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Do I need a degree to become an airline pilot?

Alexandra O'Loughlin27 Aug 2020

We speak to lots of students who are undecided about whether to pursue their dream of becoming an airline pilot - despite it being a dream from a young age.

It is not uncommon to hear students question whether they should first pursue a degree, on the basis that they 'want something to fall back on'. 

A degree has a lot of value, but it is not required to embark on your pilot training. Read on to learn more about how you may identify whether you have what it takes to become a pilot. 

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Posted in: FTA, university, integrated pilot training, modular pilot training

Becoming a pilot was a childhood dream for Hannah

George Jarvis03 Mar 2020

Hannah has recently become a pilot for Lauda. Hannah completed her training by  what's called as the 'modular route' complete each flight phase it its entirety, back to back. We were fortunate to get to know Hannah when she enrolled on our MEP, ME IR ME CPL course package (advanced flight training).

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Posted in: pilot training, FTA, pilot, Cadet Story, flybe, flybe pilot, youhaveit

The positive predictions continue for the aviation industry...

Alexandra O'Loughlin19 Dec 2019
Each year market experts publish a report on their predictions for the aviation industry. Amongst all the Brexit uncertainty you could be forgiven for taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to forecasting what employment prospects will be and the impact on your training.
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Posted in: employment rate, FTA, cadets, flight instructor, flybe pilot, ryanair pilot

Sarah explains how and why she became an instructor

Charlotte Berrystone19 Sep 2019

Ibiza DJ - turned commercial pilot Sarah is one of FTA's longest serving employees. Sarah has worked at FTA as an instructor since the beginning where she is popular with all students and staff. She took time from her busy schedule to share her advice for those considering the career.

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Posted in: FTA, become a pilot, instructor, flight instructor, why be a pilot, interview, youhaveit

5 top tips to prepare yourself for becoming a pilot!

Alexandra O'Loughlin04 Jun 2019

 

1. Do your initial aviation research

Before you decide if you want to become a pilot, it is important to research the realities behind this career path. Try to immerse yourself within the aviation world. You can do this by visiting different airfields and airports, and researching the flight schools who provide your desired training programme – most flight schools offer a tour around their campus where you can visit the environment you would be training in and ask any important questions you may have. Try to attend careers shows such as Pilot Careers Live, and subscribe to lots of aviation news blogs; this will help you to stay on top of all the current issues and trends within the world of aviation. You could also book a ‘Trial Flying Lesson’ to experience what it’s really like to be in control of an aircraft.

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Posted in: pilot training, how to become a pilot, learning to fly, FTA, finance, pilot, pilot school, atpl training, Cadet Story, commercialpilottraining, fatpl

How can I train to become a commercial pilot?

Alexandra O'Loughlin01 May 2019

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.

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Posted in: Course fees, FTA, PPL, pilot school, flying, Exams, atpl training, pilot trainnig, cost of pilot training, why be a pilot, medical, diamond fleet, Flight training FAQ

What to expect from your pilot medical - the facts

Charlotte Berrystone05 Mar 2018

In order to undertake flight training and become a pilot, you will require a UK issued EASA Class One Medical Certificate. Before paying any money towards a flight programme and signing any agreement, you must see if you meet the required standards and are fit enough to fly. Obtaining your EASA Class One Medical Certificate should be a priority. 

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Posted in: Q&A, FTA, become a pilot, cadets, why be a pilot, medical

Top 10 interesting facts about aviation

Charlotte Berrystone11 Nov 2017

1. The world’s busiest commercial airport 

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Posted in: FTA, News, airlines, pilot, be a pilot, women in aviation

Is it ever too late to follow your dream?

Alexandra O'Loughlin11 Jul 2017

A question we often get asked is: "What is the maximum age to start my pilot training?" 

The simple answer is: there isn’t one. Pilot roles within the aviation industry are endless.

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Posted in: FTA, integrated pilot training, modular pilot training

Studying for your exams at the moment?

Alexandra O'Loughlin24 May 2017

Exam season has just started and we know how stressful this time in your education can be. Whether you are sitting your GCSEs, A'Levels or finals at University, stress is unnecessary and counterproductive to realising your true potential.

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Posted in: FTA, become a pilot, revision advice, Exams

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