The employment market continues to be particularly challenging for newly qualified cadet pilots. In the financial year 2009-2010, 2611 professional flying licences were issued in the UK alone. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, since April 2005, a minimum of 2500 professional licences have been issued yearly up until the end of their current statistics in 2010. This means over 12,500 newly qualified pilots entered the market in those five years, in the middle of which was the biggest global economic depression since the 1930's bringing a period of bankruptcies and consolidation to commercial aviation across Europe.
In this section we aim to bring together all possible current opportunities to help you get that elusive first flying job. Be sure to visit our career services area to see how we can help you achieve this and make your application stand out from the rest.
DHL continue to recruit for their A300 and B757 Fleet. Applicants to not require a type rating and there is no hour requirement. Pilots are based in Leipzig, Germany. Applicants require a Tailored Cover Letter.
Air Malta are recruiting A320 rated First Officers. No other experience required. Requires Maltese language qualification.
Danish Air Transport are accepting applications for First Officer positions for their mixed fleet. No minimum hours stated.
Brussels Airlines are recruiting First Officers on a 9 month contract for their BAE146 fleet. No line experience required, minimum of 250 hours total time. States that a rating on the type is required, however perhaps it could be completed on after receiving a job offer? Might be worth an application!
Line up aviation are recruiting 2 flight instructors to be based at Coventry. Only flying requirement is to hold a CPL.
Helvetic Airways are advertising for First Officers. No minumum hours or type rating required.
Jet Time are reportedly recruiting for their ATR72 fleet. There are no minimum requirements.
Turkish airlines are advertising for B737 and A320 low hour pilots. Candiates must have flown the aircraft, but there is no hours requirement.
British Airways Cityflyer have re-opened First Officer recruitment. No type rating required, 500 hours total time needed. Type rating is paid for by the company.
DHL continue to recruit for their A300 and B757 Fleet. Start date on website advertised as January 2014. PPJN suggests they have recently recruited FO's and may expand the fleet. No type rating or minimum hours required. Tailored Cover Letters available.
Sun Express continue to recruit low hour pilots for the Boeing 737. No minimum hour requirement.
MAF are accepting applications from UK nationals for pilot operations across Africa. Requires 500 hours total time.
Wizz Air are recruiting low hour cadet pilots for their A320 fleet. Minimum of 200 hours required. No type rating requred. Candidates must have completed a Jet Orientatoin Course (JOC), which can be organised by Flightdeckfriend.com for £2160.
Vueling are recruiting for their Airbus fleet. No minimum hour requirement however proficiency in the Spanish language is required.
Jet2 are recruiting low how hour pilots for their 737 fleet. Candidates are required to self fund their type rating.
British Airways Cityflyer First Officer recruitment. No type rating required, 500 hours total time needed. Type rating is paid for with a 2 year bond.
Aer Lingus are recruiting First Officer for their Airbus fleet. Low hour pilots are eligible to apply. Type rating costs have traditionally been met by the airline.
Flight instructor required based at Durham Tees Flight Training (Northen UK). Flight instructor rating is the only qualification that is stated as a requirement.
Applications are now being accepted for the self funded CityJet Cadet Pilot Programme through FTEJerez.
European Air Transport (DHL) continue to accept low hour applications for their A300 & B757 fleet. Prior commercial experience and knowledge of the german language is desirable but not a requirement.
Dragon Air are accepting applications from low hour cadets through their Pre-Qualified Cadet Programme (PQC). Although preference is given to Hong Kong Identity holders, it is not a requirement. Requires a one page CV. Tailoring for this is available through Flightdeckfriend.com's career services.
Ryanair continue to recruit low hour cadets. It is however expected that they will not be accepting any more CV's from April 2013 until further notice. Any interviews that take place will be from the pool of CV's they currently have.
Nyassa Air Taxi currently hiring for two vacancies. Requirements are: CPL, IF-rating - 400 hours PIC - min age 24 years
Additional advantages: - Ratings on any of the below aircraft - Bush experience
Pilots required for operation of PA28, PA32, GA8. Click the link above for more details about this great opportunity!
LGW who operate on behalf of Air Berlin are recruiting low hour First Officers for their expanding E190 fleet. 70 hours PIC required but a type rating is not needed to apply. German language skills required.
Jet2 are recruiting Pilot Apprentices. 18 months spent in the pilot support role, such as filing flight plans, and updating aircraft documents. Then provided with a bonded Type Rating with the company. Requires a frozen ATPL.
Non Type-rated 737NG First officers (Low hour) - Europe and Canada
Recruiting low hour 737NG First officers for a leading charter airline operating in Europe and Canada, paying a salary of up to £37,000 + Relocation package, offering excellent career development opportunities.
Type rating is paid for by the carrier.
- Valid EASA/JAA ATPL or (f)ATPL
- Current CPL/IR or willing to renew at own cost
- Glass cockpit experience preferred
- MCC Course completion preferred
Please apply today by sending your CV to email@example.com or call 0161 871 0397 to discuss further.
