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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

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

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

Flight Instructor course launching this month

Alexandra O'Loughlin02 Feb 2021
  • First course start date is 22 February 2021
  • Start this month and complete your training this Spring
  • All graduates will have the opportunity to interview for a role at FTA

We are pleased to announce the launch of Flight Instructor training this month. This the third addition to an already broad range of flight training programmes.

Flight Instructors are sought after by airlines and schools. The rating is popular with those that enjoy teaching, have a passion for flying and like the stability of a Monday to Friday rota. Your first opportunity to enrol in 2021 is 22 February, and the flight training is delivered over a four day week with additional self study. 

Train for a job you love - every day

Tom, an advanced flight instructor at FTA explains what he loves about his job: 'I feel so lucky to be paid for what feels more like a hobby, than a job. I get to share my passion for flying on a daily basis with like-minded students and I’m constantly learning whilst gaining experience.’ 

We have 15 years experience of delivering commercial flight training, during which we have built a reputation of excellent teaching standards and student satisfaction. The new instructor course reinforces the company’s position as a world-class provider of UK-based programmes.  

Sean Jacob, Managing Director for FTA Global, explains why he’s excited about the launch:

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Posted in: flight instructor, 2021

Life as an intern during a global pandemic

Charlotte Berrystone20 Jan 2021

Starting a new job can be daunting at the best of times. How about start a new job, in a new industry, during a global pandemic?

 

This is exactly what our new intern Lottie did last year. after her work placement in Sydney Australia was cancelled (due to Covid-19 travel restrictions). 

 

Lottie was originally destined for Sydney Australia, but when her university plans couldn't go ahead in 2020 she explored her options and applied for an internship with FTA. 

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Posted in: interview, 2021, intern

Why you should start your pilot training in 2021

Charlotte Berrystone13 Jan 2021

The rollercoaster of lockdowns over last 12 months may have meant a hiatus in your dreams. With the industry expecting a recovery over two years and the training taking the same length of time, it is time for change. 

Apart from a brief closure in 2020, our flight school has remained open and operational throughout the pandemic. With everyone's social calendars on hold as we start  2021 (and therefore a significant lack of distractions) we think that the time for enrolling with the right flight school is now. 

Our full-time programme, an EASA Integrated Flight Deck Programme (FDP), takes two years to complete and starts with theoretical instruction. ATPL Theory at FTA Global is like nothing else in the industry. Outside of instructor-led lessons you will access computer-based training and online books to support with self study. Last year we extended the study period to improve subject comprehension and ensure high results. 

"I was really pleased with my results and have finished ground school with 14 first-time passes and an overall average of 91%." 

It worked. Our ATPL classes continued throughout 2020 using this software, and our students successfully completed their exams with high pass rates and averages, despite the pandemic. The first module of 2021 is being delivered using Microsoft Teams, a video conferencing software, and our plan is to bring everyone on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, pilot, start pilot training, be a pilot, 2021, pilot training in 2021

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