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

At FTA, we don’t place our cadets, they place themselves. We strongly believe in developing our cadets’ skills to help them become the best pilots they can possibly be; whilst at the same time allowing them to broaden their horizons and future career prospects.

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.

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Support for Career Development

We want all of our students to enjoy rewarding careers as commercial pilots, which is why we offer them additional career development support after successful completion of their course. This includes CV development and interview technique practice.

During the course, we will also work hard to help you achieve a first-time pass where possible – one of the best ways to impress a prospective employer.

FTA is pleased to work in partnership with specialists in graduate support: Kura Aviation and Virtual Aviation. For more information about the training programmes is available on our webpage: 'Preparation for the airlines'.

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.

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