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Old 10th Aug 2023, 01:09
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very helpful. Thankyou
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 08:18
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Interesting info and thanks for posting! Does anyone know if this varies much from the FPP application process? I was training to be a driver with Virgin Trains when FPP was open, so I didn't apply. Going to throw my hat in the ring this time and see what happens.
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 08:34
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To add, youíll be training with one of two yet-to-be-announced schools and itís an fATPL programme, not MPL.
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 14:12
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Does anyone know if BA or the flight school that theyíre working with will use Logical reasoning ?
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 16:11
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Nice one Pablopal! Any idea on being able to bagsy a spot for 2025 instead? Currently on a 9-month notice period...
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 20:07
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I couldnít get on the Teams call either so thanks for sharing the info.

One quick question: did they say whether itís an MPL or fATPL course?
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 22:16
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Originally Posted by rockwing
Nice one Pablopal! Any idea on being able to bagsy a spot for 2025 instead? Currently on a 9-month notice period...
They asked to only apply if you are able to start in Q1 of 2024, they will not allow candidates to postpone start dates.

However they also said that they will be running the same course for the following year, so if you arenít ready to start on this one, you can apply for the next one when itís announced.
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Old 11th Aug 2023, 06:15
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Originally Posted by rockwing
Nice one Pablopal! Any idea on being able to bagsy a spot for 2025 instead? Currently on a 9-month notice period...
Whatís the worst they can do if you just give them three months? Likely absolutely nothing!
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Old 11th Aug 2023, 14:34
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I know that BA has advertised UP TO sixty places, but did anyone catch on onto whether is actually sixty spots indefinitely in the teams call?
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Old 12th Aug 2023, 19:47
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Originally Posted by Pablopal
Some key points included:
  • Accommodation, food allowance and substance allowance provided
  • Application window will open in September
  • Flight school assessment in October
  • BA assessment in November
  • Offers made in November
  • Training commence Q1 2024
  • Could be based at Heathrow, Gatwick or London City (BA, Euroflyer, Cityflyer) on either A320 fleet or Embraer
  • Choice of 5 different fleet types after initial freeze (6 years).
  • Starting salary of £34,000

Selection:
  • Online application - you'll be asked about your motivation to join British Airways and Maths and situational judgement test.
  • Video interview - you will have to record your answers
  • Flight school technical test - assess your ability to work under pressure and see how you react to increasing workload with various computer based tests from the cut-e suite
  • Flight School Group exercise - assess your ability to work in a team, with a scenario you may face in your day-to-day role as a Pilot at British Airways.
  • Flight School Interview - demonstrate you have what it takes to become a BA pilot.
  • British Airways Assessment - interview and group exercise. There will be a presentation from the team to talk to you about life as a BA Pilot and also a chance to visit Speedbird Heritage Centre at Waterside
Does anybody have any recommendations of websites/providers to help prepare for the application process?

What is the Ď situational judgmentí test in the initial online application?
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Old 13th Aug 2023, 13:42
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Does anyone know what flight school itís going to be with? I have a friend at L3Harris and apparently itís not with them, which Iím surprised!
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Old 13th Aug 2023, 16:36
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Originally Posted by Nino24
...I have a friend at L3Harris and apparently itís not with them, which Iím surprised!
......why?
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Old 13th Aug 2023, 16:52
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Originally Posted by hobbit1983
......why?
not sure, our flying wonít be done in the UK itís going to be either in Florida or somewhere in Europe
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Old 14th Aug 2023, 19:35
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training in Europe and US are so much cheaper and cost effective.
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Old 18th Aug 2023, 18:48
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Originally Posted by future_pilot_di
I'd imagine you'd need to and/or have rights to work within the UK.
it was interesting that they did not include the citizenship or right to live and work which i was sure had in previous announcments so i checked it from wayback machine and yes they kept all the requirement except that. i will definitely apply from outside uk
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Old 22nd Aug 2023, 20:00
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Originally Posted by Nino24
Does anyone know what flight school itís going to be with? I have a friend at L3Harris and apparently itís not with them, which Iím surprised!
Given that BA are a Spanish owned airline going to be FTE I'd have thought.
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Old 22nd Aug 2023, 20:25
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Originally Posted by mavisbacon
Given that BA are a Spanish owned airline going to be FTE I'd have thought.
I heard itís with FTE Jerez the rumours.
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Old 22nd Aug 2023, 21:40
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if I was BA it would be FTE Jerez and Skyborne
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Old 23rd Aug 2023, 00:03
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What was the recruitment call saying

I couldnít get in, what were the main point brought up in the 2nd BA call
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Old 23rd Aug 2023, 16:19
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Hi DawnChrus01,
You have not missed anything if you have attended the first session on 09 August. However, now there are 70 places instead of 60. Which is good. The recruiters have not confirmed eligibility queries related to non-UK citizens or permanent residents.

Additionally, you can not live at your home while under training as BA will have paid the cost of accommodation and food to the chosen flight school.

Besides, if you have previous flying experience, then the Head of the Flight Training School will decide on how much reduction in flight training will be allowed.

I hope this helps you and other on the forum.
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