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Competition winner Charlie, shares his excitement at winning a flying lesson

Charlotte Berrystone27 Feb 2019

We recently ran a competition with the chance to win a free introductory flying lesson in FTA's DA40 aircraft, and we are thrilled to announce that Chichester-based Charlie was the lucky winner. Charlie is an aviation enthusiast and keen to train to become a commercial pilot one day. He's already visited his list of pilot schools and we are pleased to hear that FTA is one of his top choices. Charlie was understandably excited about his flight which was delivered by Nidal. Here he talks about his flight and what he learnt from the experience.

 

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Posted in: FTA Competition, why be a pilot, aircraft, interview, Flight training FAQ

Success at Virgin Future Flyers

Charlotte Berrystone21 Feb 2019

We attended Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Expert Engineers Day.

The event was organised with the intention to inspire children aged 9-16 years who may not have considered a role within aviation - a dynamic and expanding industry.

We were thrilled to be invited to the event and able to offer our support to such a local, and influential brand.

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Posted in: women in aviation, flying, female pilots, cadet, why be a pilot, virgin

easyJet pilot Tim, explains how he completed his training while working in Air Traffic

Alexandra O'Loughlin15 Feb 2019
 

We managed to get some of Tim's time, a modular student from FTA who since completing his training, has been pretty much non stop.

Soon after finishing his advanced pilot training at FTA, he went into a role as a calibration pilot and travelled around the world. He's now secured a First Officer position with easyJet and realised his dream of becoming an airline pilot.

Tim has worked extremely hard to be where he is now. He once worked in Air Traffic at Brighton City Airport while completing his training, a job which is in itself a demanding role. However, he made it work and completed his training at the end of 2016 before swapping his headset in air traffic control for a seat in an aircraft as a commercial pilot. It's been our pleasure to be part of his story and we hope to stay in touch with Tim as he progresses through his career.
 

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Posted in: airlines, modular pilot training, why be a pilot, careers, interview

How and why we de-ice aircraft before flying

Charlotte Berrystone07 Feb 2019

With the winter weather hitting hard over the last few weeks, sub-zero temperatures and ice mean that our aircraft have to de-iced before flying. De-icing is the process of removing ice from the aircraft. In order to take off safely, the whole aircraft must remain clear of ice or any other contaminants. 

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Posted in: flying, flight instructor, aircraft, diamond fleet, weather conditions, winter

What is ATPL Theory?

Alexandra O'Loughlin01 Feb 2019

To qualify as a commercial pilot, you need to complete both theoretical and aircraft flight instruction.

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Posted in: atpl, ATPL exams, atpl training

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