From Soldier to Civil Pilot

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  1. Good Afternoon all.

    Thankyou in advance for any direction with regard to this:

    I have been in the Army (Inf) for 14 years, i was injured on Ops and had my left leg blown off. I have terminated my Colour Service to take advantage of the AFCS GIP and I have always had the desire to become a Pilot.

    Attempting to transfer to the AAC is not an option due to the medical requirements, therefore that leaves the Civil option, however after conducting some research on the Internet i have found there is conflicting information with acceptable medical standards (ie, can someone who is educated and fit but has a Prosthetic leg still fly?)

    Funding for the courses is not an issue, I have emailed the CAA but not had a response. Either way any help wouuld be great.

    Regards
     
  2. Log in to the limbless association, there is a link to flying for the disabled.

    I am sure you don't want to be termed disabled, for which I apologise, but that is how the term it on the site.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Hey, no worries, i shall have a look. I only do the 'sob story' bit if your fit, female and want to lick the end of my stump! haha
     
  4. Cheers for that dude, just had a look, they can offer the PPL in a converted aircraft which is cool, it may be the route i need to go down but my end aim is to fly commercially, either Cargo or Pax therefore will requite the CPL.
     
  5. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    My mate Paul is a member of the BPA( Blind Pilots association ) and you can do a PPL with the BDFA ,but a CPL is a whole new ballgame and the costs are astronomic unless sponsored due to the amount of hours required.

    but if you don't try you don't get and I wish you every success
     
  6. Hi Jim

    Thanks for that mate, I realise the CPL is alot of money, but i am fortunate that is not an issue (PAX & AFCS) its my dream so why not try and follow it, the only 'barrier' outside my control is the leg issue.

    Regards
     
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  7. Perhaps with the "Goodwill" that abounds towards the Military at the moment you could try getting in touch with the likes of BA / Virgin etc as I know they are looking for Cadets to put through their in house courses?

    As mentioned earlier the costs of a CPL/ATPL and IR are extremely expensive, the exams are 15 (IIRC) in total and you need approx 200hrs for the issue of a CPL (Most of those hours would be under instruction so even more expensive). The bits below are the requirements you'll need to look at the CPL (A) IR

    http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/175/srg_fcl_pilotlicence_aeroplanes_91.pdf
     
  8. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

     
  9. Not being trite,but if they get a bit funny,use the Douglas Bader quote " My legs aren't an issue,I've haven't got any"! ;-)

    If guys can still serve with 'bits' missing,and even commercial pilots are saying it's getting to 'computerised',then how the **** can they tell you to piss off,go for it if you have the time and money,and the talent!:meditate: