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Integrated vs. Modular – which is the best way to get your frozen ATPL?

Alexandra O'Loughlin14 Mar 2018

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.
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International Women's Day - why are only 3% of pilots female?

Alexandra O'Loughlin08 Mar 2018

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.

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Posted in: cost of pilot training, female pilots, aviatrix, cadet, why be a pilot

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

Childhood dream becomes a reality for trainee pilot, James

Alexandra O'Loughlin06 Mar 2018

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.

Read more about the options for your pilot training here.

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Posted in: pilot trainnig, pilot training cost uk, cost of pilot training, cadet, why be a pilot

Your top pilot training questions answered...

Alexandra O'Loughlin15 Jan 2018

1.Who does FTA train?

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Posted in: pilot training, modular pilot training, ATPL exams, spain, cadets, pilot training cost uk, cost of pilot training, why be a pilot

Why become a pilot?

Alexandra O'Loughlin12 Dec 2017

The number of people training to be a pilot is at a 5-year low and yet the industry needs more pilots, technicians, engineers and crew more than ever. The cost of training is high but by no means as exorbitant has the headlines would indicate. Like anything you need to ‘shop around’ to find the right training provider and solution that suits you.

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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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