A commercial-pilot flying licence does involve spending a lot of money. Whether studying via the modular or integrated routes, by the time you factor in ongoing living expenses over the eighteen or so months it all takes, you should expect to spend somewhere in the region of £50-60,000 to get your fATPL. Then, unless you join a sponsored scheme as described above, you'll also need to budget a further £15,000 or £30,000 respectively to obtain either a turbo-prop or jet type rating.
However, this considerable expenditure is more than offset by the opportunity to earn a good salary as a professional pilot, perhaps for many years ahead. Typical starting salaries for self-financed First Officers in the UK are around £30-35,000 per year, with salaries increasing to near £100,000 per year for highly-experienced Captains.
There is always a demand for new pilots as older pilots retire and the airlines of the world expand (especially in the Far East currently). We offer all students the latest airline industry recruitment news as we get it. And if you need more information on raising the necessary funds, we are always happy to help you plan your finances and offer advice on obtaining student loans.
Here at Stapleford, we know that learning to fly commercially is a very big decision, not just intellectually, but financially too. We understand how important it is to obtain the necessary funding and to budget for your flying training and living costs. You need to ensure that you have borrowed enough money to see you through the process with room to spare.
In order to ensure you have a clear idea of the costs - and some costs such as living expenses, CAA fees and medical fees are easily underestimated or left out - we would thoroughly recommend that you write a business plan that looks into all aspects of the training process. You should look into the job market as well. Take time to consider whether the area of aviation you are looking at is likely to have job openings once you have completed your studies and training.
You can use your business plan to impress your bank manager, proving that you have thought things through. You can also use it as a guide for yourself, where you have set realistic goals and timeframes and where you have alternatives in case things don't go to plan.
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Our FREE quarterly newsletter 'Take Off' (PDF - 274kb) is now available to download (requires Acrobat Reader). It contains lots of up-to-the-minute news about the airfield and club as well as all the latest gossip. We want your contributions too. So if you have any stories, anecdotes or other ideas you wish to add to the next newsletter, or if you wish wish to order a FREE copy, please contact our editor Sue Rose - firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07808 587248.
Stapleford Flight Centre are delighted to offer the new industry-standard MCC, known as the 'APS MCC' or 'Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Co-operation Course'. The course syllabus is extended with ground school element increasing from three to five days with additional subjects; TEM (threat error management) CRM (crew resource management) FTL (flight time limitations) Swept wing theory Upset recovery and prevention SMS (safety management systems) ... read more here >>
This consultation is in relation to our proposed airspace change to allow RNAV approaches onto Runway 21L. You can download the PDF response form or add your responses online. You can also book into the 'drop -in' sessions here.
Following hot on the heels of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval for Stapleford Flight Centre’s modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses, Stapleford has now been given the go-ahead to run Integrated Pilot Training Courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex.... Download full press release >>
The Civil Aviation Authority has granted stand-alone approval for Stapleford Flight Centre to run modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex. This is the only ATPL theory course inside the M25 in the London area.. Download full press release >>
When requesting a clearance into the new Southend CAS, from April 2nd 2015, it would be advisable to quote the CTA number(s) that you want clearance into. Sadly the CTA numbers are not shown on the new 1:500,000 chart and so you will find this chart useful. We strongly suggest that you carry it with you when flying locally to help you ensure you get the clearance you want. If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the instructors at Stapleford: 01708 688380.
Stapleford Flight Centre launches new 'mobile-friendly' website. We hope you like it - and that it displays consistently well on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (and if not, please do let us know and we'll try our very best to fix it).
Stapleford Flight Centre, one of the UK’s top flight training schools, is leading the field with the acquisition of a brand new “state of the art” ALX Alsim medium jet simulator. This is first in the UK, and one of only five in Europe. It has just been installed at the Essex-based airfield and it will be used for MCC (Multi-Crew Co-operation) courses and JOC (Jet Orientation Courses) as well as a combined course for tomorrow’s airline pilots.
In conjunction with ProPilot we are introducing an enhanced ab-initio course where, in addition to the standard Zero to Frozen ATPL elements, we will train for type-rating preparation.
The first-ever National Air Traffic Service (NATS) Infringement Prevention Award has been awarded to Stapleford Flight Centre. This is a result of the sustained campaign led by Deputy Head of Training, Brian Peppercorn.
Stapleford Flight Centre, internationally-renowned flight training school for private and commercial pilots, has been awarded Full Accredition for its training courses by the British Accreditation Council for Independent, Further and Higher Education.