We hear so often how students are put off completing their ATPL theory or dread the seemingly insurmountable amount of work it entails.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this blog post you must have obtained your Private Pilot Licence, so well done. Now is your chance to take full advantage of your wonderful achievement and do these 5 fantastic things…
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.
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.
Jonathan Candelon, Managing Director of FTA, presents important tips when looking for a flying school.
Flying is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating and enjoyable experiences you can have. But with so many commercial pilot training schools out there, how do you find the right one for you? The best way to choose a school is to go and visit. Each school offers a different training environment and facilities, plus the courses may vary in terms of structure. Decide which course you want to do, research and asks lots of questions. But before you arrange your visit, here are some other things to consider.