An alternative to FTA’s Integrated Flight Deck Programme , is modular training.

If you’re looking for a career as a commercial airline pilot, this approach still allows you to go from Zero to Frozen ATPL, but enables you to set the pace. This is a popular choice for students who want to alternate between training and part- or full-time employment.

You can also simply take individual courses, such as the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), subject to meeting the course pre-requisites.

Modular route to Frozen ATPL

Students following the modular route complete several individual courses until they achieve all qualifications, licences and ratings for their Frozen ATPL, which enables them to apply for a First Officer position at a commercial airline.

The duration depends on the individual’s pace. As a guide, students on full-time attendance generally complete within 24 months. (The Integrated training programme typically takes approximately 14 months.)

Please note that the prices for our modular programmes are quoted based on full-time study (5 days a week). Courses taken part-time are charged at our standard hourly rates. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

Training modules

To achieve their Frozen ATPL, students need to complete the following modular courses:

Read on for more details.

Special Offers - MEP, ME IR and ME CPL course package for £24,950

We currently have a special offer which means that if you complete the MEP, ME IR and ME CPL courses with us, full time and back to back (in the specified order) you will benefit from a discounted price of £24,950. This price will save you around £4,000 compared with the standard hourly rates.

More information about this package can be found here.

The price includes airport fees as per course syllabus and is based on minimum hours. Terms and conditions apply.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Overview: Do you want to pilot a plane for private use, or as part of your Frozen ATPL training? The EASA-PPL allows unrestricted flying throughout Europe. It is the most flexible of the PPL options, and is the preferred choice for commercial pilot students following the Modular Route.

Duration: 8-12 weeks full-time, longer if taken part-time.

Course breakdown:

  1. Ground school: multiple-choice examinations
  2. Total flying: 45 hours
  3. Dual flying: 25-35 hours
  4. Solo flying: 10 hours

Pre-requisites:

  • Current EASA class 2 medical certificate before first solo flight
  • Minimum age: 18

Course fee:
We can train students on the Diamond DA40. Current PPL course fees are as follows:

  • Diamond DA40: £11,450 including VAT (where applicable).

Fee includes:
All PPL courses at FTA include:

  • 45 flying hours *
  • Full instruction*
  • Fuel*
  • 30 landing fees (EGKA)
  • 20 touch & go (EGKA)
  • Training in both EFIS (Garmin 1000) and standard

* Additional hours required will be charged at the normal hourly rate.
Any medical, test and CAA fees incur an additional charge.

Night Rating (NR)

Overview: Qualify to fly between official night (30 minutes after sunset) and official day (30 minutes before sunrise). Requiring only five hours of flying in our Diamond DA40s, the Night Rating course is the perfect addition to a PPL.

Duration: 5 hours of flying, 3 of which must be completed with an instructor.

Course breakdown:
FTA hour-building courses teach students:

  1. 5 hours of night flying, 1 hour must be dual navigation
  2. 5 solo flights, including a night take-off and landing each time
  3. No ground or flight tests

Pre-requisites:

  • EASA PPL

Course fee:

  • £1,495 including VAT (where applicable)

Fee includes:

  • All Night Rating courses at FTA include:
  • Flying hours in Diamond DA40
  • Full instruction
  • Landing*
  • Touch & goes*

* additional hours will be charged at the normal hourly rate. Additional touch & goes outside of the course syllabus will be charged at our published rates.

Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Ground School

ATPL Ground School

 Overview: Complete the ground school training required for commercial pilots at our dedicated ATPL Ground School Academy. FTA’s highly qualified and experienced instructors use the most up-to-date Padpilot training materials covering the latest EASA learning objectives. Our ATPL Ground School is a full time (FT) course.

Duration: 21 weeks FT

Course breakdown:

Section 1 (7 weeks FT)
This phase covers: Meteorology, Aircraft General Knowledge, Air Law, IFR communications, VFR communications. Students take 5 examinations at CAA.

Section 2 (7 weeks FT)
This phase covers: Principles of Flight, Instrumentation, Performance, Flight Planning. Students take 4 examinations at CAA.

Section 3 (7 weeks FT)
This phase covers: Operational Procedures, General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Human Performance & Limitations, Mass & Balance. Students take 5 examinations at CAA.

Note: students may take these sections in any order.

