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Commercial flight training: 6 top schools and providers

PUBLISHED: 13:48 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:29 10 May 2019

Commercial flight training

Commercial flight training


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) Atlantic Flight Training Academy

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Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) is an established and world renowned Irish training academy approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In operation since 1995, AFTA's combination of experienced instructors, state of the art modern fleet and its location adjacent to Corks International Airport makes it the first choice for students serious about attaining the best start to their career in commercial aviation. The academy has an unrivalled success rate, training in excess of 2,000 high-caliber pilot graduates, who now work for airlines globally including Ryanair, Norwegian, Stobart Air, Air Astana, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic,, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Aer Lingus.

AFTA also has partnerships to train cadets with Europe's No 1 Airline Ryanair and Stobart Air one of Europe's leading franchise, ACMI and charter aviation specialists.

The Ryanair ab-initio mentored programme and Gateway programmes are exclusively offered at AFTA and facilitate potential cadets to join the Ryanair mentorship programme as a cadet with no previous flying experience or alternatively at three different entry points in their pilot training dependent on the level of previous experience the applicant has.

Stobart air are seeking suitable ab-initio applicants for a Mentored Pilot Training Project. This scheme offers cadet graduates a fantastic opportunity to join a career path to success with a rapidly expanding airline from the first day they start training.

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 these Irish airlines.


2) 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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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) 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 offers both EASA and FAA flight programs as well as EASA ATPL Groundschool and has its own EASA ATPL Testing Center in house.

NAC has a fleet of 25 aircraft (Cessnas, Pipers and Diamonds) and a Redbird simulator. As a Garmin Dealer, the fleet is equipped with either G1000's, G600's, or Dual G5's for EFIS and have ADS-B In/Out with Synthetic Vision, Traffic, & Weather. 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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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.

They have ATPL ground training commencing at Ravenair at Liverpool Airport in July 2019 - please contact them for details. They are also the only school offering EASA Airline Transport Pilot's Licence (ATPL) in the North of England.

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) CAE

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Learn to fly with CAE and make your dream of becoming a pilot a reality. Each year they graduate and place 1500+ new pilots with airlines around the world.

CAE trains aspiring pilots through its network of aviation academies all over the world.

Depending on the location, a range of training programmes are available including Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), and Airline mentored Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL), all of which combine premier ground school courses with high quality flying instruction.

Want to learn more about the global journeys of CAE's cadets and graduates? Follow CAEpilot on instagram and hear from a different #CAEpilot each week!

There's never been a better time to become an airline pilot with CAE. Start your journey right, and right here.

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