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A question we often get asked is: "What is the maximum age to start my pilot training?"
The simple answer is: there isn’t one. Pilot roles within the aviation industry are endless.
We speak to lots of A’Level students who are undecided about whether to pursue their dream of becoming a pilot. So often we hear that they are pondering whether they should go to university and study towards a degree ‘just in case’ they need something to fall back on.
Exam season has just started and we know how stressful this time in your education can be. Whether you are sitting your GCSEs, A'Levels or finals at University, stress is unnecessary and counterproductive to realising your true potential.
Technology is constantly evolving and is ever present in even the simplest of tasks that we do on a daily basis. Take, for example, the luxury of being able to travel from London to New Zealand in under 24 hours or being able to FaceTime relatives thousands of miles away. These are all things that would have seemed like nothing more than a delusional fantasy back in the early 1900s, when powered flight was in its infancy.
We recently caught up with FTA Integrated student Taariq Iqbal, who commenced his pilot training with FTA in 2016. Taariq recently completed his ATPL theory exams and is about to commence his commercial pilot training on our Multi-Engine Diamond DA42 aircraft. Here we found out just what inspired Taariq to become a Pilot:
HOW DID YOU GET INTO AVIATION?
My journey with aviation started quite early. When I was 16 years old, I studied as an apprentice to become an ‘Aircraft Engineer’, as that had always been my passion when I was at school. I went on to work for Air France for 2 years and then Troyes Aviation for another 2 years. It was a great experience and really began to cement the core concepts and fundamentals about aircraft that I still continue to use and mentally build on every day.
At the age of 18, I began studying for my Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in the town of Creil, which is just north of Paris. It is a military based organisation and it was here that I met with the best instructor I have ever had, Bernard Borella, who I will go on to explain more about later in the article. Once completing my PPL, I was fortunate enough to gain some experience flying a Mudry CAP 10 and partaking in some aerobatic flying. It was an amazing feeling and experience!
At FTA, we have some of the best instructors in the industry, with a vast range of knowledge, expertise and attention to detail. Here we spoke to one of our advanced instructors, Jerome, about his journey to becoming a pilot and just why FTA is such a unique flying school.
After finishing my work as an ‘Aircraft Engineer’, I then decided that I wanted to move into Commercial Pilot Training. I began by studying my ATPL theory exams via distance learning, whilst also moving to Oxford to learn English. It was quite a challenge doing both at the same time I must say!
Once completing my ATPLs, I decided to move further down South and begin my Commercial flight training at BCFT in Bournemouth. We also do a lot of Instrument training at Bournemouth with FTA and it is a beautiful part of the country. It was during my training that I realised the thing that I most wanted to do was to become a flight instructor – I wanted to give back to the students what my instructors gave to me.
I initially worked for BCFT instructing across their various syllabuses and then moved over to FTA in December 2015. I am able to teach across all phases of FTAs training as an advanced instructor. I can do PPL, CPL, Night Rating, MEP and IR instructing. I recently became a flight examiner as well, which was an amazing achievement for me and has allowed me to diversify and enjoy even more aspects of instructing. It’s great for me to continue learning and studying! Over my flying career I have flown 18 different types of aircraft, including my own Cessna 172 based in Bournemouth that I share with my old student.
We recently caught up with former FTA student Thibault Irénée, who graduated on our Modular course back in 2016. After securing a job with Ryanair, we spoke to Thibault about the exciting career he has embarked on and how training at FTA helped him follow the pathway to success.
Aviation, like so many other industries, has its own use of jargon. These are words that are designed to be specific to people within the chosen industry or field they operate within. It can be easy for aviation enthusiasts to forget that terms such as an ‘ILS’ or ‘Waypoint’ are not common place to those outside of aviation. Below we have decrypted some of the jargon we use for a bit of fun and to widen people’s knowledge over the different terminology that has become second nature to us: