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How can I train to be a pilot – your top 10 questions answered

Alexandra O'Loughlin14 Jan 2019

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.

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Posted in: become a pilot, atpl training, why be a pilot, aircraft, Flight training FAQ

Meet our team of experts at Pilot Careers Live

Charlotte Berrystone05 Oct 2018

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 

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Posted in: News, become a pilot, be a pilot, flying, pilot careers live, pilot training, cadets

FTA graduate and pilot, Rob offers great advice to those embarking on their commercial pilot training

Alexandra O'Loughlin05 Jun 2018

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.

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Posted in: become a pilot, why be a pilot

Ryan explains his change of heart journey into becoming a pilot at FTA

Charlotte Berrystone23 May 2018

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.

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Posted in: become a pilot, LEARN TO FLY, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, flying, exam preparation, pilot training cost uk, cadet, Cadet Story

WIN A DAVID CLARK H10-13.4 HEADSET WORTH £335

Alexandra O'Loughlin11 Apr 2018

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.

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Posted in: FTA Competition, become a pilot, be a pilot

Kamil explains how he's just secured a job with a commercial airline after completing the BESTPILOT programme

Alexandra O'Loughlin02 Apr 2018

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.
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Posted in: university, airlines, pilot school, become a pilot, flying, cock pit, cadet, why be a pilot, Cadet Story

Ryanair announces exciting cadet sponsorship programme

Charlotte Berrystone07 Mar 2018

Ryanair have just announced some exciting news - a new sponsored type-rating programme!

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Posted in: airlines, Pilot jobs, start pilot training, become a pilot, flying, cost of pilot training, cadet, why be a pilot

What to expect from your pilot medical - the facts

Charlotte Berrystone05 Mar 2018

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. 

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Posted in: Q&A, FTA, become a pilot, cadets, why be a pilot, medical

Female students discovering the endless possibilities in aviation

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Nov 2017

Over 37% of FTA’s October intake (on the Integrated Flight Deck Programmes or FDP) were female. If this were any other academic course that statistics would not be so unusual. But with over 94% of pilot jobs held by men, this number suddenly sounds very exciting!

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Posted in: become a pilot, female pilots, aviatrix, cadet

FTA rejects claims that pilot training needs to cost £120,000

Alexandra O'Loughlin08 Nov 2017

The number of people choosing to enter into pilot training is at a 5 year low and you can understand why – the perception that pilot training ‘needs to cost’ £120,000 is eye watering, but most importantly, not true.

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Posted in: finance pilot training, become a pilot, pilot training cost uk, cost of pilot training

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