Great news is rocking the GA Community in the UK with a very small opportunity to move to the commercial airline world, thanks to TUI Airlines latest Job Opportunity for Low Hours (Less than 500) Pilots. Applications are only open until 23.59 on the 13th May and of course with all jobs there are specific requirements.
Fear not, if you don’t fall into this bracket yet, we are confident this is just the start of many airlines pushing out more Low Hours Opportunities. Boeing, the world’s largest plane manufacturer has estimated that by 2034, there will be a need for 95,000 new commercial airline pilots in the EU alone. This equates to 5,000 pilots a year. With the amount of CPL issues from the CAA in the past few years declining, these job opportunities might be the encouraging factor for a lot of us as GA pilots to step up and work towards that new career.
So lets talk about the TUI job, what the requirements are, and what you can do to meet these requirements in preparation for the next opportunity.
What’s on offer:
You will be operating as a Pilot on either the B737, B757/767 or B787 and you will initially be frozen on type for a period of 3 years, after which you will be permitted to bid onto one of our other aircraft types if you wish.
What do they need you to have:
Well, its as minimal as you will likely see anytime soon directly from an airline. Of course there are integrated courses that will take you from Zero to Airline from the likes of Easy Jet but we will touch on that later.
• Hold a valid EASA CPL ME-IR(a) with ATPL theory credits(“Frozen ATPL”)
• Have completed 70 hours minimum as PIC on aeroplanes
• Have less than 500 flying hours in total
• Before training with TUI commences, hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of an MCC course (as per FCL.735.A) at your own cost
• Before training with TUI commences, hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of a JOC course at your own cost.
• If license is issued by a non-UK state, be willing and able to transfer to a UK issued EASA license prior to joining TUI at your own cost
• A current EASA Class 1 medical; if medical records are not held by the UK CAA, be willing and able to transfer medical records to UK to permit the issue of a UK issued EASA license, at your own cost.
• Hold a valid 10 year UK or EU passport that permits worldwide travel freely to the destinations we fly to – minimum 6 months validity
• Eligible to live and work indefinitely in the UK & Ireland without additional approvals
• Level 4 English with the ability to upgrade to Level 6
• Willing to reside within 1 hour of nominated base
• Able to work on a flying program which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year
• At least 1.58m tall (Approx. 5ft 2in)
• Able to swim 25 meters
How to get there:
If you already meet these requirements, then, get your CV in and get in touch with us to let us know how you get on! We’d love to here a success stories from RAFFCA or any GA pilot from Light Aircraft to Commercial Airlines.
If you however are not there yet, then lets see whats required after gaining your PPL. For all information below we will use our affiliation with Aero’s Flight Training.
Gain your CPL
The Aeros Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) course is a 25-hour course typically completed over a period of three weeks conducted in both the “non-complex” Piper Warrior aircraft and the “complex” Piper Arrow aircraft equipped with a variable-pitch propeller and retractable undercarriage.
At the end of the course, you will complete a CPL Skills Test with an examiner demonstrating both your navigation and general aircraft handling skills. Our Commercial Pilots Licence success rate is something that we are particularly proud of. Our first series pass rate currently stands close to 100%.
In order to start training, you must be able to meet the following pre-entry requirements:
- Have passed the 14 EASA ATPL(A) examinations
- PPL(A) holder with 175 hrs total flight time
- 100 hrs pilot-in-command (PIC)
- Completed a 300nm cross-country flight including 2 full-stop landings at airfields other than your starting point.
- Hold a valid Class 1 Medical certificate.
- Hold a Night Rating
The Multi-Engine Piston Rating (MEP) allows you to fly twin-engined aircraft that provide the additional safety of having two engines instead of just one! If you intend to take up a professional flying career, the MEP Rating is an essential step!
The course consists of 7-hours of ground school lessons, a multiple-choice format exam, and 6 hours in our Diamond DA42, Tecnam P2006T or Piper PA34 Seneca II followed by the MEP Skills Test with an examiner. Of the 6 hours in the aircraft, you will spend 3.5 hours learning how to control safely the aircraft in the event of an engine failure.
