We spoke to Ryan whilst he was completing the final stages of his training. He chose to enrol on our UK-based Integrated Flight Deck Programme.
Interestingly, Ryan had not always set out to become a pilot. Having turned down the opportunity to do a Private Pilot's Licence when he was younger, Ryan had embarked on a degree in the US.
Throughout the interview, it was clear that Ryan is a very level-headed, committed student with a real passion for flying.
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 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.