From January 2020 our ATPL Theory will be delivered in a new and enhanced way for all modular and integrated students.

We are delighted to announce that next year we will deliver a new structure and blended-learning solution for ATPL Theory. The course is full-time and will be delivered over nine months at our base at Brighton City Airport. This will be the only residential ATPL Theory programme of its kind in the UK, using two different software packages in addition to the class room-based instruction.

The new course programme will include an additional computer-based (CBT) learning package, which will support students with self-study. The school day will be shorter so students can retain higher levels of concentration during lessons. They will then spend two hours taking advantage of the CBT modules before revising and consolidating for the following day’s lessons. The material is highly, visual and adds an additional dimension to the modular and integrated programmes.

Our team of experienced instructors have identified what they believe is the best structure and stimuli our students need to get the most out of their training. This move to ‘blended learning’ with additional content and time for self-study ensures that there is a style of tuition to suit a range of learners.

- Phil Jones, Head of Training

The change is part of a suite of improvements and investments the school is making to its facilities, resources and fleet. FTA have recently acquired use of additional Piper PA28 aircraft and are looking forward to the arrival of a new DA42 Simulator.

Few commercial flight schools offer ATPL theory as a residential course, with many offering distance learning or a part-time solution. Residential courses offer a number of benefits over distance learning; training in a classroom allows students to ask specific questions of the instructor whilst also learning at the same pace of their classmates. There is also the benefit of periodic one to one reviews with an instructor throughout the training, which are the perfect opportunity to reflect on an individual’s performance and share any concerns about upcoming subjects or exams.

We have also re-structured the first few weeks of our Flight Deck Programme. Instead of using the first three weeks of the integrated course for a brief overview of ATPL theory, students will instead have a much broader induction with the opportunity to experience what it is like to fly in training aircraft. The newly appointed Deputy Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor (DCTKI), Guy Evans was instrumental in introducing the changes to the programme, he explains his reasons “The first few weeks are the ideal opportunity for a detailed introduction of airport operations and flight planning. Our integrated course starts with ATPL theory and so giving all new starters the opportunity backseat a student who has already progressed quite far with their training will offer motivation and inspiration for what they have ahead. We are proud to be launching a course like no other in the industry and our aim is to offer the single best ground school experience the industry has to offer”.

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