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Old 20th Jul 2023, 15:20
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BA Speedbird Academy 2023

Huge news https://careers.ba.com/future-pilots
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Old 20th Jul 2023, 16:00
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Sounds good. But Iím sure the devil will be in the detail. However if it is truly an old school fully sponsored scheme it is great news.
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Old 21st Jul 2023, 17:15
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Hoping they'll accept applications from people who have some ATPL exams under their belts
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Old 21st Jul 2023, 17:31
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As usual and absolutely spot on as stated. The devil really is in the detail. Not a glossy advert with the now mandatory message on diversity to the fore. A lot of questions to answer. Where is the academy? What training aircraft? Are they going to use the big players, L3 etc (God forbid) or set up their own Hamblesque school? Hopefully the latter. And so on. Personally I think it is great that an airline such as BA is taking ownership of pilot training like TUI and Bristow helicopters. About time. And select the best candidates regardless of anything except drive and an enthusiasm for aviation.

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Originally Posted by olster
As usual and absolutely spot on as stated. The devil really is in the detail. Not a glossy advert with the now mandatory message on diversity to the fore. A lot of questions to answer. Where is the academy? What training aircraft? Are they going to use the big players, L3 etc (God forbid) or set up their own Hamblesque school? Hopefully the latter. And so on. Personally I think it is great that an airline such as BA is taking ownership of pilot training like TUI and Bristow helicopters. About time. And select the best candidates regardless of anything except drive and an enthusiasm for aviation.
Is the devil in the detail?

They've said theyíre using ATOs, any reason to think itíll be any in addition the ones already used for the NQPP? Say you got sent to L3, who cares? Overpriced sausage factory, yes. Has no impact on these cadets.

Type of aircraft? Utterly meaningless. Doesnít matter if itís a Gulfstream V or a 1950s Cessna 150 with one of its prope blades missing. BAís paying for the course, all roads lead to the 320

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Old 15th Aug 2023, 21:11
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hi everyone. the first one is the newest criteria and the second one is the previous one. all are the same except the 'right to live and work in the UK'. Is it possible they forget it? If not I am getting excited.
Application criteria:
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  • At least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of age to start training.
  • 6 GCSEs grade A-C or 5-9 including Maths, English and a Science or equivalent qualifications
  • Fluent in English (and, if applicable, an ICAO Level 6 on completion of training). For non-native English speakers, you will need to a certificate proving you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.
  • A valid passport which permits unrestricted worldwide travel.
  • Your height must be between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.90m (6'3"). Height is accurately determined during the assessment process. If you’re taller than 1.90m, you may submit an application, but may be required to undergo a functionality check.
  • Able to obtain and hold a UK CAA Class 1 medical with no restrictions and meet British Airways medical criteria.
  • Before training starts, you must have completed referencing and pre-employment checks to the satisfactory standard and supply satisfactory UK and international Criminal Record Checks.
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  • At least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of age to start training.
  • GCSE Maths, English and Science excluding General studies and Critical Thinking, grade C/4 and above plus 112 UCAS points according to the 2017 or equivalent (academic and vocational qualifications accepted). For international academic comparisons, see:
  • Fluent in English (and, if applicable, an ICAO Level 6 on completion of training). For non-native English speakers, you will need to a certificate proving you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK (Please note that a work/study visa does not satisfy this requirement).
  • A valid passport which permits unrestricted worldwide travel.
  • Your height must be between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.90m (6'3"). Height is accurately determined during the assessment process. If you’re taller than 1.90m, you may submit an application, but may be required to undergo a functionality check.
  • Able to obtain and hold a UK CAA Class 1 medical with no restrictions and meet British Airways medical criteria.
  • Before training starts, you must have completed referencing and pre-employment checks to the satisfactory standard and supply satisfactory UK and international Criminal Record Checks.



