About FTA Global

We are a leading commercial flight and airline pilot training company.

Established in 2006, FTA offers competitive, fast track career pilot training courses and operates one of the most modern and reliable fleets of training aircraft in the world. FTA’s fully qualified and expert instructors are multi-cultural, with a diverse range of aviation experience. With a high instructor to student ratio, FTA delegates receive high quality, market-leading training in accordance with aviation authority requirements.

We are currently one of the only UK flight training academies to offer an integrated fight deck programme with 100% of the training entirely based in the UK. 

Our primary base, Brighton City Airport was first founded in 1910 and is the oldest continuous licensed airport in the UK.  The airport's primary purpose was to provide a base for general aviation and training. It was the site of the first commercial flight in Britain and today, over a century later, students from across the globe come here to train as commercial pilots.

Our trainee pilots learn to fly in Piper PA28, Diamond DA40 Star and DA42 Twin Stars Aircraft. Our state-of-the-art Diamond aircraft are not only sleek and modern in appearance but also function, featuring the same systems found in modern airliners, including EFIS, ADC, FADEC and GNSS instruments.

All the roles advertised are based at Brighton City Airport (formerly known as Shoreham Airport).

operations ASSISTANT - FULL-TIME PERmanent position

Due to the company’s expansion and promotion within the business, we have a vacancy for an Assistant in our Operations team. Now is an ideal time to seek a role within the aviation industry as it begins to recover from the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our student numbers are increasing significantly again at a much faster pace than anybody in the industry had ever anticipated. Our professionally trained pilots go on to fly for companies all around the world, whether it would be an airline role, corporate jets, or even flying instructors. It’s critical to the company’s success that we recruit the right people to support our instructors and administrative staff in delivering the highest possible levels of education and customer service.

For over fifteen years we have taken students from little or no flight experience to qualified commercial pilots. We prepare our trainee pilots for all aspects of a career as a pilot, or instructor and the Operations team is a crucial team within the company. Amongst many things, we pride ourselves on our effective operations management, scheduling and high student satisfaction. The operations assistant will be integral to delivering this, as well as forming a strong partnership with colleagues across the wider team.

Job Purpose:

You will report to the Operations Manager and perform a key role in ensuring the smooth-running of the operations/student information desk.

Placed in the engine of the flight school, you will liaise with students, instructors and airport staff on a regular basis. Along with colleagues across the department, the Operations Assistant supports the head office and training staff in ensuring that all flight information, schedules, customer enquiries and filing are dealt with in a timely and professional manner.

Person Specification:

The face of the business and initial contact point for student enquiries, you will be expected to have great interpersonal skills and be adept at managing multiple tasks.

The ideal candidates will have experience in working effectively as part of a team, using their own initiative, and also be willing to go the extra mile. We are a relatively small, but close-knit team within Operations. Whilst each of our Operations staff usually work set shifts each week so that you know what you’ll be doing in advance, it’s also important that we recruit candidates who are also willing to be flexible in their approach to work when we need them, such as covering one-another during periods of holiday.

A keen interest in aviation would be advantageous and the role may be particularly suited to individuals who perhaps already hold a PPL or are completing their ATPL theory studies, although this is by no means compulsory.

The role will involve the use of telephones and computers, so a good telephone manner and a basic knowledge of the use of computers is essential. We also use multiple software programmes for our flight planning and scheduling, as well as Microsoft excel for accounts duties. Support and training will be available to the right candidate. 


  • Ensure the general effective running of flight operations on a daily basis.
  • Producing and maintaining an efficient daily flying schedule to optimise use of all available resources, including both instructors and aircraft.
  • Upkeep high levels of general tidiness and order in student study areas, and ensure that stocks/supplies are replenished
  • Liaise with our sister maintenance company regarding upcoming maintenance inspections of our fleet of PA28, DA40 and DA42 aircraft, as well as any ad-hoc maintenance issues that may arise.
  • Maintain student records in our online system Flightlogger, and ensure all data is complete and kept up-to-date
  • Maintain aircraft technical logs and ensure that any errors are identified and corrected
  • Answer calls and emails to current and prospective students
  • Assist the admissions team with several recruitment events and activities throughout the year.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to our trainee pilots and prospective students
  • Submit flight plans and liaise with air traffic control teams, both at Shoreham and throughout the UK and Europe.
  • Provide administrative support and carry out duties, as required by the flight and ground school instructors.
  • Updating student flying account excel spreadsheets.

Our Operations desk is open between 7.15 am – 8.15 pm Monday to Sunday, including bank holidays. Operations assistants work a set weekly shift. Shifts are negotiable depending on agreed hours.

FULL-TIME PERmanent position

Please email your CV and Cover Letter to Sam Abbott and Caroline Stabb: s.abbott@fta-global.com and c.stabb@fta-global.com


ADVANCED Flight Instructor

Part-time and Full-time Positions available. 

The role: 

Our Advanced Flight Instructors teach a variety of flight courses, such as the Integrated Flight Deck Programme phases 1-4, Night Rating and Private Pilot Licence. 

  • Minimum EASA CPL/IR 
  • Unrestricted Flight Instructor Rating 
  • Class One Medical 
  • Good team player with strong interpersonal skills 
  • Self-motivated, confident and enthusiastic 
  • Flexibility to adapt learning/teaching styles and to differentiate between trainees 
  • Experienced in delivering VFR and IFR training on SEP and MEP aircraft 
  • Knowledge of EASA regulations 
  • Flight instructional experience at an ab-initio level 

All candidates should be flexible and have the willingness to go the extra mile. They should have a passion for aviation and want to make a difference in their role. 

FTA is able to offer a stable roster, career development, pension and other benefits. Licence revalidations, renewals and medicals are also included. 

Hours: Part-time and Full-time Positions available. Please specify when applying. 

Staff safeguarding

FTA Global offers flight training for professional pilots. As part of our regulatory approval to remain operational, Covid-secure measures are in place, and observed at all times. A full brief on all measures in place will be shared with candidates at the interview stage.

How to apply for a job vacancy

Please either send a cover letter and CV to Phil Jones: p.jones@fta-global.com

A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate(s) and based on experience.