Air France Pilot Recruitment

Air France Sponsored Cadet Scheme

Air France pilots perform their role with the very highest level of flight safety, technical proficiency and a continual concern for delivering service excellence for passengers. As an Air France pilot, they thereby contribute to winning their trust and preference for Air France, JOON or Transavia.

If you have a real passion for flying, enthusiasm for the airline pilot profession and wish to join a company where men and women share this passion and take pride in working together, join us by submitting your application.

Joining Air France provides access to a modern and diverse fleet of over 250 aircraft, ranging from the Airbus A318 to the Airbus A380 and soon the A350, the Boeing 777, the Boeing 787 and the Boeing 737 within Transavia.

You will begin your career as an Air France pilot in the position of First Officer on the medium-haul fleet, and subsequently long-haul fleet before accessing the position of Flight Captain.

By building valuable expertise on a daily basis in one of the world’s most varied flight networks, you will subsequently use your skills to serve the airline by taking up roles as airline pilot instructors or on supervisory assignments in the Flight Operations Division.

In 2018, Air France is offering airline pilot vacancies to meet its own requirements, and those of JOON and Transavia, under the Professional Pilot programme and has opened its Cadet Pilot programme.

Minimum Requirements:

  • No age limit
  • Be a national of a country in the European Economic Area or of Swiss nationality and be fluent in French.
  • Not have been disqualified and/or eliminated twice from an “Air France pilot” selection, regardless of the programme
  • Not have been eliminated during an Air France or Transavia Pilot training course
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Have “baccalauréat” level qualifications and hold a valid ATPL Theory issued by an ATO certified by a Member State of the European Union,
    • Or be in year 2 (having succesfully passed the first year) of preparatory classes for the Grandes Ecoles (including engineering school-type integrated preparatory classes),
    • Or have completed a study in a scientific subject area course resulting in a BAC+2 or a minimum of 120 ECTS credits,
    • Or be currently completing a Master study programme (BAC+4/+5) in a university or engineering school (or have graduated),
  • Have a TOEIC (Listening and Reading) test score of at least 850 pts, no older than 2 years at the time of selection. TOEIC is obliged, no equivalence accepted.
  • Have a “Class 2” medical fitness certificate without exemption delivered by an EASA/DGAC-approved physician (more restrictive medical fitness visits accepted – Class 1, Class 3 and Cabin Crew medical fitness visit)

You will be required to pay registration costs amounting to €160 at the time of the pre-selection process (French government scholarship recipients exempt)

You can add and modify your attachments until 26 March 2018

If you successfully pass the Air France Cadet Pilot selection –

  • You will be required to undergo a Class 1 medical fitness visit prior to starting your training.
  • We will send you information concerning your training start date.

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Selection Process:

The Air France Cadet Pilot selection campaign will begin as from 24/01/2018, and will involve submitting and studying your applications. This phase will be followed by successive and eliminatory pre-selection and selection tests over the first half of the year.


The pre-selection will be carried out on the basis of an online test integrating different logic, reasoning, aeronautical general culture and English language tests. This will take place at the end of March and will allow us to rank the applicants selected for the subsequent phase.


The applicant(s) who have successfully completed the pre-selection tests will be invited to take part in a “PSY 1” phase comprising different psycho-technical and psychomotor tests. This test will take place over one day at the ENAC campus in Toulouse. Several dates will be offered to the candidates having passed the pre-selections: from 23 to 27 April inclusive, from 14 to 18 May inclusive and from 10 to 12 July inclusive.

NB: In 2018, candidates enrolled simultaneously in the ENAC and Air France programmes who have been successfully accepted following both pre-selections will only take the psychotechnical tests called “PSY 1” once in the period between 14 and 18 May 2018. If they pass in both programmes: 2 separate convocations for PSY 2 will be sent by ENAC and by Air France

Applicants who successfully pass the “PSY 1” phase will be called for the so-called “PSY 2” phase, which will take place in Paris / Villepinte at the Air France recruitment division between May and October 2018. This will be composed of group tests and an individual interview.

Selection committee:

The files of the candidates who reach the “PSY 2” phase will be studied by a selection committee which will decide whether the candidate passes or not.

If you are successful, you must be available to start an Air France Cadets training course on the date given to you.

Training will start between June 2018 and January 2019

The basic training, fully paid for by Air France, will be carried out in partner schools and then at the Air France training centre for a period of about 24 months. During this training, cadets will receive compensation ranging from 80% to 100% of the minimum wage in France.

The assignment to a particular school will be determined by Air France as and when training is required.
This training will be marked by obtaining:

  • Airline Pilot’s License certificates (ATPL theory),
  • the Professional Pilot’s License (CPL),
  • flight instrument (IR) and multi-engine (ME / MEP) qualifications,
  • the crew coordination qualification (CMC),

Depending on the needs of the AF Group, you will be assigned to Air France or Transavia and will pass your aircraft type qualification (QT) on Airbus A320 or Boeing B737.

Following the aircraft type qualification, a flight adaptation phase will be scheduled for several weeks before your confirmed recruitment as an airline pilot at Air France or Transavia.

Last Recruitment: New scheme
Recruitment anticipated: April 2018
Status: Closed

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