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FTA CELEBRATES THE SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR OF THEIR FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSES

Josiah Kirpalani12 Jan 2022

2021 saw FTA run its first series of their Flight Instructor Course (FIC). 7 students undertook the course to become a UK Flight Instructor (FI), FI(A).

‘I believe FTA offers one of the best courses in the country’. David Hoy, FIC Instructor. 

‘We try to make the FTA course rather unique with four guest speakers from industry as well as a very personalised course with no more than three students working together as a team. Shoreham is also a great location for flight training of this kind with free airspace up to 5,500 feet, no TMA or overly close controlled airspace to slow down the lessons. 

I have been involved in flight instructor training for thirty years and still enjoy it! I believe FTA offers one of the best courses in the country but this is all very subjective. It is for you to decide if it suits you. Once started, you will be working very hard for a period of 9 to 10 weeks but I'm sure you will enjoy it, if you like flying and enjoy imparting knowledge.’ David Hoy, FIC Instructor.

 

In addition to the FI training, the FIC students also receive talks from industry professionals and attend excursions to industry-related places; all to build upon and develop their skills as future FIs. 

The speakers and excursions for the FI students in 2021 include: 

  • A visit to the AAIB for a talk and tour by Robert Clements; discussing, amongst other things, partial engine failure.   
  • A talk from Clive Posford, Cega Air Ambulance. 
  • A talk from Professor Michael Bagshaw, Professor of Medicine at London University and ex-Head of Medicine at British Airways.  
  • A virtual visit to Cranfield’s digital ATC tower with Senior Air Traffic Controller Sophie Hayes. 
  • A visit to The Spitfire Academy with Tim Granshaw. 
  • A talk by David Thompson of the CAA; on Airspace. 
  • A talk by Andy Sayers; Air Ambulance Pilot. 
  • A talk by Peter Haydn Smith, a Doctor / Psychiatrist; discussing the CAA’s attitude towards mental health. 
  • A visit to and talk by the Senior Air Traffic Controller at Shoreham ATC. 
  • A talk by Adrian Read, Captain TRI/ZFT LIFUS and MD of Flight Performance Training; discussing UPRT.

 

All FIC students at FTA are also guaranteed an interview for a FI position at FTA. One ex-FI student at FTA who went on to secure a FI position at FTA is Nick. 

‘The FTA FIC course was exceptionally enjoyable. In the classroom, we worked on our presentation skills, learning how to communicate concepts in a way that was easy to understand. We delved into fascinating subjects in detail, both conversationally and in presentations – dissecting accidents and incidents to learn from and discussing practical topics that tested our understanding and enhanced our airmanship. 

In the air, we transitioned from ‘doing’ the flying to ‘teaching’ the flying. Learning not to talk too much (something I am guilty of), recognising when things are not right, and learning the correct time to intervene. Mistakes are learning opportunities and to allow the student to make mistakes and correct them (hopefully themselves) is crucial. We also learnt how to manage lesson time, making effective use of all stages of the flight. We flew at least once or twice a day and back seated at other times, maximising our time in the air. 

It was an intense course that tested us throughout, but we received excellent and supportive instruction, and fascinating external speakers who captured our imagination and gave us further insight to an industry that we love! Throughout the course, it was also extremely beneficial to build contacts with the guest speakers, excursions, and visits to other airfields which are invaluable in obtaining a job once you've achieved your FI rating.Nick Handford, FI and Business Development at FTA. 

 

READ ABOUT TED’S EXPERIENCE ON THE FIC AT FTA.

 

FTA are running their very successful FIC in 2022 again. The course start dates are: 

- 21st February 2022. 

- 23rd May 2022. 

- 22nd August 2022.

(Remaining places are limited and operate on a first-come-first-served basis).

 

 
The FIC at FTA costs £12,500 (including VAT) which also includes: 

- Pre-assessment flight test. 

- Assessment of competence. 

- All flight and ground tuition as per the course syllabus. 

- Airport fees as per the course syllabus.

