Pilot training – what does it take to become a pilot?

It’s a career many seek, and many others have previously cherished. But how do you go about becoming a pilot? Airliner World turns to training organisations for advice

Being a pilot is exciting! And although it’s not the only line of work that offers similar exhilaration, that does not dimmish its attraction as a stimulating career.

Depending on where you are in the world, the pathways to a life on the flightdeck may differ slightly, but the main routes have a core similarity and include challenging elements of a training process that candidates should be aware of.

Data from EASA and the CAA reveals the UK and Europe is likely to encounter a shortfall of around 750-1,000 pilots a year up to 2034
Data from EASA and the CAA reveals the UK and Europe is likely to encounter a shortfall of around 750-1,000 pilots a year up to 2034 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Craig McDonald is the director of ACS Aviation, based at Perth Airport in Scotland. Before explaining the process, he had a few words of encouragement for potential candidates: “If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a pilot, flying a commercial airliner is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating jobs you can do.”

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