How pilots are awarded their licences

The path to becoming an airline pilot contains many hurdles and hoops that cadet pilots must jump over and through. By the time they take to the controls of their first commercial flight, they will have completed hundreds of hours of flying in both aircraft and simulators and be the proud owner of an official pilot’s licence.

However, recent news in the world of aviation has uncovered that some pilots may have been flying on “fake” licences or cheated in exams to obtain their licence.

Each country has its own agency that governs aviation, often known as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In the U.K., the CAA is responsible for the regulation of aviation safety and the licensing and financial fitness of airlines and individuals, amongst other things.

So how does the CAA ensure that the person responsible for your safety on an aircraft is suitably qualified?

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