British Airways Future Pilot Programme

BA Future Pilot Programme


Please note that the BA FPP is currently closed for applications


British Airways has announced its third Future Pilot Programme which provides the framework for the training of the airline’s cadet pilots. Flight Training Europe (FTEJerez) is proud to once again have been chosen by BA as one of its cadet pilot training providers.

FTEJerez and its predecessor, located in the UK, have been associated with British Airways for more than 25 years. The school is well aware of the responsibility it undertakes in moulding the selected BA trainees into first class pilots and the future captains of the airline. The company is confident that its experience as well as the training environment, infrastructure, equipment, facilities and expertise will allow it to deliver the quality training demanded by BA.

For those of you coming to FTEJerez, we know that an experience of a lifetime awaits you. At our campus you will join cadets from other airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air Astana, BA Cityflyer, Cityjet, Emirates, Qatar Airways, MEA and more – all working towards the same goal in what is the ideal flying training environment!

We hope that our website will adequately show you why we are so proud of who we are, what we do and what we have achieved here at Jerez. Our team stands ready to welcome you to FTEJerez and I wish you all the best with the selection process.

Please feel free to contact us on should you have any specific questions.

Yours sincerely,


Chief Executive Office

Why FTEJerez

10 Good reasons why you should start your British Airways career with FTEJerez

  1. As a new British Airways First Officer, you will probably start your career flying a B737 or an A320. You will mostly fly to European destinations. At FTEJerez you will do ALL your flight training in European airspace. This is an advantage when you start Line Training, as you will be familiar with European Air Traffic Control. This will allow you to better focus on flying your new aircraft.
  2. At FTEJerez all cadets share an English speaking university style campus for the entire duration of their course. You will be living with other talented and motivated cadets from 22 different nationalities. This ‘eat, sleep and drink’ aviation atmosphere will broaden your horizon and prepare you for working in an international environment.
  3. Training to become a British Airways pilot is very demanding. At FTEJerez everything is on campus and within walking distance. Therefore you don’t loose any time commuting, your room will be cleaned and three cooked meals per day will be provided to enable you to dedicate the necessary time to excel at the course.
  4. Thanks to the year-round favourable climate in the south of Spain, adverse weather is unlikely to cause any delay in your flight training. As a result, FTEJerez guarantees that any additional costs as a result of weather related delays will be covered by the college.
  5. At FTEJerez we believe that quality training starts from the first day of Ground Training. We offer innovative CBT training, but believe that the best training is delivered by experienced instructors who have a passion for aviation. Our CBT lessons are therefore kept to the minimum. Numbers of cadets per class are very small to be able to offer you personal attention.
  6. An important benefit of being able to do all your training in one place, is that you will already start flying during your second phase of ground training. This integrated approach is ideal because you can put into practice what you learn and you don’t need to wait more than 6 months before you do your first flight.
  7. BA and FTEJerez are looking for future captains. As a new First Officer you will be a captain under training and there is far more required of you than just flying an aircraft. You need to be equipped with managerial and leadership skills. At FTEJerez we train you in Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures (OGSM), which is a management module, Threat & Error Management and Crew Resource Management (CRM) straight from day one of your training.
  8. Our training package includes everything, from flight training to books, uniforms, accommodation, three cooked meals a day, exam fees…. There are no hidden costs, which means you will have complete peace of mind and can just focus on your training. FTE also does not charge extra for CAA fees and includes a Class 1 medical renewal in the package.
  9. If you choose to train at FTEJerez you choose to join one of Europe's leading aviation training institutions. We were the first to introduce real integrated ab initio pilot training, the first to introduce a Jet Orientation Course (JOC) with British Airways in the nineties and the first FTO approved by the UK CAA to conduct the Multi-Pilot Licence (MPL). Currently all our MCC/JOC training is conducted on FTEJerez’s state-of-the-art Boeing 737 NG simulator with 3-axis seat cueing motion.
  10. NEW FEATURE: BSc (Honours) in PILOT STUDIES: If you choose FTEJerez as your preferred ATO for your BA FPP training, you will have the potential opportunity to study towards a BSc (Hons) in Pilot Studies with ITCarlow, recently named by The Sunday Times as Ireland’s Institute of Technology of the Year 2014. The emphasis on this degree programme will be on the technical aspects of aircraft operations. Please note that Tuition Fees and Terms & Conditions apply. For more information, please visit

