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Im a 17 year old student currently at college going into my second year in september, and am interested in a career as a commercail pilot. I know you can train in the RAF and go commercial after that, but i was wondering what qualifications you need, and what the training route to become a pilot is like and what it entails. Please email me back any information or post it up.
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An enthusiasm for flying is the main requirement I think!
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Good luck, the last person who posted something like that got loads of abuse
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Good luck, the last person who posted something like that got loads of abuse
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no no, but if you want abuse hurling at you i don't mind

flyer2k or something, he was a bit anoying though.

anyhow back to the thread...

Kim, check out http://www.uk-learning.net/t5678.html that thread if you want to join the RAF its got loads of stuff in it about the RAF pilot route. have you looked on british airways site for careers they might have info.
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(Original post by ks3288)
hi,
Im a 17 year old student currently at college going into my second year in september, and am interested in a career as a commercail pilot. I know you can train in the RAF and go commercial after that, but i was wondering what qualifications you need, and what the training route to become a pilot is like and what it entails. Please email me back any information or post it up.
thanks
kim

From what i know, to become a civilian pilot you need to gain a Private Pilots Licence, Commerical Pilots Licence with an Instrument Rating, and an ATPL (Air Transport Pilots Licence?). This will set you back a lot of money.
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(Original post by ks3288)
hi,
Im a 17 year old student currently at college going into my second year in september, and am interested in a career as a commercail pilot. I know you can train in the RAF and go commercial after that, but i was wondering what qualifications you need, and what the training route to become a pilot is like and what it entails. Please email me back any information or post it up.
thanks
kim

From what i know, to become a commercial pilot you need to gain a Private Pilots Licence, Commerical Pilots Licence with an Instrument Rating, and an ATPL (Air Transport Pilots Licence?). This will set you back a lot of money.

If you want to serve in the RAF (don't use it as a free way of getting flying training) then as people have said, read the huge topic on this forum or visit the RAF website and your local AFCO.
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yes and please don't think you can use the RAF for free training, it just doesn't work like that and thats why flyker2k was flamed
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yes and please don't think you can use the RAF for free training, it just doesn't work like that and thats why flyker2k was flamed
you mean the RAF isn't a flight school???
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Vladek, you are joking right?!
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I don't understand why you spend your time getting wound-up by people like ks3288. Just leave them to bumble along to an AFCO, they'll realise by themselves that it definitely not the way to become a commercial pilot! If they don't realise, they'd soon have their plan exposed. Remember, the RAF have been doing this for longer than we've walked the earth!!
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An enthusiasm for flying is the main requirement I think!
Actually, ability to fly and good officer qualities tend to be the main requirements.
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I know you can train in the RAF and go commercial after that, but i was wondering what qualifications you need, and what the training route to become a pilot is like and what it entails.
*groan*

You can't really do this that easily. It takes a minimum of 12 years return of service after a minimum of 5 years training before you're likely to be in the position to leave with anywhere near the hours requirements. Then you can probably get your hands on an ATPL if you can fund the exams and you were a multi engine pilot. If you were a fast jet or rotary mate, then your hours don't convert evenly. The CAA rightly say that 1 hour flying Harrier doesn't equate to 1 hour as a Tristar captain when you're looking for an ATPL. Hence even as an FJ guy, you're looking at a hefty hefty amount of cash to qualify.

And then you're in the job market aged 38-42 or something, competing against younger guys and readying yourself for a huge pay cut?

People do it because they've had enough of the lifestyle. If you put up with the stuff the RAF will throw at you for 12 years just to wind up as a commercial pilot, you'll leave jaded, disliked, and wishing you had just forked out the £50k in the first place.
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