For many people, the love of aviation starts at a very young age. This could not be more true for FTA Modular graduate Alessandro who, at the age of just 23 years old, has already achieved his dream of becoming a Commercial Pilot. Here we spoke to him about his training and early experiences flying the line for Europe's largest airline, Ryanair:
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 an initial payment of £14,000 and the remaining 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 £77,950) of the integrated training is not viable for you, you can elect to study on a modular basis and it is practical.
We had a very busy Wednesday this week with a visit from students of Bucks University. FTA forged a partnership with the university in 2014, which has successfully grown over the years. In the last 4 years we have welcomed a number of Bucks University students who have gone on to complete their modular training, at various stages within our flight school.
Estimates from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) in 2015 suggested that there were about 4,000 women pilots worldwide that's just 3%. Another estimate, by easyJet, puts the balance at 5%, with 6% of its own flying staff female.
Ryanair have just announced some exciting news - a new sponsored type-rating programme!
FTA Cadet James, explains how his training to become a pilot has been a dream since childhood. James is currently in the final phase of his training and has just started his Instrument Rating.
James is unusual in that he chose to complete a high level of qualifications prior to embarking on his training and has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. To start your training you need to have at least 5 GCSEs including English and Math.
A'Levels are not required but preferred, but any academic qualifications, or extra research and reading you do will assist with your training. More information about entry requirements can be found here.
Some people are daunted by the academic demands of pilot training but for James it was the cost. The media often publish attention-grabbing deadlines which suggest that pilot training costs over £100,000.
This is simply not the case and FTA's UK-based integrated pilot training programme, (which James enrolled on) currently costs £77,950. You can save further money still by enrolling on Option A of FTAs Integrated Pilot Training Programme which costs £63,950.
James, pictured above helping at Pilot Careers Live.
In order to undertake flight training and become a pilot, you will require a UK issued EASA Class One Medical Certificate. Before paying any money towards a flight programme and signing any agreement, you must see if you meet the required standards and are fit enough to fly. Obtaining your EASA Class One Medical Certificate should be a priority.
Recruiting high-calibre Flight Instructors is a significant issue for all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), especially in the current climate where the airline industry is seeing exponential growth and experiencing an unprecedented demand for pilots. With airlines recruiting at their greatest levels in decades, Flight Instructors, (who are typically highly experienced and qualified pilots), are getting snapped up for First Officer roles.
The direct consequence of which is a distinct lack of qualified Flight Instructors. Flight Instructors are generally only able to teach a maximum of 4 full-time students per annum so if ATOs are to keep up with demand they will need a number of basic and advanced instructors to deliver the training.
Before our Teruel-based Instructor Pablo went off to pastures new, he agreed to complete quickfire Q&A for us. Pablo was a great asset to FTA and really enjoyed his time teaching in Spain. His responses offer great insight into 'why to get into flight instruction' and life in Teruel.