Gateway 1

2024 Update: Now Including Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating!

The Gateway 1 Ryanair Future Flyer Academy programme is tailored for PPL holders boasting 100 hours of pilot in command (PIC) and 170 hours of total flying time. Individuals must have completed all EASA ATPL theoretical exams and aspire to join the Ryanair Future Flyer Academy to undertake the MEP/CPL, ME/IR, AUPRT, and APS MCC training modules.

Upon successful completion of the Gateway 1 assessment, cadets will secure a conditional job offer from Ryanair, even before commencing their training at AFTA.

Successful applicants to the Gateway 1 Ryanair Future Flyer Academy will embark on an immersive 3-6 month training journey at Cork International Airport, followed by a comprehensive Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating.

Trainees will fully immerse themselves in the world of Ryanair, absorbing its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), culture, and operational philosophy. They will also benefit from personalized one-on-one mentorship provided by seasoned Ryanair pilots.

Exclusive to Ryanair Future Flyer students is access to a streamlined recruitment process, offering them a significant advantage during the final assessment stage due to their extensive training in Ryanair procedures.

Furthermore, upon successfully completing the final Ryanair assessment, graduates will be presented with the opportunity to join 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.


  • You must hold an ICAO or EASA PPL.
  • 100 hours PIC with 150 in total to apply. You will then need 170 hours in total in order to begin training on Gateway 1.
  • EASA ATPL theoretical exams completed.
  • Minimum age: 18.
  • EU/EEA and/or UK passport with the unresticted right to live and work in the EU and/or UK.
  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.
  • Open to base opportunities across Europe.
  • Disciplined, highly motivated, demonstrable leadership qualities.
  • Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 Medical.
  • Complete an assessment online and simulator assessment and interview in our academy.
  • Available to complete remainder of training as a full time student.
  • Minimum IELTS Level 4.5 English Language Proficiency
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Combined Multi Engine Commercial Pilots Licence (MEP CPL)

This rating allows a person to transition from single engine aircraft to twin engine aircraft which can be quite challenging. This training allows a person a certain insight into airline and multi-crew conditions.

The Commercial Pilots Licence will allow a person to have a flying career in aviation. It will enable them to act as a pilot in multi engine and multi pilot aircraft for airline commercial transport. The course comprises 25 hours flight training and a minimum of 20 hours theoretical tuition.

Course Syllabus:

The flight training is conducted on a Multi-Engine Diamond DA-42 and an FNPT II simulator:

– 3 Hours on FNPT II
– 15 Hours on Cessna 172 includes one landing per flight
– 13 hours on a DA42 including one landing per flight
– Theoretical tuition

As per EASA regulation the training course includes 7 hours of theoretical knowledge training and a theory exam.

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)

The MEIR course teaches the student to fly the aircraft with sole reference to instruments (Instrument Flight Rules) or in other words with no visual external references (Visual Flight Rules). It is a qualification which entitles the student to fly in the same manner as airline pilots.

Course Syllabus:

– 30 hours on FNPT 11
– 15 hours on a DA42 including one landing per flight
– Theoretical tuition

When the training is completed a flight test is then conducted on a complex multi engine aircraft (Diamond DA42).


Airline Pilot Standard & Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)

The Ryanair Future Flyer Academy Airline Pilot Standard MCC (APS MCC) is an enhanced MCC that trains pilots in multi-crew competencies to Ryanairs standards. It is designed to give new pilots all the knowledge and skills necessary to be prepared for their final assessment and to be able to adapt easily to Ryanair’s working environment.

This APS MCC was developed in conjunction with Ryanair, it is structured to address areas that new pilots can be weak in during airline assessments. Accordingly there is more emphasis in the APS MCC on knowledge, manual handling and Crew Resource Management (CRM) all of which are trained and assessed using the EASA pilot Core Competencies. In addition, our Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 and Boeing 737 NG simulators represent a real airline standard aircraft. Jet orientation training is required and specified in the APS MCC course. The specification of the Jet simulator is set out and the qualification of the instructor is specified.

The content of the basic MCC is retained in full and you will be studying airline structure, operational CRM, meteorology, flight planning, and fuel management among other essential elements of information for a student airline pilot. In addition to that theoretical training you will be trained in pilot core competencies such as flightpath management, communication, situation awareness, problem solving and decision making among may more, all conducted in a high quality simulator.

Course Syllabus:

  • 10 Days Computer Based Training CBT aircraft systems and procedures
  • 4 Days ground school
  • 10 by 4 Hours B737-800 FBS Training
  • Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating (provided by Ryanair)

Course Fee

Course Fee:

Our Gateway 1 Ryanair Future Flyer Academy Programme is €59,995 

Payment is as follows:

  • Deposit: €1,500 (non-refundable)
  • Day 1 of course: €29,250
  • Week 5: €29,245

Course Fee includes:

  • Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating Course.
  • Access to Ryanair SOPs and Boeing 737 manuals.
  • AFTA Graduate Development Programme including simulator preparation and interview preperation.

Course Fee excludes:

  • Fees for skills tests, licence and ratings issue can found on the IAA website under publications Fees and Orders. Aircraft rental fee for skills test are not included.
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical.
  • Online CUT-E assessment €79 and AFTA assessment fee.
  • Accommodation and living expenses.

Arrange an Assessment

Our Ryanair assessment consists of two parts.

1) Psychometric and Aptitude Testing which can be completed at home online.

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.

Simulator Check

After successfully passing the CUT-E test, you will be invited to attend the academy. You will complete a simulator aptitude test. After a short briefing you will be instructed to perform some basic manoeuvres. This is to assess your knowledge to date, 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 Future Flyer Academy 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. ATPL questions may be asked.

Contact Our Training Advisers.

Make an appointment to talk with one of our expert Training Advisors. They are trained to answer all your questions regarding training, finance and career prospects. This service is free.

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