Pilot demand has increased steadily with low-cost airlines, growth in the business jet market, open-skies agreements and demand from India, the Middle East and Far East. However, the absence of airline-sponsored pilot training persists. Most civil pilots are self-funded; although there are a few smaller bursaries available to help with some aspects of the training, you will need to fully finance your training costs, choosing between taking the integrated route (intensive training from scratch through to a commercial pilot’s licence) or the modular route (which can be completed at a slower pace and is usually cheaper). Many airlines, although not all, state a preference for integrated pilot training. However, this is a difficult option with huge costs of around £75,000, so do seek impartial advice from organisations such as the RAeS or Gapan.