Flight training requires skill, dedication and hard work but, once qualified, you can expect excellent career prospects, great pay and opportunities to travel the globe.
Dan’s interest in flight training started in an unusual place – a car boot sale. There he stumbled across a copy of ‘flight sim’ a computer game which focuses on aircraft simulation, and he became hooked. Just as well, because before that chance encounter, he’d always wanted to become a virologist…
Integrated Flight Deck Programmes
If you want to complete your training in under 2 years and can access the funds to pay £77,950 over 12 months then this is absolutely the right option for you.
The quicker you can complete your training, the quicker you can apply for roles within airlines and start work as a First Officer. Students that choose this route are typically able to fund this with finance from parents, inheritance, secured loans – or a combination of the above.
With FTA you have the option to pay for your course over 12 months. If you were to enrol on FTA's Integrated Flight Deck Programme today, for example, you pay an initial payment of £14,000 and the remaining balance over 12 months.The course fee includes all your airport fees, uniform, books, instruction, tests and flight time. The only items you need to fund separately are any repeated phases, and tests. Your accommodation is funded by you too, although support is given to find the right arrangement for you whether it’s a student house, hotel, hosted family or apartment. If integrated training is not viable for you, you can elect to study on a modular basis and it is practical.
Estimates from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) in 2015 suggested that there were about 4,000 women pilots worldwide that's just 3%. Another estimate, by easyJet, puts the balance at 5%, with 6% of its own flying staff female.
Ryanair have just announced some exciting news - a new sponsored type-rating programme!
FTA Cadet James, explains how his training to become a pilot has been a dream since childhood. James is currently in the final phase of his training and has just started his Instrument Rating.
James is unusual in that he chose to complete a high level of qualifications prior to embarking on his training and has a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. To start your training you need to have at least 5 GCSEs including English and Math.
A'Levels are not required but preferred, but any academic qualifications, or extra research and reading you do will assist with your training. More information about entry requirements can be found here.
Some people are daunted by the academic demands of pilot training but for James it was the cost. The media often publish attention-grabbing deadlines which suggest that pilot training costs over £100,000.
This is simply not the case and FTA's UK-based integrated pilot training programme, (which James enrolled on) currently costs £77,950. You can save further money still by enrolling on Option A of FTAs Integrated Pilot Training Programme which costs £63,950.
James, pictured above helping at Pilot Careers Live.
1.Who does FTA train?
The number of people training to be a pilot is at a 5-year low and yet the industry needs more pilots, technicians, engineers and crew more than ever. The cost of training is high but by no means as exorbitant has the headlines would indicate. Like anything you need to ‘shop around’ to find the right training provider and solution that suits you.
The number of people choosing to enter into pilot training is at a 5 year low and you can understand why – the perception that pilot training ‘needs to cost’ £120,000 is eye watering, but most importantly, not true.