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Alexandra O'Loughlin17 Oct 2017


Win A David Clark H10-13.4 headset worth £335 

We are teaming up with Europe's leading Pilot shop and flight equipment supplier Transair to give you the chance to win a David Clark H10-13.4 headset worth £335

To be in with a chance of winning this exciting gift, all you have to do is  'Like' our page  and  'Share' any of the competition posts on Facebook. 
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Posted in: FTA Competition, become a pilot, be a pilot

Work hard, be committed and focus on the final goal; that right hand seat in the cockpit

Alexandra O'Loughlin20 Sep 2017

We spoke to integrated student Julie about her journey to becoming a pilot. Julie has recently started training with FTA on Option A of the Integrated Flight Deck Programme

Within minutes of meeting with her, it’s easy to see why she is training with the flight school today. Julie went solo within 10 hours and has already proven her ability as a strong pilot with great promise.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, integrated pilot training, become a pilot, cock pit

Accommodation - What is it like to live on the Sussex Coast?

William Blackburn13 Sep 2017


There are so many factors to take into considering flight training, such as location, pricing and fleet of aircraft. However, accommodation is another commodity that is just as important when it comes to finding the right school for you. According to Maslow's famed hierarchy of needs, accommodation comes under part of one's 'Physiological needs', which are the basic needs that form the base of the pyramid. It is from here that other things such as self esteem, belongingness and safety are built upon and therefore plays an integral role in providing well being for students. 

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Who is recruiting 'low hour' Pilots?

William Blackburn06 Sep 2017

A big question that is always on a lot of people's minds when thinking about commencing their Pilot training is 'What is the likelihood of getting a job at the end of the process?' With things like financing to take into consideration, taking the big step to follow your dream can be quite a daunting prospect without concrete guarantees. Fear not however; there are plenty of opportunities awaiting you!

With the likes of Boeing and Airbus predicting a huge increase in demand for Pilots, the opportunities for low hour Pilots are only going to become more expansive. With our recent alliance with companies such as Virtual Aviation and Kura Aviation, we are constantly looking at mitigating the risks associated with training and also bridging the gap between training and gaining that all important position as a 'First Officer'.

We have compiled a small sample of the current opportunities that are available for Low Hour Pilots and it is worth mentioning that there are a lot more positions available, not just within the Airline industry (Information accurate at time of publishing):

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, become a pilot, be a pilot

Setting off to a flying start: Yousaf

William Blackburn06 Sep 2017

Another student currently taking advantage of the fantastic facilities at our Satellite Campus in Teruel is Yousaf Nasar. Along with Aman, Yousaf has also recently completed his first Progress Test and is well on his way to completing the third phase of his training, before coming back to Brighton City Airport to complete his ATPL Theory exams. We spent some time with Yousaf to talk about his training so far:

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Living the Spanish Dream

William Blackburn31 Aug 2017

Fresh from completing his first Progress Test at our Satellite Campus in Teruel, Spain, we spoke to our student Aman Khanal about his journey so far and what is next in store for his training:

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, become a pilot, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, spain

The number of cadets training to be pilots in the UK continues to fall short of the mark

William Blackburn29 Aug 2017

It’s been 18 months since we first released our statistical analysis on the throughput of cadets. Here we revisit the latest statistics released by the CAA and question how the numbers stack up.

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Posted in: how to become a pilot, pilot shortage, become a pilot

We are just an ordinary family and pilot training was just a dream

William Blackburn29 Aug 2017

I joined the air cadets at aged 13. You get to fly about once a year and that was my first experience of flying.

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Posted in: LEARN TO FLY, flying, modular pilot training

University - what's the alternative?

Alexandra O'Loughlin09 Aug 2017

Look to pilot training for an exciting alternative to university…

If you’ve not got the A’Level results you expected then please do not be despondent. Maybe there is an alternative to university you've just not considered yet?

The path to university is likely to be one you’ve considered since completing your GCSEs, and it can be an exciting adventure. The downside is, of course, the cost and the competitive graduate job market.

Pilot training could be the alternative you perhaps never considered. You don’t need to be an expert in aeronautics, an air cadet or have a degree in Mathematics. The pathway to becoming a commercial pilot has never been more straightforward. So before you head into the stress and panic that characterises ‘clearing’ perhaps take a step back and consider a completely different option.

The entry requirements for pilot training at FTA are as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English)
  • 2 A’Levels (preferred but not required)
  • be aged 18 or above
  • Possess an EASA class 1 medical certificate 
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Posted in: Insider, university, Pilot jobs, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, CLEARING

Cadet Stories: Dan

William Blackburn14 Jul 2017

We spoke to FTA Operations Supervisor Dan as he prepares to take his ATPL Theory exams, about his childhood ambition to become a pilot and what steps he has taken towards turning his dreams into a reality.

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