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FTA CELEBRATES THE SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR OF THEIR FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSES

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. 

‘We try to make the FTA course rather unique with four guest speakers from industry as well as a very personalised course with no more than three students working together as a team. Shoreham is also a great location for flight training of this kind with free airspace up to 5,500 feet, no TMA or overly close controlled airspace to slow down the lessons. 

I have been involved in flight instructor training for thirty years and still enjoy it! I believe FTA offers one of the best courses in the country but this is all very subjective. It is for you to decide if it suits you. Once started, you will be working very hard for a period of 9 to 10 weeks but I'm sure you will enjoy it, if you like flying and enjoy imparting knowledge.’ David Hoy, FIC Instructor.

 

In addition to the FI training, the FIC students also receive talks from industry professionals and attend excursions to industry-related places; all to build upon and develop their skills as future FIs. 

The speakers and excursions for the FI students in 2021 include: 

  • A visit to the AAIB for a talk and tour by Robert Clements; discussing, amongst other things, partial engine failure.   
  • A talk from Clive Posford, Cega Air Ambulance. 
  • A talk from Professor Michael Bagshaw, Professor of Medicine at London University and ex-Head of Medicine at British Airways.  
  • A virtual visit to Cranfield’s digital ATC tower with Senior Air Traffic Controller Sophie Hayes. 
  • A visit to The Spitfire Academy with Tim Granshaw. 
  • A talk by David Thompson of the CAA; on Airspace. 
  • A talk by Andy Sayers; Air Ambulance Pilot. 
  • A talk by Peter Haydn Smith, a Doctor / Psychiatrist; discussing the CAA’s attitude towards mental health. 
  • A visit to and talk by the Senior Air Traffic Controller at Shoreham ATC. 
  • A talk by Adrian Read, Captain TRI/ZFT LIFUS and MD of Flight Performance Training; discussing UPRT.

 

All FIC students at FTA are also guaranteed an interview for a FI position at FTA. One ex-FI student at FTA who went on to secure a FI position at FTA is Nick. 

‘The FTA FIC course was exceptionally enjoyable. In the classroom, we worked on our presentation skills, learning how to communicate concepts in a way that was easy to understand. We delved into fascinating subjects in detail, both conversationally and in presentations – dissecting accidents and incidents to learn from and discussing practical topics that tested our understanding and enhanced our airmanship. 

In the air, we transitioned from ‘doing’ the flying to ‘teaching’ the flying. Learning not to talk too much (something I am guilty of), recognising when things are not right, and learning the correct time to intervene. Mistakes are learning opportunities and to allow the student to make mistakes and correct them (hopefully themselves) is crucial. We also learnt how to manage lesson time, making effective use of all stages of the flight. We flew at least once or twice a day and back seated at other times, maximising our time in the air. 

It was an intense course that tested us throughout, but we received excellent and supportive instruction, and fascinating external speakers who captured our imagination and gave us further insight to an industry that we love! Throughout the course, it was also extremely beneficial to build contacts with the guest speakers, excursions, and visits to other airfields which are invaluable in obtaining a job once you've achieved your FI rating.Nick Handford, FI and Business Development at FTA. 

 

READ ABOUT TED’S EXPERIENCE ON THE FIC AT FTA.

 

FTA are running their very successful FIC in 2022 again. The course start dates are: 

- 21st February 2022. 

- 23rd May 2022. 

- 22nd August 2022.

(Remaining places are limited and operate on a first-come-first-served basis).

 

 
The FIC at FTA costs £12,500 (including VAT) which also includes: 

- Pre-assessment flight test. 

- Assessment of competence. 

- All flight and ground tuition as per the course syllabus. 

- Airport fees as per the course syllabus.

The Honorable Company of Air Pilots offer bursaries for instructors and more information can be found here: Flying Bursaries. FTA Global is also registered with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for Low Value Provision (LVP). The LVP is the provision of short vocational and occupational training to claimants who have a job offer or need training to be able to compete for vacancies in their local labour market. Full information can be obtained from your local Job Centre. 

 

For more information and to get in contact about the FIC at FTA, please see here. Alternatively, you can get in touch at: admissions@fta-global.com or 01273 455177.

 

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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

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE (FIC) STUDENT, TED

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

Quick fire question and answer session with Jet MASTERCLASS' Directors Rob Bleker and Frank Jukes...

Alexandra O'Loughlin05 Jul 2019

1. What are the common issues you see during simulator training?

Some of the issues we witness can be found above, but other notable issues can stem from an over-eagerness to impress. Students that are keen to excel in the simulator can sometimes try to point score against their peers, or fail to listen, and therefore fail to comprehend essential teaching points. These behaviours do not reflect well on the candidate and will be picked up by a pilot recruiter during a simulator or group assessment.