The West Atlantic sponsorship scheme is funded fully up front by West Atlantic Airlines. Once type rated and employed as a West Atlantic First Officer, the pilot then pays back 50% of their training costs.
iPilot are accepting applications for simulator instructors for their London, Doha, Prague and Dubai sims. Minimum requirement is a PPL. Could be a good way to help keep maintain some currency whilst bolstering the CV!
Sun Express are recruiting 737 First Officers. No type rating or minimum hour requirement. Ankara base. Must hold a University degree.
CPL IR required with a King Air type rating. To apply for this role email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
C & M Recruitment Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Eurojet are recruiting FO's for their Citation fleet based in Birmingham. No minimum hours required, however candidates are required to hold a type rating.
JAR CPL with frozen ATPL theory or JAR ATPL. 300 hr total time. Valid MCC or fulfil the requirement for multi crew. JAR Class 1 medical. Scandinavian language. Statement from Approved Flight Psychologist. Click here to start an application.
SAA hiring JAA/FAA instructors
They are looking for a person with a quality mindset, who is eager to learn and teach and that have the customer in focus. Required to hold a FAA or JAA flight instructors licence.
LGW (Operating on behalf of Air Berlin) Dash 8 First Officer - Accepting Low Hour Applications
LGW who operate on behalf of Air Berlin are recruiting low hour First Officers for their expanding Dash 8 fleet. 70 hours PIC required but a type rating is not needed to apply. German language skills required.
Condor are accepting applications for First Officer positions on various aircraft. No type rating or minimum hour requirement. Good knowledge of the German language is however required.
European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH, (EAT) is one of DHL' s airlines for Europe and parts of the Middle East and Northen Africa. Recruiting First Officers for its A300 / B757 fleet. Although professional flight experience is desired, applications from low hour pilots considered.
Jet Time First Officers - Accepting Low Hour Applications
Jet Time is accepting applications for pilots. Only requirement stated is commercial pilot's licence.
Second Officer recruitment split into the following three streams for zero hour pilots to over 1500 hours:
- Cadet Pilot Programme – a 61-week programme for applicants with low experience and no ICAO CPL. Permanent HKID card required.
- Advanced Entry – a 32-week programme for applicants who possess an ICAO CPL and have in excess of 250 hours flight time in specified categories.
- Transition Training – a 5-week programme for applicants with an ICAO ATPL, with a minimum of 1500 hours total time, including 500 hours multi-engine time with a MTOW greater than 2000kg. See careers section for application help.
Eastern Skyjets - First Officers
Eastern Skyjets are hiring pilots. While there are no minimums stated directly on their website, we have information which indicates they will hire low hour (F) ATPL candidates who are willing to pay to be rated on one of their aircraft types.
iPILOT are offering an exciting opportunity for people who are looking to share their passion of flying with their customers. They
are offering part time positions currently at London (Westfield), Doha, and Prague and Dubai. Minimum requirements are a PPL
(a) or extensive Flight Simulator Experience, great people and customers skills. Email your CV with covering letter to
A recent update on PPJN suggests that Skybus will be looking for up to 8 First Officers for the summer 2013 season. This may
well be worth an email with a CV and Cover letter to the company if you are a Low Hour pilot. According to
PPJN, applications should be sent to the chief pilot Richard Ashby email@example.com - Check out our CV and Cover letter
section if you would like one tailored.
We have information regarding an internal scheme easyJet ran earlier this year and it is expected to continue running in future years. If you are in possession of CPL/IR, upon completion of 18 months of service with easyJet in any role (eg, cabin crew, ground ops), you may have the opportunity to be put through through the CTC Airline Qualification Course (AQC) and A320 Type Rating. You will then be offered a Flexi Contract position as a First Officer with easyJet with the option to apply for permanent FO contracts subject to availability and subject to acquiring over 500 hours flight time as a First Officer. Successful candidates pay £5,000 toward training costs, the rest is covered by a 3 year company bond. Check out our "Aviation Jobs" tab in our "Airline Pilot Jobs" section for relevant ground & cabin crew roles now available with easyjet.
MAT accepting applications from low hour pilots in possession of a float rating and meeting certain educational requirements.
DAT are accepting applications from low hour first officers.
Accepting applications on the above aircraft. No minimum hours requirement but does require a type rating.
Latvian operator SmartLynx accepting low hour applications for their A320 fleet. 200 hours with a CPL MR IR required. Email
your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently recruiting a mixture of CPL/IR & ab - initio cadets in conjunction with FTE Jerez. Must have Lebanese nationality.
Ryanair hiring First Officers. CPL/IR/MCC, Self funded B737 TR.
Vueling are recruiting A320 pilots. Spanish Language is required.
250 hours TT, company arranges type rating. Mail email@example.com
200 hours total time required with a C210 rating.
All nationalities and and licences accepted. Requirement is CPL/IR with A320 TR.
CPL/IR (frozen ATPL) issued by JAA state. German language proficiency required. LEJ base.
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