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What is it like to work as an Instructor? Chief Flight Instructor James explains what motivated him to pursue his career.

Alexandra O'Loughlin12 Dec 2018

For many of our pilots, the desire to pursue a flying career started as a childhood dream and ambition. That’s certainly true of James, our Chief Flight Instructor. James’s flight training ultimately led him down an unexpected path when his instructor suggested that he trained to teach.

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Posted in: CFI, flight instructor rating, flight instructor, instructor

The #10 skills and qualities you need to be a good flight instructor

Alexandra O'Loughlin03 Oct 2018

Have you ever been curious about what skills and abilities are required to become a flight instructor? Perhaps you've never given it a second thought, our suggestion is that you should.

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Posted in: careers, flight instructor rating, flight instructor, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR JOB, flight instructor training, instructor

How can I train to become a Flight Instructor?

Alexandra O'Loughlin01 Oct 2018

Have you ever considered training to become a flight instructor but not known where to start?

This guide aims to help you understand the training required to become a flight instructor, including the opportunity for development, the hours and salary you can expect to earn.

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Posted in: CFI, flight instructor rating, instructor

Ana, a modular student from FTA, explains how valuable working as a Flight Instructor was for her both personally and professionally

Charlotte Berrystone02 Aug 2018

Ana, a qualified Flight Instructor turned pilot explains what life as First Officer for airBaltic is like, and how she and her partner make it possible to both work as pilots and still enjoy a happy family life. 

Why did you want to be a pilot?

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Posted in: careers, why be a pilot, flight instructor, female pilots, pilot trainnig, women in aviation, Pilot jobs, instructor

Apply for our funded 'Instructor upgrade' programme

Alexandra O'Loughlin25 Jan 2018

Recruiting high-calibre Flight Instructors is a significant issue for all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), especially in the current climate where the airline industry is seeing exponential growth and experiencing an unprecedented demand for pilots. With airlines recruiting at their greatest levels in decades, Flight Instructors, (who are typically highly experienced and qualified pilots), are getting snapped up for First Officer roles.

The direct consequence of which is a distinct lack of qualified Flight Instructors. Flight Instructors are generally only able to teach a maximum of 4 full-time students per annum so if ATOs are to keep up with demand they will need a number of basic and advanced instructors to deliver the training.

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Posted in: why be a pilot, flight instructor, instructor, flight instructor rating

Why work as a flight instructor?

Alexandra O'Loughlin24 Jan 2018

Before our Teruel-based Instructor Pablo went off to pastures new, he agreed to complete quickfire Q&A for us. Pablo was a great asset to FTA and really enjoyed his time teaching in Spain. His responses offer great insight into 'why to get into flight instruction' and life in Teruel.

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Posted in: be a pilot, become a pilot, flight instructor, instructor

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