What other says about us


“FTEJerez is unique in that it combines first-class training with an exceptional learning environment. This is not just hyperbole – highlights of my time at Jerez include the motorcycle GP and F1 practice at the local circuit, weekends spent at the beach, college parties and of course the mighty Feria del Caballo (Horse Fair) – a week long carnival. To be able to train for an ATPL whilst immersing yourself in the culture, traditions and geography of Andalucia is an incredible experience and one I will never forget.”

Peter Nye
Assistant Flight Training Manager Airbus with British Airways

"Having everything on one site is fantastic. There's no need for travelling before or after work so you can maximise both working and socialising. Having senior students to talk to and gain experience from throughout the course is vital. Everyone here is looking out for each and every student, and the camaraderie is excellent, which makes it a very comforting environment to be in through such an intensive training period as part of the British Airways FPP.”

Matt Riddell
British Airways Cadet

"I'm delighted to be a part of the BA Future Pilot Programme, and very happy with the welcome I have received from the FTEJerez family. The South of Spain is a beautiful location and I can think of no finer place to be studying for my Airline Transport Pilot License. There is a lot of hard work to be done, but with a job as a First Officer with British Airways waiting for me at the end of the course, the incentive to work hard is massive, and with the staff and facilities available here in Jerez, I feel I am in the right place to achieve the best possible results."

Tom Powell
British Airways Cadet

“British Airways has had a long and successful relationship with FTEJerez for many years, and we are delighted that once again they are now providing training to our cadet pilots. FTEJerez’s experience, facilities, and enviable location in the heart of Andalucia make for a unique flight training experience that we know our cadet pilots are enjoying very much.”

Lindsay Craig
Manager Pilot Recruitment, British Airways

How To Apply

BA Future Pilot Programme Application

BA Future Pilot Programme Application

Once you have submitted your application there are three possible outcomes:

  1. Your application is successful and you will proceed to the next phase of the British Airways Future Pilot Programme selection process
  2. Your application is unsuccessful, but you meet our criteria to be able to apply for the Airline First Officer Programme
  3. Your application is unsuccessful and you don’t meet our criteria to be considered for a place on our Airline First Officer Programme

There will be a large number of applicants and therefore it will take a while to thoroughly assess all applications. Once we have assessed all applications, we will inform you personally of the outcome. You will understand that with the huge volume of applications, unfortunately we will be unable to offer individual feedback.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from talented and motivated individuals with a passion for aviation who meet the following requirements:

  1. Age between 18 and 55 on the 1st July 2014
  2. The right to live and work in the UK
  3. Fluent in English (verbal and written)
  4. Able to hold a Class 1 Medical. For information please visit
  5. 5 GCSEs grade C or above, including Maths, English and a Science subject (single or dual award)
  6. 3 A levels at grades BBC or above (note General Studies may not be used towards this requirement), or an Honours Degree at 2:2 or above, or a higher Degree such as MScm PhD or MBA


Once your application has been assessed and accepted, you will progress to Phase II of the selection process. Phase II consists of a series of questions that you will be required to answer within a given time. If successful you will progress to Phase III which is an assessment day at a venue (soon to be confirmed) in London, UK, which includes the following tests:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Pilapt
    • Hand-Eye co-ordination
      • Two dimensional tracking
      • Three dimensional tracking
    • Cognitive tests
      • Information processing
      • Selective attention
Candidates who are successful at this stage will progress on to the next two assessments:
  • Group Exercise
  • Competency based interview

If you complete these assessment tests to BA’s stringent standard, you will be contacted by British Airways and invited to attend a final phase of selection (Phase IV). This assessment day takes place at the British Airways Recruitment Centre, at London Heathrow.

