Our aim is to help you to make the most informed choice for your pilot training.
1. Do your initial aviation research
Before you decide if you want to become a pilot, it is important to research the realities behind this career path. Try to immerse yourself within the aviation world. You can do this by visiting different airfields and airports, and researching the flight schools who provide your desired training programme – most flight schools offer a tour around their campus where you can visit the environment you would be training in and ask any important questions you may have. Try to attend careers shows such as Pilot Careers Live, and subscribe to lots of aviation news blogs; this will help you to stay on top of all the current issues and trends within the world of aviation. You could also book a ‘Trial Flying Lesson’ to experience what it’s really like to be in control of an aircraft.
As the demand for pilots has rapidly increased, cadets are often questioning ‘what is the likelihood of securing a job after completing your pilot training?’ In addition, after gaining the qualifications and skills desired to land your dream job in the airline industry, one of the most common questions is ‘who is recruiting low hour pilots?
We spoke to integrated student Julie about her journey to becoming a pilot. Julie has recently started training with FTA on Option A of the Integrated Flight Deck Programme.
Within minutes of meeting with her, it’s easy to see why she is training with the flight school today. Julie went solo within 10 hours and has already proven her ability as a strong pilot with great promise.
It’s been 18 months since we first released our statistical analysis on the throughput of cadets. Here we revisit the latest statistics released by the CAA and question how the numbers stack up.
Yak, pictured here on his first day at FTA.
I joined the air cadets at aged 13. You get to fly about once a year and that was my first experience of flying.
My first time flying it was in a Grob Tutor and the instructor asked: “so what do you want to do?” and I replied “I want to do aerobatics” and we did it. It was out of this world!
Flying at that stage however, was not a realistic option, we are a normal family so it seemed as though it was always going to be a dream. Then, when I was 14 I heard about a scholarship at the local airport. Cotswold airport offer a two-week flying scholarship each year for 10 lucky candidates.
FTA Graduate, Chris Metcalf explains how he funded his pilot training and was able to pursue what was once just a dream. As he looks to the future, at roles within airlines, he reflects on what he has accomplished despite some painful setbacks in his youth.
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a pilot, flying a commercial aircraft is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating jobs you can do.
You will read about pre-flight assessments, modular courses, MCCs, MEPs, IRs, ATPLs, distance learning, travelling across the world for flight phases, but what is the right path for you, and which path will place you in the best possible position to be snapped up by the airlines?
We’ve constructed a mini-guide to help you identify the best route to ‘frozen’ ATPL (the qualification required to gain your CPL license and become a commercial airline pilot) and included items you should consider to help you make the best, most informed choice about your flight school.