As one of FTA’s most popular courses, the Integrated Flight Deck Programme takes students with little or no flying experience to a 'Frozen' ATPL. 

What is a Frozen ATPL?

The minimum regulatory requirement to be a First Officer in a European airline is a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Commercial Pilot Licence with an EASA ‘Frozen’ ATPL. The European Licence complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), can normally be exercised globally and can easily be converted to the equivalent of another country.

Once you gain 1,500 hours’ experience, your ATPL becomes ‘unfrozen’, meaning that your licence becomes a full ATPL; the licence required to be an airline Captain. This full-time, integrated course is the preferred training route for most airlines.

Course fee: £79,950 (paid in instalments).

Flight training & phases:

This full-time, Integrated Flight Deck Programme typically takes 18-24 months, and is broken down into several phases, (outlined below). All phases are completed from our base at Brighton City Airport. Please note, the order in which phases are completed may vary, depending on the course start date. The time to complete this course is typically longer than Option A, because the UK weather is not as mild as that of North Eastern Spain. 

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. The subjects are clustered together and delivered across three modules. Students take the corresponding examination with the Civil Aviation Authority at Gatwick after each completed section.

Module One
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Air Law
  • IFR Communications
  • VFR Communications
Module Two
  • Principles of Flight
  • Instrumentation
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning
Module Three
  • Operational Procedures
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Mass & Balance
Flying Phases 1 & 2

Total duration: 1-2 months

Location: Brighton City Airport, UK

Fleet: DA40 EFIS & Conventional (See our fleet.)

Flying time: 10 hours (Phase 1) + 20 hours (Phase 2)

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

In Phase 2, you will improve your aircraft handling skills, start your instrument and navigational flights, and also complete approximately 10 hours of solo flying time.

Flying Phase 3

Total duration: 2 -3 months

Location: Brighton City Airport, UK

Fleet: DA40 EFIS & Conventional

Flying time: 55 hours

Skills acquired: Advanced manoeuvres, navigational and instrument techniques. By the end of Phase 3, 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.

Section 1 subjects
  • Flight Planning
  • Advanced instrument flight
  • Radio Telephony
  • Operation of complex multi- engine aircraft:
  • EFIS (electronic flight instrument system)
  • ADC (Air Data Computer)
  • Anti-ice
  • Advanced Manoeuvres & Handling
  • RNAV navigation
  • Unusual attitude recoveries
  • Missed approach procedures
  • Joining, departing and flying an airways system
  • Operational Procedures
  • Navigation
  • Instrument Flight Rules
  • FADEC (full authority digital engine control)
  • FMS (Flight Management System)
  • AP (Autopilot)
  • Emergency procedures
  • Ground based navigational station operation
  • Stall recoveries
  • Precision and non-precision instrument approaches
  • Standard instrument departures
  • Standard instrument arrivals