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TERUEL: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Alexandra O'Loughlin30 Aug 2016

Teruel (te´rwel) is well known for its Mudejár art, varied landscapes, jamón (ham), dinosaur remains and the tragic 13th century love story, Los Amantes de Teruel.

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Posted in: teruel, pilot

Five minutes with FTA Instructor Iain McInnes

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Aug 2016

We spoke to FTA instructor Iain McInnes about his love of teaching and his new qualification to train the next generation of flight instructors.

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Posted in: instructor courses, teruel, flight instructor training, pilot

Pilot shortage looms but UK and European commercial pilot licence issues are down

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Aug 2016

Pilot supply might not meet demand

With talk of a looming worldwide pilot shortage whilst aircraft orders and air travel are on the increase, FTA (a leading UK commercial pilot training school, based in Brighton) requested statistics from all the Aviation Authorities across Europe, to see just how many commercial pilot licences were issued in recent years in the UK and across Europe. The results were surprising.

Last year, around 4,000 initial Commercial Pilot Licences (fixed wing) or Multi Pilot Licences were issued in the EU and this number seems to be decreasing year on year in the UK, according to the CAA statistics from the last four years. Taking into account licence issues in individual countries, where statistics are available, the UK issued the most licences at 1072 but 48 % of the licences issued were to non-UK nationals. Most of the EU statistics are available but some countries (especially the smaller ones) were not able to provide statistics, so FTA has made certain assumptive estimations for those countries, based on population.

Are we going to run out of qualified pilots in Europe?

The current throughput might not be enough to meet demand when we consider that Boeing, the world's largest plane manufacturer has estimated that by 2034, there will be a need for 95,000 new commercial airline pilots in the EU alone. This equates to 5,000 pilots a year.

‘The UK is a great place for pilot training. The language of aviation is English; the weather and airspace are extremely complex and training standards are amongst the highest in the world. These key factors attract a lot of overseas students and is the main reason why the statistics for UK licence issues can seem disproportionately high’, says Jonathan Candelon, managing director at FTA.

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Posted in: pilot shortage, airlines

Degree versus Pilot Training: How do they compare?

Bonnie23 Aug 2016

Do you want to pursue pilot training, but feel the traditional university educational route is more affordable and more likely to get you a job? FTA did the maths, and the results may surprise you.

"Everyone’s skills need testing, but not everyone needs to acquire those skills at university – and not everyone needs to go to university before they start working" – Financial Times, November 2015

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Posted in: pilot training, degree, university

Integrated vs. Modular – which is the best way to get your frozen ATPL?

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Aug 2016

Integrated Flight Deck Programmes

If you want to complete your training in under 2 years and can access the funds to pay from £63,950 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 and start earning from £25,000 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.

With FTA you have the option to pay for your course over 12 months. If you were to enrol on one of FTAs Integrated Flight Deck Programmes today, for example, you pay a deposit of £3,500 and 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 Option A (priced at £63,950) or the alternative, Option B (priced at £73,950) of the  integrated training is not viable for you, you can elect to study on a modular basis and it is practical.
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Top 10 facts about TERUEL, SPAIN

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Aug 2016

The city and the province of Teruel (te´rwel) are known for its Mudejár art, varied landscapes, jamón (ham), dinosaur remains and the tragic 13th century love story, Los Amantes de Teruel.

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Posted in: teruel, aragon, pilot training

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