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What is the Fully Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Training Program?
The Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Training Program is a highly focused and structured program that allows students with zero flying experience to become an airline pilot in just 16 months.
After successful completion of the course, students are issued with an EASA frozen ATPL. This licence allows you to apply for a First Officer position with an airline.
All ground and flight training is completed at Cork International Airport, Ireland and each training course is limited to no more than 10 students to ensure the highest quality training.
Assessment: Applicants for the course are strictly assessed by the Academy by means of psychometric testing, simulator testing and an interview.
Age: A minimum of of 17 ½ years of age to apply.
Medical: Each candidate must be able to pass an EASA Class 1 medical examination before commencement of the course.
English: AFTA will assess a candidate’s level of English as part of the selection process to ensure the student can commence this program. All training is delivered in English therefore sufficient written and oral English is required.
All ground and flight training is completed at Cork International Airport and each training course is limited to no more than 10 students to ensure the highest quality training and optimum instructor-to-student ratio.
Applicants for the course are strictly assessed by the Academy by means of psychometric testing, simulator testing and a series of interviews before being accepted and a Class 1 medical must be passed before training begins.
The course structure, which is approved by the Irish Aviation Authority, EASA and College Ireland, comprises 750 hours of both basic and advanced theoretical knowledge tuition integrated with 200 hours of flight training.
On my first visit to Atlantic Flight Training Academy I met with MD Captain Mark Casey, who was very informative, honest, friendly and welcoming. I immediately felt assured that by choosing to train at Atlantic I would not only receive excellent instruction but also be afforded a personal touch where I could discuss, monitor and progress my training as necessary. For me this was very important as I was working full time in the Military, based in Dublin and the flexibility and ‘can do’ attitude displayed by Captain Mark Casey was indeed replicated throughout the Academy.
I developed an excellent relationship with instructors and operational staff alike, all of whom go far beyond their job description to ensure the individual needs of students are met and that training is progressive, challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. AFTA boasts an excellently maintained and modern fleet of training aircraft, but it is the ‘extra yard’ and attention to detail displayed by instructors and staff which makes Atlantic much more than just a flight school.
Having completed my training I was very lucky to get my first job in aviation, flying the Boeing 737-800 with Ryanair. I later transitioned into long haul flying, operating the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, initially for Norwegian Long Haul, and now I am currently flying transatlantic with Virgin Atlantic. AFTA have been there every step of the way throughout my career, offering advice, support and assistance with assessment preparation.
Choosing to conduct my flight training at Atlantic has proven to be a rewarding and successful decision. It has provided me with a solid platform in aviation with excellent instruction and training resources, and also afforded me the opportunity to develop professional relationships and connections which have proved an invaluable source of support and advice through-out my journey.
Atlantic Flight Training Academy prides itself in delivering outstanding instruction in a positive and personal training environment and is an Academy I am proud to have attended.Denise McDonagh Testimonial
My name is Brian O’Keeffe, and I completed my flight training at Atlantic Flight Training Academy.
I chose AFTA for many reasons. The academy has a fantastic fleet of modern training aircraft which are meticulously maintained and are extremely well equipped. Because of this it meant less time wasted due to an aircraft going tech, and I completed my training under the time frame I set myself.
The standard of instruction at AFTA is phenomenal. AFTA instructors have a wealth of flying experience and take pride in seeing you develop as a student. They are always there to listen and encourage you throughout your flight training.
Cork Airport is a great training environment as you get to experience flight training in controlled airspace with the added challenge of fitting in with airline traffic. Air traffic controllers at Cork airport are renowned as some of the best controllers in Europe managing busy airspace. This environment raises your radio telephony standards to an international level, which is a huge benefit when moving into an airline environment.
In early 2016 I was selected by AFTA for OSM to interview with Norwegian Airlines. With the support of AFTA I was successful in my interview with Norwegian and am now a very proud Boeing 737 First Officer.
I would highly recommend AFTA to anyone looking to start their flight training.
Thank you for making my dream come true!
