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Work hard, be committed and focus on the final goal; that right hand seat in the cockpit

Alexandra O'Loughlin20 Sep 2017

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.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, integrated pilot training, become a pilot, cock pit

The number of cadets training to be pilots in the UK continues to fall short of the mark

William Blackburn29 Aug 2017

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.

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Posted in: how to become a pilot, pilot shortage, become a pilot

TERUEL - OUR SPANISH CAMPUS

William Blackburn26 Apr 2017

In 2016 we commenced new operations out of the beautiful town of Teruel, located in Eastern Spain. A sister campus for our base at Brighton City Airport, Teruel's antiquated features and unique Spanish charm has made it a firm favourite of our students.

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Posted in: teruel, how to become a pilot, integrated pilot training, pilot, be a pilot

5 top tips to prepare yourself for becoming a pilot!

Emily Clayden07 Oct 2016

 

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.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, learning to fly, FTA, finance, pilot, pilot school

We are just an ordinary family and pilot training was just a dream

Alexandra O'Loughlin30 Sep 2016

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.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, finance pilot training, pilot school

Live life to the full and follow your dreams

Emily Clayden30 Sep 2016

 

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.

 

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, learning to fly, FTA, integrated pilot training, airlines, pilot, pilot school

How to become a pilot - a mini guide

Alexandra O'Loughlin16 Jun 2016

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a pilot, flying a commercial aircraft is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating jobs you can do. 

But how do you become a pilot? 

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.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot

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