Give us a truly global reach, over land and sea

What is the Aviation branch?

  • The Aviation branch, known as the Fleet Air Arm, provides the airborne capabilities we need to complete our most challenging operations
  • We work with people from every Service, providing expert aviation. That might mean landing a unit of Royal Marines in hostile territory, or providing search-and-rescue support to civilians
  • It’s not just our elite pilots who keep our aircraft in the sky. Everyone has a role to play, from Air Traffic Controllers to Air Engineers
  • On deployment you’ll be part of the ship’s flight, assigned from either Culdrose or Yeovilton. When the ship sails, you’ll fly to join it, for up to nine months. Like everyone on board, you complete all of the essential pre-deployment training. When the ship returns, you go back to your Royal Naval Air Station
  • Whether flying interests you, or you just want to use amazing kit, like the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, you’ll need to be focussed and ready to react at a moment’s notice

What can I do?

Apprentice

As an apprentice you can:

  • Choose a world-class aviation role in the Fleet Air Arm, becoming anything from an Aircraft Controller to an Aircrewman
  • Start your career in aviation by learning on the job as part of one of the most respected flying forces in the world
  • Gain recognised vocational qualifications as well as support in adding to your existing academic qualifications – you could even get a degree that we’ll pay for
 

Rating

As a rating you can: 

  • Be part of the team that provides the Royal Navy’s vital airborne capabilities, working on board cutting-edge aircraft, from aircraft carriers and at air bases across the world
  • Have a clear pipeline for progression with promotion on merit and officer selection possible at any point in your career – all you have to do is show potential
  • Develop unique and highly specialised skills as you become a key part of your aircraft’s crew
 

Officer

As an officer you can: 

  • Become a world-leading aviation professional, whether you’re flying helicopters and fast jets, navigating or leading the air traffic control team
  • Progress rapidly through the ranks, gaining the skills and experience needed to take responsibility for multiple aircraft and their crew
  • Play a leading role in diverse operations, from search and rescue to combat missions
 

What's it like?

The Fleet Air Arm is a million miles away from commercial aviation. We push our helicopters and jets to the limit. That might mean flying at just 50 feet in the dark with only night vision goggles to help you, or using expert knowledge of your aircraft’s capabilities to control a congested air space. You’ll be working in a uniquely collaborative environment, with people of all ranks pulling together to keep our aircraft in the sky. You’ll also enjoy a healthy balance of time away and a settled home life, spending the majority of your career at the same Royal Naval Air Station but travelling the world on deployment.

Royal Navy helicopter landing on a Royal Navy flight deck.

A day in the life: Aviation

Liz, 25

Observer

I get to be part of a wide variety of missions. I’ve been involved in search-and-rescue, using the winch to pull people to safety, and on the frontline where I’ve fired machine guns.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy personnel on flight deck.

With powerful support from the air our fighter jets and helicopters extend our reach, all over the world, whether it’s a peacetime or combat mission.

Find your aviation role


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Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Work with some of the most cutting-edge aircraft in existence as part of the team that keeps them flight ready.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 39
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you'll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Air Traffic Control Officer

Air Traffic Control Officer

Whether on board a ship or onshore, you’ll help keep the skies safe and lead the team that ensures safe flow of air traffic.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 34
  • Salary: £27,000 your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £33,000 your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Aircraft Controller

Aircraft Controller

You’ll provide the crucial link between the aircraft and its base, whether that’s at sea or on land.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 34
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Aircrew Officer Observer

Aircrew Officer Observer

You’ll master navigation, first aid, emergency handling and survival, and then train for a specialist role on one of the Fleet Air Arm’s three helicopters.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 34
  • Education:
  • Salary: £27,000 your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £33,000 your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Aircrew Officer Pilot

Aircrew Officer Pilot

Carve out an aviation career like no other, pushing our cutting-edge aircraft – and yourself – to the limit, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 34
  • Education:
  • Salary: £27,000 your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £33,000 your approximate salary after two years
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Aircrewman

Aircrewman

Become essential to Merlin helicopter operations, in the thick of the action on Commando or Anti-Submarine missions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 34
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £20,000 the minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £51,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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