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Successful applicants will undertake an extensive 16-18 month training program that involves 220 hours flight time at Cork International Airport. Trainees will receive ongoing one-on-one mentoring from a Ryanair pilot. Ryanair Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), culture and operational philosophy will be taught from day one of the programme. Mentored students will have exclusive access to a fast track recruitment process, given preference during initial selection and enjoy a distinct advantage at the final assessment stage as they will be taught using Ryanair procedures. On successful completion of this final Ryanair assessment, the new pilots will be offered a place on a Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating course.

This programme is for individuals who hold a UK or EU/EEA Passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in Europe/UK.


  • Minimum age: 17 ½ years of age.
  • EU/EEA Passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.
  • Flexibility to be based across Europe.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
  • Disciplined, highly motivated with demonstrable leadership qualities.
  • Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 Medical.
  • Complete an assessment online and in our academy.
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL) holders may also apply.
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This phases comprise integrated basic flight training and ground school equivalent to PPL standard and night  flying endorsement

  • 100 Hours PPL Theoretical Training and Long Briefs
  • 37.0 Hours Dual Flight Training
  • 10.0 Hours solo.

Intermediate (PHASE 2)

The next 2 phases concentrates mainly on ATPL theory and examinations with a prescribed amount of dual and PIC flight training to maintain currency of previously attained flight skills. The ATPLs are a set of 14 subjects and exams which are required for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence. The full time course is split into three bi-monthly modules culminating in a set of exams at the end of each module. Examples of Modules: 1. Flight Planning, Mass & Balance, Performance, Meteorology. Human Performance. 2. Principles of Flight, General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Visual Flight Rules Communication, Instrument Flight Rules Communication. 3. Instrumentation, Operational Procedures, Air Law. On completion of ATPL theory students will be introduced to basic Single Engine Aircraft Instrument  Flight and  advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery training.

  • 657 Hours ATPL Theoretical Training.
  • 22.0 Hours Long Briefs on Basic Instrument and Navigation
  • 11.0 Hours Dual Flight Training.
  • 20.0 Hours SPIC flight training.
  • 40.0 Hours PIC.

Intermediate (PHASE 3)

These phases of training involves covering multi engine handling and VFR (Visual Flight Rules) navigation.

  • 28.0 Hours Briefing on Multi Engine and Commercial Operations
  • 14.0 Hours Dual Multi Engine flight training
  • 1.0 Hours FNPT II Multi Engine Simulator Training

Advanced (Phase 4)

This phase of training involves Multi Engine Instrument Rating Training.

  • 25 Hours Briefing on Instrument Rating
  • 16 Dual Multi engine flight training.
  • 39 FNPT II Multi engine simulator training.

Advanced (Phase 5)

The final 4 week phase of training covers the Airline Preparation Standard Multi Crew Co-ordination (APS MCC)  inclusive of  a Threat  and Error Management Course (TEM) and Cockpit Resource Management (CRM).

  • 25 Hours theoretical training
  • 40 Hours APS / MCC approved simulator training
  • Multi Crew operations and development of non‐technical skills in a multi  crew environment
  • Cockpit Resource Management
  • Cockpit procedures
  • Jet handling

Flight Management Computer familiarisation and operation

  • Automatic Flight and Navigation (LNAV-(EXPAND-lateral navigation,
  • VNAV (vertical navigation),
  • RNAV( Area Navigation)
  • RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance for Arrivals),
  • PBN (performance based navigation)
  • ACAS (Aircraft Collision and Avoidance System)
  • EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System)
  • Adverse weather ( Winter Ops, Windshear, Hot weather, Turbulence,  Low vis)
  • Ryanair specific Large Aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Technique (UPRT)



Course Fee Includes:

  • iPad, uniform, pilot flight bag, headset , digital copies of ATPL theory and PPL theory books, pilots computer (CRP5), knee-board, log book, VFR charts.
  • Access to Ryanair SOPs and Boeing 737 manuals.
  • Ryanair specific APS MCC.
  • Advanced Upset and Prevention Recovery Training (AUPRT).
  • Safety Courses and Airport ID along with all associated administration.
  • Course management and access to our online training records system.

Course Fee Excludes:

  • Online CUT-E assessment €60 and AFTA assessment fee: €300.
  • Accommodation and living expenses.
  • Our student liaison officer is available to assist students sourcing accommodation prior to commencing a course.
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical.
  • Boeing 737 Type- Rating.


Ab-initio Ryanair Mentored Programme 2022 Start Dates:

  • Monday 14th February 2022
  • Monday 11th  April 2022
  • Monday 20th  June 2022
  • Monday 15th  August 2022
  • Monday 17th October 2022

Ab-initio Ryanair Mentored Programme 2023 Start Dates:

  • Monday 13th February 2023
  • Tuesday 11th April 2023
  • Monday 19th June 2023
  • Monday 14th August 2023
  • Monday 16th October 2023

Arrange an Assessment

Our Ryanair assessment consists of two parts.

1) Psychometric and aptitude testing which can be completed online at home.

2) Simulator assessment and interview which are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in our academy. Preparation is key.

The CUT-E Test

When you contact one of our training advisors you will be emailed a link to complete this section of the assessment at home. This is a computerised pilot screening system which assesses work related behaviour, situational behaviour, deductive-logical thinking, inductive-logical thinking, spatial orientation, reaction speed, monitoring ability, multi-tasking capabilities and complex control.

The Simulator

After successfully passing the CUT-E test, you will be invited to attend part two of the assessment in our academy. The simulator aptitude test consists of a short briefing, after which you will be instructed to perform some basic manoeuvres. This is to assess your trainability, capacity and interaction with an instructor.

The Interview

This final part of the process is an opportunity for you to tell us why you would like to join the Ryanair mentorship programme and what qualities, characteristics and experience you could offer Ryanair .

The instructors want to be sold on your commitment and dedication towards the training and the career. You will be tested on your technical and non-technical skills.

Non- technical skills include areas such as communication, leadership and decision making. Technical skills would include, basic knowledge of aircraft systems, principles of flight. There will also be some mental math’s questions included here.

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