Mentored Programme


Stobart Air Mentored programme

Irish airline Stobart Air, the franchise flying partner to leading airlines including Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe is partnered with AFTA to develop an extensive 16-18 month training program for ab-initio cadets with ongoing mentoring from a Stobart Air pilot.

On successful conclusion of the program, the new pilots will have achieved their commercial flying licence and will gain full time employment as first officers with the Irish airline.

The partnership was launched as the airline continues to grow and develop its route network and will ensure that Stobart Air attracts highly trained professional pilots to its team to support its planned growth plan. Stobart Air operates a fleet of ATR 72-600s and Embraer 195 regional jets.

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



  • Minimum age: 17 ½
  • Have the right to live and work in the EU
  • Ab-Initio- no prior flight training completed
  • Dedicated, disciplined and team focused attitude
  • Complete an assessment in our academy
  • Minimum IELTS Level 4.5 English Language Proficiency


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Basic (Phase 1)

The 3 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
On completion of ATPL theory students will be introduced to basic Single Engine Aircraft
Instrument Flight and 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 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 2 week phase of training covers the 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)
  • Large Aircraft Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Technique (UPRT)

Course Fees

Course Fee Includes:

  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Uniform, flight bag, headset
  • Type rating on the ATR72

Course Fee Excludes:

  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical
  • Online CUT-E assessment €55 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.


  • Please fill in your email address – we will contact you as soon as possible.

Arrange an Assessment

-Our Stobart 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 trainability, capacity and interaction with an instructor.

The Interview

This part of the process is an opportunity for you to tell us why you would like to join the Stobart mentorship programme, what qualities, characteristics and experience you could offer Stobart. 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, and how they fly. There will also be some mental maths questions included here.