British Airways Future Pilots Programme

The British Airways Future Pilots Programme is your gateway to a career in the skies. Even if you have no flying experience, you are encouraged to apply. The training programme itself is done through one of three training schools and each of these schools has a different recruitment process. However, the basic stages for all three schools are very similar and outlined below.


British Airways Online Application

The application begins with a series of screening questions to ensure that you are eligible to apply. You are then given 18 multiple-choice questions relating to a variety of fields. These include your personal motivations for applying to BA Future Pilots Programme, challenges you expect to face, workplace situations and behaviors, technical questions and brand knowledge. There are further multiple-choice questions detailing your flight experience, if any, and your visa qualifications.

In the "Additional Questions" section, you must provide a cover letter, a particularly important element to the BA FPP application. You have a maximum of 600 words to answer the following questions: 'why do you want to be a pilot?', 'what have you done to make this dream a reality?' and 'why do you want to join BA?'

Your CV should detail your work experience and academic achievements to date along with any skills or hobbies you want BA to know. 

Within your application, you need to choose one of the three flight training organisations participating in the BA Future Pilots Programme: Oxford Aviation Academy, CTC Aviation, or Flight Training Europe. Please note that you can only choose one organisation and each one has a slightly different testing stage (outlined below).

Note that candidates with prior flying experience will not be accepted into the BA FPP.


British Airways FPP Psychometric Tests

The following table provides an outline to the tests you will face according to the flight training organisation you choose.

Oxford Aviation Academy Flight Training Europe CTC Aviation
Spatial awareness Numerical reasoning

Spatial awareness

Numerical reasoning Verbal reasoning Numerical reasoning
Technical reasoning Cognitive test - information processing and attention Mechanical reasoning
Mathematical and Technical Capacity Mathematics Psychomotor testing
Hand/eye coordination Physics

Hand/eye coordination

Motor skills Hand/eye coordination Numerical capacity
Multi-tasking    

For both the Oxford Aviation Academy and CTC Aviation you need to sit the PILAPT, a pilot aptitude test.


What You Can Expect from the Psychometric Tests

As previously mentioned, each has specific physchometric tests on their exams. Learn about what each section entails in order to familiarise yourself with the content, but start practising today to ensure your success. 

Spatial reasoning tests or spatial awareness tests examine orientation skills in two dimensional and three dimensional spaces. Questions can include organizing two dimensional shapes, using a spatial reasoning cube, mirror images and perspectives.

Mechanical reasoning and electrical reasoning tests introduce basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics and static and dynamic electricity, the same concepts that are covered in a GCSE level curriculum.

Technical reasoning tests assess how familiar you are with technical concepts such as mechanics and machine operators.

Numerical reasoning and calculation numerical reasoning and calculation test your abilities to work correctly with numerical information both with basic and more advanced math functions.

Verbal reasoning tests examine how well you are able to work with complex texts, understanding and retrieving information in order to answer questions.


Prepare for British Airways

The recruitment process for British Airways is challenging, but the key to success is thorough preparation. JobTestPrep has everything you need for the British Airways recruitment process, including practice tests and drills, detailed answer explanations, and helpful score reports. Start practising today to ensure your success and obtain the job you're after.