HOW OLD IS TOO OLD?
Some of the most popular questions we experience at our numerous seminars around the UK and Europe concern age and whether to train to become an airline pilot.
The questions come from those in their early thirties to late those in their late forties. We have known students of all ages (even a grandmother of 48) start training and succeed in obtaining a First Officer position.
Obviously, a lot depends on the state of pilot recruitment in the industry at any given time. When there is a shortage of pilots, more mature graduates are much more likely to be successful than if there are few jobs around when they qualify, though we can say the same for graduates of any age. Furthermore, mature low hours pilots have amassed a wealth of life and interpersonal skills which young graduates do not have and which may be perfectly suited to their new career.
Our UK Director, Sheldon England, interviews First Officer James Cook who trained with 2FLY and at 43 now flies with a leading European airline.