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Commercial flight training: 7 top schools and providers

PUBLISHED: 13:18 20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 December 2018

Commercial Flight Training centres

Commercial Flight Training centres


If you’re thinking about a career in commercial aviation then these top flight training schools and providers will be well worth your consideration

1) Naples Air Centre

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Established since 1975, NAC has trained some 14,000 pilots. Chances are you have already travelled on an airliner with one of those pilots at the controls.

NAC has a fleet of 25 aircraft (Cessnas, Pipers and Diamonds) and a Redbird simulator. In addition, NAC has its own Part 145 repair station - safety being the main objective on your way to your career.

Located at the Naples Municipal Airport which, being Class D airspace, is ideal for training whilst also accommodating Corporate Jet traffic. It prepares you well for the professional world of Airline Transport.

NAC accommodation is second to none. The apartments are brand new, fully equipped and have recreational facilities (gym, pool and tennis) and only 5 miles from the pristine white sandy beaches. This is exactly what you will need to relax at the end of a day’s training.

After just one year of sunny paradise you will be the pilot flying the passengers on some of the world’s top airlines.

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2) Skyborne Airline Academy

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Take control of your aviation career with Skyborne - the UK’s newest, most innovative airline training academy.

They have developed a fresh approach to commercial pilot training, coupling expert instruction with state-of-the-art facilities at their Gloucestershire Airport base.

With the UK’s first Boeing 737 MAX FTD flight simulator and industry-leading Diamond DA42 training aircraft, you’ll learn in a world class environment alongside practical flight training both at home, and at their overseas fair-weather facilities.

Choose from their full-time integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) or Modular ATPL course, enabling you to train at your own pace.

However you choose to learn to fly, with Skyborne your journey to becoming an airline pilot will be friendly, engaging, dynamic and highly professional.

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3) Premier Flight Training

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Premier Flight Training has been delivering first-class flight training for private pilots at Norwich Airport for nearly two decades and are now able to provide professional pilot training with the introduction of Commercial Modular Courses.

They can offer the Multi-engine Piston Rating (MEP), Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) (ME) and also offer a distance learning ATPL theory course through a collaboration with CATS.

Premier is expecting to take delivery of an FNTP 2 simulator shortly and will then provide the Multi-engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and the Competency-Based Instrument Rating (CBIR).

The upgraded Airline MCC/JOC course will be provided through a collaboration with Virtual Aviation at Cambridge.

Norwich Airport is the ideal venue, with its 1800-metre tarmac runway, full night, instrument, and air traffic facilities, you will learn in a ‘commercial environment’ from day one.

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4) Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training Ltd

They are approved to provide modular distance learning courses for EASA pilot licences, from PPL through CPL to ATPL for aeroplanes and helicopters, plus a few others, including the Instrument Rating.

As well as the main base at White Waltham (near London Heathrow), they also have a satellite base near Prestwick, in Scotland and at Helicentre in Lelystad, near Amsterdam.

Inexpensive accommodation is available at Prestwick, which is just nine miles from the Ayr exam centre.

The eventual cost of a full ATP course to an ICAO PPL holder would be as little as £1475, and a CPL course would be £800.

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5) Ravenair

Ravenair Flying School is the premier flight training school at Liverpool Airport offering the highest professional standards with many years of experience in flight training, taking student pilots from their very first lesson through to their Commercial Pilot’s Licence, Instrument Rating and beyond.

The company presently holds more CAA and PART-FCL training approvals than any other North West UK organisation. Many of their students progress through the company as flying instructors and commercial pilots flying Aerial Survey and Air Charter before progressing onto airline careers.

Their fleet of aircraft is large enough to accommodate all students-in-training and also qualified pilots to solo hire seven days a week. This comprises of both single engine piston (SEP) and multi engine piston (MEP) aircraft.

The multi engine aircraft are fitted with the latest Aspen Avionics™ Evolution Primary Flight Display Electronic Flight Instrument Display, Garmin GTN650 GPS and S-Tec 55X autopilot.

You can contact the Flight School on 0151 486 6161 or through the link above


6) Cardiff Aviation Training Limited

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Cardiff Aviation Training Limited (CATL) was established in 2013 and has since provided highly regarded value for money pilot training from its training facility at Cardiff International Airport.

CATL is an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) offering high-quality, cost-effective Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) training and Jet Orientation Courses (JOC).

In addition to stand-alone JOC and MCC Courses they also offer Standard and Shortened MCC+JOC Combined Courses, an airliner Introduction to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (iUPRT) module, and airline Simulator Assessment Preparation.

These courses and Sim Preps are all conducted on an airline standard Level C Boeing B747-400 Full Flight Simulator. In addition, all courses are taught by airline current Instructors.

Coming soon are APS-MCC, B737 Type Rating, and Cabin Crew Attestation; call now for details of these new courses.

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7) Atlantic Flight Training

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Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is based at Cork International Airport, which is renowned as Europe’s number one training airport with every conceivable flight training aid available.

The academy has an unrivalled success rate, training in excess of 1,800 high-calibre pilot graduates for airlines globally.

They have a strong placement record with graduates now working in some of the world’s leading airlines including Ryanair, Norwegian, Stobart Air, Air Astana, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic,, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Aer Lingus etc.

AFTA is committed to providing the highest quality of competency based training and has been training international cadets for 25 years. The modern training fleet includes Cessna 172s, Piper PA-34 Seneca’s and a Diamond DA-42 Twin Star, some of which have modern Garmin G1000 glass cockpits. They are also equipped with state-of-the-art Boeing 737 NG and FNPT II fixed base simulators.

AFTA recently introduced Pilot Mentorship Programmes with airline partners Ryanair and Stobart Air. On successful completion of these programs, the new pilots will have achieved their commercial pilot’s license and will gain full time employment as first officers with the Irish airlines.

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