Pilot Information

Flying Insurance Information

Flying Licence Insurance

This is probably the most important cover that an airline pilot can have. Most pilots are only too aware of how relatively insignificant health problems, which would not stop a desk-based employee working, can result in the loss of your medical.

There are two types of cover, one offering a lump sum if your Licence is lost permanently and the other one offering monthly benefits if your Licence is either suspended temporarily or permanently. You can choose either cover or a combination of the two.

For monthly benefits there is a choice of two benefit periods, 24 or 60 months, dependent on your preference/requirements. Additionally you can choose when you would like these benefits to commence (i.e. how long you have to be unfit before qualifying for payments) by selecting from the following waiting/deferment periods; 90, 180, 365 days or 18 months, which enables you to more readily match the cessation of benefits payable by your employer.

For most pilots a mix of both types of benefit will probably be the best option, using the lump sum to pay off debts such as mortgages or loans, and then use the monthly benefits to give you both short and long term cover.

You are eligible to take out cover if you are aged over 18 and under 60 years of age; under 55 years of age for lump sum cover. 

If your permanent place of residence is outside of the UK, please contact us prior to applying as there are some countries where cover cannot be provided.  

If you have any questions please e-mail FLP@balpa.org or telephone 020 8476 4087

Trainee Pilot Insurance

We offer two policies under this insurance, one which covers you for loss of Medical and one for Life cover and you can choose either cover, or both. 

For loss of Medical there are two types of cover, one a lump sum which is so that you can get recompense for the money you have paid for training if you lose your medical and cannot continue with your flying career, and a monthly benefit if you medical is suspended temporarily, and this is designed to cover monthly expenditure on loan repayments, accommodation, or living expenses in connection with your training that you are contractually committed to pay at the time of the claim. You have a choice of two benefit periods, 24 or 60 months, and you can choose how long you have to be sick before qualifying for benefit, from 90, 180, or 365 days or 18 months. 

The life cover is so that you can leave money to someone who will be out of pocket on your death, or a lender. 

You are eligible to take out this cover if you are aged between 18 and 55 years of age. 

On successful completion of training and on obtaining a job as a commercial pilot, the cover can be converted to our standard Flying Licence Policy without further medical evidence, although this will be required if you increase the sum insured. 

Bucks New University

Airline Transport Management

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

Buck New university have developed this course with our approved flight training partners. This unique programme covers everything from aviation finance and economics, to airline management is highly recommended if you would like a career as a commercial pilot.

In the case of CAE Oxford Aviation Academy – PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The BSc (Honours) in Air Transport Management with Airline Pilot Training is a three-year programme offered jointly by CAE OAA and Bucks. It aims to fully prepare trainee pilots to operate as a First Officer on multi-pilot, multi-engine airliners in the commercial air transport environment and also enables them to develop specialist knowledge of operations and management in the air transport industry.

Academic credits are earned through completing CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s MPL or ATPL pilot training courses. This constitutes year one and year two of the academic programme. Over this period additional modules are delivered by Bucks in both Oxford and in Phoenix, in addition to some project work.

The final modules are delivered by Bucks after cadets have completed all their training at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. This portion of training, which constitutes year three of the programme, is delivered through distance learning and can be completed up to two years after completing the CAE OAA programme. This will give cadets the flexibility to fit these modules around their schedule at a time when they will be looking for an airline job, completing airline interviews and potentially undergoing type, base and line training with an airline.

Qualifying for student loans: Apart from achieving an internationally recognised university qualification, one of the benefits of enrolling upon this BSc (Honours) degree is that it could provide you with access to a student loan to contribute to the costs of training. If you have not previously taken out a student loan for academic training, you would qualify for up to three years of student loan funding on a part-time basis.

Is this course for me? The aviation industry is a progressive one and constantly evolving in technologies, processes and protocols. We are looking for adaptable, self-reliant individuals who have a logical approach and a critical mind. Bucks has a long-standing reputation for its aviation degrees and this responsive course reflects the constant changes within this exciting industry.

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Pilot Union Information

BALPA – BALPA is the professional association and registered trade union established to represent the interests of all UK pilots. With over 40 million flying hours, we are the largest collective resource of commercial aviation skills and qualifications in the UK.

