FTA will now offer suitable candidates the opportunity to complete a fully funded* Instrument Rating Instructor Course. The sponsorship is available to those already qualified as Flight Instructors who want to complete the necessary upgrades to deliver the advanced stages of flight training.

Following regulation changes in 2012, it has become very difficult and extremely expensive for Flight Instructors to advance their qualifications and teach students for the issue of an IR.  FTA recognise this and have developed a sponsorship programme which will combine employment as a Flight Instructor alongside building the necessary hours to be able to commence the Instrument Rating Instructor Course.  Following successful completion of the Instrument Rating Instructor course,  candidates will be promoted to also teach the Instrument Rating elements of our pilot training. 

The total value of the sponsorship package is up to £15,000.

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How will it work?

Pilots that already hold an FI rating will be employed and standardised as an ab-initio instructor teaching the PPL and Phase 1-3 of the integrated course.

Whilst working for FTA, the successful candidates will build their IFR hours in order to meet the pre-requisites for the instrument rating instructor course, following which they will undertake the course and upon successful completion, will teach students on the single-engine IFR phase of the Integrated Flight Deck Programmes.

Places are limited and the deadline for applying for this sponsorship is 28th February 2018. Suitable candidates are urged to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Sponsorship details

The following timeline offers an approximate breakdown of the Instrument Rating Instructor Sponsorship:

  • Approximately six months working as Flight Instructor and building IFR hours to the pre-requisites for the instrument rating instructor course, followed by completion of the instrument rating instructor course.
  • Then 36 months working as Flight Instructor teaching the Phase 4 single-engine IFR elements of the integrated course

Following this, there may be an opportunity to upgrade to a multi-engine instructor to teach all elements of the integrated and modular courses or be put forward to an airline through our partner, KURA Aviation

For more details, please email: sponsoredtraining@fta-global.com

* The IFR hour building and Instrument Rating Instructor course is subject to a bond, and certain criteria being met.

Terms and conditions apply. Structure might vary depending on operational requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Flight Instructor Rating
  • EASA Class 1 medical
  • Radio licence
  • ICAO English Level 5
  • Instrument Rating


  • Knowledge and Standards
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Situational Awareness
  • Ability to teach
  • Flexible

Documentation required

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Single page
  • Cover Note with the reasons why you want to join FTA and become a Flight Instructor
  • Commercial Pilot’s License
  • ICAO language certificate
  • Last 3 logbook entries

Location of training

Brighton City Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, BN43 5FF

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