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Old 16th Aug 2023, 12:04
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Originally Posted by Arena_33
Hoping they'll accept applications from people who have some ATPL exams under their belts
This is an ab-initio cadet scheme- they’ll be unable to accept applications from those who’ve sat ATPL exams. Those folk will either apply to the whitetail scheme if they’re studying at L3, CAE, FTE, LE or Skyborne, or apply to the NQPP post-MCC.
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Old 17th Aug 2023, 21:42
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Hi

Looking to apply to this as soon as applications open! Question with regards to class 1 medical, is there a way of getting my hearing tested prior (instead of shelling out the money for it!) to trying to obtain a class one?

i am slightly deaf in my left ear (can still hear, just isnít as good as my right ear!)
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Originally Posted by Tobias0501
Looking to apply to this as soon as applications open! Question with regards to class 1 medical, is there a way of getting my hearing tested prior (instead of shelling out the money for it!) to trying to obtain a class one?

i am slightly deaf in my left ear (can still hear, just isnít as good as my right ear!)
Honestly, just get the Class 1. Itís an expense yes, but once youíve tried for it you then know definitively. Youíll need it anyway, just one less thing to worry about.
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Old 22nd Aug 2023, 17:40
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Hey did anyone manage to record the teams call by any chance? I managed to record it but no sound unfortunately 😂
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Old 25th Aug 2023, 14:49
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I signed up for the speedbird ba call but unfortunately ran into some problems with teams... If anyones willing to share the slides + info, that would be greatly appreciated ☺️
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Old 8th Sep 2023, 07:39
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Just heard about the timings of the course (starting March). Turns out I won't be able to participate this year as I'll be in school until June. I assumed it would be like the TUI MPL starting at the beginning of the academic year but it makes sense to start before summer.

The timing also causes problems for next year: I want to apply to university at the same time so in the likely event that I don't succeed in getting onto the scheme then I can still get higher education. But, considering that this year candidates will hear in December, next year I'd already have started at university when I find out.

so I'm thinking about applying this year and if by a miracle I get onto the scheme, asking to defer it to next year. I'm just worried that if they say no, that it would ruin my chances for future applications. What do you think?
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Old 8th Sep 2023, 08:54
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I wouldn't worry about it too much mate, your chances of getting will get higher if you were to apply again as it shows determination.
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Old 8th Sep 2023, 08:55
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Yes, same, please do share useful information. I did hear that they will increase the number of candidates from 60 to 70.
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Old 10th Sep 2023, 22:35
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Has this opened yet? I canít find anything.
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 17:35
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There is an option on their website which allows you to provide your email address in order to receive updates so worth doing to avoid missing any updates.
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 22:53
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There is an option on their website which allows you to provide your email address in order to receive updates so worth doing to avoid missing any updates.
Thanks. Have done this but nothing yet.
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Old 13th Sep 2023, 12:26
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Originally Posted by MrSandyWilly
Just heard about the timings of the course (starting March). Turns out I won't be able to participate this year as I'll be in school until June. I assumed it would be like the TUI MPL starting at the beginning of the academic year but it makes sense to start before summer.

The timing also causes problems for next year: I want to apply to university at the same time so in the likely event that I don't succeed in getting onto the scheme then I can still get higher education. But, considering that this year candidates will hear in December, next year I'd already have started at university when I find out.

so I'm thinking about applying this year and if by a miracle I get onto the scheme, asking to defer it to next year. I'm just worried that if they say no, that it would ruin my chances for future applications. What do you think?
I can tell you now they wonít defer it so I would only apply if you actually intend on taking a place on the course or it is just wasting everyoneís time. Apply when you are ready and give it your best shot
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Old 13th Sep 2023, 12:51
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Training providers are FTEJerez and Skyborne!
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Old 13th Sep 2023, 14:51
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Hi, I've joined just to ask if anyone else has seen Speedbird Academy/ New pilot application come and go? I cant find the page on BA website now, I've been looking for the applications to open as per the Teams Q&As
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