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Apprenticeship training course

First officer pilot (level 6)

Support aircraft captains and commanders during flights.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Transport and logistics
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • First officer pilot
  • Pilot
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Ensure personal preparation and presentation standards are upheld in accordance with professional and organisational regulations and standards
  • Prepare and check/validate a flight plan
  • Establish the airworthiness and air readiness of the aircraft
  • Check and operate flight instruments and systems
  • Check and operate radar and radio aids
  • Check and operate aircraft propulsion systems
  • Check and operate navigation and communication equipment
  • Accurately report defective equipment
  • Collect information to aid decision making
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with ATC and airport ground staff
  • Handle the aircraft on the ground in accordance with relevant SOPs
  • Secure and seal the aircraft in accordance with company regulations and procedures
  • Close down aircraft engines, systems and equipment in accordance with regulations and procedures
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, cabin crew, ground operational teams and customers at appropriate times to ensure service efficiency, safety and security
  • Implement agreed flight plan, making appropriate judgements to respond to en-route and terminal conditions
  • Maintain control, stability and safety during all stages of the flight, following airline SOPs
  • Manage and monitor automated systems
  • Monitor weather conditions during the flight and control the aircraft in response
  • Respond appropriately to all abnormal situations e.g. engine failure, disruptive passenger, forced landing, fire, decompression at altitude
  • Handle and control the aircraft in a smooth and safe manner when responding to abnormal situations
  • Release the aircraft in accordance with SOPs
  • Accurately record malfunctions, faults and maintenance requirements
  • Complete pre and post flight documentation
  • Supervise the refuelling of the aircraft
  • Consult with the Commander and inform crew members clearly what action is required in response to emergency situations
  • Ensure self and team monitor and apply the compliance, legislation, procedures and regulations commensurate to your role
  • Identify risks and non-compliance, ensuring corrective actions are taken or situations are escalated in accordance with organisation’s procedures
  • Monitor aviation security in own area of responsibility
  • Identify and address / report actual or potential hazards pre-flight, in-flight or post-flight as required
  • Record and report safety and security incidents, including self-reporting when required
  • Drive the team to maintain brand / organisational standards at all times, and identify and address any potential risks according to organisational procedures

Full information on First officer pilot (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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