I created this website back in 2015 to help fellow military pilots gain their civilian licences. There was no easy place to find all of the information and most military pilots just followed the route of others not necessarily knowing if it was the best option. A lot of the training schools offered 'minimum training' which it certainly wasn't. The courses were complex, costly, lengthy, sometimes split over three different aircraft types. My aim was to find providers who had modern simple aircraft like the DA-42, good facilities and who were willing to run training courses aimed at military pilots.
Why book through UKFlying? Firstly, there is no extra cost, this a free service. We'll ensure that you get the right course based on your military experience at the lowest price. You'll also be linked to a Dropbox account with all of the pre-course reading material, including exam guides, DA-42 tech and examiners favourite test questions! This will make the conversion process much easier. By booking through UKFlying, you are enabling us to maintain the lowest course rates for military pilots. Course feedback can be found below.
This is a constantly evolving website and any advice or feedback you have on companies is always appreciated. It's your feedback that helps others after you and keeps the whole process as simple as possible for military pilots.
Coxie, GR4, Tucano, Red Arrows, now Hawaiian Airlines:
"This is how courses in the military should be done - straight to the point and doesn’t mess around! UKFlying delivered a bespoke course based on previous experience and type, tailoring it to focus on the areas needed while still covering all the essential requirements. It’s a tough course, but aided by the helpful team at Airways Aviation the results speak for themselves – 100% pass rate at minimum cost. In my opinion if you are a Military pilot looking to get your MEP CPL/IR this is the only option."
Frazer Wood, GR4 and now Jet2:
" UKFlying organised and ran an excellent Fast Jet Military MEP conversion course using Airways Aviation at Oxford. Their facilities were first class and provided us with everything that was required to complete the MEP CPL IR flying in minimum time. The Airways Aviation staff were also willing to help out when required and provided expert technical advice when required. Can't recommend this course and location enough! "
Matt Doncaster, Harrier, C-17, now Virgin Atlantic 747-400:
“What can I say, UKFlying's approach to military conversions is spot on! They delivered a bespoke syllabus, derived using my past experience, and it worked. They are believers in ‘minimal training requirement’ as quoted in CAP 804 and their success to date says it all. We were confident that everything had been covered and we were ready for the Examiner. UKflying is really onto a good thing with Airways, and I can’t recommend them and their facilities highly enough."
Scottridge Chinook, AW109, now Norwegian 737-800
"UKFlying delivered an excellent DA42 groundschool. They were able to move quickly as they knew the core knowledge of military pilots and delivered additions for the DA42. I then completed my CPL(H)IR to (F)ATPL(A) with Airways Aviation Academy in minimum time and first time passes. The standard of tuition and facilities were excellent to prepare for the tests. I have since had a job offer with Norwegian."
Daz Mackenzie, Tucano and GR4:
"Fantastic course run by UKFlying, facilitated and provided by Airways Aviation. The training was pitched at just the right level for a military guy in current practise and provided the bare minimum to pass the CPL and IR. That said I was very comfortable going in to both tests and thankfully I achieved positive results."
Jenks, GR4 and Typhoon, now Gulstream G280:
"Just completed my CPL and IR. It took week to do the CPL and another couple of days for the IR...have recommended UKFlying and Airways Aviation to many colleagues already."
George Le Cornu, GR4, now BA CityFlyer:
"Thousands of pounds cheaper and completed in half the time of the other schools, the Fast-Jet conversion was fast-paced and super-efficient focussing on the skills needed to transition from military to commercial flying. Top-notch instructors and staff at Airways Aviation Academy in a modern and well-equipped school in addition to the realistic flight sim made for really high quality training. The DA-42 is also great for Fast-Jet pilots due to it’s modern avionics and the absence of any prop/pitch/mixture levers!"
"I booked my CPL / IR with UKFlying based on feedback and recommendations from colleagues and I was not disappointed. The course was incredibly efficient and very well-run. The DA-42 is straightforward to fly which minimised time spent learning redundant handling skills and allowed me to concentrate more effort on MEP operations. The Airways Aviation operations building is modern, clean, spacious and there is free tea and coffee. What's not to love?"
Jamie GR4 and Typhoon, now 2Excel:
"I had a 3 month deadline to complete my ATPL to start at 2Excel. UKFlying was able to allocate a course at short notice and I completed my CPL and IR in 10 days. I thoroughly recommend them and Airways Aviation."
Si Taylor, GR4, Typhoon and Red Arrows, now TUI on 737/787:
"I believe the combination of Steve and UKFlying is currently the best choice for mil fast jet to CPL/IR. The value and efficiency of the course are excellent. I was done within a week and Steve couldn’t have been more helpful or flexible to fit around a tight timeline. The setup is both professional and welcoming and their operations staff were great. Thanks Steve."
