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

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

Top 10 interesting facts about aviation

Charlotte Berrystone11 Nov 2017

1. The world’s busiest commercial airport 

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Posted in: FTA, airlines, women in aviation, be a pilot, News, pilot

Women of Aviation Week - can the gender gap in aviation be readdressed?

Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Mar 2017

We spoke to Paulina, a recent graduate of FTA about what she thought of the gender gap in aviation. Paulina speaks openly about what inspired her to start her pilot training, the sacrifices she made to realise her dream and what advice she would give to anyone interested in pilot training.

A word of warning: her words will inspire you.

Why do you want to become a pilot?

It is my dream, passion and life. I would like to share with you my favourite poem. This is exactly how I feel about flying:

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Posted in: women in aviation, be a pilot, flying, learning to fly

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