We are FTA, a world-class commercial flight academy based at Brighton City Airport in the UK. We help our students develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to achieve their dreams of becoming airline pilots.

FTA is currently one of the only UK flight training academies to offer integrated pilot training entirely in the UK. We are based at Brighton City Airport, where we have been training pilots for 10 years.

FTA's base, Brighton City Airport is the oldest continuous licensed airport in the UK. It was first founded in 1910, and is the site of the first commercial flight in Britain. The main terminal building was built in 1936 and the structure has hardly changed.

Today, over a century later, students from across the globe come to the South Coast of England to train as commercial pilots. They learn to fly our state-of-the-art fleet of DA40 Star and DA42 Twin Star aircraft, which feature the same systems found in modern airliner flight decks, including EFIS, ADC, FADEC and GNSS instruments.


What we believe:

We base our approach on the following principles:


No 1 FTA put students first

Put students first

Student safety, welfare and satisfaction are at the heart of everything we do.

No 2 FTA is open to all

Be open to all

We provide opportunities to able students of all nationalities, from a variety of backgrounds.

No 3 FTA respects the profession

Respect the profession

We understand the aviation industry and what makes an excellent pilot.

No 4 FTA invests what matters

Invest in what matters

We invest in state-of-the-art aircraft, modern simulators and the best training staff in the industry.

No 5 FTA aims for first time pass

Aim for first time passes

A first time pass looks good on your CV and saves money in potential retakes. We’ll do everything we can to help you pass first time.

No 6 FTA gets the best out of all students

Everyone is different

Not everyone learns at the same pace. We vary our teaching methods to get the very best from every student.

Career pilots

We want all of our students to enjoy rewarding careers as commercial pilots. That is why we offer them additional career development support after the successful completion of their course.

It is also why we have partnerships with airline preparation specialists, Virtual Aviation and Kura AviationClick here for more information about the courses they offer.

Success stories

We suport our cadets to become the best pilot they can be. Read what some of them have to say about their time at FTA here.

Want to know more?

Click here to read out about how to become a pilot with FTA.

Want to visit the academy?

Our tours are every Thursday at 10am. Click here to book your space.

View our prospectus

The full details of our Integrated Flight Deck Programmes are explained in full, in our brochure. Download a copy of FTA's prospectus here.