Ibiza DJ - turned commercial pilot Sarah is one of FTA's longest serving employees. Sarah has worked at FTA as an instructor since the beginning where she is popular with all students and staff. She took time from her busy schedule to share her advice for those considering the career.
Before our Flight Instructor Pablo went off to pastures new, he agreed to complete quickfire Q&A for us. Pablo was a great asset to the company and really enjoyed his time teaching FTA students. His responses offer great insight into 'why to get into flight instruction'.
Flight training requires skill, dedication and hard work but, once qualified, you can expect excellent career prospects, great pay and opportunities to travel the globe.
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 did you train to be a pilot?
After experiencing my first flight in a light aircraft in my late teens, I immediately developed the desire to become a pilot. Nearly twenty years later, after a career in an unrelated field, I decided it was time to follow my dream.
How did you go about choosing a flying school and what aspects were important to you?
I canvassed opinions of pilot friends and on general aviation flying forums. Then I visited the schools in person. I was looking for a school with a modern fleet of aircraft and an excellent reputation in the industry. Secondary considerations were a location that was commuting distance to home and an airfield with instrument approaches.
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.
When did you decide you wanted to become a pilot?I was about 6. The seed was planted when I learnt there was a pilot in my family two generations back flying in the 1950’s! I made a entirely committed decision to become a pilot after my A-Levels when I identified Bucks New University offered Air Transport Management with Airline Pilot Training degree.
Ryanair have just announced some exciting news - a new sponsored type-rating programme!
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.