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Ana offers an insight into life as a pilot with airBaltic

Alexandra O'Loughlin28 Aug 2018

Why did you train to become a pilot?

When I was 19 and a student I started to work as a secretary in an aviation company.  Within months of working there, I grew a passion for aviation and fell in love with the idea of being a pilot. I started in flight operations and became exposed to pilots, hearing their stories and how they explained things.

Despite my growing interest, I knew the cost and felt like it was impossible for me, something that was entirely out of my reach. 

No turning back 

I saved every penny I could and eventually saved up enough money to complete my Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). For me, it made sense to start by only focusing on that aspect of the training. I told myself that the PPL was financially a lower risk than enrolling straight onto an integrated course. It gave me time to save just enough money and was an excellent place to start my training. I felt that if I succeed at this stage, it will give me the knowledge and confidence to decide whether I could progress on to the more advanced training required of airline pilots.

The problem was there would never be any turning back after experiencing what it was like to fly – I instantly became addicted. I knew that I would never be happy if I didn’t now follow my dream.

Finding the right flight school

I researched all the pilot training, and my boss who is also a mentor to me said to go to the states and train over there. It was a UK certified flight school but based in Florida, and you gained an EU licence at the end of your training. It was only possible with thanks to funds from my parents and a personal loan. After I had completed my commercial training, I had to find somewhere to complete my IR (in the US you cannot do your instrument rating).

I looked around Europe and the UK and first looked at a few, large flight schools based in the South of England and their prices were well out of reach. I was also very disappointed by their customer service. Through further research, I discovered FTA and everything felt happy. I got a response within hours and had all the answers to my questions. Stuart (the Admissions Officer at the time) was friendly and helpful.

 

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, women in aviation, flight instructor, female pilots, careers

University - is it really for you?

Alexandra O'Loughlin16 Aug 2018

Why not swap a class room and 3-4 year course, for flying lessons and just 18 months of study?

Is flight training the alternative to university you've not yet considered?

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Posted in: Insider, university, Pilot jobs, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, CLEARING

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

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

Pilot Careers Live proves fantastic success

Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Nov 2017

 

The last item has been packed away and finally the lid is closed on another successful Pilot Careers Live (PCL) event.

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, Pilot jobs, modular pilot training, pilot careers live

Aer Lingus has asked us to spread this exciting news about their biggest ever pilot recruitment drive...

Alexandra O'Loughlin20 Oct 2017

Aer Lingus launches their biggest ever pilot recruitment drive. 

  • Over 100 pilot positions available in one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines
  • Over the next 3 years airline plans to recruit up to 200 pilots
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Posted in: Pilot jobs, be a pilot

Who is recruiting 'low hour' Pilots?

William Blackburn06 Sep 2017

A big question that is always on a lot of people's minds when thinking about commencing their Pilot training is 'What is the likelihood of getting a job at the end of the process?' With things like financing to take into consideration, taking the big step to follow your dream can be quite a daunting prospect without concrete guarantees. Fear not however; there are plenty of opportunities awaiting you!

With the likes of Boeing and Airbus predicting a huge increase in demand for Pilots, the opportunities for low hour Pilots are only going to become more expansive. With our recent alliance with companies such as Virtual Aviation and Kura Aviation, we are constantly looking at mitigating the risks associated with training and also bridging the gap between training and gaining that all important position as a 'First Officer'.

We have compiled a small sample of the current opportunities that are available for Low Hour Pilots and it is worth mentioning that there are a lot more positions available, not just within the Airline industry (Information accurate at time of publishing):

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, become a pilot, be a pilot

University - what's the alternative?

Alexandra O'Loughlin09 Aug 2017

Look to pilot training for an exciting alternative to university…

If you’ve not got the A’Level results you expected then please do not be despondent. Maybe there is an alternative to university you've just not considered yet?

The path to university is likely to be one you’ve considered since completing your GCSEs, and it can be an exciting adventure. The downside is, of course, the cost and the competitive graduate job market.

Pilot training could be the alternative you perhaps never considered. You don’t need to be an expert in aeronautics, an air cadet or have a degree in Mathematics. The pathway to becoming a commercial pilot has never been more straightforward. So before you head into the stress and panic that characterises ‘clearing’ perhaps take a step back and consider a completely different option.

The entry requirements for pilot training at FTA are as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English)
  • 2 A’Levels (preferred but not required)
  • be aged 18 or above
  • Possess an EASA class 1 medical certificate 
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Posted in: Insider, university, Pilot jobs, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, CLEARING

Myth busting the aviation industry...

Emily Clayden21 Oct 2016

Myth Busting Blog: This blog post aims to answer some of the most common "myths" surrounding the aviation industry and the pilot career path... 

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Posted in: pilot training, learning to fly, Q&A, FTA, News, myths, pilot, Pilot jobs, Funding

91% Employment Rate for FTA Cadets

Rosie Williams04 Nov 2015
FTA Announces nearly 91% Employment rate for 2014 Pilot Cadets to date.

FTA’s employment statistics currently show that nearly 91% (and climbing) of cadets that successfully completed a professional course in 2014 have already gained employment as pilots.

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Posted in: pilot training, Pilot jobs

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