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September 27

PilotsTogether launches Buddy Flying

PilotsTogether is launching its Buddy Flying initiative to get our redundant colleagues back into the air. Read on if you'd like to know how you could help.

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September 10

Flying Planes to Driving Trains

The UK government’s furlough scheme has saved many jobs in the rail industry and the continued restrictions on international travel have provided a welcome boost to domestic rail journeys.  This has led to an unexpected silver lining for some of the UK's pilots.

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August 21

PilotsTogether launches #WePilots 85258 mental health crisis service

UK charity PilotsTogether has launched a text crisis service, staffed by volunteers, for pilots, to text in if they are struggling to cope. Pilots, regardless of employment status, will be able to text WePilots to 85258 and will be put in touch with a trained crisis volunteer via text, who will support and guide them as required.

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July 31

Pilots and mental health

In the wake of the biggest crisis that aviation has ever faced, a number of pilots have felt so despondent that they have taken their own lives. Countless more are struggling with the impact of Covid-19 upon the industry, with numerous job losses, pay cuts and enforced part-time contracts across the board.

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June 22

PilotsTogether on “You and Yours” on BBC Radio 4

PilotsTogether trustee, Katy Lee, recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme, "You and Yours" to discuss the reasons that the PilotsTogether charity was created, along with Tim Short, who has lost his job twice and who has now retrained as a train driver, who explained how he has been impacted.

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June 18

The New Normal and You

As the world slowly returns to some semblance of normality, many pilots are seeing their rosters filling back up and their working patterns return, often quite suddenly going from furlough to busy. This presents a significant number of challenges and PilotsTogether is providing wellbeing and community support for all UK-based airline pilots who are finding things tough, as well as wellbeing support for our registered pilots, too.

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June 11

First Crewroom Session success

The first PilotsTogether CrewRoom session, welcoming former flybe Captain and chief CRM instructor, Helen Heenan, was a success, with over 30 pilots registering. You can view the video of the session here.

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June 3

Pilot mental health needs to be better supported according to experts

A recent article in the Guardian suggested that many airlines are prioritising their return to the skies over the mental health and wellbeing of pilots. The article draws attention to these concerns and underlines the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing for pilots, and calls for airlines to “do more than offer access to gyms and yoga”. 

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May 16

Airliner World magazine reports on PilotsTogether’s work

The article highlights the work done by us here at PilotsTogether, how we are supporting our colleagues through these tough times and how you can help as well.

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March 24

Pilots grounded by COVID tell us what they are doing with their lives

“People look at our license and it’s like, ‘well everyone has a driver’s license,’” one laid-off pilot said.

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January 15

Jumbo jet’s new home gives hope to post-coronavirus future pilots

Trustee Katy Lee recently appeared on Sky News to highlight the plight of our colleagues who have lost their job as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

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December 23

Debunking stereotypes: “Pilots are rich anyway, why do they need a charity?”

The COVID-19 pandemic has left some pilots with debts reaching upwards of £100,000, with minimal governmental support for the aviation industry.

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October 15

LPC Revalidation Scheme launched

We know that keeping one’s Type Rating current was high on the priority list for many of you. As such, PilotsTogether has been working to set up a scheme to help achieve this. The Trustees are pleased to announce that we have partnered with CAE to trial a scheme to fully fund a number of LPCs each month.

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September 27

PilotsTogether launches Buddy Flying

PilotsTogether is launching its Buddy Flying initiative to get our redundant colleagues back into the air. Read on if you'd like to know how you could help.

READ MORE
September 10

Converting your Licence to EASA

A step-by-step guide to converting your UK ATPL to an EASA ATPL via Malta, written by one of your colleagues

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September 10

Flying Planes to Driving Trains

The UK government’s furlough scheme has saved many jobs in the rail industry and the continued restrictions on international travel have provided a welcome boost to domestic rail journeys.  This has led to an unexpected silver lining for some of the UK's pilots.

READ MORE
August 21

PilotsTogether launches #WePilots 85258 mental health crisis service

UK charity PilotsTogether has launched a text crisis service, staffed by volunteers, for pilots, to text in if they are struggling to cope. Pilots, regardless of employment status, will be able to text WePilots to 85258 and will be put in touch with a trained crisis volunteer via text, who will support and guide them as required.

READ MORE
July 31

Pilots and mental health

In the wake of the biggest crisis that aviation has ever faced, a number of pilots have felt so despondent that they have taken their own lives. Countless more are struggling with the impact of Covid-19 upon the industry, with numerous job losses, pay cuts and enforced part-time contracts across the board.

READ MORE
June 18

The New Normal and You

As the world slowly returns to some semblance of normality, many pilots are seeing their rosters filling back up and their working patterns return, often quite suddenly going from furlough to busy. This presents a significant number of challenges and PilotsTogether is providing wellbeing and community support for all UK-based airline pilots who are finding things tough, as well as wellbeing support for our registered pilots, too.

READ MORE
June 11

First Crewroom Session success

The first PilotsTogether CrewRoom session, welcoming former flybe Captain and chief CRM instructor, Helen Heenan, was a success, with over 30 pilots registering. You can view the video of the session here.

READ MORE
June 3

Pilot mental health needs to be better supported according to experts

A recent article in the Guardian suggested that many airlines are prioritising their return to the skies over the mental health and wellbeing of pilots. The article draws attention to these concerns and underlines the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing for pilots, and calls for airlines to “do more than offer access to gyms and yoga”. 

READ MORE
April 27

Crewroom Session – CRM – It’s okay to not be okay

See this post for a link to the first of our Crewroom Sessions for members which takes place on May 27th. The theme of this session is "CRM – It’s okay to not be okay"

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November 3

COVID-19 Pilot Stress Response

The ANZ Peer Assistance Network produced a useful guide for pilots on how to deal with the stress from Covid-19 and other factors. This is equally applicable to being made redundant.

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November 3

Covid-19 Wellbeing Guide

BALPA have published a useful guide to maintaining your health and wellbeing during this pandemic.  The advice contained within is of equal use to those of us made redundant.  Some of the relevant passages are reproduced here.

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November 2

No degree? Think again

Many pilots would not have completed a degree, instead going directly to flight school or the military rather than the now ‘traditional’ route of attending University. However, the fact that you studied to achieve your ATPL gives you the same degree standing despite it is not being referred to as a degree.

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September 18

So you’ve been made redundant, now what?

Imagine a time when you may be able to reflect on this whole crisis and say what a crazy and hugely challenging time it was for you and your family but you all somehow got through it and became stronger and much wiser for it!

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September 8

Rebuild your working world

Millions of you have had your working lives or education put on hold or turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, EY recruiters are here to help.

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August 29

Recognising that you have a variety of skills

It is key to remember that you have a variety of non-technical skills that many employers value. You must give thought to what these skills might be, and you can reflect upon previous careers, jobs, or outside interests that you may be involved in.

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August 29

Registering with Agencies

Some employment agencies recognise that pilots have a specific skill set that is transferable, both within and outside of aviation.

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August 29

Claiming the cost of Training

If you require additional training to prepare for future job interview & assessments, ensure you follow the correct process to give yourself the best chance of claiming funding via the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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August 29

Your First Steps

To best prepare yourself for roles within and outside of aviation it is crucial to start now. This will help ensure you are at the front of the queue when it comes to taking advantage of any positions that may become available.

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