We realise that, as a parent, it’s important to find out as much information as possible before selecting the right flying school for your son or daughter. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact us.

Flight school or university

Many FTA students choose pilot training as an alternative to university, while some join us soon after graduating from a degree course. We recognise that, for some people, gaining a degree is very important. That’s why we work to offer degree-based opportunities for our students. Our integrated pilot training route is highly vocational, intensive and takes roughly 24 months to complete. As a result, it is important for us to take on students who demonstrate leadership, logical skills, focus, dedication and a willingness to achieve.

Safety and location

Student safety is always our first priority. We have some of the most advanced training aircraft in the world and are proud of our exceptional safety record. The UK enjoys a global reputation for safety, due in part to the rigorous requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority. Flight conditions in the UK match those that students will face as career pilots. For international students, training in the UK also gives them an added advantage as English is the international aviation language. 

With regard to the benefits to training from our location, the airspace in the UK, particularly around Gatwick and Heathrow (where FTA is located), is complex.  Students are exposed to this complex airspace and subsequent ATC considerations from the outset.  Additionally, because of our unique location, we can access European airspace within 20 minutes of flying from Brighton City Airport, making EASA or Dual License Training very easy.  So much so, we offer Dual License training at no extra cost for our Flight Deck Programme and Advanced Modular Programme.

Where your money goes

Training to become a commercial pilot is resource intensive. It involves highly skilled people using sophisticated equipment, as well as ongoing costs such as aviation fuel and aircraft maintenance. To mitigate this, we apply strict operational procedures that ensure our aircraft and simulators are managed and used efficiently, helping to lower course fees without compromising on quality or safety. At FTA, we work very hard to make our courses accessible to people with different budgets and time commitments. Please contact us to find out more.  To this end and because of feedback from our students, our Flight Deck Programme payments are spread over 18 months (instead of the more usual 12 months or less).  This keeps the money in your pocket for longer and also stops large 'up front payments'.

Career prospects

FTA equips students with the skills required to pursue a successful career at any commercial airline. Our graduates have gone on to secure jobs with over 30 different airlines including Aer Arrann; Aer Lingus; Air Arabia; Air Baltic; Air Contractors; Air X; Arik Air; Atlas Global;  Cathay PacificCityJet, easyJet; Enter AirEtihad; Iberia; Iraqi Airways; Jet2; Lion Air; Loganair; Norwegian; Qatar Airways; Ryanair; Sriwijaya Air; Susi Air; Turkish Airlines; Wizz Air.  While aviation is a competitive industry, we feel that success ultimately depends on the individual which is why our training is carried out to an extremely high standard, creating a well rounded and competent pilot who is able to perform to a high standard in any given situation.  Our CV and Professional Preparation training will equip students with the tools required to obtain and perform well in interviews and simulator assessments.  In addition to the huge experience of our instructional staff, FTA exposes the students to external industry professionals throughout their training through guest speakers and our specialist partner organisations who provide Advance Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, MCC / APS and Professional Preperation,  This gives our students an insight into the industry and the opportunity to make important career connections and receive advice from existing experts in the wider field of aviation.  If you would like to talk with a member of our team, please get in touch. We will happily answer any questions you may have, or arrange a personal guided tour of the academy.


We pride ourselves on our outstanding pilot instruction and training students to become the best pilot they can be. We have very high levels of student satisfaction and our commitment to maintaining these levels means that we continually look for ways to enhance what we offer our students. It is for this reason that we have built relationships with airline preparation specialists who bridge the gap between pilot training and securing First Officer opportunities. For more information, please visit our airline preparation webpage.