An alternative to FTA’s Integrated Flight Deck Programme , is modular training.
If you’re looking for a career as a commercial airline pilot, this approach still allows you to go from Zero to Frozen ATPL, but enables you to set the pace. This is a popular choice for students who want to alternate between training and part- or full-time employment.
Whilst the majority prefer to complete multiple courses with us at FTA, you are welcome to complete a single course, such as our one of a kind, ATPL Theory. Special packages are available for those who want to complete multiple programmes with us. Click here for more information.
What training modules do I need to complete to gain my fATPL?
Students following the modular route complete several individual courses until they achieve all qualifications, licences and ratings for their Frozen ATPL. Once complete you can then apply for a First Officer position at a commercial airline.
The modular course is highly comprehensive and structured. It’s designed to deliver the required training to the highest standard in the most flexible way. To achieve a frozen ATPL, students need to complete the following training:
- Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
- Night Rating (NR)
- Hour Building (not currently available at FTA).
- ATPL Theory (Ground School)
- MEP Rating
- Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
- Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (ME CPL)
- Three-course MEP, ME IR and ME CPL package
- Upset Prevention Recovery Training (UPRT) (Available through our training partners, Flight Performance Training).
- Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC/JOC)
The time it takes to complete the necessary training on a module by module basis depends on the individual’s pace. As a guide, students on full-time attendance generally complete within 24 months.
Please note: The prices for our modular programmes are quoted based on full-time study (5 days a week). Courses taken part-time are charged at our standard hourly rates. Please contact our admissions team for more information.
Overview: Do you want to pilot a plane for private use, or as part of your Frozen ATPL training? The EASA-PPL allows unrestricted flying throughout Europe. It is the most flexible of the PPL options and is the preferred choice for commercial pilot students following the modular route.
- Ground school: multiple-choice examinations
- Total flying: 45 hours
- Dual flying: 25-35 hours
- Solo flying: 10 hours
- Current EASA class 2 medical certificate before first solo flight
- Minimum age: 18
We can train students on the Piper PA28 and the course costs £12,025 including VAT (where applicable).
- 45 flying hours *
- Full instruction*
- 30 landing fees (EGKA)
- 20 touch & go (EGKA)
- Training in both EFIS (Garmin 1000) and standard
* Additional hours required will be charged at the normal hourly rate.
* Any medical, test and CAA fees incur an additional charge.
Read more about the Private Pilot's Licence course here.
Overview: Qualify to fly between official night (30 minutes after sunset) and official day (30 minutes before sunrise). Requiring only five hours of flying in our Diamond DA40s, the Night Rating course is the perfect addition to a PPL.
Duration: 5 hours of flying, 3 of which must be completed with an instructor.
Course breakdown: FTA hour-building courses teach students:
- 5 hours of night flying, 1 hour must be dual navigation
- 5 solo flights, including a night take-off and landing each time
- No ground or flight tests
- EASA PPL
- £1,570 including VAT (where applicable)
- Flying hours in Diamond DA40
- Full instruction
- Touch & goes*
* additional hours will be charged at the normal hourly rate. Additional touch & goes outside of the course syllabus will be charged at our published rates.
ATPL Ground School Overview: Complete the ground school training required for commercial pilots at our dedicated ATPL Ground School Academy. FTA’s highly qualified and experienced instructors use the most up-to-date Padpilot electronic training materials which cover the latest EASA learning objectives.
Our ATPL Ground School is a full-time course and is the only one of it's kind in the UK. We deliver our theoretical as blended-learning and as such, it includes instructor-led tuition, computer-based training and self-study.
Duration: 1005 hours / 36 weeks
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Air Law
- IFR Communications
- VFR Communications
Module one is delivered over eight weeks with an additional four weeks for consolidation and exams. At the end of the module, students sit five exams at the CAA test centre.
- Principles of Flight
- Flight Planning.
