OFFICER HELICOPTER PILOT? IT'S A PHENOMENAL CAREER
“FLYING HELICOPTERS IS INCREDIBLY EXCITING; NOTHING COMPARES TO IT. THE TRAINING IS TOUGH BUT KNOWING YOU’VE HELPED TROOPS ON THE GROUND IS REALLY REWARDING."
Training For The Role
To become an officer pilot you must first and foremost apply to become a British Army Officer. You will complete standard Army Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On passing the aviation aptitude, medical and flying grading tests, then whilst you are at Sandhurst you will be eligible to be selected as a helicopter officer pilot.
Over the next two years, you will learn to fly the Juno (H135) training helicopter. You will also learn about communications, navigation and tactics. At the end you will be awarded the Army Pilot Badge (your "Wings") and get streamed onto your operational aircraft, usually the Apache (and attack helicopter) or Wildcat (used for reconnaissance). You will then complete your conversion course (approximately 18 months) before arriving fully qualified at your front line regiment.
- 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points from 7 GCSEs (including minimum grade C/4 in English, Maths and a Science or foreign language)
- Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
- Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
- 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
Qualifications You Could Get After Training
- Foundation Degree in Aviation Systems Management
- Degree Level (Level 5 & 6) Diplomas in Management & Leadership
- Graduate entrants get a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership & Conflict Studies and access to the full Masters Postgraduate Degree