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Meet the instructor: Orin

Charlotte Berrystone24 Feb 2022

We spoke to one of FTA's Flight Instructors, Orin, who will be departing us soon for a new challenge - flying the ATR 42/72 with Loganair. Orin discusses his journey to becoming a flight instructor and offers advice to aspiring flight instructors.

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Cadet Stories: Will

Charlotte Berrystone23 Feb 2022

We caught up with FTA student Will who recently completed his PPL with us. Will explains about his love for aviation and discusses his pilot training journey. 

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Flying through Storm Eunice

Charlotte Berrystone22 Feb 2022

We spoke to Tony,  Director of FPT, our training partner for Advance Upset Prevention Recovery Training, who is also a Gulfstream Senior Captain and was flying during Storm Eunice.

‘Every sector of the industry earned their money this weekend. Pilots drew on their competencies to make decisions on whether to go or not, make an approach to land or go around. ATC managed a rapid increase in workload as the weather dynamically changed. Communicating with aircraft and other ATC units to ensure aircraft had safe areas to hold whilst the weather calmed down until a safe approach could be made. Planners and handlers adapted to a rapidly changing program with aircraft scattered across the country.

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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. 

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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


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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