Flying Start

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots receives many enquiries requesting advice and information about a career as a pilot and has created a dedicated website covering the many and varied routes into aviation.

for those in Australia considering an aviaition career - the Australia Region of the Company has developed a sister site giving advice specific to Australia.

If you are thinking of a career as a pilot, then we are here to help you with independent, unbiased information.

How many of us, as youngsters, have looked up to the sky and marvelled at the aircraft flying overhead? They may be commercial aircraft, little more than a speck on a schedule to distant parts; an executive jet taking someone from the world of business or entertainment to some important meeting or event. It could be an air ambulance heading off to an emergency or military aircraft on an exercise or mission.

Whatever their purpose, they all have one thing in common. The pilots behind the controls have all gone through extensive training to do what they are now doing.

There are many routes to a career in aviation. Many start flying with a friend and go on to complete a private pilot’s licence before going on to career based training. Some start at organisations like the Air Cadets. Others start formal training on the back of academic study and direct entry in to a formal training programme. If you are passionate about pursuing a career as a pilot there is probably going to be a route that suits your skills, academic results and ability.

If it has captured your imagination and you are thinking of a career as a pilot, then Flying Start and Flying Start Australia are here to help guide you through the choices, what is involved, where you can go for further information and help.