BALPA represent over 10,000 pilots and are recognised in 23 different companies; that’s over 85% of all commercial pilots flying in the UK. As an organisation of highly-trained flight deck professionals, BALPA has unrivalled access to the expertise and experience of its 10,000 members. Many pilots form specialist study groups or committees to support our professional and technical services. Together, they represent a body of knowledge covering the following areas.

IPA – The Independent Pilots Association – The Independent Pilots Association is a Professional Association that was formed by Flight Crew, promotes the welfare and interests of Flight Crew and is owned and managed by Flight Crew. Membership fees are fixed and not based on your salary. We have a dedicated Financial Team in the Independent Pilots (Financial Services), who will look after all your financial queries’ and arrangements including pensions and loss of licence insurance.

We offer assistance to all pilots who join the Association in many ways from help in compiling CVs, to assistance in securing a job through our many diverse contacts
We offer legal assistance of up to £20,000 to our Full members as well as legal advice. There is also a facility to top up the Legal cover to £250,000.
The origins of the Association can be traced to the early 1990’s when a self-help group was organised at the Gatwick Job Centre for pilots out of work following the collapse of Air Europe in 1991.

English Language Proficiency Check Information

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has established English language proficiency requirements (LPRs) for all pilots operating on international routes, and all air traffic controllers who communicate with foreign pilots. These standards require pilots and air traffic controllers to be able to communicate proficiently using both ICAO phraseology and plain English. Source: English for aviation

There are 4 Approved organisations used for Aviation English Language Proficiency according to the CAA, these are:

1. Anglo-Continental Educational Group Limited

2. Flight Training Europe SL

3. Language Testing and Assessment Services Ltd

4. Mayflower College of English Ltd

What are the requirements? Candidates applying must hold a valid PPL, CPL or ATPL.

What are the costs? Cost per Test: Ranges from £140 – £200 including VAT.

Online Logbook Information

LogTen Pro X

is the world’s most advanced pilot logbook software for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Designed to take full advantage of the latest operating systems and Apple hardware, LogTen Pro X is so much more than your logbook. From super fast flight logging with our FlyNow feature, to detailed analysis of your flight time with the Analyse view, to the fantastic Time Loupe that lets you view your currency and limits at any moment in time, past, present, or future. We’ve been leading in electronic pilot logbook innovation since 2003.

Sync all of your iOS and Mac devices via iCloud, seamlessly and automatically*.

With LogTen Pro X, you can import your schedule on the Mac, make an adjustment on your iPad, head to the airport and the flight will be ready to go on your iPhone. You can then log further details enroute and when arriving home all the data will already be updated automatically on all your devices. Just like that.

Getting started with LogTen Pro is simple. As soon as you launch the program, you can choose from a number of pre-set configurations that best suit the type of flying you’re doing whether you’re a student pilot, a certified flight instructor (CFI) or a commercial/airline pilot. And for those of you that prefer a custom configuration, setting it up is as intuitive as walking. Once you’ve set up LogTen Pro you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to input data into your logbook. You can add, remove, re-arrange, and create your own custom fields to match the paper logbook you’re familiar with, or tune everything for your specific operation to speed data entry.

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MccPilot Logbook

The ultimate electronic logbook for recreational and professional pilots. The only logbook to support all desktop systems (Windows PC, Mac OS) and all mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Fire Kindle)

  • start using mccPILOTLOG in minutes, the Standard Edition is totally free for lifetime, with unlimited number of flight logs
  • run mccPILOTLOG on any combination of devices, such as Windows PC with iPad, or a MacBook with Blackberry phone
  • import your previous flying experience from more than 40 other electronic logbooks
  • get unlimited Helpdesk support 24 / 7, valid for all Editions (free and paid)
  • exchange data with ten thousands of pilots worldwide

Log your flights within the program and keep your logbook up to date! The program offer also the possibility to prints an exact copy of your logbook on self-adhesive labels. All you need to do is paste the labels straight in your logbook. You can print different FAA-JAA-CAA logbook formats, including Jeppesen, ASA, Transair and many state official publications.

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