Flight Training Guide: The pathways to becoming a pilot

Becoming a professional airline pilot is a dream for many aviation enthusiasts – but how do you turn that ambition into reality? The route to earning your wings can appear complex and potentially expensive, with multiple steps and plenty of hard work required. For those serious about entering the industry, the terms ‘integrated’ and ‘modular’ often pop up while researching pilot training. Both can result in the same career opportunities, but what are the main differences between the two?

As part of a typical integrated programme, budding aviators undertake all training continuously at one flight school. They begin with ATPL theory (usually 14 exams and 750+ classroom hours) before actually getting to fly for real. Some cadets prefer completing the classroom elements in this single, intensive course; but the structured timetable means it isn’t ideal for everyone.

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