Pre-requisites:

  • ICAO PPL

Course fee:

  • ATPL Ground School (full-time): £3,995 inc vat

Fee includes:

Full-time:

  • High instructor/student ratio
  • Full time tuition (6 months)
  • Full set of electronic training manuals and student route training manual

Start Dates:

The next available start dates for our full-time ATPL Ground School programme are as follows:

  • 14th January 2019
  • 11th March 2019
  • 13th May 2019
  • 8th July 2019
  • 9th September 2019
  • 11th November 2019

We are getting booked up very quickly and so advise that all students book as early as possible to secure a place.

MEP Rating

Overview: Are you looking to qualify to fly an aircraft with more than one engine? If you are studying towards a Frozen ATPL, you will need to complete the MEP Rating course before taking the ME Instrument Rating (IR) course. We offer MEP Rating on the Diamond DA42 aircraft.

Duration: 6 hours dual flight time and a minimum of 7 hours theoretical studies, followed by theory exam and flight test.

Course breakdown:

  • 2.5 hours dual flight time – completed under normal multi-engine operation conditions
  • 3.5 hours dual flight time – completed on engine failure and asymmetric flying
  • Minimum 7 hours theoretical studies
  • Theory exam
  • Flight test
  • Instruction on the DA42 includes tuition on FADEC Garmin G1000 and EFIS systems.

Pre-requisites:

  • EASA PPL
  • 70 hours PIC

Course fee:

  • MEP Rating – Diamond DA42 Twin Star: £3,495 inc vat
  • We currently have a special offer which means that if you complete the MEP, ME IR and ME CPL courses with us, full time and back to back (on the specified order) you will benefit from a discounted price of £24,950. This price will save you around £4,000 compared with the standard hourly rates.

Fee includes:

  • Theory studies
  • 6 hours flying time
  • All landing and touch & go fees, as per course syllabus


Note: 1-hour test and test fee are not included

Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)

Overview: To fly aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in controlled airspace, students at FTA complete our comprehensive EASA Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ME-IR) course. Taught in modern DA40 and DA42 aircraft, using complex systems including FMS, EFIS, GNSS and ADC, this course is the optimal preparation for the Multi Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (ME-CPL).

Duration: 6-8 weeks, depending on weather conditions and candidate skill level. This course can be taken full- or part-time.

Course breakdown:
Precision and non-precision instrument approaches
Missed approach procedures
Standard instrument departures
Joining and flying an airways system
Standard instrument arrivals and emergency procedures under IFR conditions

Pre-requisites:

  • EASA PPL or CPL with Night Rating
  • MEP Rating or MEP course completion
  • Current EASA class 1 medical certificate
  • Course pass for theoretical instruction, as set out in the EASA-FCL

To pass their Instrument Rating, students must have:

  • 70 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 50 hours PIC cross-country flight time
  • A flight radiotelephony operator’s licence

Course fee:

  • ME-IR for PPL pilots: £16,950 inc vat
  • ME-IR for CPL pilots: £14,995 inc vat

As well as being very competitively priced, we also offer a flexible, pay-as-you-go payment option for our ME-IR courses.
  • We currently have a special offer which means that if you complete the MEP, ME IR and ME CPL courses with us, full time and back to back (on the specified order) you will benefit from a discounted price of £24,950. This price will save you around £4,000 compared with the standard hourly rates.

Fee includes:

  • 38* hours minimum of dual instruction in the ALSIM FNPTII flight simulator (based on EASA FCL amendment 7)
  • 2.75* hours minimum of dual instruction in the DA40
  • 17.25 hours minimum of dual instruction in the DA42
  • Instruction**
  • Fuel**
  • Airport fees, as per course syllabus**
  • VAT


Note: Test and CAA fees are not included
* The above applies to PPL holders only. Students who already have a CPL complete 30 hours in the flight simulator and do not require instruction in the DA40.
** Additional hours will be charged at the normal hourly rate. Additional landings will be charged at our published rates.

Multi Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (ME CPL)

Overview: Gain your Multi Engine Commercial Pilot Licence with FTA. We provide full training on our Garmin G1000-equipped Diamond DA40 and DA42 Twin Star aircraft, coupled with a state-of-the-art and CAA-certified FNPTII Diamond DA42 Twin Star simulator. If you are completing a Frozen ATPL course, we recommend taking your MEP Rating and ME-IR course before your ME-CPL.

Duration: 3-6 weeks, depending on weather conditions and candidate skill level. This course can be taken full- or part-time.

