AFTA’s longstanding university partner MTU has launched the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Global Business and Pilot Studies, an innovative new programme which offers prospective pilots the opportunity to bolster their career and employment prospects.
The programme is the first of it’s kind and involves a partnership between MTU and Atlantic Flight Training Academy whereby prospective pilots can gain a degree together with a frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (aATPL) in a process that allows them to commence flight training after just one year and be ready to seek employment within just three years.
Applications for this unique new programme can be made at www.mtu.ie/globalbusinessandpilotstudies
Full details of the BSc course can be found at https://www.cit.ie/course/CRBGBPS8, along with details of the flight training aspect at https://afta.ie/why-afta/munster-technological-university/
Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) CEO and Head of Training Capt. Mark Casey spoke of the need for a programme such as this for new pilots, saying “as Airline pilots advanced through their careers and moved to senior management positions within their respective airline, the individuals would invariably need to upskill through distance or part time learning in the additional aspects of business and management related disciplines. The MTU curriculum was carefully tailored to the areas identified through feedback from airline Industry leaders and the pilot body.”
AFTA were able to call on their industry partners for input throughout the construction of this degree, a network of Airlines, pilots and aviation professionals established during their 25 years of being Ireland’s leading flight school. “AFTA is proud to partner with MTU for what can only be described as a Global Gold standard degree that will cater for and enhance the industry pilot entry standard. I look forward to seeing AFTA and MTU develop the industry leaders of the future”, said Capt. Casey.
Dr. Pio Fenton, Head of Department of Marketing and International Business at MTU Cork Campus, said “at MTU we are excited to be leading the way for HEI’s in recognizing the significant effort involved in becoming a pilot.” Developed with input from industry stakeholders, students will study areas of global business, marketing, and communications before progressing to AFTA to begin an intensive flight training programme. The aviation sector is a dynamic industry and MTU believe that new pilots entering this sector can significantly benefit from having a degree along with their pilots licences to provide a greater awareness of the industry they will work in and to increase the options available to them as they progress through their careers.
Dr. Fenton also highlighted the partnership between MTU and AFTA saying “we have enjoyed a successful partnership with Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) for a number of years now and their considerable experience in flight training as one of Europe’s leading flight schools identified them as a perfect fit with MTU for this unique new offering.”