Apply Here

The BA FPP is currently closed for applications


Successful BA Future Pilot Programme cadets that select FTEJerez will complete the standard ATPL integrated course. In addition to the ATPL syllabus, they will undertake a further 44 hours of Jet Orientation Course training (this includes the 16 hours MCC from the ATPL integrated syllabus).

Phase 1. Ground Training

On arrival you will be given a structured induction course and be introduced to your Course Mentor, one of the Ground Training instructors who will teach you in Phase 1 but who is your first point of contact and advisor for the duration of Ground Training for all matters, not just academics. The British Airways Future Pilot Programme starts with Phase 1 comprising 18 weeks of Ground Training followed by the Phase 1 EASA exams in week 19, which takes place on campus at our CAA International approved examination centre. During this initial phase, you attend Ground Training from Monday to Friday, attending six one-hour lessons per day, acquiring not only the necessary theoretical knowledge to pass the EASA exams but laying the foundations of the professional knowledge you will require throughout your chosen career. Internal exams check your progress, commencing with a Progress Test in Week 9 followed by Mock EASA Exams in Week 17 which, if successfully passed, validate the level of knowledge required to sit the EASA Exam.

At FTE Jerez we believe that quality training starts from the first day of Ground Training. We offer innovative CBT training, but believe that the best training is delivered by experienced instructors who have a passion for aviation; our CBT lessons are therefore kept to the minimum. The numbers of cadets per class are limited to well below industry norms so that we are able to offer you personal attention.

Our instructors have experience in many subjects but normally specialise in three and are vastly experienced ex-military and/or commercial aviators. The limited number of students per course results in a low instructor/student ratio and guarantees students constant access to the instructors, in addition to their dedicated Course Mentor.

All students on the same course will normally be allocated accommodation in the same block, facilitating group study in those blocks or in the classrooms which remain available after teaching hours.

During Phase I of Ground Training you will study the following subjects:

  • Aircraft General Knowledge - Engines
  • Aircraft General Knowledge - Systems
  • Aircraft General Knowledge - Electrics
  • Instruments
  • Meteorology
  • Navigational General
  • Principles of Flight
  • Radio Navigation

Phase 2. Integrated Ground & Flying Training

An important benefit of being able to do all your training in one location, is that you will start flying during your second phase of ground training. This integrated approach is ideal because you can put into practice what you learn and you don’t need to wait more than 6 months before you take your first flight.

From week 20 to week 40, you will alternate weekly between ground training and flying training. Due to the nature of our course, you will complete this phase without having to change your place of residence. Most importantly, you will do all your flight training in EASA airspace; with no potentially conflicting regulations from other countries’ authorities. Flying in EASA airspace also helps you during your Line Training when you join an airline as you will be familiar with European Air Traffic Control. This will allow you to better focus on flying your new aircraft.

Subjects that you will be studying during this phase:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Flight Planning
  • Human Performance and Limitations (including Crew Resource Management CRM)
  • IFR Communications
  • Mass & Balance
  • Operational Procedures
  • VFR Communications

This phase is completed once you sit the exams on week 41; as in Phase 1, you will sit internal exams in Week 28 and Week 38 to check your progress and level of knowledge.

Phase 3. Advanced Flight Training

Having passed all ground training subjects and with approximately 50 hours flown already, you will now exclusively focus on flying. By week 47, you will have completed 120 hours of single engine flying, followed by 31.3 hours of twin engine flying culminating in the multi-engine (ME) CPL and IR flight tests. All flying instructors at FTEJerez are EASA licence holders and hold at least an ICAO 5 English Language Competency. Over three quarters are native English speakers.

