Opportunities for Future Captains!

Ready to soar high? Embark on a thrilling journey towards the cockpit of your dreams.

We are currently inviting applications for the industry-leading B737 Cadet Programme through AFA for highly motivated, enthusiastic, high flyers. Successful candidates can expect world class training and endless career opportunities. If you meet the minimum requirements listed on the job ad, then get ready for your career to take off and register for the programme today.

Airline Flight Academy

Airline Flight Academy (AFA), flight training partner for a number of airline clients including Ryanair Group, is actively accepting applications for its B737 type-rating programme from prospective pilots who have fully completed all phases of the initial flight training! Successful candidates will be trained to the highest standards and will get the opportunity to fly the newest B737 8200 for Ryanair and become the airline’s future Captains.

Benefits of the Cadet Programme

  • World-class training
  • Industry-leading SOPs
  • Fastest time to command
  • Unrivalled career progression – (opportunities for SFI, LTC, TRE & TRI)
  • The best roster in the business; stable 5 days on, 4 days off
  • Fly for Europe’s largest airline group!

Application Process


Create a candidate profile, upload all required documents and apply to any roles in which you may be interested in.

Online Assessment

Candidates who meet the requirements and are shortlisted, will be invited to complete an online assessment. If successful at this stage you will be invited to a SIM assessment.

SIM Assessment

The Assessment itself takes place in one day at one of our sim centres across Europe and includes a Sim Assessment, HR Interview and Technical Interview.

Course Book

You will be notified of the assessment result within 1 week and if successful a member of our team will call to arrange an upcoming course date.

World-class training

You might wonder how we train our pilots to be the best in the industry. We are committed to supporting the development and progression of our pilots offering a clear career path. See below how we can develop you from a low hour cadet to a commander in as little as 4/5 years from your initial type rating course. Our training programme includes:

  • A comprehensive and structured training plan
  • Preparatory computer-based training
  • Ground school dedicated to teaching you all aspects of a Boeing 737
  • Continuous simulator training with experienced instructors
  • Line training across our entire network in a variety of airports
  • Online resources throughout your Ryanair career
  • Guidance from highly professional instructors and examiners to help you achieve your full potential
  • Unlimited use of our FTDs across the network
  • A comprehensive “Route to Command” programme

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Minimum requirements

  • Hold unrestricted right to live and work in the EU and/or UK
  • Date of Birth – (Not over 65)
  • Licence Type – must have a valid EASA (CPL) Frozen ATPL (Air Transport Pilots Licence). We are also accepting a limited number of UK CAA Licence holders.
  • Validity of EASA Medical – Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 medical certificate.
  • Hold a valid multi-engine instrument rating
  • Hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of EASA Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (AUPRT) in accordance with FCL.745.A.
  • Hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of EASA multi-crew co-operation (MCC) in accordance with AMC1 FCL.735.A.
  • Applicants holding a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF APS MCC-TRAINING in accordance with AMC2 FCL.735.A
    • Will be given preference during initial selection
    • Will be at a distinct advantage in the interview and assessment process.
  • Must have a flight school report
    • Your FLIGHT SCHOOL REPORT must be written in English. The document MUST also be signed by your Flight School’s HOT (Head of Training). This requirement applies to both Integrated and Modular students. This report MUST also contain ALL ATPL results (detailing any repeats), CPL & MEIR series passes, and information relating to your performance throughout training.
  • Cadets who have conducted a modular course need to have 100 hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC), or 70 hours as PIC if completed during a course of integrated flying training as set out in Appendix 3 A, C & D to Part-FCL and AMC1 to Appendix 3 A, C & D.
  • English Language Proficiency –minimum required proficiency Level is Operational Level (Level 4). (Written proficiency is required at Operational level).

Assessment and selection

Candidates who are selected will be required to do an online pre-assessment test. If you then get shortlisted to the next stage, the below steps will follow: The selection procedure takes place in Dublin (Ireland) or any other training centres used by the airline. The day begins with an introduction to Ryanair and the recruitment team. Pilots can expect:

  • Pre-simulator briefing
  • Company presentation
  • Simulator assessment in a B737-800 simulator – 45 minutes as both Pilot Flying (PF) and Pilot Monitoring (PM). Basic handling skills, CRM and flight management will be assessed
  • English language test
  • Technical assessment – 30 minutes assessing your technical knowledge on your current/previous aircraft type(s)
  • Personnel interview – Approximately 30 minutes to convince us of your suitability to join the team, and to prove that you are the sort of person who will thrive in an environment where hard work and effort are rewarded.

Those who emerge successfully from the selection process will be offered a place on a type-rating course at East Midlands Training Center.

Within 7 working days after the selection day, applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail with their assessment results, be it positive or negative.

Type Rating course outline

Phase 1: Six-day introduction course

Phase 2: Ground Training

  • Computer-based training on systems and equipment
  • Instructor support for CBT
  • Stand-up instruction on performance, weight and balance
  • Fixed-base simulator sessions
  • Flight management system sessions
  • Standard operating procedure training
  • Pre-examination
  • Written theoretical knowledge examination including results and evaluation

Phase 3: Simulator Training

  • 12 Fixed Base Sim sessions
  • 7 Full Flight Sim sessions
  • 1 crew skills test session per crew
  • 1 preliminary simulator circuit training of 1 hour per trainee
  • MAX Differences Training

Phase 4: Base and Line Training

  • After successful completion of the training qualification course, circuits will be flown on a Ryanair B737-800
  • Line training will take place from one of our many bases. The number of sectors required to complete Line Training varies with the experience level of the pilot.

Ryanair is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

As per our Non-Discrimination Policy as well as other applicable regulations, we adhere and comply to these principles in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, promotions, compensations and benefits, training and discipline. Applications for employment can only be made through the channels detailed on this website. Applicants who canvass (by phone, direct contact or through existing employees) will be disqualified.