The Direct Entry Pilot Scheme (Managed Path/UK Service Pilot) is an exciting career pathway for experienced Pilots from the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and Royal Navy who have completed their minimum service.
Joining British Airways after completing your service is a great way to continue flying to exacting standards – in a uniform you’ll be proud to wear.
We can offer you a greater variety of fleet types and routes, both long and short haul, than any other UK carrier. We also have the world’s most modern fleet, including the new Boeing 787 and Airbus A380.
But being a British Airways Pilot is about more than flying. You’re a leader and role model to the on-board crew. And, you have a lead role in giving customers the best possible experience. This customer focus is what makes our pilots special.
To apply please contact your Career Manager.
The eligibility criteria for the British Airways Managed Path is contained in Tri-Service 2014 DIN 01-180. Please read this Instruction carefully.
- A minimum of 1500 hours flying experience on any service aircraft.
- Able to obtain by your start date a UK Part-FCL Licence.
- UK CAA Class 1 flight crew medical.
- Your height will need to be between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.91m (6'3") with weight in proportion to height (height is accurately determined during the assessment process). If you’re taller than 1.91m, you may apply, but you’ll be required to attend a functionality check to confirm your ability to meet seating position requirements
- A good level of physical fitness, and ability to satisfy the British Airways medical requirements
- ICAO Level 6 proficiency in English language
- A valid passport (with minimum of 12 months before expiry date) allowing unrestricted worldwide travel
- The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK
As a company our number one priority is to maintain the safety and security of our people and our customers. Pre-employment checks on all new joiners are essential. We have specific regulatory requirements that apply to these checks, as we are an aviation business.
These checks may seem quite complex and time consuming. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide and support you through the entire process. For airside roles we need to do a full five year pre-employment check, this includes education, ALL jobs, gaps and holidays of more than 28 days, along with documentary evidence. It is important that you provide us with accurate, and in-depth information. Discrepancies cause delay and may affect your start date.
You will also need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC) also known as a Disclosure Baring Service Certificate (DBSC) and an overseas CRC if you have lived abroad in the last five years. If you already have an overseas criminal record certificate that is over 10 weeks old, it is valid if you have not returned to the country of issue to reside.
Typically, the CRC or DBSC will take two weeks to be issued, the overseas CRC will vary from country to country. The Pre-employment checks for airside will typically take around 16 weeks, the time will vary depending on the number of jobs, periods of education and gaps we have to check, and validate.
We will work with you, and our 3rd Party suppliers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible. Your help is vital, and much appreciated.