Module two is delivered over eight weeks with an additional four weeks for consolidation and exams. At the end of the module, students sit four exams at the CAA test centre.
- Operational Procedures
- General Navigation
- Radio Navigation
- Human Performance & Limitations
- Mass & Balance.
Module three is delivered over eight weeks with an additional four weeks for consolidation and exams. At the end of the module, students sit five exams at the CAA test centre.
- ICAO Private Pilot's Licence (PPL)
- ATPL Ground School: £6,495 (includes VAT)
- High instructor/student ratio
- Full-time tuition (9 months)
- Full set of Padpilot electronic training manuals and student route training manual
- Full access (24/7) to computer-based learning material (for a period of 18 months)
For detailed information about FTA's ATPL Theory, please click here: An in-depth look at ATPL Theory
Overview: Are you looking to qualify to fly an aircraft with more than one engine? If you are studying towards a Frozen ATPL, you will need to complete the MEP Rating course before taking the ME Instrument Rating (IR) course. We offer MEP Rating on the Diamond DA42 aircraft.
Duration: Six hours of dual flight time and a minimum of seven hours of theoretical studies, followed by a theory exam and a flight test. This course can be taken full- or part-time and can be studied as a package along with the ME CPL and ME IR.
- 2.5 hours dual flight time – completed under normal multi-engine operation conditions
- 3.5 hours dual flight time – completed on engine failure and asymmetric flying
- Minimum of seven hours of theoretical studies
- Theory exam
- Flight test
- Instruction on the DA42 includes tuition on FADEC Garmin G1000 and EFIS systems.
- EASA PPL
- 70 hours PIC
- MEP Rating – Diamond DA42 Twin Star: £3,670 inc vat
- Theoretical studies
- Six hours flying time
- All landing and touch & go fees, as per course syllabus
The one hour test and test fees are not included.
Overview: To fly aircraft under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in controlled airspace, students at FTA complete our comprehensive EASA Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME-IR) course. Taught in modern DA40 and DA42 aircraft, using complex systems including FMS, EFIS, GNSS and ADC, this course is the optimal preparation for the Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (ME-CPL).
Duration: Six to eight weeks, depending on weather conditions and candidate skill level. This course can be taken full- or part-time and can be studied as a package along with the MEP and ME CPL.
- Precision and non-precision instrument approaches
- Missed approach procedures
- Standard instrument departures
- Joining and flying an airways system
- Standard instrument arrivals and emergency procedures under IFR conditions.
- EASA PPL or CPL with Night Rating
- MEP Rating or MEP course completion
- Current EASA class one medical certificate
- Course pass for theoretical
instructionas set out in the EASA-FCL
To pass their Instrument Rating, students must have:
- 70 hours as pilot-in-command
- 50 hours PIC cross-country flight time
- A flight radiotelephony operator’s licence
- ME-IR for PPL pilots: £17,795 inc vat
- ME-IR for CPL pilots: £15,745 inc vat
- 38* hours minimum of dual instruction in the ALSIM FNPTII flight simulator (based on EASA FCL amendment 7)
- 2.75* hours minimum of dual instruction in the DA40
- 17.25 hours minimum of dual instruction in the DA42
- Fuel and airport fees (as per course syllabus)
As well as being very competitively priced, we also offer a flexible, pay-as-you-go payment option for our ME-IR courses.
- Test and CAA fees are not included
- * The above applies to PPL holders only. Students who already have a CPL complete 30 hours in the flight simulator and do not require instruction in the DA40.
- Additional hours and additional landings will be charged at our published rates.
Overview: Gain your Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence with FTA. We provide full training on our Garmin G1000-equipped Diamond DA40 and DA42 Twin Star aircraft, coupled with a state-of-the-art and CAA-certified FNPTII Diamond DA42 Twin Star simulator. If you are completing a Frozen ATPL course, we recommend taking your MEP Rating and ME-IR course before your ME-CPL.
