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Designed to fully prepare aspiring airline pilots for a future flying career, the AirlineReady® Qualification Programme is an inspired choice.

Comprising three core elements, this programme will fine tune your technical, non-technical and commercial skills in preparation for airline assessment and employment success.

  • Step 1 | Airline Pilot Standards MCC

  • Step 2 | Employment Fundamentals

  • Step 3 | Simulator Assessment Preparation

Reinforced by VA’s Placement Support upon successful graduation.

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Course dates and fees

Courses currently start every other week on our Airbus A320 and last for 23 days spread over 3 weeks.

As VA Airline Training provides training on behalf of other ATOs, the number of places available for trainees booking directly is limited. Please contact us to check available dates and to apply.

+44 (0)1223 979737

Course fee: £6,500 excluding VAT (£7,800 including VAT) including Competency Assurance™

The course fee is payable in two instalments:

  • £1,800 due at time of booking to secure your course place

  • £6,000 payable by no later than 14 days before course commencement

We are a registered partner with Pegasus Finance should you need funding for your course.

If you require a Visa to train with us, you can find out more here.

Competency Assurance™ for peace of mind

Additional training is sometimes required to achieve the required Qualification Programme competency. With Competency Assurance™ you can relax knowing that any additional training which may be required will be provided at no additional cost to you.

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Why do pilots choose Europe’s leading APS MCC provider?


Airline career oriented

We focus entirely upon you and your future career. Our graduates achieve impressive airline employment success, with over 90% securing employment within 3 months of graduating.

They’ve gone on to fly for some of Europe’s leading airlines including Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways, Jet2, Titan Airways, Iberia, Flybe and Air Baltic.


Highly experienced Instructors

Our instructors have an unprecedented wealth of airline flying and instructing experience.

Passionate about training the next generation of airline pilots, VA is proud of their exceptional standard and the career success they enable for our graduates.


A fair and ethical approach

A core VA value is our dedication to providing high quality training enabling career development. We are committed to competency-based training and not just delivering training in minimum hours.

Through our unique Competency Assurance™ any additional training (should it be required) is provided by VA free of charge; enabling you to focus upon achieving the necessary skills rather than worrying about money.


VA Placement Support

Our airline customer relationships are as important to us as is our relationship with our cadets and graduate pilots. Maintaining this focus means we are trusted to recommend our graduates to a growing number of airlines.

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Come and visit us to find out more

The best way to discover what it’s like to train with VA Airline Training is to visit us here at Cambridge Airport. You will be able to meet instructors and current trainees, tour the Training Centre, and see our flight simulators.

Call us on 01223 979737 to book your visit.


Train on our next generation Airbus A320

VA is one of the only ATOs in Europe offering APS MCC training on an Airbus A320 type specific simulator. All VA Airline Training simulators are of the very highest specification used to train pilots from APS MCC, Type Rating and beyond; with aircraft systems and flying characteristics that are certified to replicate the real aircraft.


How to apply

Places are limited.

If you feel that the AirlineReady® Qualification Programme is right for you, and you have the necessary motivation and self-discipline to get the maximum benefit from it, please complete the application form to start the process.


Cambridge Airport Training Centre

Cambridge Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8RX

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Enjoy your stay in the historic City of Cambridge

Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted. Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the City Centre and railway station, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes.

Getting to Cambridge

  • Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.

  • Trains run non-stop from London Kings Cross (journey time 45 minutes) every thirty minutes and from London Stansted Airport on a frequent basis.


  • We can recommend dedicated accommodation packages starting from £695 for the duration of your course. You will have a private room in a house shared with other VA trainees.

  • Other accommodation options are available, and we can discuss these options with you.


If you have any questions about the AirlineReady® Qualification Programme, or if you would like to book a visit, our Airline Training Advisers will be happy to help.

Please call us on +44 (0) 1223 979737 or send us a message using this form.

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