From Soldier to Civil Pilot

#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
 
#3
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.
 
#4
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.
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
 

jim24

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
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
 
#7
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
 
#8
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
 

jim24

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
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.

the world is full of ******* who tell you can't do things, but when you do it they say they would have done it but, always a good reason for not doing it,you go for it mate
 
#10
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
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:
 

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