Sunday, September 14, 2014

Aer Lingus Pilot Recruitment ( Cadet Pilot )

Aer Lingus is excited to announce the introduction of its new Cadet Pilot Training Programme for 2014.

This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals to train and qualify as a commercial pilot, and could be the starting point for a rewarding career with Aer Lingus.

As part of our commitment to this Cadet Pilot Programme, Aer Lingus will fund a substantial portion of the costs and provide a first class mentored programme throughout the duration of the course. This will involve regular contact with a specially designated member of the Aer Lingus Flight Operations team who will oversee your progress and provide advice and guidance throughout the course.

As a prospective Aer Lingus trainee pilot you should have a technical aptitude and display maturity, commitment, flexibility, motivation and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential qualities with a good appreciation of our customers' expectations.

cockpit.jpgWorking as part of a team on our modern aircraft can be challenging and physically demanding. For those who thrive on responsibility and embrace professionalism, this career is both rewarding and fulfilling. To qualify to fly a commercial aircraft, like the Airbus 320, you have to undergo a challenging and intensive training programme.

The Course

The initial training course will lead to the granting of an Airline Transport Pilots Licence with Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ATPL/ME/IR). The course is very intensive and involves a significant amount of additional study. Time off from the course is limited to set times during the programme. These will be outlined at a later stage in the recruitment process. Successful applicants can expect the course to begin late 2013.

The Duration

The training programme takes 14 months to complete and consists of a number of phases. Following successful completion of these elements, Multi Crew training is conducted in the classroom and simulator. This course takes 2 weeks and signals the end of your initial training.

engine.jpg Training Location

A number of training locations are being considered. The final choice will be advised to you later in the recruitment process. Opportunities for travel home during the course will be limited.

Training Costs

The approximate cost of the initial training programme is €100,000. If you are successful in your application you will be required to fund approximately 25% of this training cost during the course. Upon successful completion of the course, a further 25% approximately will be recovered by Aer Lingus by means of reduced salary over a number of years. The full details of this will be outlined at a later stage in the recruitment process.  

Post Qualification from Flight Training

When you have qualified from flight school you will be scheduled for the Airbus 320 type training course. The timing of these courses will be subject to pilot crewing demands. The course comprises computer based training and simulator exercises, to ensure you have a high standard of proficiency to qualify you to fly the aircraft.


sunrise.jpg We currently have pilots located at a number of bases in Ireland and the UK. When qualified, you may be offered a position at any one of these locations.

Career Prospects

Aer Lingus currently operates an all Airbus fleet of aircraft. You will start your career on the A320 flying across Europe to our many destinations. 

There may be opportunities to move on to our longhaul fleet operating on our transatlantic network. There are also opportunities to work on projects within Flight Operations or to become an Instructor as your experience develops. 

In Aer Lingus, we encourage development and progression in everyone's career. Ultimately as an Aer Lingus pilot you will have the opportunity to achieve promotion to Captain.

We hope this information has been helpful. 

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Please use this link if you wish to apply to the Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme.

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