DG, Puma Pilot
"From my initial enquiries until the completion of my CPL and MEIR, UKFlying has been an invaluable resource along the way. The process of transitioning from a military career to a civilian one can be a daunting prospect, but it was made far easier with their help. I would recommend UKFlying’s services to anyone"
Greg Weal, Navy Merlin, now Thomas Cook
“Making the transition from rotary military to fixed wing civilian aviation was a relatively daunting task as there seemed to be quite a lot of unknowns and grey areas of the exact path to follow. Fortunately UkFlying were incredibly knowledgable about the ever-changing process, and were instrumental keeping a two way flow of information going between the training provider and the CAA. UkFlying also fought hard to get Tutor AEF hours counted towards initial licence application which saved me a lot of time and personal expense. Thanks again.”
Stef Wurwal, Typhoon, now Jet2
“UKFlying provided me with a simple, convenient and highly effective way of gaining my CPL/IR in a short timescale without compromising on training quality for the next stage in my aviation career.
I made use of three of the UKFlying recommended training providers - FlightDeck Wingman, Skyborne Aviation & JetMasterclass. All provide a personal, efficient and enjoyable service to make the transition to becoming a professional commercial Pilot a fulfilling experience.
I would recommend UKFlying to anyone wishing to make the transition."
Phil, Hawk T1, Tornado F3, Tucano QFI:
"Thanks for your help. UK Flying has been really helpful on my ‘journey’ even if I must admit I wasn’t sure initially where you would fit in. All my queries were answered very swiftly. I’ve already recommended you to several of my peers following on behind."
Michael Barclay, Merlin, 32Sqn AW109E, now business Jet:
"Skyborne delivered my ATPL(H) to CPL(A) MEIR in 6 weeks which was brilliant. They are a lovely bunch and just starting out. The customer experience with them is fantastic."
Andrew Payne, C130J, now BA777:
"I can’t thank you enough for all the help and advice that’s got me here, it’s really appreciated. Equally, Skyborne were great too with the CPL/IR (especially Alistair Checketts who trained me). I’m glad things are going well for you and UKFlying as military pilots need all the help they can get!"
Tom Maddock, GR4, Tucano, Reaper:
"Skyborne - I thought the staff and instructors there are very flexibly minded and are absolutely aware of the varied backgrounds the military guys doing the conversions come from. They are extremely keen to establish the areas you need to focus on both practically and theoretically to be confident going into the CPL/IR. I think the instructors there have an excellent foundation of varied experience from big and small commercial operations plus enough military experience to be credible and able to advise us. Duncan took care of my training and was superb. Roberta on the operations side and Alistair, as Chief Instructor, were also very proactive and keen to facilitate my progress. Thanks to Ian for also signing the worlds amount of paperwork; this must have worked as I received my license after only 2 weeks of e-licensing submission!"
Jet Masterclass - "I cannot remember a course that enjoyed as much as this one. Both for the way it was taught by Frank and also because almost every part of the APS MCC content was utterly beneficial to the aim of getting someone with no multi-pilot/Heavy airline cockpit experience up to passing the simulator assessments for any airline and being able to have a running start on any type rating. Frank’s attention to detail, individual focus and dedication to the product he delivers to every member of the course is without equal in my recent memory as an instructor/examiner/Head of Training. The facilities at JMC are superb and the 2 hours session on a FFS down the road is a great taster for the differences on flying that type of simulator in advance of type rating.The inclusion of other visiting experienced pilots/instructors/examiners during the course was a useful networking tool for us as well.
Firstly a huge thanks to you as your website and personal guidance had been key to enabling me to get to this stage. It has allowed me to spend the precious time during the hectic run up to departing the service to focus on learning the significant amount of info for the exams/tests etc rather than trying to understand the complicated CAA process.
Ben Reilly, FJ:
I would recommend Skyborne to anyone. I was thoroughly impressed with the professional atmosphere, the building and of course the aircraft. I was also impressed by how friendly / welcoming everyone was and how committed they were to getting you through the course as quickly as they possibly could.
Steve Badham, Chinook:
A potentially daunting experience, that has been hard work at times, but also thoroughly enjoyable. I have been so impressed by the professionalism at all the outfits, but also the standard of instruction, particularly at Skyborne and Jet Masterclass. I must also pass a special thanks to UKflying, who have shown me the way through what seemed like a maze 18 months ago. Steve has been on hand to answer questions, big or small, and even came to help me burn through some sim hours to keep the momentum when things slowed down at Skyborne. Obviously I know no different, but I would recommend all the trg establishments I used to get me ready and ultimately pass my BA sim assessment to get into the A320 hold pool.