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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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Pilot Stories: Steve

William Blackburn12 Jul 2017

We recently caught up with former student and FTA instructor Steve Pearson about his transition from teaching to flying on the line for Scotland's leading regional airline, Loganair:

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CAA to change ATPL exams

Alexandra O'Loughlin11 Jul 2017

The CAA has announced earlier this year that the 14 theoretical knowledge exams, required in order to attain a commercial licence will be changing soon. 

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Posted in: theory, caa, ATPL exams, atpl training

Is it ever too late to follow your dream?

Alexandra O'Loughlin11 Jul 2017

A question we often get asked is: "What is the maximum age to start my pilot training?" 

The simple answer is: there isn’t one. Pilot roles within the aviation industry are endless.

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Posted in: FTA, integrated pilot training, modular pilot training

Pilot training: no back up plan required

Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Jul 2017

We speak to lots of A’Level students who are undecided about whether to pursue their dream of becoming a pilot. So often we hear that they are pondering whether they should go to university and study towards a degree ‘just in case’ they need something to fall back on.

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Posted in: FTA, university, integrated pilot training, modular pilot training

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