Published on November 2nd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


The Airline Pilot Club Announces Free Airline Pilot Training Services

The Airline Pilot Club has released its new digital community for aspirant, trainee and qualified pilots on This “Linkedin for Pilots” is the latest APC offering that underpins their commitment to breaking down barriers to entry and making the airline pilot career, the world’s most exciting career, available to a global and diverse community. All APC’s services are based on APC co-founder Captain Andy O’Shea’s experience in the airline pilot training system arising from his 18-year appointment as Head of Pilot Training in Ryanair.

Uniquely in the pilot training system, APC is offering all its services to registered members FREE, in its “Freemium” membership. Free registration on the site allows everyone free access to:

  • A digital community of flying schools, pilots and airlines.
  • The ability to build a professional profile that will enhance employment opportunities
  • The ability to follow preferred Flying Schools and Airlines
  • The ability for Flying Schools and Airlines to search for candidates based on follower profiles
  • An Airline Pilot Career Aptitude Assessment, with detailed report
  • Airline Pilot standard e learning, providing critical information on the Pilot Competencies, required for anyone to succeed at an airline selection process, and later during their career.
  • Multiple technical webinars each month, facilitated by Andy and supported by partner ATOs and other Subject Matter Experts
  • The APC pilot training funding system, when it is activated in 2022.

All people have to do is “Register Free, with APC”.

Commenting on this development, APC co-founder, Captain Andy O’Shea said: “We have worked hard to develop our “Freemium” product and to ensure that it supports our commitment to breaking down barriers to entry to the airline pilot career. We believe that we have created a unique pathway to the airline pilot career for anyone who has the interest and the dream of becoming one, regardless of location, culture or gender. We are proud to break the mould of the professional pilot training industry by offering high quality material completely free of charge to the pilot community. We would encourage flying clubs, flying schools, universities and airlines to facilitate their people to register free with APC.

We also wish to welcome David Barrett as an investor and commercial advisor in APC. David has extensive experience in building global digital human talent related platforms and services. David was a founder of the online assessment company Cut-e, and later was CCO of AON Assessment Solutions & AON Human Capital Solutions EMEA.

We are excited to work with David and to build out the APC aviation community service to aspirant, trainee and qualified pilots.”

Andy O’Shea & David Barrett, both guests of the Boeing Company at the recent Global Innovation Forum in Glasgow
Róisín O’Shea, Operations Manager at the Airline Pilot Club with Andy O’Shea, CEO at the Airline Pilot Club

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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