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 over 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:



1 - Students come first

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


2 - Be open to all

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


3 - Respect the profession

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


4 - Invest in what matters

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


5 - 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.


6 - 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 and our training focuses on ensuring that they become the best pilot they can be. In addition to high quality flight instruction we offer additional support with CV writing, airline recruitment preparation and specialist training with industry experts, Jet MASTERCLASS. Click here for more information.

Success stories

We support 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 10 am. Click here to book your space. 

Meet the team

Click here to meet some of our instructors at FTA.