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 time it takes to complete the necessary training on a module by module basis depends on the individual’s pace. As a guide, students on full-time attendance generally complete within 24 months. See below for a breakdown of the flight phases which you need to complete to become a qualified commercial pilot, as well as an indication of costs.

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.

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: £12,025 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:

  • £1,570 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 course.

Duration: 21 weeks 

Course breakdown:

Module One

This module is delivered over five days (Monday to Friday) and takes seven weeks. The subjects covered are:

  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Air Law, IFR communications
  • VFR communications.

Students then take 5 examinations at the CAA test centre.

Module Two

This module is delivered over five days (Monday to Friday) and takes seven weeks. The subjects covered are:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Instrumentation
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning.

Students then take 4 examinations at the CAA test centre.

Module Three

This module is delivered over five days (Monday to Friday) and takes seven weeks. The subjects covered, (not necessarily in the following order) are:

  • Operational Procedures
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Mass & Balance.

Students take 5 examinations at CAA.

Pre-requisites:

  • ICAO PPL

Course fee:

  • ATPL Ground School: £4,195 (Includes VAT)

Fee includes:

  • 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:

  • 13 May 2019
  • 8 July 2019
  • 9 September 2019
  • 11 November 2019
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: £3,670 inc vat

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: £17,795 inc vat
  • ME-IR for CPL pilots: £15,745 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.

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
  • The 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: £6,295 inc vat
  • ME-CPL for non-ME-IR holders: £8,870 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.
  • Complete your MEP, ME IR and ME CPL training with us full time, and back to back (in the specified order) and pay just £26,195. 

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 standard hourly rate. 
Additional landings are charged at our published rates.
Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC/JOC)

Overview: Our training partners Jet MASTERCLASS, deliver FTA's Multi-Crew Cooperation/Jet Orientation Course. The company specialise in assisting UK airlines with pilot recruitment and offer an unrivalled MCC/JOC and APS MCC course that focuses on developing the highest standards of manual raw data flying, pilot competencies and behaviours.

Duration: 10 days

Course breakdown:

  • Ten training days (typically scheduled Monday to Friday)

  • 20 hours of practical training (10 x PF, 10 x PM) on a B737-800W fixed-base FTD

  • 33 hours of theoretical training (MCC, JOC + airline readiness)

  • Printed training manual and progress tests

  • iPad use during the course

  • Gym access and shower facilities

  • Lounge, library, free WiFi

  • Free tea/coffee/water

Pre-requisites:

  • EASA ME-IR
  • EASA ME-CPL

Course fee:

Students enrolled on FTA's three-course MEP ME IR ME CPL package are entitled to a 10% reduction on the following rates:

  • MCC/JOC: £3,495 Plus VAT
  • APS MCC: £5,995 Plus VAT

Enhance your MCC/JOC with Jet MASTERCLASS' certified elitePILOT ™ or Airline Pilot Standards (APS MCC).

The APS course seeks to develop a wider appreciation for jet aerodynamics and handling, management of complex non-normal situations and advanced airline scenarios. The 20 additional flying hours (including FFS) are designed to develop a pilot’s handling ability and flight deck management to the levels expected of a qualified line pilot. For more information, contact Jet MASTERCLASS:

t: 0845 24 24 777 e: info@jetmasterclass.com

Start dates:
Our MCC/JOC courses run throughout the year contact us for more information.

Special Offers - MEP, ME IR and ME CPL course package for £26,195

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 £26,195. 

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.