We are FTA, a world-class commercial flight academy based at Brighton City Airport in Sussex, UK.

When we were first established in 2006, the goal was to deliver the best flight training with the best instructors, at the best airport in the best aircraft. This vision stays true today.

In the last three years, we have increased our training fleet and our instructor team, as well as expanded our ATPL programme and centralised our operations at a single location in the UK. We have continued plans for expansion in 2020 as the demand for our courses continues to climb.

We recently designed a new ATPL Theory course which is like no other on the market. Instructors deliver the training using a blended-learning approach, with current and highly visual and interactive content.

We are one of the only flight training academies to offer 100% of its integrated flight training in the UK. 

Our students learn to fly in state-of-the-art fleet of DA40 Star and DA42 Twin Star aircraft, which feature the same systems found in modern airliner flight decks, including EFIS, ADC, FADEC and GNSS instruments.

What we believe:

We base our approach on the following principles:



1 - Students come first

Student safety, welfare and satisfaction are at the heart of everything we do.


2 - Be open to all

We provide opportunities to able students of all nationalities, from a variety of backgrounds.


3 - Respect the profession

We understand the aviation industry and what makes an excellent pilot.


4 - Invest in what matters

We invest in state-of-the-art aircraft, modern simulators and the best training staff in the industry.


5 - Aim for first-time passes

A first-time pass looks good on your CV and saves money in potential retakes. We’ll do everything we can to help you pass first time.


6 - Everyone is different

Not everyone learns at the same pace. We vary our teaching methods to get the very best from every student.

Career pilots

We want all of our students to enjoy rewarding careers as commercial pilots and our training focuses on ensuring that they become the best pilot they can be. In addition to high quality flight instruction we offer additional support with CV writing, airline recruitment preparation and specialist training with industry experts, Jet MASTERCLASS. Click here for more information.

Success stories

We support our cadets to become the best pilot they can be. Read what some of them have to say about their time at FTA here.

Want to know more?

Click here to read out about how to become a pilot with FTA.

Want to visit the academy?

Our tours are every Thursday at 10 am. Click here to book your space. 

Meet the team

Click here to meet some of our instructors at FTA.