Brian O’ Keeffe Testimonial
As a modular student I undertook flight training in Ireland, Spain and the United States and encountered many training organisations along with way. I opted for Atlantic Flight Training Academy for the Multi Engine Instrument Rating, MCC and JOC, not only because of its outstanding reputation within the industry, but because of the challenging weather conditions in Cork, which I felt would enhance my skill set. The training provided at AFTA is by far the strongest I have encountered anywhere. The Standard Operating Procedures, which mirror those in the airlines, ensure that all instructors deliver a uniformly high level of tuition. Aside from that, there is strong comradery among the trainee pilots at AFTA which helps to promote a healthy culture of learning and education. Since graduating, AFTA has regularly been updating and assisting me in securing a place in the industry. I will be staying in touch with the school and would recommend it without hesitation to any budding aviators who want to make their dreams of flying a reality.Ross Lynch
From a young age I had always wanted to be a pilot. When I was a schoolboy I visited Atlantic Flight Training Academy for a week as a student on work experience. I knew after that week that AFTA was the right school for me.
Even though the school has expanded and grown over the last few years AFTA still maintains its core values. I found each instructor to be approachable and friendly, if I ever had any questions there was always somebody on hand to help me out.
The environment that you train in at Cork International Airport is perfectly tailored for a student with a view to become a commercial pilot. It is a busy airport with airline traffic and also on some days challenging conditions which hone your flying skills to a very high standard.
AFTA has some fantastic facilities with a modern fleet of aircraft and simulators. They are the perfect learning aircraft and help you from your initial training all the way up to your MCC course in their state of the art Boeing 737 simulator.
I would recommend AFTA to and young aspiring pilot as the school to go for. I did all my licences, ratings and even my interview preparation with them. It is a fantastic school and I am delighted I chose it.Conor Treacy
First Officer, Ryanair
I can’t overstate how enjoyable and how valuable my time was at AFTA. The level of instruction I received was to an extremely high standard, given by professional and approachable instructors. Not only were the staff at AFTA my mentors, but they were my friends, and I believe that is why I enjoyed it so much and came away with all my licences completed to a very high standard.
Flying from Cork was challenging and gave me valuable experience which I firmly believe has helped me in my career to date.
The facilities provided were perfect for instruction, with the basics and fundamentals well taught before building on those skills.
I think AFTA is a fantastic school, and I am proud to have been a student there. read moreChris Eastwood
First Officer, Cityjet
I chose AFTA to complete my MCC/JOC as they have an outstanding reputation as a flight school and with the addition of the 737-800 simulator they were the obvious choice. The instructors were very professional and very thorough and clearly had a huge amount of experience for us to draw on. The first week was all ground school and getting to know the 737 and the roles as a first officer. The second week was what we were looking forward to the most, getting hands on with the sim and sinking our teeth into the multi-crew cooperation. I was amazed at the detail of the simulator and how realistic it felt. By the end of the course I felt confident in working in a multi crew environment and felt confident in the handling characteristics of a jet. The course delivery was immaculate from start to finish and i would recommend it to anyone looking to complete their MCC/JOC.Garry Deavall
What sets Atlantic flight training apart from other training providers is a company ethos that sets high standards of training but fosters a culture in which you feel capable to of achieving them. The use of SOPs ensures that no matter which of the highly experienced instructors you get you still get the continuity of instruction and you know exactly what is expected of you prior to each session. The instructors do push your abilities to the limit but only provide valuable learning experiences in order to make you a better, more capable pilot.Charlie Terry
All in all, my experience personally and professionally have exceeded my expectation on both levels. I’ve work colleagues and friends for life. I would highly recommended AFTA to everyone. read moreJohn O’Connor
The Instructors are highly experienced, professional and friendly. They endeavor to help you complete your training in the most time efficient manner whilst making sure you get the best personal instruction possible. read moreJohn Fitzpatrick
I completed my fully Integrated Commercial pilot training at AFTA in February 2015, and since, got an interview with Ryanair. I have now been offered a position as a cadet with them and looking forward to start the type rating for the B737-800 in October. read moreChristopher Ithier
Immediately after my first lesson I was hooked, and the support from everyone at AFTA, particularly the instructors, allowed me to progress well with my training, even during the school year which I was extremely grateful for. read moreAva Cregan
I found the one day course extremely helpful in gaining an insight into pilot hiring trends. I feel we found a much better way to target airline jobs rather than just sending out hundreds of applications to basically all European airlines. read moreJosh Ryan