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Posted in: MCC, pilot training, Q&A, airlines, pilot, Pilot jobs, JOC, APS

Ana offers an insight into life as a pilot with airBaltic

Alexandra O'Loughlin28 Aug 2018

Why did you train to become a pilot?

When I was 19 and a student I started to work as a secretary in an aviation company.  Within months of working there, I grew a passion for aviation and fell in love with the idea of being a pilot. I started in flight operations and became exposed to pilots, hearing their stories and how they explained things.

Despite my growing interest, I knew the cost and felt like it was impossible for me, something that was entirely out of my reach. 

No turning back 

I saved every penny I could and eventually saved up enough money to complete my Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). For me, it made sense to start by only focusing on that aspect of the training. I told myself that the PPL was financially a lower risk than enrolling straight onto an integrated course. It gave me time to save just enough money and was an excellent place to start my training. I felt that if I succeed at this stage, it will give me the knowledge and confidence to decide whether I could progress on to the more advanced training required of airline pilots.

The problem was there would never be any turning back after experiencing what it was like to fly – I instantly became addicted. I knew that I would never be happy if I didn’t now follow my dream.

Finding the right flight school

I researched all the pilot training, and my boss who is also a mentor to me said to go to the states and train over there. It was a UK certified flight school but based in Florida, and you gained an EU licence at the end of your training. It was only possible with thanks to funds from my parents and a personal loan. After I had completed my commercial training, I had to find somewhere to complete my IR (in the US you cannot do your instrument rating).

I looked around Europe and the UK and first looked at a few, large flight schools based in the South of England and their prices were well out of reach. I was also very disappointed by their customer service. Through further research, I discovered FTA and everything felt happy. I got a response within hours and had all the answers to my questions. Stuart (the Admissions Officer at the time) was friendly and helpful.

 

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, women in aviation, flight instructor, female pilots, careers

University - is it really for you?

Alexandra O'Loughlin16 Aug 2018

Why not swap a class room and 3-4 year course, for flying lessons and just 18 months of study?

Is flight training the alternative to university you've not yet considered?

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Posted in: Insider, university, Pilot jobs, INTEGRATED COURSE, be a pilot, CLEARING

Ana, worked as a Flight Instructor before joining AirBaltic

Charlotte Berrystone02 Aug 2018

Ana, a qualified Flight Instructor turned pilot explains what life as First Officer for airBaltic is like, and how she and her partner make it possible to both work as pilots and still enjoy a happy family life. 

Why did you want to be a pilot?

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, women in aviation, instructor, pilot trainnig, flight instructor, female pilots, why be a pilot, careers, youhaveit

Ryanair announces exciting cadet sponsorship programme

Charlotte Berrystone07 Mar 2018

Ryanair have just announced some exciting news - a new sponsored type-rating programme!

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Posted in: airlines, Pilot jobs, start pilot training, become a pilot, flying, cost of pilot training, cadet, why be a pilot

Pilot Careers Live proves fantastic success

Alexandra O'Loughlin07 Nov 2017

 

The last item has been packed away and finally the lid is closed on another successful Pilot Careers Live (PCL) event.

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, Pilot jobs, modular pilot training, pilot careers live

Aer Lingus has asked us to spread this exciting news about their biggest ever pilot recruitment drive...

Alexandra O'Loughlin20 Oct 2017

Aer Lingus launches their biggest ever pilot recruitment drive. 

  • Over 100 pilot positions available in one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines
  • Over the next 3 years airline plans to recruit up to 200 pilots
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Posted in: Pilot jobs, be a pilot, Cadet Story

Who is recruiting 'low hour' Pilots?

Alexandra O'Loughlin06 Sep 2017

A big question that is always on a lot of people's minds when thinking about commencing their Pilot training is 'What is the likelihood of getting a job at the end of the process?' With things like financing to take into consideration, taking the big step to follow your dream can be quite a daunting prospect without concrete guarantees. Fear not however; there are plenty of opportunities awaiting you!

With the likes of Boeing and Airbus predicting a huge increase in demand for Pilots, the opportunities for low hour Pilots are only going to become more expansive. With our recent alliance with companies such as Virtual Aviation and Kura Aviation, we are constantly looking at mitigating the risks associated with training and also bridging the gap between training and gaining that all important position as a 'First Officer'.

We have compiled a small sample of the current opportunities that are available for Low Hour Pilots and it is worth mentioning that there are a lot more positions available, not just within the Airline industry (Information accurate at time of publishing):

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Posted in: Pilot jobs, become a pilot, be a pilot

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