Course breakdown:

  • Flight planning
  • Operational procedures
  • General handling
  • Navigation
  • Radio telephony
  • Instrument flight rules
  • Operation of complex multi-engine aircraft
  • Operation of FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control)
  • Operation of EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System)
  • Emergency procedures

Pre-requisites

  • Valid ICAO PPL
  • Current EASA class 1 medical certificate
  • Minimum of 150 hours flight time*
  • Pass in all relevant ATPL/CPL theoretical exams, as set out in the EASA FCL
  • Minimum age for licence issue: 18 years
  • Night Rating requirements
  • MEP Rating
* As per recent European regulations, we recommend candidates have at least 180 hours, including a minimum of 100 hours as pilot-in-command before starting the course.

To pass their ME-CPL, students must have:

  • 20 hours of cross-country flight time
  • 1 of the cross-country flights must have been at least 300nm, and included two full stop landings at two different aerodromes

Course fee:

  • ME-CPL for ME-IR holders: £5,995 inc vat
  • ME-CPL for non ME-IR holders: £8,450 inc vat

As well as being very competitively priced, we also offer a flexible, pay-as-you-go payment option for our ME-CPL courses.
  • We currently have a special offer which means that if you complete the MEP, ME IR and ME CPL courses with us, full time and back to back (on the specified order) you will benefit from a discounted price of £24,950. This price will save you around £4,000 compared with the standard hourly rates.

Fee includes:

  • 15 aircraft hours for ME-IR holders based on EASA FCL amendment 7*
  • 25 aircraft/simulator hours for non ME-IR holders*
  • Instruction*
  • Fuel*
  • Airport fees, as per course syllabus*
  • VAT
Note: Test and CAA fees are not included*
Additional hours will be charged at the normal hourly rate. Additional landings will be charged at our published rates.
Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC)

Overview: Develop the knowledge, skills and attitude required to operate a multi-crew aircraft. Our comprehensive MCC course combines classroom and simulator training, delivered by experienced instructors. This course will give you an advantage if you’re thinking of undertaking a Jet Type Rating and/or a Line Training programme.

Duration: 10 days

Course breakdown:

  • Aircraft handling in normal and abnormal operations, within a multi-crew environment
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Duties as pilot flying (PF) and pilot monitoring (PM)
  • 20 hours simulator training

Pre-requisites:

  • EASA ME-IR
  • EASA ME-CPL

Course fee:

  • £2,500 inc vat

Start dates:
The MCC course runs throughout the year. Contact us for more information.

Note: we can accommodate additional course dates based on a minimum of 2 students

ENHANCED MCC COURSES

Kura Aviation

FTA now work with two partner organisations to offer enhanced MCC and type rating courses. Read on for more information about Virtual Aviation’s AirlineReady Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC) and Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Kura Aviation's BESTPILOT Programme.

Kura Aviation’s BESTPILOT Programme looks to bridge the gap between the MEIR and airline employment.

BESTPILOT is designed to enable you to stand ‘head and shoulders’ above all other candidates. Combining professional development, technical training and employment support, BESTPILOT offers a unique opportunity for trainee pilots to hone their skills to the high professional standards required of a new First Officer.

Key Features of the course

  • Enhanced 40 hr MCC & JOC based upon the workload equivalent of a type rating
  • Pilot Core Competencies – we help you develop your NOTECH skills
  • We help you unlock your potential to deliver a great interview through self-awareness training
  • Unlimited Employment Support
  • 5 week pilot competency assessed training programme

For more information click hereor visit Kura Aviation’s website.

Virtual Aviation AirlineReady

With 18 years experience of helping more than 1,000 pilots secure their first airline job, Virtual Aviation have unrivalled knowledge of exactly what airlines are looking for when recruiting pilots.

When developing the AirlineReady MCC+JOC in 2013, the company set out to redefine multi-crew training by placing a strong emphasis on employability and type-rating readiness.

The entire AirlineReady MCC+JOC is built around the core competencies airlines are looking for, rather than simply teaching you to fly in a multi-crew environment.

It's also the only MCC course in the UK which is delivered on a Boeing 737-800 simulator - the most commonly-used aircraft type for airline assessments.

What's included?

The MCC course takes 16 days to complete and is built around the core competencies airlines look for in their candidates and is comprised of the following:

  • 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
  • 36 hours of structured simulator training in the Boeing 737-800 simulator
  • 4 days during the course allocated for rest and study
  • Free-of-charge use of the simulator (when available) for practicing procedures
  • Unlimited access to our full-size cockpit mock-up and FMC trainer
  • Aftercare package, including a free 2hr Simulator Assessment Preparation session which can be used at any time within 12 months of graduating.

Course cost: £4,900 (plus VAT)

For more information click here, or visit Virtual Aviation's website.