Aspire to Airline Pilot Standards
Prepare yourself for the Airline Industry as an Airline Pilot. AlphaPilotAPS is a monthly subscription-based training course on our Airbus A320 Flight Simulator with Pilot Core Competencies at the forefront, for those with a PPL, NPPL, ATPL modular pilots, Aviation Degree students and those that wish to pursue a career as an Airline Pilot.
If becoming an Airline Pilot, or if Flying to Airline Pilot Standards is your dream, AlphaPilotAPS is the first step on your journey.
AlphaPilotAPS is much more than just flight simulation. Not only will you learn how to fly and operate the Airbus A320, you are trained to develop your Pilot Core Competencies from the very beginning in an Airline-alike training environment. You will learn Multicrew Cooperation skills, Crew Resource Management and Operational Techniques for the Airbus A320.
The adoption of Airline Pilot Standards (APS) as the prevailing norm in Professional Pilot Training has extended beyond solely Multicrew Cooperation Course training. It now encompasses much earlier stages of your training progression; starting with AlphaPilotAPS.
There’s no upfront training fees from AlphaTech. As soon as you start your subscription you can commence your training.
£65 per month for 2hrs of flying.
Hours rollover into the next month for 7 months (14hrs flying) so if you miss a month, they rollover into the next.
You have 24/7 access to our Airline-alike Learning & Crew Centre, Training Documents and Crew Room Advisories.
There’s no simming or gaming, what you get is actual flight training with constant development of your core competencies at the forefront.
Our A320 Simulator is built to FNPT II standards and is used daily for A320 Pilot Training. It is as close as you can get to the real thing without the associated costs.
To keep the monthly subscription as low as it is, there is a minimum agreement length.
12 months – £79 per month
24 months – £65 per month
Before your commence your Basic Training you are required to undertake 4-6 weeks of self study using our Knowledge Base and Crew Centre. You will have constant support from AlphaTech crew.
We have pilots visit us from all over Europe. If you’re coming to us via Belfast City Airport, we’ll transfer you to and from our hangar, free of charge. Saving £40+ in taxi fares. There is a surcharge for Belfast International Airport.
Our Airbus A320 Simulator is built to EASA professional pilot training standards and uses EASA approved software. It’s the ultimate in realism that a desktop Flight Simulator quite simply, cannot be compared.
The immersion into the ‘job’ of flying the Airbus A320 Simulator is every bit as real as flying the real thing, even down to the vibrations you’ll feel with our full sim vibration system. The wrap around visual encapsulates you into the scenario. We’re also able to introduce random or timed failures into our simulator forcing you to use your training to deal with the problems. The challenges are endless and rewarding.
We keep things as realistic as possible, the decision making processes behind dispatching and releasing an aircraft for flight is yours and by the end of your basic training you will be comfortable with Operating Flight Plan and Load sheet as you would in the real aircraft.
Importantly, we are quickly closing the gap between amateur and professional flying, much earlier in flying training.
Your AlphaPilotAPS Journey
Complete your AlphaPilotAPS Application and pass our online aviation based entry assessment. You are required to score 75% or greater.
You join AlphaPilotAPS as a cadet and start your subscription.
You begin your self-study. This is mentored by AlphaTech crew and takes approximately 4-6 weeks.
You undertake your Basic Training of 12 hrs
Subject to passing basic training to satisfactory standard you are admitted to AlphaPilotAPS as a First Officer and will continue to fly from the right hand seat and continue working through First Officer training modules.
Completing the First Officers Modules will allow you to operate as a Senior First Officer and work through the associated modules. You will continue to fly with a Line Training Captain.
It take approximately 18 months to become a Captain and all associated modules must have been completed. We treat the training aspect of this in the same manner as the real world, whereby you must pass a Command Course Upgrade.
When completed your Command modules, the Command Course and the Command Final Assessment you will fly from the left hand seat with other AlphaPilotAPS pilots of all stages of development and you are now eligible for our AlphaPilotAPS instructor course.
- Self Study
- A320 Simulator
AlphaPilotAPS Basic Training is around 12 hours in our A320 Flight Simulator. You will learn to fly and operate the aircraft as Pilot Flying and Pilot Monitoring. Both roles are equally important.
Before you attend AlphaTech for the simulator phase you are required to undertake self study using our training material and crew centre. We are always here to help along the way if required.
Every simulator session is supported by a briefing and debriefing and it’s important to remember that it’s very much training and not checking, although naturally, if the pilot puts in the study work before the simulator session he or she will get the very best out of the session.
Most simulator sessions are LOFT (Line orientated flight training), which means a flight from A to B will be completed in both roles as Pilot Flying and Pilot Monitoring.
