royal Navy - Engineering officers - http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/engineers/officers

    Air Force - Pilot graduate entry - https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/aircrew/pilot/

    Army - Officer Pilot entry - http://www.army.mod.uk/aviation/29745.aspx
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    (Original post by rakibfiha)
    I will be graduating September 2016. I have been studying BEng Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. I am thinking is it possible for me to become a pilot after this with any kind of graduate programme so that I don't need to pay anything. Or is there any option that I can have fully funded piloting course ?
    I am told it isn't so simple to go from military pilot to commercial pilot, at least not as simple as people think. So take the above post with a pinch of salt.

    Best bet would be to apply for the pilot training schemes around, eg http://www.britishairways.com/career...lot_home.shtml, though you'll need to find £84k if you got picked for this one.

    Perhaps look into training in a different country where it is cheaper (but still gets you a recognized qualification.
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    Just to add - armed forces recruiters will see right through any attempt to get "free training" in order to go off and join the airlines. The two lifestyles are very different; only apply for the military if you want to be a military pilot!
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    got something which I found really interesting. http://www.ctcaviation.com/aspiring-...raining/wings/
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    (Original post by rakibfiha)
    got something which I found really interesting. http://www.ctcaviation.com/aspiring-...raining/wings/
    Read all of it. Unless you are some sort of god, you'll need around 100,000 pounds to pay for everything.
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    The problem taking the army route is, that you have to be retrained for civil aircrafts (or for any different aircraft), which makes you not necessarily a good alternative for airlines.
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    (Original post by Nathanielle)
    The problem taking the army route is, that you have to be retrained for civil aircrafts (or for any different aircraft), which makes you not necessarily a good alternative for airlines.
    I don't really understand this. Any pilot - military or civilian - has to go through a conversion course for any new type of aircraft they fly.
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    (Original post by AeroM)
    I don't really understand this. Any pilot - military or civilian - has to go through a conversion course for any new type of aircraft they fly.
    Yeah, but you won't train for a totally different civil aircraft, when your aim is to apply as a Pilote to an airline. The more differences between your former working environment (aircraft, procedures, simple things like how that particular airline works, etc.), the less attractive you are for an airline. Hence while flying a big transport aircraft may be less attractive than a fighter, it is more likely you land a job as a pilot afterwards. And still you compete with fresh young pilots directly having been trained for civil passenger aircrafts.

    In short: with retraining I meant more than "just" a conversion course.
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    (Original post by AeroM)
    I don't really understand this. Any pilot - military or civilian - has to go through a conversion course for any new type of aircraft they fly.
    Military pilots don't get civilian Pilots' Licences. Which is the £84,000 bit
 
 
 
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