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Success at Virgin Future Flyers

Charlotte Berrystone21 Feb 2019

We attended Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Expert Engineers Day.

The event was organised with the intention to inspire children aged 9-16 years who may not have considered a role within aviation - a dynamic and expanding industry.

We were thrilled to be invited to the event and able to offer our support to such a local, and influential brand.

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Posted in: why be a pilot, cadet, female pilots, women in aviation, flying, virgin

easyJet pilot Tim, explains how he completed his training while working in Air Traffic

Alexandra O'Loughlin15 Feb 2019
 

We managed to get some of Tim's time, a modular student from FTA who since completing his training, has been pretty much non stop.

Soon after finishing his advanced pilot training at FTA, he went into a role as a calibration pilot and travelled around the world. He's now secured a First Officer position with easyJet and realised his dream of becoming an airline pilot.

Tim has worked extremely hard to be where he is now. He once worked in Air Traffic at Brighton City Airport while completing his training, a job which is in itself a demanding role. However, he made it work and completed his training at the end of 2016 before swapping his headset in air traffic control for a seat in an aircraft as a commercial pilot. It's been our pleasure to be part of his story and we hope to stay in touch with Tim as he progresses through his career.
 

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Posted in: interview, careers, why be a pilot, modular pilot training, airlines

Top interview tips for pilots

Alexandra O'Loughlin21 Jan 2019

Congratulations, you’ve got the interview! So, now you need to convince the recruiters that you’re the right person for the job.

In this article, we’ll be providing some top interview tips to help you land that dream job.

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Posted in: flying, interview, careers, why be a pilot, learning to fly

How can I train to be a pilot – your top 10 questions answered

Alexandra O'Loughlin14 Jan 2019

Flight training requires skill, dedication and hard work but, once qualified, you can expect excellent career prospects, great pay and opportunities to travel the globe.

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Posted in: aircraft, why be a pilot, atpl training, become a pilot, Flight training FAQ

FTA graduate Steve, reflects on his journey to his role as captain with Loganair

Alexandra O'Loughlin08 Jan 2019

Steve worked at our school as a flight instructor before moving on to a role with the airline. 

He reflects on his early days learning to fly, life working as an instructor before sharing his exciting news about a promotion with his employer, Loganair.

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Posted in: interview, careers, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR JOB, flight instructor rating, flight instructor, why be a pilot

FTA graduate Demetris offers an insight into his journey to becoming a pilot

Charlotte Berrystone26 Nov 2018
Completing our Modular CPL IR course with us just last week, Demetris explains to FTA what made him become a pilot, his journey to where he is and his plans for the future. When he is not studying and training, he is working on his YouTube channel - Great Flyer Aviation which has nearly a quarter of a million followers. He regularly posts videos of his journey and has a massive fan base.
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Posted in: why be a pilot, cadets, modular pilot training, interview

Dan explains how a chance encounter re-determined his career path

Alexandra O'Loughlin21 Nov 2018

Dan’s interest in flight training started in an unusual place – a car boot sale. There he stumbled across a copy of ‘flight sim’ a computer game which focuses on aircraft simulation, and he became hooked. Just as well, because before that chance encounter, he’d always wanted to become a virologist…

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Posted in: interview, diamond fleet, aircraft, flight instructor rating, why be a pilot, cost of pilot training, flight 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

FTA graduate and pilot, Rob offers great advice to those embarking on their commercial pilot training

Alexandra O'Loughlin05 Jun 2018

Why did you train to be a pilot?

After experiencing my first flight in a light aircraft in my late teens, I immediately developed the desire to become a pilot. Nearly twenty years later, after a career in an unrelated field, I decided it was time to follow my dream.

How did you go about choosing a flying school and what aspects were important to you?

I canvassed opinions of pilot friends and on general aviation flying forums. Then I visited the schools in person. I was looking for a school with a modern fleet of aircraft and an excellent reputation in the industry. Secondary considerations were a location that was commuting distance to home and an airfield with instrument approaches.

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Posted in: why be a pilot, become a pilot

Mark explains how timing and research is everything when training to become a pilot

Charlotte Berrystone01 May 2018

We spoke to integrated student Mark, who will soon complete his pilot training with FTA. Mark came back to pilot training after realising that the time simply wasn't right in 2011 when he first wanted to embark on his dream.

Mark explained to us how timing was crucial and how his burning desire to become a pilot would simply never go away. 

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Posted in: cadet, why be a pilot, pilot careers live, pilot training

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