The EASA maximum students/flight instructor ratio is limited to 6 to 1, but at FTEJerez we achieve a lower student/flight instructor ratio to ensure that the personalised instruction and individualised approach of our training is continued throughout your course.

Once again, the fact that all training is on one location, ensures that the student will fly in EASA airspace from Jerez International Airport.

Phase 4. Airline First Officer MCC & JOC

The FTEJerez Jet Orientation Course (JOC) is a proven training regime that airlines really value. Successful completion of the course demonstrates that a student is capable of passing the demanding type rating course. It introduces you to multi-crew operations in a high performance jet transport aircraft and is a combination of ground and simulator training.
The training is performed on our Boeing 737 NG simulator with each session graded for both handling and multi-crew skills. Specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) are used to give the student an idea of what to expect when undergoing type training. The final session is based on the Part FCL Licensing Skills Test. The duration is up to 5 weeks and allows an alternating one day on, one day off roster to give students adequate time for pre-flight preparation and practice.

Key features:

  • The use of a state of the art Boeing 737 NG with 3 axis seat cueing motion in addition to exact Boeing 737 NG cockpit mock ups for preflight study.
  • All instructors are either active or retired former airline training captains.
  • The technical ground training covers all aspects of multi-crew operations and introduces the student to jet aircraft handling in an airline environment.
  • Each syllabus exercise is conducted over 4 hours (with time allowed for a break) with both students operating as Pilot Flying (PF) and Pilot Monitoring (PM) roles.
  • The syllabus exercises are designed to bring the student from dealing with simple operations to complex non-normal operations.
  • Many of the later exercises are designed with LOFT (Line Oriented Flight Training) in mind.
  • Extensive briefing and debriefing is carried out for each exercise with written reports to help the student build on lessons learned.
  • Successful completion will result in the issue of the MCC certificate.



British Airways has structured the Future Pilot Programme so that Airline Placement Limited, their recruitment partner, will sponsor the training of all cadet pilots. This sponsorship will cover your flight training, Jet Orientation Course and aircraft type rating. The investment that APL will make in you by sponsoring your training is significant, and therefore you will be required to deposit a security bond of £84,000 with them to take part in the programme.

Because this is a sponsored scheme, the entire £84,000 security bond will be repaid to you by British Airways if you successfully complete all training, and join the airline as a first officer. The security bond is repaid in equal monthly instalments over your first 7 years of employment, in addition to your remuneration package that is detailed on the BA FPP website.

Funding Required

If you elect to train at FTEJerez, the sponsorship bond of £84,000 will cover:

  • Integrated ATPL training
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation Course
  • Jet Orientation Course
  • Type Rating
  • Full board accommodation and wi-fi access
  • Any additional accommodation charge in the unlikely event of delay due to adverse weather.

In addition to the security bond you need to deposit, there is also a one-off fee of £9,000 that is payable to FTEJerez. This amount includes:

  • Upset Recovery Training
  • UK CAA Class 1 Medical Renewal
  • All UK CAA Regulatory Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Uniform (except shoes)
  • Flying and training equipment & stationery

What is not included:

  • Loss of Training Expenses Insurance
  • Term of Life Assurance (if required by a bank)
  • UK CAA Initial Class 1 Medical
  • Personal entertainment and other minor personal expenses.

In order to minimise the interest payable to your bank (if a loan is required), you will not be required to pay your entire bond in advance. Your bond will be payable in instalments.

The initial phase of the BA FPP selection process is free of charge. For those candidates making it to the 1st assessment stage, an amount of £200 will be charged to conduct the required aptitude tests and interviews at a venue in the UK, to be announced in due course. A mechanism in order to process these payments will be created on the FTEJerez website. This amount will be fully refunded to those eventually training at FTEJerez.

