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20 reasons to train as a pilot in 2020

Charlotte Berrystone10 Jan 2020 Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, why be a pilot, commercial pilot, airline pilot

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Why should you make 2020 the year you embark on your pilot training?

We have put together a list of 20 reasons you should make this the time to make pilot training your priority.



1 - Enhanced ATPL Theory Course

Starting from this year, we will deliver ATPL Theory over nine months. The course will be the only residential ATPL Theory programme of its kind in the UK, using two different software packages in addition to the class room-based instruction. The new course programme will include an additional computer-based (CBT) learning package, which will support students with self-study. Learn more about our enhanced ATPL Theory Course here.

2 - Investment in the School

In the last three years, we have increased our training fleet and our instructor team, as well as expanded our ATPL programme and centralised our operations at a single location in the UK. We have continued plans for expansion in 2020 as the demand for our courses continues to climb.

We recently designed a new ATPL Theory course which is like no other on the market. Instructors deliver the training using a blended-learning approach, with current and highly visual and interactive content.

In addition, we are one of the only flight training academies to offer 100% of its integrated flight training in the UK. 

3 - Excellent Reputation

When we were first established in 2006, the goal was to deliver the best flight training with the best instructors, at the best airport in the best aircraft. This vision stays true today.

We base our approach on the following principles:

  • Students come first
  • Be open to all
  • Respect the profession
  • Invest in what matters
  • Aim for first-time passes
  • Everyone is different

Any pilot will tell you that to be successful in the training you need to demonstrate resilience, hard work, patience and self-assurance. Meet the students doing just that at FTA...

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4 - A true preview of a typical school day 

Our tours take place every Thursday at 10am and are the perfect opportunity to see FTA on a normal working day. During our tour, you will get to see our: aircraft fleet, classrooms, simulators and operations room. In addition, you will meet our wonderful students and instructors. The tour is the perfect opportunity to ask as many questions as you like!

If you are interested in attending a tour, you can book through here.

5 - Busy airport

FTA's base, Brighton City Airport is the oldest continuous licensed airport in the UK. It was first founded in 1910, and is the site of the first commercial flight in Britain. 

Today, over a century later, students from across the globe come to the South Coast of England to train as commercial pilots. They learn to fly our state-of-the-art fleet of DA40 Star and DA42 Twin Star aircraft, which feature the same systems found in modern airliner flight decks, including EFIS, ADC, FADEC and GNSS instruments.

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6 - Price

We pride ourselves on being one of the best value flight academies in the UK. Why spend over £100,000 when you can obtain the same qualification for less?

We are able to offer our courses at a competitive rate by planning our resources effectively. This is without detriment to the quality and prestige of the course, of which all the instruction and study, is carried out in the UK. 

Our Integrated Flight Deck Programme is £77,950. Find out more about our course fees here.

7 - Airline Preparation

To support our students with their Pilot job applications, interviews and assessments, we fund an airline interview and assessment preparation workshop with AirlinePrep, Europe’s leading airline assessment specialists.

The workshops are scheduled around a cadet's other training commitments and include essential preparation, such as competency & technical interviews, group exercises, numerical, verbal & technical reasoning as well as simulator assessment, CV's & covering letters.

Learn more about AirlinePrep here.


8 - High Standards

Our high standards include our first-time series pass rate. We do everything we can to ensure our students achieve first-time pass rates with our excellent training.

Our recent statistic showed that 100% of our Modular CPL students achieved a 1st series pass.

9 - Student Services

We recognise that Pilot training is about much more than the aircraft you fly, who instructs you and where you learn. It's about the whole experience; the friendships you make, the area you live, distance from loved ones and what you do in your spare time.

It is for this reason that we have a Student Services Team, dedicated to helping you get the very most out of your experience here, and to assist you whatever the issue or question may be.

Learn more here.

10 - Employment Stats

Our most recent employment stats showed that over 90% of students who completed their course with us in 2018, secured a role with an airline within 12 months.


11 – Alumni Outreach

We don't place students, they place themselves - graduates from FTA fly for companies across the globe. Read about what our students are doing now on our website here. 

12 – Student Events

We understand that pilot training can be intense and time consuming, so we like to make sure that there is still the social aspect between all students throughout the year.

Our Marketing & Student Services team work all year round putting on events for our students to relax and have great experiences.

13 – Student Recommended

A recent poll we conducted found that 25% of our students heard about us through student recommendation.

14 – Instructor Excellence

We are delighted to offer some of the best flight training in the UK due to our excellent instructors. Every day is different for our instructors who ensure our students meet the highest standards possible. Both our Flight and Ground Instructors work non stop through their experience to achieve the best results.

We asked some of our experienced instructors the important question, why be a flight instructor?

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15 – Revalidations & Renewals

FTA offers a range of revalidations and renewals to suit those with a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and aspiring Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) students. We’re proud that our first-time pass rates for renewals and revalidations is nearly 100 per cent.

16 – Modular Courses

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. Students following the modular route complete several individual courses until they achieve all qualifications, licences and ratings for their Frozen ATPL, which enables them to apply for a First Officer position at a commercial airline.

Learn more about our modular courses here. 

17 – Location

We are based at Brighton City Airport in Sussex, UK where the majority of our flight training is completed. Our only off-site training facility is Jet Masterclass, our partner organisation that complete our Multi-Crew Cooperation/with Jet Orientation Course. The airport has excellent transport links and is ideally located within close proximity to controlled airspace in and around London.  

18 - Computer-based training (CBT)

The decision was made to extend our ATPL Theory course following instructor and student feedback. The new course programme will include an additional computer-based (CBT) learning package, which will support students with self-study.

19 - Student representation

This year, we launched our FTA Student Collective. The purpose of the Student Collective is to promote the interest, education, training and welfare of students. The Student Collective aims to put forward the ideas, suggestions and comments from the student body to FTA Management on a regular basis, and then to feedback the results and considerations to the student body as a whole. 

20 - Fleet

FTA operates one of the most modern fleets of training aircraft in the UK. The aircraft have an exceptional safety record and allow our students to train on similar systems to those found in today’s commercial airliners to include:

  • Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
  • Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS)

Our fleet comprises of both single-engine piston (SEP) and multi-engine piston (MEP) aircraft – all maintained in accordance with and exceeding stringent European EASA regulations.

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