What is the Airline Pilot Academy?

The Airline Pilot Academy (APA) is part of the Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training (BCFT) group of companies and is perfectly situated at Bournemouth Airport.  With many years of pilot training expertise, APA provides training of the highest quality to student pilots. APA offers an integrated course which includes CPL, ATPL, ME IR and MCC which combines ground school courses and flying training delivered in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirements.

Where is APA located?

Airline Pilot Academy
Aviation Park West
Building 33 Bellman Road
BH23 6ED

Tel 01202 596955
A Centre of Excellence in Aviation Training.

How can I find out more about training with the Airline Pilot Academy?

Once you have reviewed all of the information available on this website, we would recommend that you book a visit to our Academy.

Suitability for pilot training

What academic qualifications are required?

We would expect a minimum of 5 good A-C passes at GCSE to include Maths, English and a relevant Science or equivalent exams to GCSE. Pilot aptitude testing will be conducted prior to any course commencement.

What are the eyesight 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 about colour blindness?

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 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, less than 5’2” or over 6’3”, you would be well advised to clarify which 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.

How can I find out if I am suitable for pilot training course with the Airline Pilot Academy?

First check to see if you meet our entry criteria listed in our entry requirements. Before you can enrol at the Airline Pilot Academy, you will attend a pilot assessment process. This assessment is designed to assess an applicant’s overall suitability for the pilot career. It typically comprises aptitude testing and an interview. The results of this assessment will give you the best indication regarding your suitability for a career as a pilot.

Will the training be different if I am male or female, or if I am an international student?

Everyone that meets the minimum entry criteria may apply. Airline Pilot Academy maintains equal opportunity standards that prohibit discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age or national origin. With regard to international students, we at Airline Pilot Academy are unable to offer accredited support for non EU students. Therefore the student would have to qualify for a visa in his or her own right.


What does it consist of?

The APA Integrated course takes students with little or no previous flying experience to a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) referred to as the ‘frozen’ ATPL also included at the end of training is a Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC) course which is required to proceed to Type Rating. From this point, once type training has been completed, pilots can then be employed as a First Officer with an airline. Graduate pilots with a ‘frozen’ ATPL are free to train onto any aircraft type and to fly for any airline that will accept their national licence. Most airlines will initially assign new First Officers to “short haul” fleets so they can build experience in the more demanding departure and approach phases of flight. Once an ATPL holder has gained 1,500 hours experience, the ATPL becomes ‘unfrozen’ and they are then eligible to be considered for promotion.


How much will flight training cost?

Graduates of The Airline Pilot Academy’s course are issued with the Frozen Air Transport Pilots Licence (A) The price of the course is £79,875.00 (seventy nine thousand eight hundred and seventy five pounds) this price includes VAT, all training, accommodation and transport costs but does not include some food expenses.

Do I need to pay the whole cost upfront?

No, APA do not require the full course cost upfront, the payments for the course are as follows:

10% deposit on acceptance for the course.
10% payable on first day of course.
10% payable 2 calendar months from course commencement date.
10% monthly for the next 7 months.

Financing options are available, please contact us for details.

Pilot job market

How much will I earn as a pilot?

There are many variables when starting your career as a profession pilot but broadly, 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 £20,000 per annum. A first officer working for one of the larger European airlines can earn between £38,000 and £48,000. Some airlines will take back the cost of the initial type rating usually from the first years’ salary. Experienced captains flying long-haul aircraft can earn as much as £140,000. APA recommends that students consult with BALPA who have up to date information on the salaries paid by 24 UK airlines. Salaries tend to increase with each year of service with a company.

Does Airline Pilot Academy provide help to its graduates to secure pilot jobs at the end of training?

Yes, the Airline Pilot Academy has a close association with FLYBE who operates over 180 routes to 65 European airports and is Europe’s largest regional airline, carrying over 7 million passengers during 2013.

Do I need a medical certificate before I start?

The simple answer is yes, No medical = No Licence. The initial medical can either be completed at the CAA headquarters at London Gatwick airport or at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) headquarters in Swanwick, Hampshire. 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.