Published on June 23rd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


The Airline Pilot Club Launches New Platform

The Airline Pilot Club (APC) has announced the release of its new platform designed specifically to connect its community of aspiring pilots, student pilots, qualified pilots, flying schools and airlines. APC will break down barriers to entry into the most exciting career in the world and enable people from every background to realise their dream of becoming an airline pilot.

For students, free membership unlocks:

  • Free registration and profile build
  • Free access to a pilot career psychometric assessment
  • Free delivery of the assessment report
  • Free access to airline pilot standard learning about the human aspects of being an airline pilot
  • Free monthly webinars, provided by experts from the ATO community
  • Free recommendation to the community of APC quality-assured flying schools
  • Free access to the soon-to-be-available unsecured funding system.

Flying schools will be connected to APC’s thousands of members whose profiles will be searchable in a multitude of convenient ways. Together with their equity partner, The Boeing Company, APC will connect flying schools to airlines, thus enhancing their student throughput and revenue.

Airlines will be able to market themselves to the APC community and search the growing database of qualified pilots to meet their crewing and DEI needs. APC registration and membership are available at

Airline Pilot Club and Symbiotics Partnership

Separately, APC has also announced a new partnership with Symbiotics, the provider of ADAPT Pilot Psychological Assessments. The partnership will provide a range of pilot aptitude assessments to support future pilots at the start of their careers and means that Symbiotics will be featured within the APC Preparation Zone enabling APC members to take the ADAPT pilot readiness indicator test free of charge. In addition, they will also be able to benefit from advice and guidance material on how to best prepare for pilot aptitude tests and interviews ahead of applying to a flight school for pilot training.

Speaking following the announcement, Andy O’Shea said: “APC encourages appropriate preparation for crucial assessments, interviews and, of course, your career. As a new benefit to members who register free with APC, our APC Preparation Zone will provide great preparatory material for you.

APC, Symbiotics and other service providers have combined to provide you with a Preparation one-stop-shop. Here you will be able access, free of charge, the Symbiotics’ Pilot Readiness Indicator Test the other career- indicative assessments. This is an amazing facility, only available to APC registered members who have completed their profile. Thanks to Symbiotics, you will also find great guidance as to how to prepare for, and conduct, the full suite of on-line assessments that you will need to succeed in before starting your career.”

Symbiotics’ Managing Director, Hannah Davies added “We continue to expect a pilot shortage in the years to come and it is therefore increasingly important to ensure we have the next generation of pilots in training to support the expected growth in aviation over the next 20 years. Symbiotics work with airlines and flight schools to help assess suitable candidates to commence flight training, with reports aligned specifically to the 9 ICAO pilot competencies, which allows us to directly support prospective students to help in their assessment preparations. This partnership is important to ensure we have the right candidates fully prepared to enter their flight training. We look forward to working together to help support the next generation of pilots commence their flight training journeys.”

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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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