FTA offer two routes to completing your commercial pilot training: modular and integrated. Our advice is always to choose the right option for you and your circumstances. Integrated training offers a typically faster route to completion, but modular training can be more flexible around life's commitments. Read on for an explanation about the different routes to help identify what might work best for you.

Integrated flight deck programmes 

If you want to complete your training in under 2 years and can access the funds to pay from £69,950 over 12 months then this is absolutely the right option for you. The quicker you can complete your training, the quicker you can apply for roles within airlines as a First Officer. Students that choose this route are typically able to fund this with finance from parents, inheritance, secured loans – or a combination of the above (information about financing your pilot training can be found on our finance page).

If you were to enrol on one of FTA's Integrated Flight Deck Programmes today, for example, you make an initial payment of £14,000 to secure your place, and then the rest of the balance over 12 months.

The course fee includes all your airport fees, uniform, books, instruction, tests and flight time. The only items you need to fund separately are any repeated phases, and tests. Your accommodation is funded by you too, although support is given to find the right arrangement for you whether it’s a student house, hotel, hosted family or apartment. If integrated training is not viable for you because of work, study or financial restraints, you can elect to study on a modular basis. See below for more information.


Modular pilot training

Those that elect to study for their frozen ATPL through modular training, are typically those that need to work to afford their training costs, or were so keen to start flying, they trained for their PPL at the earliest opportunity.

Modular training allows you to spread the financial expenditure over a period of time that suits you, fitting personal, family or work commitments around realising your dream to be a pilot. This is great if you’re happy to spend a bit longer training (potentially 2-3 years) or are unable find such a large sum of money upfront. A number of cadets will work as cabin crew within an airline for example, combining their love of flying with work and perhaps getting an inside track with a company they hope to one day fly for. In this scenario, you can perhaps pursue your ATPL on a stage by stage basis.

You can study towards your PPL and earn your minimum hours at a local pilot school and then work, or borrow the funds for the next phase of study. Before then completing your ATPL theory either within an academy or by distance learning. In order to fly for commercial airlines you need multi-engine aircraft. After this point you then have the option to complete your ME IR, ME CPL, MEP in one go. FTA can offer all the ATPL courses on a module by module basis, and offer a special rate on the ME IR, ME CPL, MEP course package as well as discounted flight time for hour building (when purchased in bulk).

The total cost of completing your modular training on a course by course basis is around £70,000

What next?

If you found the above comparison useful but would appreciate more information on our training programmes, then please get in touch. Our friendly admission team will be able to discuss flight scheduling, start dates, tours, and any instalment plans available to you.