The Honorable Company of Air Pilots offer bursaries for instructors and more information can be found here: Flying Bursaries. FTA Global is also registered with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for Low Value Provision (LVP). The LVP is the provision of short vocational and occupational training to claimants who have a job offer or need training to be able to compete for vacancies in their local labour market. Full information can be obtained from your local Job Centre. 

 

For more information and to get in contact about the FIC at FTA, please see here. Alternatively, you can get in touch at: admissions@fta-global.com or 01273 455177.

 

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Posted in: instructor courses, flight instructor training, pilot training, pilot, Pilot jobs, instructor, pilot trainnig, flight instructor, flight instructor rating, careers, flight training, flight training uk

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE (FIC) STUDENT, TED

Josiah Kirpalani12 Jan 2022

We caught up with Ted, a recent FIC student at FTA to hear about his time on the FIC, his background, and his honest advice to those considering FTA’s FIC.

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Posted in: instructor courses, pilot training, FTA, pilot, Pilot jobs, instructor, flight instructor, flight instructor rating, careers, pilot interview, flight training

FTA's Managing Director Sean reflects on 2021

Charlotte Berrystone21 Dec 2021

It’s that time of the year when the decorations come out and Christmas festivities begin! They certainly have at FTA, and we thought that this would be a great opportunity to reflect on the year just gone and the year to come with Sean Jacob, our Managing Director.

 

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That's a wrap - the last event of the summer was a massive success!

Alexandra O'Loughlin27 Aug 2021

Last weekend we ran our final open afternoon of the summer. These events were organised with the sole aim of informing aspiring pilots everything they need to know about life as a pilot. 

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Posted in: FTA, integrated pilot training, pilot, commercial pilot, 2021, pilot training in 2021

Heather explains how her love of aviation has helped her persevere through extreme circumstances.

Alexandra O'Loughlin14 Aug 2021

After the most unimaginable 18 months, Heather is able to put aside any negativity and continue to pour her energy into her love of aviation. Most have needed to demonstrate a level of resilience during the pandemic, but Heather has had to switch ATOs and persevere despite extreme upheaval.
This interview will inspire you, as it has us, to trust in yourself and focus on your long-term goals not matter what life throws in your way.

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, pilot, start pilot training, why be a pilot, cadet stories

Jake talks about the importance of friendship and perseverance during a pandemic

Alexandra O'Loughlin29 Jul 2021

We caught up with Jake last year to see how he was finding the training amidst the pandemic. He is enrolled on our Integrated Flight Deck Programme and is on target to complete his training this year. 

When did you start your training and what stage are you at now?

When I enrolled, we started with three weeks foundation which is kind of basic theory of what you do in ground school. After foundation theory you then go straight into ground school. FTA extended the ground school from 6 months to 9 months after I enrolled, so I should hopefully be finished by December 2021. Having finished ground school, I’m now flying and currently in the final phase which includes your CPL skills test and IR (instrument rating). 

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, pilot interview, covid-19, 2021

Cadet Stories: Jordy-Xavier

Lottie Watt29 Jul 2021

Jordy's interest in flight training blossomed as a result of his involvement in the cadets from a young age.

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Cadet stories: George

Alexandra O'Loughlin27 Jul 2021

We spoke to George earlier this year. At the time he was midway through phase three of our integrated programme (so lots of solo navigation flights).

He's now on his final phase of flight training. We asked whether flight school has been what he expected and what hes enjoyed most about the experience.

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Posted in: fatpl, pilot training in 2021, cpl

The number of pilot licences issued has fallen to its lowest number in a decade!

Alexandra O'Loughlin19 Jul 2021

Data recently supplied by the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the number of people who were issued a commercial pilot’s licence in 2020, was 71% lower, just 262, compared with 906 in 2011. The picture for PPL licences was also very low, falling to almost half the 2011 total.  

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Posted in: caa, 2021, 2020, Pilot licence trends

EASA/CAA licence option for all 2021 Integrated (FDP) students

Alexandra O'Loughlin05 Jul 2021

All those that enrol on our 2021 Flight Deck Programme will have the option to complete training for either a CAA licence, an EASA licence, or both, all included in the standard course fee (£87,950).

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Posted in: caa, 2021, EASA, Pilots licence

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