We aim to equip you with the skills and confidence you need to succeed in the aviation industry.

We pride ourselves on the excellence of our teaching, student satisfaction and employability rates.

Our former students have secured jobs with major airlines, including Aer Arrann, Aer Lingus, Air Arabia, Air Baltic, Air Contractors, Air X, Arik Air, Atlas Global, Cathay Pacific, CityJet, EasyJet, Estonian Air, Etihad, Flybe, FTA, Iberia, Iraqi Airways, Jet2, Lion Air, Loganair, Monarch, Nordic Air, NorwegianQatar Airways, Ryanair, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, Thomas CookTurkish Airlines, Wizz Air. Former students have also secured jobs in other pilot careers such as business jet companies and approved training organisations.

However, it is creating confident, accomplished pilots which is at the heart of what we do. With this in mind we have chosen to partner with companies who provide in-depth training and preparation for roles with airlines. Please read on for more information about these partnerships.

What skills and qualifications do I need?

A frozen ATPL is the minimum qualification required to apply for a role as a First Officer within an airline. This the qualification that you will attain when you complete either of FTA's Integrated Flight Deck Programmes.

It is also possible to get your frozen ATPL licence through modular study, more information on the flight phases you will need to complete is available on our modular course pages.

Some recruiters may require additional skills such as a type rating or minimum hours. More detailed information regarding these entry requirements can be found on their recruitment pages.

Airline Preparation Specialists AirlinePrep have devised a simple survey which offers you insight into the type of knowledge and skills required to be a pilot. Take the test now and see whether becoming an airline pilot is for you: Pilot training assessment


To support our students with their Pilot job applications, interviews and assessments, we fund an airline interview and assessment preparation workshop with AirlinePrep, Europe’s leading airline assessment specialists.

Created in 2010, AirlinePrep is one of Europe's leading airline assessment specialists.  Run by two UK based Airline Pilots the, team has grown considerably and contains current Airline Captains and First Officers, all flying for the major UK based Airlines as well as airline HR recruiters.

The company, who specialise in providing airline pilot interview & assessment preparation for most aspects of airline pilot selection, deliver the training FTA's main campus at Brighton City Airport. 

The workshops are scheduled around a cadet's other training commitments and include essential preparation, such as competency & technical interviews, group exercises, numerical, verbal & technical reasoning as well as simulator assessment, CV's & covering letters.

At FTA we recognise that holding the CPL/IR with Frozen ATPL is just an entry requirement for a job interview and what sets a candidate apart is having the confidence to demonstrate core ICAO competencies. The training includes the following:

  • An overview of First Officer skills and responsibilities.
  • CV and cover letter writing
  • HR and competency interviews
  • Technical interviews
  • Group exercises
  • Numerical, verbal and scientific reasoning

FTA has worked with the company for many years, during which they have successfully prepared Pilots for British Airways, Virgin, easyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, Jet 2, Wizz Air, Thomas Cook, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and many more Pilot interviews.

Contact us for more information, or visit AirlinePrep's website: www.airlineprep.co.uk



Once you have completed your commercial pilot training with FTA you can enrol on Virtual Aviation’s AirlineReady™ APS MCC

The APS MCC has been introduced by EASA to deliver enhanced MCC training to Airline Pilot Standards.

This new framework is intended to "equip a pilot with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to commence initial type rating training to the standards generally required by a commercial air transport operator".

In addition to multi-crew cooperation training, the APS MCC syllabus also incorporates 'advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training' and 'advanced airline operations scenario training' followed by a final assessment.

The new regulations include regular progress checks throughout training, and only those students who achieve the required performance level in their final assessment can be issued with an APS MCC certificate.

The new AirlineReady™ APS MCC replaces the MCC+JOC, and it's the first APS MCC course in the UK to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

More information about the course can be found on the company’s website, or you can view the full course information here.

To help you find out more, Virtual Aviation offer free-of-charge preview visits. These are arranged on a date to suit you, and are just for you. 

Please contact Virtual Aviation for more information, email: Info@virtualaviation.co.uk or call: +44 (0)1223 979737. Virtual Aviation are based at Cambridge Airport, near London Stansted.

What's included?

The AirlineReady™ APS MCC comprises:

  • 20 days total duration including rest and study days
  • 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
  • 10 days (40 hours) of simulator training in our brand-new B737-800 simulator
  • Free-of-charge use of the simulator (when available) for practising procedures
  • Unlimited access to our full-size B737-800 cockpit mock-up, FMC trainer and study facilities
  • A personal Standard Operating Procedures book
  • A large scale B737-800 cockpit poster
  • 10% off further simulator training for refresher or assessment preparation
  • Access to the Virtual Aviation Graduate Network

Read student testimonials online.

Not sure if you have what it takes to be a pilot?

Our training partner AirlinePrep have created a quiz to help you identify whether you have the Maths and logic skills required to embark on your pilot training and later your airline interviews.

The quiz serves as an excellent introduction in to the type of skills and mental maths you will require whilst in command of an aircraft - click here to complete their quiz... 

Airpilots-logoThe Honorable Company of Air Pilots also offers an aptitude assessment which is carried out at RAF Cranwell (in Lincolnshire).

The assessments are chosen from those used by the RAF in their aircrew selection, (using only the aspects which are most relevant to indicating potential success in commercial flying). As part of the assessment, candidates have an individual debriefing to discuss the scores achieved and what they mean.  In addition, they provide the opportunity to discuss the career with a professsional pilot about a career in aviation.