Today we are celebrating the significance of International Women's Day.
Established in 1911, this day is a focal point for the movement of women's rights. Just as we will celebrate the achievement of men on 19th November, today we are taking time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and most notably, pilots.
the first women in aviation
Amelia Earhart is probably the most well known women in aviation history, however there have been many other pioneers. The first woman to pilot a heavier than air craft was a french sculptor and aviator, called Therese Peltier (in 1908), and just two years later, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche was the first woman to be granted her pilot's licence. However it was 62 years before Yvonne Pope (who started out as a flight attendant) became the first woman to fly a commercial jet.
Last year marked the centennial anniversary of the First World War and a significant moment in the history of transport. You can view a timeline of 100 years of women in transport and its impact here: www.wes.org.uk
However our focus today is on the present, and our female pilots who have overcome their own challenges, and inspire us and other aviation enthusiasts.
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
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?
One of our most asked questions during our tour is "what exactly is ATPL Theory?"
Airline Transport Pilot Licence Theory (ATPL Theory) is one of the stages you undertake when completing your Integrated Flight Deck Programme. Both Option A and B contain this. You cannot obtain an ATPL licence without completing the ATPL theory. This is done by successfully passing 14 theoretical exams including Meteorology, Principles of Flight and Navigation.
We recently talked to Ryan who is currently in the final stages of his training where he chose Option B of the Integrated Flight Deck Programme. Interestingly, Ryan had not always set out to become a pilot. Having turned down the opportunity to do a PPL when he was younger, Ryan had originally embarked on a degree in the US. Throughout the interview, is clear that Ryan is a very level-headed, committed student with a real passion for flying. As Ryan has elected to complete all his flight training in the UK he is someone you always see studying, revising and flight planning on campus.
It's competition time at FTA
We are teaming up with Europe's leading Pilot shop and flight equipment supplier Transair to give you the chance to win a David Clark H10-13.4 headset worth £335.
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.
1. The world’s busiest commercial airport
Aer Lingus launches their biggest ever pilot recruitment drive.
- Over 100 pilot positions available in one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines
- Over the next 3 years airline plans to recruit up to 200 pilots