Duration: Three to six weeks, depending on weather conditions and candidate skill level. This course can be taken full- or part-time and can be studied as a package along with the MEP and ME IR.
- Flight planning
- Operational procedures
- General handling
- Instrument flight rules
- Operation of complex multi-engine aircraft
- Operation of FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control)
- Operation of EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System)
- Emergency procedures
- Valid ICAO PPL
- Current EASA class 1 medical certificate
- Minimum of 150 hours flight time*
- Pass in all relevant ATPL/CPL theoretical exams, as set out in the EASA FCL
- The minimum age for licence issue: 18 years
- Night Rating requirements
- MEP Rating
To pass their ME-CPL, students must have:
- 20 hours of cross-country flight time
- One of the cross-country flights must have been at least 300nm and included two full stop landings at two different aerodromes.
- ME-CPL for ME-IR holders: £6,295 inc vat
- ME-CPL for non-ME-IR holders: £8,870 inc vat.
- 15 aircraft hours for ME-IR holders based on EASA FCL amendment 7*
- 25 aircraft/simulator hours for non-ME-IR holders*
- Airport fees, as per course syllabus*
Complete your MEP, ME IR and ME CPL training with us full time, and back to back (in the specified order) and pay just £26,195.Please note:
- Test and CAA fees are not included
- Additional hours and landings will be charged at the standard rate.
Student pilots need to complete UPRT training prior to commencing their first type rating for single-pilot high-performance complex aeroplanes, single-pilot aeroplanes in multi-pilot operations and multi-pilot aeroplanes.
- The course is EASA Part FCL.745.A compliant
- Delivered from FPT's modern facility at Brighton City Airport (fully licenced airport with a hard runway and IFR approaches)
- Three training days split between the classroom and the aircraft
- Eight hours of theoretical knowledge training, covering Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I), Aerodynamics and Human Factors
- Four flights delivered on the Slingsby Firefly T67M Mk2
- Pre-course study material
- Pre & post-flight briefings
- Course completion certificate
Course fee: £2,200 (including VAT).
Overview: Our training partners Jet MASTERCLASS, deliver FTA's Multi-Crew Cooperation/Jet Orientation Course. The company specialise in assisting UK airlines with pilot recruitment and offer an unrivalled MCC/JOC and APS MCC course that focuses on developing the highest standards of manual raw data flying, pilot competencies and behaviours.
Duration: Ten days
Ten training days (typically scheduled Monday to Friday)
20 hours of practical training (10 x PF, 10 x PM) on a B737-800W fixed-base FTD
33 hours of theoretical training (MCC, JOC + airline readiness)
Printed training manual and progress tests
iPad use during the course
Gym access and shower facilities
Lounge, library, free WiFi
- EASA ME-IR
- EASA ME-CPL
- MCC/JOC: £3,775 Including VAT
- APS MCC: £6,475 Including VAT
Our MCC/JOC courses run throughout the year contact us for more information.
Enhance your MCC/JOC with Jet MASTERCLASS' certified
The APS course seeks to develop a wider appreciation for jet aerodynamics and handling, management of complex non-normal situations and advanced airline scenarios. The 20 additional flying hours (including FFS) are designed to develop a pilot’s handling ability and flight deck management to the levels expected of a qualified line pilot.
To enquire about the MCC/APS please contact Jet MASTERCLASS direct:
Do you need to revalidate your Instrument Rating?
If your last revalidation/renewal or initial skill test was performed in the aircraft, you can revalidate your ME-IR in a simulator.
We offer a three-hour revalidation package in our Alsim FNPTII Diamond DA42 Twin Star simulator for £650.
This package includes a 90 minutes refresher and 90 minutes exam. To check availability and book your course, please contact us.
If you have already started your pilot training and have a PPL and the required hours to start the CPL, then our advanced modular package is perfect for you. This training covers all the advanced instruction required for you to be ‘airline ready’ including a certified elitePILOT ™ Airline Readiness Programme. Please click here for full details.