Frequently Asked Questions

Take a read through the list of common questions we get asked. If there is anything you are unsure of, please do not hesitate to use the form below to ask us a question.

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Should I choose a Modular or Integrated Course?

Whether you are considering a Modular Route or Integrated route, the training will lead you to the same licence. Each course has its pros and cons and so your choice will be based on your personal circumstances. As BCFT are able to offer both course options, we are able to explain each option in detail and match the course to suit your needs. We encourage you to call or visit us before making your final decisions.

What academic qualifications do I need?

For the Integrated course you will need 5 A*-C/4-9 grade GCSE subjects or their equivalent and you will be required to complete a pilot aptitude assessment.
There is no minimum educational standard required in order to enrol on the Modular course, however, we would recommend a knowledge of Maths and Physics to GCSE standard, and we can offer a pilot aptitude test if requested.

What are the visual requirements?

Requiring correction to your vision is not automatically disbarring from a career as an airline pilot. The requirements are that distant visual acuity, with or without correction, shall be 6/9 or better in each eye separately and binocular visual acuity shall be 6/6 or better. For an initial examination the refractive error shall not exceed +3 dioptres. For more information we recommend that you contact your optician.

What if I am colour blind?

Having some form of colour blindness does not necessarily prevent you from having a career as an airline pilot, providing you can pass acceptable colour perception tests (predominately Red/Green perception).

Are there any height restrictions?

There are no height limits that will affect you qualifying for a civil professional licence. But if you are particularly short or tall, under 5’2” or over 6’3” you would be well advised to clarify how many aircraft you would fit into and be able to reach all the controls comfortably. This would identify whether your height would limit your career prospects in the future. We recommend you get in contact with BALPA if you have any concerns.

How much will flight training cost?

Course costs vary depending on the type of course you require and your previous experience. When comparing prices of different providers make sure you factor in the cost of landings, any ground exams that may be required and the cost of your skills tests.

If you would like an up to date quote with no hidden extras, then please contact us today.

How much will I earn as a pilot?

It greatly depends on the airline you are working for and the type of aircraft you are flying. A pilot flying for a small regional airline might initially earn less than a first officer working for one of the larger European airlines for example. BCFT recommends that students consult with BALPA who have up to date information on the salaries paid by 24 UK airlines.

When should I obtain my initial class 1 medical certificate?

It is advisable to obtain your Class 1 medical prior to commencing any training.

Why do I need this? No medical = No Licence – If you do not already hold a medical certificate, you must contact an Aeromedical Centre in order to undergo a medical examination. There is normally a waiting list so an appointment to attend a medical assessment should be one of the initial steps for anyone considering a career in aviation. It is advisable to obtain your class 1 before making any financial commitments. Click here to view the UK initial class 1 Aeromedical Centres.