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 21-24 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. We believe that UK trained students make better commercial pilots.

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.

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 easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair and Aer Lingus Regional. While aviation is a competitive industry, we feel that success ultimately depends on the individual. 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.