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Five step guide to preparing for your pilot training

Lottie Watt12 May 2021

Congratulations on choosing to become a commercial pilot. As exciting as it is, we know the training can be very daunting. We have put together a guide to help you prepare for your training. 

Follow our five step guide to place you in the best possible position for your first day at flight school. Whether you're enrolling on an integrated programme, or studying via the modular route, the core essentials for embarking on your commercial pilot training are the same.   

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, start pilot training, atpl, atpl theory, commercial pilot

What to expect from your tour of FTA

Lottie Watt05 Apr 2021

Tours are the perfect time to experience the lively and friendly atmosphere of FTA first-hand, as well as see our facilities and discuss the school and your training with staff and students. You and a guest will learn more about what you can expect to get out of your flight training and how to decide which course and school is right for you.

FTA Virtual Tour
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Posted in: tour

Prepare with Padpilot

Lottie Watt05 Apr 2021

Preparing for your ATPL modules in advance of your course start date is a widely recommended way to reduce the stress of learning all the content. This is why we provide students with access to all Padpilot resources 12 weeks before the start date of their integrated course. The 16 Padpilot books contain all the information a ground school student needs to excel in their ATPL exams. From April 4th, the FDP June intake will have full access to this information , allowing them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the content in advance of their training's commencement.

Padpilot were the first company within the aviation industry to make ground school content accessible in an engaging and interactive iBook format and remain the industry leaders today. The way the iBooks are structured maximises student engagement by allowing users to highlight and search each book, as well as create revision cards within the ebook. The company also uses videos and 3D models to make the content more accessible for visual and auditory learners.


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FTA to acquire Red Arrow fleet for  flight training?

Sean Jacob01 Apr 2021

Following recent announcements regarding the possible contraction of Britain’s armed forces, we will be making the most of the MOD's plans to consolidate equipment.

With the Royal Air Force exploring options to replace the Hawk T1 aircraft used by its world-famous aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows, with a more eco-friendly alternative (we understand the MOD are in discussions with Rolls Royce about utilising its new electric trainer), FTA is optimistic that all eleven of the retired Red Arrow aircraft will soon be lined up on the apron outside of Brighton City Airport’s iconic terminal building.

FTA has agreed to keep the aircraft’s dramatic red paint scheme ( the RAF’s new aircraft are rumoured to have a green finish, reflecting their new focus on minimising environmental impact), whilst incorporating the FTA logo. Although instructors will not have a single aircraft assigned to them, the option for a digital display, showing the instructor’s name and that of the student, is being investigated.

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Posted in: 2021, Fleet, 1st April

Pilot training cheat sheet

Alexandra O'Loughlin28 Mar 2021
Our aim is to help you to make the most informed choice for your pilot training. 
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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, pilot, be a pilot, atpl, frozen atpl, aviation courses

Modular or integrated pilot training - your questions answered...

Alexandra O'Loughlin22 Mar 2021

Earlier this month we hosted an online discussion panel regarding modular and integrated pilot training. Our panel of students and pilots answered your questions on the difference between the two routes and the benefits they have enjoyed, training via their preferred route. 

First, let us introduce our panel:

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Posted in: Ryanair, integrated pilot training, pilot, modular pilot training, pilot training in 2021

We will continue to offer training for UK CAA licences in addition to EASA licences for both modular and integrated training programmes.

Alexandra O'Loughlin16 Mar 2021

This will come as good news to UK-based students who are required to complete acclimatisation flying and the IR skill test in an EU member state for the issue of an EASA licence. With the world in the grips of a pandemic, sourcing and travelling to flight schools abroad could understandably prove quite unsettling for some, however the proximity of EU airspace to our base at Brighton City Airport has made completing the acclimatisation flying and IR skill test in EU airspace straightforward, without ever spending a night away from British soil.

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Posted in: caa, covid-19, 2021, EASA

Post-Brexit Medical Certification Information

Dr Chris King05 Mar 2021

We are very pleased to share with you an article written by Dr Chris King, EU and UK approved AME and Medical Director and Head of AeMC Centreline London and Gatwick UK.

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Posted in: pilot training, integrated pilot training, medical

Meet Martyn - FTA's Theoretical Knowledge Instructor

Charlotte Berrystone04 Mar 2021

"We all say that we are certain Martyn built aviation in his back garden. He has an incredible amount of knowledge that you can tell he enjoys passing on to others. No question in the classroom is ever left unanswered and he is always happy to explain in that extra bit of detail if you’re finding it hard to understand something" - Chloe, FTA Student.

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Posted in: pilot, instructor, interview, atpl theory

FTA offers 3-year freeze on prices for ab initio modular students

Alexandra O'Loughlin26 Feb 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will freeze the price of our modular training for all ab initio students who embark on their PPL this year.

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Posted in: FTA, pilot, cadets, 2021

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