Become an Airline Pilot

Airline Opportunities

CATS graduates fly all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Some have gone straight to one of the big carriers, many tend to head to the low-cost carriers to build experience.  Our course pathways are designed to place you direct in the industry, wherever you are best suited.

Modular training is generally suited for the student who wants to have more flexibility in their training. Students that choose this pathway tend to want to break up their course so they can, for example, work in-between stages to fund the next stage of training or those who have family commitments at home.

Whilst the license issued at the end of training is the same, the modular pilot gets the licenses along the way.  This means that all the completed licenses can be issued, if the training is stopped part way through.  So it would be possible to graduate with just a Private Pilot's License and/or an Instrument Rating, for example.

UK - various locations

INTERVIEW/SELECTION - An aptitude test is a set of assessments that determine how well your skill matches up to the skills required of a pilot.

MEDICAL - This is taken at this point to ensure that you will be able to continue to the end of the commercial training without a hitch.

PPL/BASIC FLIGHT TRAINING - This is approximately the first 50 hours of flight and simulator training, covering core skills.

ATPL THEORY - The primary course study phase occurs before flight. This is an 18-month (part time) or 6-month (full time) part of the course.

HOUR BUILDING - This additional approximately 100 hours of flight time is structured to build quality skills and experience.

CPL/IR - The ‘Commercial Pilot Licence’ and ‘Instrument Rating’ courses cover more complex scenarios and equipment.

MCC/JOC - The ‘Multi-Crew Co-operation’ course and a ‘Jet Orientation Course’ are where a pilot is prepared for transition into an airliner.


The CATS Modular course has been specially designed to give access to the very best facilities the UK has to offer. The course utilises our theory training school on the edge of London and the UK’s most highly-regarded flight training facilities.

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a Class 1 Medical certificate
  • Have a high-school level of education
  • Pass a maths and physics test
  • Attend a personal interview
  • Pass an oral and written English exam

Approx £70,000 - £85,000 all-inclusive, dependent on options. Payments are made in instalments throughout the course.

Please contact us to discuss your exact requirements and select the pathway you require.


Modular Courses require complete payment over the 18-60 month course term.

This route is more suited to an individual who has other employment or who is entirely self-sponsored; in addition to those sponsored by another party.

Unsecured loans are available through Pegasus Finance.

Mortgage-based and other secured loan products are available to spread the payments over a longer term.

Loan AmountExample Monthly PaymentExample APR
£60,000.00£370.524.30% APR
£80,000.00£487.454.14% APR
£100,000.00£603.754.03% APR
Financial Disclosure

CATS Aviation UK Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FCA FRN: 795002 We are an Introducer Appointed Representative of Pegasus Finance, who act as a credit broker not a lender. Pegasus Finance work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase based on your credit rating and we may receive a commission from them for such introductions. Applicants must be 18 years or over, terms and conditions apply, guarantees and indemnities may be required. Written Quotations are available on request. Rates start from 5.9% APR with terms available from 42-120 Months. Representative example: Borrowing £10,000 over 60 months with a representative APR of 16.8%, an annual rate of 7.9% and a deposit of £0.00. The monthly payment would be £241.22, with a total amount payable of £14,273.21 and a cost of credit being £4,273.21.

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CATS, 110 Butterfield,
Luton, LU2 8DL
+44 (0) 1582 434 222

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