Obtaining Finance

There are a number of ways you can raise the funds to deposit this security bond, for example from your own finances, borrowing from family, or securing a loan. If you’re not in a position to secure an asset-based loan then you could be eligible for the British Airways guaranteed loan scheme. If this is the case, the partner bank of British Airways will run a thorough check of your credit history. Should this come back clear and you pass the Future Pilot Programme selection process, British Airways could act as your loan guarantor. You will then be able to borrow the money from their partner bank in order to deposit the required security bond. On any loan there is obviously a percentage of interest charged by the lender, but the British Airways guaranteed loan scheme specifically offers a 24-month holiday period before any loan repayments commence. It should be noted however, that it might be cheaper to secure an asset-based loan either through our partner bank or another lender.

Your Peace of Mind

NEW FEATURE: Against the background of our academy’s long history of producing high quality airline pilots, FTEJerez has full confidence not only in its assessment procedure, but also its ability to successfully train the future captains of the World’s leading airlines. We are therefore pleased to offer successful BA FPP candidates training with us:

Risk protection guarantee: In the unlikely event of a candidate’s training being terminated due to lack of aptitude and despite the candidate’s best endeavours, FTEJerez undertakes to reimburse the training cost up to the point of termination. (Terms and conditions apply).

Additional training: FTEJerez undertakes to cover the costs for any possible additional training required throughout the period of training.

Weather related delays: Although Jerez enjoys good visual flying conditions on most days of the year, FTEJerez guarantees that any additional costs as a result of weather related delays will be covered by the college.


  • How do I find out more about the British Airways Future Pilot Programme?
  • I have already taken an Airline Pilot Assessment at FTEJerez, can I reapply?
    • If you have taken an assessment at FTEJerez, then this assessment is valid for 6 months. This means that if your assessment is still valid it will be used as part of the BA selection and need not be retaken. However if your assessment has expired, you will need to retake it.
  • How can I prepare for the British Airways Future Pilot Assessment at FTEJerez?
    • If you are successful in the first and second phase, you will receive an information package that includes pre-test guidance material.
  • Can I still qualify if I wear glasses and/or contact lenses?
    • The wearing of glasses and/or contact lenses does not automatically prevent an applicant from obtaining an EASA Class 1 medical certificate. Full details of the eyesight requirements are also available on the CAA’s website.
  • Are there any additional costs that I should take into account when training at FTEJerez?
    • Apart from your life and security bond insurance, and the one-off fee of £9,000, your only additional costs are your personal expenses such as kite surf rental and sun cream.
  • Being located in Spain, does this mean the training is in Spanish?
    • No, although FTEJerez is based in southern Spain, the medium of instruction at the college is English. Most of the instructors are native English speakers and all other nationalities must have at least an ICAO level 5 English language proficiency.
  • If my application is unsuccessful, can I still become a pilot?
    • If your application is unsuccessful you may be eligible to apply to our Airline First Officer Programme if you meet our criteria. If you don’t meet our criteria, then this shouldn’t stop you from realising your dream. You may need to work on certain elements, and perhaps we can accept you at a later stage.
  • Where does the selection take place?
    • If you pass phase I and phase II, you will be invited to attend two days of assessment at a location in the UK (the venue will soon be confirmed). If you pass phase III then you will be invited by British Airways for a final assessment day at the British Airways Recruitment Centre, at London Heathrow.
  • Is there a cost to take part in the British Airways Future Pilot scheme?
    • If you pass the first two stages of the selection process there is a fee of £ 200 to attend phase III. For those candidates making it on to the BA FPP, the full FTEJerez assessment fee is recoverable. Please note that the fee can be different for each Flight Training Organisation.
  • If my application is successful, how do I secure the finance?
    • British Airways is uniquely offering to guarantee loans through a partner bank, BBVA, if a candidate requires funding to take part in the BA FPP. Further details are available at
  • What do all those acronyms mean?
    BA FPP:
    British Airways Future Pilot Programme
    Flight Training Organisation
    Airline Transport Pilot Licence
    Commercial Pilot Licence
    Instrument Rating
    Multi-Crew Cooperation