This integrated commercial pilot training course offers a £10,000 saving to our UK-based alternative.

We have identified savings by simply moving the elementary phases of the course to our satellite base in Teruel, Spain (near Valencia). Details of our Teruel base can be found on our campus life page. 

Teruel Airport is light, bright and modern and features an impressive, 2.8km runway. The Mediterranean, skies provide reliable, dry and sunny weather conditions - perfect for those in the elementary flight phases.

The course follows an almost identical structure to the UK-based programme, but simply moves flight phases 1, 2 and 3 (up to 3 months) to Teruel. The training in Spain is carried out in a Piper PA28, a conventional single engine aircraft typically used for training. The location, aircraft and price are the only differences between our Integrated Flight Deck Programmes (view the guide to the differences between the courses).

Once flight phases 1-3 are complete, students return to the UK to progress on to the advanced stages of the course, and continue their flight training in FTA’s modern fleet of Diamond DA40 and Diamond DA42 aircraft.

On completion of the course, graduates can apply for a First Officer role at commercial airlines. Once you gain 1,500 hours’ experience, your ATPL becomes ‘unfrozen’ and you are eligible to be promoted to Captain by your employer airline. This full-time, integrated course is the preferred training route for most airlines. Click here for a detailed overview of our course fees, or download a copy of our brochure.

Course fee: £69,950

Flight training & phases:

Our full-time, Integrated Flight Deck Programme typically takes 14-18 months, and is broken down into several phases:

Basic theory

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Brighton City Airport, UK

Skills acquired: The foundation knowledge required to start the first flight phase. Subjects include aircraft general knowledge, air law, mass and balance, navigation, performance and planning, and meteorology.

ATPL Theory

Duration: 6 months (700 classroom hours)

Location: Brighton City Airport, UK

Skills acquired: The Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) teaches students the theory required to operate commercial aircraft safely and professionally. There are 3 sections – and students take the corresponding examination with the Civil Aviation Authority at Gatwick after each completed section.

Section 1 subjects

  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Air Law
  • IFR Communications
  • VFR Communications

Section 2 subjects

  • Principles of Flight
  • Instrumentation
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning

Section 3 subjects

  • Operational Procedures
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Mass & Balance
Flying Phase 1, 2 and 3

Total duration: 3-5 months

Location: Teruel, Spain

Fleet: Piper PA28 (See our fleet.)

Flying time:

  • Phase 1 - 10 hours
  • Phase 2 - 20 hours
  • Phase 3 - 55 hours

Skills acquired:

Phase 1

You learn the manoeuvres and airmanship required to operate an aircraft – including take off, general handling and landing. You also start to operate the radio. By the end of Phase 1, you are ready for your first solo flight.

Phase 2

You improve your aircraft handling skills, start your instrument and navigational flights, and also complete approximately 10 hours of solo flying time.

Phase 3

You can perform advanced manoeuvres, navigational and instrument techniques. By the end of this phase, you will be highly proficient in visual and instrument flight and fully prepared to take the last flight stage.


Flying Phase 4 & MCC

Duration: 2-3 months (132 hours inc. MCC & tests)


Location: Brighton City Airport, UK

Fleet:  • DA40 EFIS & Conventional • DA42 EFIS & EFIS Simulator • Cessna Citation

Skills acquired: You are now able to commercially operate single and multi-engine aircraft, and can be tested for a ME CPL (Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence).

Now you will learn how to fly the aircraft by sole reference to instruments under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

One of the most challenging parts of the course, this is where students learn how to safely operate the aircraft in controlled airspace during normal and abnormal operations.

You will also learn how to operate and use complex systems like the FMS, FADEC, A/P, de-icing & anti-icing systems and air-data computer. This phase will equip you with all the knowledge required to complete crucial pre-flight, during flight and post-flight duties at a professional level that will exceed the industry standard. Your last flight will be your Multi Engine Instrument Rating Skill Test.