Before starting the course, you must have a minimum 70-hours pilot-in-command (PIC) in light aircraft. The MEP course typically takes approximately 1 week to complete. If you are planning to do the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (IR) we recommend that you complete this training immediately before commencing the IR course. The MEP skills test, however, may be completed towards the end of the IR course after you have gained more experience flying multi-engine aircraft.
The Instrument Rating (IR) allows you to take-off and land in weather conditions that would stop most private pilots. The IR, therefore, is a fundamental requirement if you wish to pursue a career as a professional pilot with an airline. The course is completed on Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft – divided between simulator training and on-aircraft training – and encompasses the technique of flying with sole reference to instruments.
A full Instrument Rating (IR) course is 55 hours, but this is reduced to 45 hours if you already hold a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL). As a minimum, you must complete 10 hours of the course in an aircraft but our experience and results have taught us that the best combination is as follows:
- Phase 1 – Simulator – 25 hours
Completed in one of our Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer II (FNPT-II) simulators, this phase introduces you to the core techniques of instrument flying including, for example, making precision approaches using the ILS. By using a simulator, our Instructors can quickly reposition you to practice particular procedures and techniques over and over again saving valuable time while you gain experience.
- Phase 2 – Aircraft – 20 hours
You have a choice of one our modern, glass cockpit aircraft (DA42 or Tecnam P2006T) to put the skills and techniques you have learned in the simulator to use in the real aircraft. Under the strict but helpful guidance of our experienced Instructors, you will fly in the airways and into major airports alongside other commercial traffic under full Air Traffic Control.
Once you complete the course, you will undertake the Instrument Rating (IR) Skills Test with an examiner demonstrating your proficiency in all of the procedures you have learned.
Having successfully passed your Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) Class Rating, and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR), your next step is to complete the Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course. Designed specifically to prepare you to work as part of an effective flight crew, the MCC is a mandatory requirement on your journey to becoming a First Officer.
The Jet Orientation Course (JOC) builds on the MCC providing you with a much greater insight into how you operate modern airliners and the expectations that airlines have of you. The JOC will prepare you not only for the commercial world, but also the airline assessments! Therefore, while not mandatory, Aeros strongly recommend that you complete a combined MCC/JOC to give you the best chance of getting your first airline role.
The Aeros MCC/JOC is provided by Simtech – recognised as one of the industry leaders of MCC/JOC training. The course runs over 10 days (including weekends) and includes:
- Ground school – 3 days
An introduction to the theory and reality of working in a multi-crew environment. The course introduces Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Checklists and how to work as part of an effective airline flight crew. It also provides an introduction to the differences between the smaller aircraft you will have experienced up to this point in your training, and jet-turbine airliners.
- Simulator – 7 days
Consisting of a 1-hour briefing followed by 4-hours in a B737-800 fixed base simulator per day, the simulator phase allows you to put into practice the theory learned in the classroom in a series of exercises covering both normal and non-normal operating procedures – including engine fires! Days 1-5 cover the MCC, and days 6 and 7 are the JOC element.
If you are part of an RAF Flying club we will always help you to achieve your goals and take that next step and with the great support of Aeros Flight Training it makes the dream of becoming an Airline Pilot that bit more affordable.
How to Apply for the TUI Job:
To apply for this role, please click on the link below where you will be required to provide personal details, complete an online application form and upload your CV.
Application screening will take place after the role closes, should you be successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre during the week commencing 18th June 2018 at our TUI Training Centre in East Midlands (England, UK).
Please note in advance this will be the only week of assessment centre dates available for this position and there are only a limited number of spaces available.
Our assessment centres will be a full day and will consist of a number of group and individual activities.
Should you be successful after an assessment centre, you will be invited to complete the next stage of the selection process which will involve a SIM test. SIM tests will take place on the 26th, 27th and 28th of June; these dates are subject to availability.
Applications Close: 23.59 on Sunday 13th May 2018