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Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Nov 2018

We are now back and recovering from one of the industry's biggest pilot training events - Pilot Careers Live.

This November's event was spread over two days and we spoke to more students than ever before about commercial pilot training.

The event's seminar programme offered a great insight into what pilot training involves, such gaining your class 1 medical, what APS/MCC means and advice from airlines and first officers in the industry.

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Posted in: aircraft, flying lesson, pilot careers live, pilot training

The top 10 questions to ask your future flight school

Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Nov 2018

Researching the best pilot school can be very daunting. You know you want to be a pilot but is it best to study part-time or full time? Where will you find the funds and what school has the best reputation, student satisfaction and success record?

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Posted in: pilot training, finance,, diamond fleet, aircraft

Meet our team of experts at Pilot Careers Live

Charlotte Berrystone05 Oct 2018

The Pilot Careers Live event is held at the Sofitel, Heathrow Terminal 5, in  November and April each year and this one promises to be better than ever as it is extended over two days!

Hundreds of prospective pilots attend the event in a bid to get expert advice from airlines, industry professionals and Europe's most prominent flight schools. 

Friends of FTA get a special rate on their tickets - you need only quote FTA18 when you place your order online: http://bit.ly/2DYXYNU 

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Posted in: pilot careers live, pilot training, cadets, flying, be a pilot, become a pilot, News

The #10 skills and qualities you need to be a good flight instructor

Alexandra O'Loughlin03 Oct 2018

Have you ever been curious about what skills and abilities are required to become a flight instructor? Perhaps you've never given it a second thought, our suggestion is that you should.

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Posted in: careers, flight instructor rating, flight instructor, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR JOB, flight instructor training, instructor

How can I train to become a Flight Instructor?

Alexandra O'Loughlin01 Oct 2018

Have you ever considered training to become a flight instructor but not known where to start?

This guide aims to help you understand the training required to become a flight instructor, including the opportunity for development, the hours and salary you can expect to earn.

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Posted in: CFI, flight instructor rating, instructor

Boeing's market outlook - 2018

Alexandra O'Loughlin19 Sep 2018

We continually follow market forecasts for the commercial pilot industry and one of the major suppliers of such analysis is Boeing.

Air travel is becoming an even bigger part of people's lives and Boeing confirms that the in-service fleet will double by 2037. Their outlook proves a valuable tool to prepare for the growth long into the future. It should also be a source of motivation and support for those interested in the career prospects for those training to become a pilot. 

So, with this in mind, what does the 2018 report predict for the next 20 years? Here are some of the highlights...

"THIS YEAR, WE AGAIN FORECAST A GROWING DEMAND FOR NEW JETLINERS, AS AIRLINES AND OTHER OPERATORS LOOK TO RENEW AND GROW THEIR FLEET TO SERVE MORE PASSENGERS AND CARRY MORE CARGO... THIS SECTOR ALSO INCLUDES THE TRAINING OF PILOTS AND TECHNICIANS TO OPERATE THE AIRPLANES AND THE EMERGING FIELD OF DATA ANALYTICS TO FURTHER ENHANCE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY."

RANDY TINSETH

Vice President | Commercial Marketing | The Boeing Company

How will the market growth affecting recruiting airlines?

"The pilot labour supply has continued to tighten amid strong global air traffic growth, leading to challenges for the industry in recruiting and retaining qualified pilots and flight instructors. Pilot provisioning services can fill temporary shortfalls in staffing, while crew planning and scheduling tools can assist in ensuring an adequate number of flight crew are available at the right time and location.Regional markets that have relied heavily on recruiting pilots from outside their home location are increasingly seeking to recruit, train, and develop locally sourced pilots through increased investments in educational outreach and ab initio programs (full pilot training including ground school). Rising training costs coupled with a tight labour market will spur changes to how pilots are trained and retained."

Europe in focus

European air traffic continued its strong run in 2017, with network airlines carrying 5.3 percent more passenger traffic than in 2016 and the largest low-cost carriers (LCC) in Europe reporting an increase in short-haul passenger traffic of 13.2 percent. These strong traffic increases came in the face of GDP growth in Europe of only 2.8 percent, suggesting that European aviation is not entirely dependent on GDP to generate traffic growth. 

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Why become an instructor?

Alexandra O'Loughlin28 Aug 2018

We sat down for 5 minutes with Tom, a flight instructor for FTA. He explains what he enjoys about teaching others to fly and his journey to get where he is now.

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Posted in: flight instructor rating, CFI, flight instructor, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR JOB

Ana offers an insight into life as a pilot with airBaltic

Alexandra O'Loughlin28 Aug 2018

Why did you train to become a pilot?

When I was 19 and a student I started to work as a secretary in an aviation company.  Within months of working there, I grew a passion for aviation and fell in love with the idea of being a pilot. I started in flight operations and became exposed to pilots, hearing their stories and how they explained things.

Despite my growing interest, I knew the cost and felt like it was impossible for me, something that was entirely out of my reach. 

No turning back 

I saved every penny I could and eventually saved up enough money to complete my Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). For me, it made sense to start by only focusing on that aspect of the training. I told myself that the PPL was financially a lower risk than enrolling straight onto an integrated course. It gave me time to save just enough money and was an excellent place to start my training. I felt that if I succeed at this stage, it will give me the knowledge and confidence to decide whether I could progress on to the more advanced training required of airline pilots.

The problem was there would never be any turning back after experiencing what it was like to fly – I instantly became addicted. I knew that I would never be happy if I didn’t now follow my dream.

Finding the right flight school

I researched all the pilot training, and my boss who is also a mentor to me said to go to the states and train over there. It was a UK certified flight school but based in Florida, and you gained an EU licence at the end of your training. It was only possible with thanks to funds from my parents and a personal loan. After I had completed my commercial training, I had to find somewhere to complete my IR (in the US you cannot do your instrument rating).

I looked around Europe and the UK and first looked at a few, large flight schools based in the South of England and their prices were well out of reach. I was also very disappointed by their customer service. Through further research, I discovered FTA and everything felt happy. I got a response within hours and had all the answers to my questions. Stuart (the Admissions Officer at the time) was friendly and helpful.

 

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Posted in: careers, Pilot jobs, flight instructor, female pilots, women in aviation

University - is it really for you?

Alexandra O'Loughlin16 Aug 2018

Why not swap a class room and 3-4 year course, for flying lessons and just 18 months of study?

Is flight training the alternative to university you've not yet considered?

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Posted in: Insider, university, INTEGRATED COURSE, Pilot jobs, be a pilot, CLEARING

A day in the life of an operations assistant in a commercial flight school...

Charlotte Berrystone14 Aug 2018

Earlier this year we were contacted by a company looking to place a work experience student with us for 6 months. It's important to us that we only take on work experience students that we can properly accommodate and support through their time with us. Joeri is from Amsterdam and is studying Aviation Management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. We had an interview with Joeri through Skpe and were instantly impressed. We devised a project for him to work on during his time with us and placed him in the heart of the business, in the operations team. Here he proved an asset to the business and it was hard to see him go. Before he returned to Amsterdam to complete his final year of university, we asked him if we could interview him about his time here, as with everything with Joeri, he happily obliged. Read on to discover what it's like to work in operations in a flight school, and for a behind the scenes description of life working at FTA Global.

 

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Posted in: careers, UNIVERSTY, degree

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