Pilot Careers

Ryanair launches Future Flyer Academy in search for 400 new pilots

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Ryanair recently launched its Future Flyer Academy (formerly known as Ryanair Mentored Programme), a part-sponsored programme aimed at supporting individuals with little to no prior aviation experience.

The airline says the programme will see over 400 aspiring pilots join the airline as Second Officers over the next four years. Ryanair expects to grow to carry 30 million passagegers and operate 800 aircraft by 2034.

There are three training paths:

Integrated Ab-initio This is a full-time ‘zero-to-hero’ course that takes between 18-24 months to complete. It is suitable for candidates with little to no flying experience.

Gateway 1 This is the modular route designed for candidates who wish to spread out their training because they are unable to complete a full-time training course. It is suitable for trainees who hold a PPL, at least 100 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) and ATPL theory exams completed.

Gateway 2 Airline Pilot Standard Multi Crew Cooperation course (APS MCC) suitable for CPL holders with ME/IR and ATPL theory completed.

Ryanair expects to be operating 800 aircraft by 2034

Ryanair expects to be operating 800 aircraft by 2034

Graduates from the ab-initio or Gateway 1 programmes will receive a conditional job offer upon enrolment and are eligible for a bonded Boeing 737 type rating, with no up-front cost at the end of the initial training.

Six Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) are offering the Ryanair Future Flyer programme. They are:

Applications to join the Ryanair Future Flyer Academy must be made through the ATO of your choice

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