Integrated Ryanair Mentored Programme – Ab Initio

About Integrated Ryanair Mentored Programme – Ab Initio

Unlike modular, the Integrated Ryanair Mentored Programme – Ab Initio is completed as a single training course where you start with zero experience as a pilot and devote virtually all your time to the training for approximately 18 to 21 months. At the end of the course you are ready to complete the 737 type rating course and start working as a First Officer at Ryanair.

 In order to join the programme applicants have to pass an initial psychotechnical assessment at Bartolini Air. This assessment is split into 3 stages and its purpose is to maximise the chance that the candidates will be able to successfully complete the demanding training programme and get a job with Ryanair at the end.

Unlike modular, the Integrated Ryanair Mentored Programme – Ab Initio is completed as a single training course where you start with zero experience as a pilot and devote virtually all your time to the training for approximately 18 to 21 months. At the end of the course you are ready to complete the 737 type rating course and start working as a First Officer at Ryanair.

In order to join the programme applicants have to pass an initial psychotechnical assessment at Bartolini Air. This assessment is split into 3 stages and its purpose is to maximise the chance that the candidates will be able to successfully complete the demanding training programme and get a job with Ryanair at the end.

The integrated mentored training at Bartolini Air comprises 880 hours of classroom theory delivered by our team of highly skilled instructors, aviation experts including active Ryanair pilots and aircraft engineers over a period of approximately 6 months. The students are immersed in a strictly professional Ryanair training environment and the instructors are dedicated to thoroughly preparing students not only for the ATPL theory examinations but also the realities of aviation training, and later, a flying career with our airline partner.

Once the ATPL exams are passed the practical training starts. This stage is split into 6 phases with increasing complexity. All the phases are based on Ryanair procedures and requirements. Stage 1 will focus on teaching the basics of flight and the skills needed to operate a single-engine piston aeroplane. The last, 6th stage completed in a Boeing 737 fixed-base simulator will prepare the students to fly a heavy jet in a multi-crew environment using realistic Ryanair line procedures.

Once the ATPL exams are passed the practical training starts. This stage is split into 6 phases with increasing complexity. All the phases are based on Ryanair procedures and requirements. Stage 1 will focus on teaching the basics of flight and the skills needed to operate a single-engine piston aeroplane. The last, 6th stage completed in a Boeing 737 fixed-base simulator will prepare the students to fly a heavy jet in a multi-crew environment using realistic Ryanair line procedures.

In-between you will master all other skills necessary to become a successful professional pilot – from operating multi-engine aircraft to flying solely according to instruments.

We employ a team of experienced and dedicated instructors and all the flight training is completed in brand new Tecnam piston aircraft (no more than 5 years old) equipped with glass cockpits and the latest Garmin avionics.

The 6 stages of practical training comprise 230 hours of flight time and take approximately 12 months.

Upon completion of the Ryanair Integrated Mentored Programme at Bartolini Air, you will have obtained a Commercial pilot license with a Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings, and completed an Airline Pilot Standard Multi Crew Cooperation course (APS MCC) as well as advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. The programme is designed to give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully apply to our partner airline. Upon completion of the Integrated Mentored Programme at Bartolini Air and a final Ryanair assessment, you will be offered a place on a Ryanair B737 Type Rating course.

Upon completion of the Ryanair Integrated Mentored Programme at Bartolini Air, you will have obtained a Commercial pilot license with a Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings, and completed an Airline Pilot Standard Multi Crew Cooperation course (APS MCC) as well as advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. The programme is designed to give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully apply to our partner airline. Upon completion of the Integrated Mentored Programme at Bartolini Air and a final Ryanair assessment, you will be offered a place on a Ryanair B737 Type Rating course.

FAQ

How does the application and assessment process work?

The application and assessment phases consist of three stages:

  • Verification of documents and suitability to join the programme
  • Psychometric and aptitude testing which can be completed online at home.
  • One-day assessment at our school in Lodz, consisting of tests in mathematics, physics, English language test for non-native speakers, group exercises and an individual interview
When do the assessments take place?

Once you are shortlisted to proceed to the online assessments stage, the process starts immediately. The one-day assessment stage at the school is conducted every month usually on the last Thursday of the month.

Is it possible to do the repeat assessment again if the first one is unsuccessful?

There might be a possibility to repeat the assessment however, it is entirely at the school’s discretion. Please note a second assessment in not guaranteed.

What conditions must be met to be able to apply for the programme?

To apply for the program, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Good English skills ( 6 in the International English language testing system is a good minimum to aim for)
  • Positive assessment by Bartolini Air
  • EASA class 1 medical examination
  • Have unlimited rights to live and work in the EU.
  • Be able to provide a criminal record
  • Be able to show a high school diploma or higher education diploma.
What is the full cost of training?

The cost of the self-sponsored training is €59,900.
The training does not include fees for the Civil Aviation Authority, aircraft costs for the exam and accommodation costs.

Is there a possibility of obtaining funding?

Our students apply for EU funding from programs such as inwestujwrozwoj.pl or open.frp.pl
These are interest-free loans, with partial cancellation after completing the training.
If you are not a Polish citizen you can check what options your local government has to offer.

Is it possible to pay in instalments?

Yes, the training fee is divided into 3 payments.
The first payment is made before the start of the training (EUR 30,000)
The second payment is made approximately 10 months after the start of the training (EUR 22,000)
The third payment is made approximately 16 months after the start of the training (EUR 7,900).

Does the price include accommodation for the duration of the training?

No, the accommodation is at the student’s expense.

Bartolini Air has agreements with some accommodation providers where students can avail of preferential rates.

Does the student sign a contract with Ryanair?

Once the student has successfully completed all elements of training and passed the final Ryanair assessment, the student will be offered a bonded B737 Type Rating course with Ryanair.

I have a PPL, can I join the Mentored Programme?

Yes, it is possible to join the Mentored Programme, if you have at least 49 hours and a PPL, up to 24 of those hours can be credited towards the Mentored Programme.
However, if you have more experience than the minimum for your PPL it may be worth considering a modular Ryanair Mentored Programme instead, this will allow you to credit your hours fully towards your training.
In the event that you have only a PPL with minimum hours then both options are of equal value depending only on your personal situation and preference.

How long is the training period?

The training lasts from 18 to 21 months. The duration of the training depends on weather conditions, individual student predispositions and other unpredictable factors.

Where does the training take place?

Theoretical training will take place in Łódź Airport (EPLL) along with the simulator training. The practical part will take place at Olsztyn Szymany airport. (EPSY)

How many hours of flight time does the training include?

The training includes 230 hours of practical training (150 hours of flight time on airplanes and 80 hours on simulators)

What happens at the end of the training course?

All successful “Mentored Students” can avail of exclusive access to a fast-tracked recruitment process. Students will be at a distinct advantage at the guaranteed Ryanair assessment as all previous training is in line with Ryanair SOPs. All candidates who are successful at the final Ryanair assessment will be offered a place on a B737 Type Rating course and subsequent employment with Ryanair.

Questions?

If you would like more information or have any questions please contact us.

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