March 20, 2024

Student Wellbeing: A Vital Component of Pilot Training at Leading Edge

Leading Edge are committed to prioritising student wellbeing in pilot training. Explore tailored support, holistic training, and tips for maintaining wellbeing. Celebrate student happiness this International Day of Happiness!

Embracing Wellbeing at Leading Edge: A Commitment to Student Support

“Student wellbeing is a huge priority for us, as is our commitment to offering a training course that develops the pilot as a whole.” – Andy McFarlane (CEO, Leading Edge Aviation)

Pilot wellbeing is now a formal part of airlines’ responsibility to their staff – and we believe it’s an essential part of pilot training, too. This is why student wellbeing is at the heart of everything that we do. Our commitment extends beyond just conventional training methods to encompass a comprehensive Wellbeing Programme tailored to support our students every step of the way.

Creating a Supportive Environment: Providing Tailored Support

From the moment you embark on your pilot journey with us, you become part of a positive, caring community dedicated to your success. Our supportive environment fosters personal growth and resilience, essential qualities for navigating the challenges of a professional flying career.

Providing Accessible Support: Ensuring Help is Always Available

The cornerstone of our Wellbeing Programme lies in the bespoke services we offer our student pilots. Designed in-house and tailored to individual needs, these services provide a holistic approach to wellbeing. Through regular workshops, students receive valuable insights and practical strategies to enhance their mental and emotional resilience.

We also offer confidential external support through our individual assistance programme and a warm and welcoming internal support network with staff members available for one-on-one conversations. Our helpful staff are available to assist you with any inquiries you may have about your training, career advancement, or simply need someone to talk to! Whatever your concern or inquiry, never feel afraid to reach out for support. We are here for you!

Preparing for Life in the Skies: Equipping for Success

A professional flying career is exhilarating, with the best office views of any profession, but it’s also demanding. Pilots face challenges such as jet-lag, intense working conditions, time away from home and variable shift patterns. For a pilot to be ‘fit to fly’, they must have the ability and self-awareness to be able to manage these challenges successfully.

Throughout training, our programme gets you ready for life on the Flight Deck. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a toolkit of good habits and abilities that will make juggling the rigorous rosters and heavy workload that come with working in aviation much easier and more manageable.

Some Top Tips for Healthy Wellbeing

The NHS have devised some useful tips for maintaining and improving both mental and physical wellbeing. These simple changes have the potential to make a big difference.

1 – Reframe unhelpful thoughts

2 – Be in the present

3 – Get good sleep

4 – Connect with others

5 – Live a healthy life

6 – Do something for yourself

7 – Write a letter to future you

The NHS website outlines what each of these mean and how best to improve your wellbeing. For more information, follow the link below:


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