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Old 15th Oct 2013, 18:28
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Pilot Q&A: Helen Macnamara Senior First Officer, Boeing 767 fleet - Travel tips and inspiration - British Airways High Life

further confirmation at the bottom of this interview:

"The British Airways Future Pilot Programme will once again be open for applications from this month. To find out more information, visit bafuturepilot.com"
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 07:09
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Does anyone know if last years allocation of cadets was 1/3rd with each school?

The reason I ask, is that Oxford "seemed" to be the most popular, so in theory you might stand a better chance with FTE which "seemed" to be the least?
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 11:56
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No. Each FTO send BA the info on what they think are their best n candidates. From all three sets of candidates BA select the best 300 or so. Theoretically the best 300 could all come from the same FTO.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 12:23
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The information given by BA at the Flyer Exhibition was that all 72 places would be split equally between the schools (i.e. 24 each)

Whether it worked out in this fashion in practice, or not, I've no idea but it was certainly the intention.

To be honest, the competition is so great that I would suggest you're better off choosing the school you prefer and then trying to be the best you can, rather than worry about whether you will increase your chances by a minimal amount based on speculation and rumour!

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Old 16th Oct 2013, 12:38
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It is interesting that the future pilot website is actually down...
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 12:39
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I'd be astonished if that's how it actually happened Libertine, as it doesn't make sense. If it were the case then technically you're not competing against the candidates from the other schools on the final selection day. And by this reasoning if the standard was a lot lower in one group than in another, BA would be turning away superior candidates in favour of inferior ones purely on the basis of splitting the allocation between the FTOs. Not gonna happen...

But I agree with you; it's best to choose a school based on other reasons rather than the slight chance of it increasing the probability of you being selected. Because ultimately you'll be up against the best from all schools at the final day.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 13:27
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From what I can remember OAA received the most applications, with FTE and CTC receiving a similar amount.
I find it hard to believe that BA would pick a "weaker" candidate just to make the numbers up at a certain school.
As has already been said, surely it makes sense to just pick the school that you want to go to rather than worry about a marginal difference in odds (which are tiny as it is).
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 13:37
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From what I could gather In previous years, applications go through BA, those selected are passed on to FTO's who will assess each candidate internally. They will choose the top X candidates based on BA set criteria. They are then handed back to BA for final selection.

This process tends to differ from other schemes, where the FTO will take the initial applications, and then pass off the top X candidates off to the airline for final selection.

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Old 16th Oct 2013, 13:38
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I have managed to get on to the revamped website, which basically holds the same information as the old one, no change in any of the content and entry requirements exactly the same. Still leaves me completely unsure as to whether my HNC and being 5 months away from a completed BEng Hons will be enough.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 13:50
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I don't think that the revamped one is live just yet chocsaway08. When you google the BA FPP website and hit the link for it, it is directed to a different place.

On another note, I know what you mean regarding entry requirements. I emailed last year as I thought whilst in my BEng and having good marks i would be able to apply as i'm 1 off on the A-levels, unfortunately they told me no, i completely understand your frustration. BUT, if the site you were on isn't the revamped one like you thought, then there still may have been a change in entry requirements, who knows, but lets hope so. All the best!
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 13:53
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Fly boi, try the site on mobile, working for me.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:07
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Chocs, think the site viewable on iPad/mobile is still the old one, not the revamped one. The one I'm seeing is definitely the one that's been up since last year.

Did NARIC not get back to you regarding the qualifications?
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:10
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Mayday,Mayday,Mayday, I think you’re right. I have a page up on my screen, but it’s the old one. Stamped 2012 at the bottom of the screen J
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:14
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Mayday, i did not contact NARIC as i was waiting to see what the qualifcations are this year.

looks like i will be writing the £40 email application now...
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:23
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Luckily £40 is a small price to pay relative to all the other incidental costs that creep up throughout the process. With the numbers apparently reduced to 60 for the next intake it seems that getting through will be even more competitive than ever. Good luck to all!
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:30
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I think Oxford, CTC and FTE probably want a guarantee that if they invest in the assessment centers etc they get a return on that investment by having a fixed number of candidates at the end.

I know you pay the FTO for assessment but they are "supposed" to be a contribution to the costs rather than the actual cost.

I think it does make a difference which one you select. If Oxford had 33% more candidates then your chances go down by 33%.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:40
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Which school

So how can one find out or research what school/s had/ have a bigger grab from BA?
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:45
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Still doesnt work for me.
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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:49
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I think it does make a difference which one you select. If Oxford had 33% more candidates then your chances go down by 33%.
No, not really. 5000 people apply. 50 are selected. Doesn't matter which FTO each candidate goes to. Admittedly you might stand a slightly better chance of going further in the competition (correct name for it? ), but in terms of actual overall success, there is very little statistical difference. In other words, the candidates who were chosen last time around probably still would have been had they all attended different schools from the ones they did. Quality to that extent shines through.

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Old 16th Oct 2013, 14:52
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So how can one find out or research what school/s had/ have a bigger grab from BA?
This idea is somewhat self-defeating. You'll be up against the best candidates if you progress far enough anyway. If you're not good enough to get to the final day from a single school, you're not likely to make it through the final day should you have gotten there via an alternative route.

Your time would be far better spent trying to make yourself the best possible candidate you can be. Forget about the odds of x, y, z - it's all high pi in the sky.
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