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Do I Need A Visa To Study At AFT
All Non EU Students require a UK Visa to study at the Academy.
Atlantic Flight Training holds a UK Border Agency Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, which allows us to accept International Students. Our dedicated UKBA Consultant will guide you through the application process, to ensure your visa application is processed correctly and in a time effective manner.
All non EEA students are required to obtain entry clearance to enable them to enter and study in the UK. This clearance has to be completed before your arrival in the UK. Failure to have this clearance will result in being refused entry in to the UK.
The cost of the Tier 4 Visa is £2,500 (included within course fees)
Before we can process your UK entry visa application, there is a certain amount of information that we require from you:
- Do you have a valid IELTS English test certificate scoring 4.0 or above in all four components that is less than two years old?
- Do you have sufficient funds to cover the balance of your first year course fees and the UKBA maintenance requirement for your stay in the UK? It must be held in a bank account owned by you or a parent/legal guardian and the balance must be held for a minimum of 28 days.
- You will be asked to complete a data capture sheet, which includes your personal details.
- Do you have a valid passport?
These are mandatory requirements of the UK Border Agency and the sooner you can make sure these are in place, the better.
Do I Need A Class 1 Medical?
Yes, to commence Integrated Flight Training in the United Kingdom, it is an EASA requirement that initial pilot medicals have to be completed and issued in the country from which the commercial pilot license is issued.
For UK/EEA Nationals:
You should book an appointment before the start of your course by contacting the UK Civil Aviation Authority's Aeromedical Centre at Gatwick Airport. The Class 1 medical costs £348 which is payable at the time of booking. Appointments last around 4 hours and morning or afternoon appointment times are available.
For more information on how to book your appointment please see the following link:
UK Civil Aviation Authority Class 1 Medical, Gatwick Airport
The UK Medical Call Centre number +44 (0)1293 573700.
For Non EEA Nationals:
Unless you are planning to visit the UK before the start of your training course, you should plan to complete your Class 1 medical within 4 weeks of the course start date. To ensure that there are no surprises when you complete your medical, you are required to undertake a separate Class 1 "screening medical" in Amman, Jordan (Class 1 Medical, Jordan) and submit this medical certificate to us prior to arriving in the UK.
What Else Should I Know
Salaries vary according to the airline that you are employed with, the type of aircraft you are flying and your experience. The starting salary for a newly qualified First Officer working for a smaller Airline may be around £21,000. Starting salaries for those in larger companies are higher at around £22,000 - £24,000.
Salaries for more experienced Pilots could range from £36,000 to £48,000 in a First Officer role. The starting salary for a Captain with a medium sized airline may range from £57,000 to £78,000, while those with the major operators could earn from £97,000 to in excess of £140,000.
A pilot's salary is often incremental, rising with each year of service with the company.
Being a pilot is not a 9 to 5 job and unusual working hours should be expected. The length of a working day varies depending on the company and route but can range from 3 to 12 hours. The start times of a day will often differ depending on the route, sometimes beginning in the early morning and sometimes late at night.
As pilots can often be on standby duty, they generally need to live near the airport where they are based so they can get there at relatively short notice.
Pilots working for short haul airlines often have their working shifts for a month or two ahead. This results in a more stable working/home life balance.
Long haul airline pilots are expected to spend much greater periods of time away from home as they will fly further distances. This means that they often have to adjust to different time zones and may often stay overnight at their destinations.
Pilots are restricted to 900 flying hours per year. On scheduled airlines, the workload is spread evenly throughout the year. On charter airlines, the summer months are busier than the winter months.
Most of a pilot's working time is spent sitting in the cockpit of the aircraft and the majority of cockpits are designed with comfort in mind. Long haul pilots may suffer tiredness, particularly if they are flying either eastwards or westwards through different time zones. On long haul flights, there are often bunks on the aircraft where you can rest.