Basic Training Modules
Don’t just take our word for it
I have learnt how to fly an Airbus. How many people can say that? With first class training and support at a much lower cost than you might expect, this is as close to the real thing as you will get. New friendships a real bonus, I can’t recommend this more strongly.
Having been on the original SimPilot programme since its inception, I have learned a number of skills that have benefited me both in my real-world flying experience and in the workplace. For example, the emphasis on working as a team within the cockpit of the A320 has greatly improved my communication, leadership and followership skills. Outside of skills development, one of my personal standout benefits of SimPilot is the community of pilots themselves. As we train together, we support one another’s development and form lasting friendships outside of the training environment.
I’ve always dreamed about being a pilot, and AlphaPilotAPS has offered an opportunity to develop these skills in a way that is truly unparalleled. From the high quality instruction to the depth of online resources available, and the excellent friendships made, I would highly recommend this program for any aspiring pilot, it has certainly got me closer to my goal.
I have been flying the Airbus with AlphaTech, originally in SimPilot for 4 years now; it’s a fabulous experience and in addition to learning how to fly and operate the A320 you will gain skills which can be taken back to work or everyday life with you. Certainly I have learned better teamwork, better planning, better management of workload, improved decision making under pressure and enhanced communication skills.
Paul is a very patient instructor; he creates an enjoyable learning environment where complex concepts are clearly explained and he will correct you when your technique or approach falls short, but all while keeping the mood fun and entertaining.
The value for money in AlphaPilotAPS is excellent – where else could you get to fly an Airbus A320 for a relatively small cost every month?
The opportunity to pursue a career in aviation has arguably now passed me by. Training at AlphaTech affords me the chance to fulfil in some small way a lifelong ambition and learn to fly the Airbus A320 in a professional but friendly and accommodating environment. Furthermore, I can do so at my own pace as I balance the demands of family and career. Many of the lessons I’ve learned in the sim are directly transferable to my day job too, which is a bonus I did not initially consider.
AlphaPilotAPS is a must for any budding pilot. As I had chosen a different career, becoming an Airline Pilot was only a childhood fascination. AlphaPilotAPS allows me to learn and progress at my own pace, experiencing the world of flight training and Airline Operations whilst gaining various professional skills which can be applied to my everyday life.
We’re located close to Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
28a Comber Road
Monday to Friday – 0800 to 1900
Saturday & Sunday – 1100 to 1600
Open on demand upon request
Parking available free of charge at hangar
All facilities at ground level
Travel & Accommodation
Airport Transfer are included from Belfast City (BHD / EGAC)
For all our pilots coming to us from mainland UK or Europe, we offer complimentary airport collections from Belfast City Airport. If you’re coming from Aldergrove there is a monthly surcharge of £20.
There are various hotel and B&B accommodation all located within 15 minutes of our facility. If you need help securing accommodation, please just let us know. We have discounts available with many budget and premium hotels.
Train Station Transfers
If you are coming from Dublin via train, we recommend making plans to arrive to Bangor Central Train Station. We will collect you from here, free of charge.
Belfast is a connecting hub with London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt.
Belfast City Airport – 40 Mins
Aer Lingus, British Airways, Loganair, Lufthansa, KLM
Belfast International Airport – 40 Mins
easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2
Dublin Airport – 90 Mins
Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Lauda, KLM, SAS, Turkish, Air France, Croatia, Aegean, Air Baltic
British Airways, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Swiss
Londonderry Airport – 90 Mins
Donegal Airport – 120 Mins
We are delighted to be working with leading Accreditation and Education authorities to delivery the AlphaPilotAPS training as a recognised Level 5 Educational Qualification. We anticipate that the qualification will be Foundation Degree standard and a ‘Learners Fee’ will be the only extra investment required from participants.
All current and new joining pilots to AlphaPilotAPS will be able to undertake the qualification.
Frequently asked Questions
How does the subscription work?
Is AlphaPilot Formal Training?
Are there upfront costs?
What happens if I can't use my 2hrs during the calendar month?
I am from Mainland UK or Europe, could AlphaPilot work for me?
Flights from UK and Europe arrives daily and both Belfast Airports. Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt are main connecting hubs to us and we’ll always collect you from the airport free of charge.
Accommodation close to us is affordable. Please ask us if you need help getting accommodation.
Do I have to have any actual flight experience?
AlphaPilotAPS is for those on an Airline Pilot paths, but not exclusively so. We have numerous pilots that are not on Airline Pilot paths and are simply enthusiasts that wish to fly to Airline Pilot Standards.