First officer pilot

First officer pilot

“The first officer, also known as co-pilot, supports the aircraft commander and assists them in the safe and efficient conduct of a flight”

The first officer, also known as co-pilot, works in a variety of aircraft, including commercial, military, passenger or freight. The role of the first officer is to support the aircraft commander and to assist them in the safe and efficient conduct of a flight. In the event of the incapacitation of the commander, the first officer will assume the authority and responsibility for the aircraft and its crew, passengers and load. During normal operations, the commander and the first officer will alternate in performing the roles of ‘pilot handling’ and ‘pilot monitoring’. In these situations, the ‘pilot monitoring’ will conduct radio communications and monitor the duties of the ‘pilot handling’. At all times, they are to ensure the safety and security of the passengers and crew. As an apprentice, you’ll need to achieve either a ‘frozen’ air transport pilot licence (aeroplane) or a multi-crew pilot licence followed by aircraft type conversion training and supervised line training.

Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: English and maths

Entry requirements: Security clearance and a class 1 medical certificate. Apprentices must be at least 18-years-old in order to apply for a multi-crew pilot licence and at least 21-years-old in order to apply for an air transport pilot licence

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk