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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 20 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.
My name is Kevin Brooks and I am a First Officer with British Airways.
I joined Atlantic Flight Training Academy in November 2015 on an integrated course having come straight from secondary school. Having looked at a number of training organisations around Europe AFTA stood out to me.
From the outset it was clear that AFTA was run to a very high standard, similar to a real airline. The fleet of Cessna 172s and Piper Senecas were well maintained and proved to be ideal for flight training. Many of the senior instructors were very helpful and would go out of their way to make sure the flight training progressed smoothly. I found everybody in AFTA to be approachable and friendly which made for a very nice training environment.
Being based in Cork Airport was a bonus as we mixed with commercial air traffic every day. I believe this forced students to maintain extremely high standards of RT and operational procedures at all times. The weather in Cork proved challenging at times however it sharpened my skills and decision making process.
The MCC was based on the 737 simulator and I found that it set me up for a type-rating. AFTA also provided high quality interview/assessment preparation which stood to me when I went during interviews.
When I completed the training I kept in contact with Mark and the team in AFTA. They were always on hand for some advice when searching for the first job.
Shortly after finishing in AFTA I secured a job with Stobart Air flying the ATR 72. I spent a year and three months in Stobart flying in challenging conditions and I believe the experience I gained there will stand to me for the rest of my career.
Recently I have moved to British Airways flying the Airbus A320 based in London Heathrow. With a wide variety of routes and endless career progression opportunities I believe it’s the ideal place to build a career in aviation.
I would highly recommend Atlantic Flight Training Academy for anyone who is looking to embark on a career in aviation. I strongly believe puts you in a great position when searching for your first flying job.Kevin Brooks Testimonial
My name is Steven O’ Brien and I completed the integrated flight training program at AFTA in June 2018.
Since I can remember, I have always wanted to become a pilot. Coming from a farming background, I was drawn to the mechanical side of aviation from an early age. Following a few voucher flights when I was sixteen, I had no doubt that being a pilot was all I wanted to be.
I began researching which flight schools would offer the best training and give me the best career prospects once I had finished. I visited many flight schools throughout Europe, but the integrated course at AFTA stood head and shoulders above what any other flight school could offer and was the best choice for me.
As soon as I walked through the doors at AFTA I knew this is where I wanted to train. Their fleet of Cessna 172 and Piper Seneca are well maintained and in excellent condition. All the staff at AFTA made me feel very welcome, which makes for a great learning environment. The instructors are very experienced and very knowledgeable and go above and beyond in any way they can to help.
Training at Cork airport, a busy international airport, you can experience all four seasons in a day. Looking back, while at the time I found it challenging training in these conditions, I’m glad that I did as it has prepared me in the best way possible for my career ahead. The MCC/JOC course which AFTA provide is excellent. It was a great stepping stone from single pilot operations to working in a multi crew environment and really laid a great foundation for any future assessments with an airline.
Once you complete your training, I believe that AFTA really separates itself from other schools. AFTA went to great lengths to make sure that I was as prepared as I could possibly be for my Ryanair assessment. I was provided with great interview and sim preparation and I felt very confident walking into the Ryanair headquarters on the day of my assessment.
I am delighted to say that I am about to embark on my career as a first officer with Ryanair and I could not have done it without all the help I received from everyone at AFTA. I can’t thank Mark and his team at AFTA enough, and I would highly recommend AFTA for anyone considering training for a career as a pilot. read moreSteven O’Brien Testimonial
My name is Kathryn Kennelly. I’m 22 years old and completed the integrated flight training course in Atlantic Flight Training Academy in May 2018.
I always had a keen interest in aviation but when I finished school I pursued an accounting degree. I could never get the idea of becoming a pilot out of my head so I decided to go for it. I thought choosing a flight school was going to be a very difficult decision but once I visited AFTA and met Captain Mark Casey and his team of highly trained professionals I knew this was the place for me. AFTA’s motto is ‘Training ordinary people to become extraordinary pilots’ and that’s exactly what this flight school does. What you see is what you get. I was told by the team that the integrated programme was extremely intense, which is 100% true. AFTA was completely honest with me from day one. As a student pilot you have to be very dedicated and work really hard, but it is so worthwhile!
I chose AFTA because of its modern, well maintained fleet, the chance to train at Cork International airport (lots of commercial traffic and sometimes tough weather conditions), it’s highly trained instructors and job prospects for students, just to name a few.
I can honestly say that choosing to become a pilot and attend AFTA was the best decision I have ever made. I cannot express my gratitude enough to every person in the team at AFTA. There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. If you are contemplating on becoming a pilot, you will have difficult days during training, there is no doubt about that, but the team in AFTA will give you every resource possible to help you succeed. I was extremely well prepared for my PPL, CPL and MEIR skills tests as a result of the high standard of instruction in AFTA. I had limited flight training experience before starting the integrated course, but they help you in every way possible, from initial training all the way to your MCC course.
When I completed the integrated course the after service I received was excellent. I did lots of interview and sim prep here. The school went out of its way to ensure I was well prepared for my airline assessment. I think this is a major asset to AFTA students.
I completed a Ryanair assessment just over a month from finishing my training. I am trilled to say, with the support of Mark Casey and his fantastic team that I am about to embark on a career with Ryanair, my first choice of airline and goal from the beginning of training.
I would without any hesitation recommend AFTA to anyone deciding on aviation as a their future career.
Thank you Mark Casey and all the team at Atlantic Flight Training Academy for making my dream come true 🙂 read moreKathryn Kennelly Testimonial
My name is Evan Tully. I am currently 20 years of age & completed my integrated flight training course at AFTA in April 2018.
It had been a dream of mine to become a commercial pilot from a very young age. I started researching flight schools whilst still in secondary school and came across Atlantic Flight Training Academy. I decided to visit the school during one of their open evenings, as I had heard very good things about the school from previous students.
All the instructors & staff at the open evening were very helpful & informative, and a few weeks later my family and I paid another visit to the academy, to check out the simulators, aircraft etc. We left very impressed with the facilities and I knew AFTA was the school for me.
I came to AFTA with very little flying experience, however it was never an issue due to the level of training I received at the flight school. I noticed myself improving after every flight and it continued like this throughout my entire training thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable instructors I met at all stages of my training. The challenging weather conditions, and operating from a busy international airport also had an integral part to play in how my skills as a pilot developed over time. The course is very well structured and the attention to detail paid to both the technical & non technical aspects of flying is one of the many reasons I feel AFTA students go on to have such amazing careers in the aviation industry.
Once I had finished my training I felt confident about taking the next big step and applying for a job as a first officer in an airline. Through hard work, determination & the amazing help and support from AFTA I am delighted to say that I am about to embark on my first job as a first officer with Ryanair.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for AFTA and I would highly recommend the academy to anyone who is interested in a career in aviation. It was an unforgettable experience and I have made friends for life 🙂 read moreEvan Tully Testimonial
My name is Tomás Curran and I completed the integrated course in Atlantic Flight Training Academy in April 2018.
From a very young age the only aspiration I had was to become a pilot. During secondary school there were no subjects that appealed to me in any way as much as pilot training did. In transition year I had a few introductory flights in AFTA and this confirmed for me that pilot training was 100% what I wanted to do.
During 5th and 6th year, I investigated around to find the best integrated course for me and in the end it was a simple decision that AFTA was the place for me. The fleet of Cessna 172s and Piper Seneca along with the challenge of operating out of an International Airport really helped sell the school to me.
The instructor standard in AFTA is sky high and it really sets you up to be more than ready for the CPL, MEIR tests and any future interviews. With the ever changing weather in Cork, you also get the opportunity to fly in real life IFR conditions which you probably would never get a chance to in flight schools abroad. This really does prepare you for your future as an airline pilot.
The MCC/JOC at AFTA is of a very high standard. It’s a great step from single pilot operations to Multi Crew and I was amazed at how fast I started to pick up all the procedures and techniques on how to fly the Boeing 737. By the end of the course I felt confident in my abilities to fly the jet and also my interpersonal skills to work in a Multi Crew environment.
After completing my course, AFTA didn’t stop helping me. I was given some interview preparations with the AFTA HR team, they also helped me make my CV look more professional. They put me through an interview as it would be, with many questions covered to really have me prepared for my Ryanair assessment and interview. I also did sim preparation in the days running up to my interview with Mark Casey and Pat Harris. Their experience and help really went a long way to having me prepared to a very high standard and confident walking into the Ryanair headquarters on the day of my assessment.
I couldn’t recommend AFTA enough to any aspiring pilots as they give you all the help you need. I was an 18 year old with little flying experience and no theory knowledge when I started my course. I only had dreams.
I am about to start a career with one of Europe’s largest Airlines, Ryanair and I believe I wouldn’t be in this position without Mark Casey and the team from AFTA.
Tomás Curran read moreTomás Curran Testimonial
From a young age I had always aspired to become a pilot. At the age of 15 I completed my first flying lesson and there was no holding back. During secondary school I began investigating and looking into flying schools that offered a Fully Integrated Airline Training Course as I felt this suited me best. I attended a Pilot Careers Live roadshow in Dublin and talked to numerous training organisations including AFTA. I met the ever pleasant, obliging staff and was thoroughly impressed with what they had to offer, their professionalism and reputation and soon after attended an open day. I was overwhelmed with the quality of training facilities, modern fleet of Cessna 172 aircraft and simulators. My mind was made up, especially after contacting current airline pilots who completed their training there.
All of the management, instructors and office staff really do go out of your way to help you in any way possible. Students receive huge ongoing support and mentoring both during and after completing training which is where the school stands out among others. It is the attention to detail, progressive nature of the training and incorporating of commercial CRM and TEM techniques and instruction which in my view is industry leading. Operating in an international airport and flying AFTA’s ever expanding fleet of modern, well-maintained aircraft and flying with different experienced instructors every day really does prepare you for the commercial environment.
It is the attention to detail, progressive nature of the training and incorporating of commercial CRM and TEM techniques and instruction which in my view is industry leading
On completing my MCC/JOC course the school did everything to assist me in obtaining my first airline position. They provided me with excellent airline tailored CV guidance and mock interviews to prepare me. It is this, along with the excellent standard of training that was instrumental in me being offered a First Officer position with Ryanair shortly after completing my training. The standard of training which Ryanair offered during the Type Rating was outstanding and the training I received at AFTA contributed immensely in providing me with a very solid platform in which to start my flying career.
I don’t believe I would be where I am today without AFTA and would definitely recommend any aspiring pilot out there to choose this school in giving them a firm grounding in their commercial aviation career.
Ryan Blake read moreRyan Blake Testimonial
My name is Niall Quinn and I completed my integrated flight training course at Atlantic Flight Training Academy in January 2018.
From a young age I have always had aspirations of becoming a pilot. Having checked several different flight academies, I was shown around the facilities at AFTA, all of which really impressed me, and soon after I joined their integrated course.
From day one you are exposed to the professionalism and dedication of the instructors and staff. The training was nothing but extraordinary and really prepares you for the airline industry.
All of the instructors in AFTA were approachable and made the course very enjoyable and tailored each lesson to your specific needs throughout training.
Operating in the busy Cork airspace alongside commercial traffic like Aer Lingus, Stobart, Ryanair etc is both challenging and a great experience for any trainee cadet.
Flying around Ireland has really made me appreciate the importance of planning for flights and always keeping a close eye on the diverse and ever-changing Irish weather, developing further my decision making skills.
After completing my training, AFTA went above and beyond, to make sure that I was well prepared for the airline assessment process. The excellent MCC/JOC course that AFTA conducts, had my skills well polished for my airline assessment. Their expertise in interview and CV preparation, which are to the highest standard, were of enormous benefit when it came to the airline interview.
I am delighted to say, with the support and direction of Mark Casey and his team of highly trained instructors, I am about to embark on a career with Europe’s largest airline, Ryanair.
I would highly recommend AFTA to anyone who is contemplating aviation as a future career. It was the best decision I ever made. read moreNiall Quinn Testimonial
My name is Hakan Efe Sonlu and I successfully completed my integrated flight training with Atlantic Flight Training Academy in November 2017.
When I first came down to Cork to visit AFTA after visiting many other schools, I knew AFTA was the school for me. AFTA really do deserve the amazing reputation that they have earned. I met with Mark Casey and the AFTA team, they assured me that I would be well looked after at the academy and they kept their word. The academy showed immense support throughout my training even for personal problems such as finance and AFTA really is affordable compared to the other flight school and the standard that they put you up to is even better, they always assured me to feel at ease during my training and even after, they were always looking after me as they said from day one.
The academy has an amazing fleet of modern aircraft such as the glass cockpit Cessna 172 and my favourite aircraft, the Piper Seneca. The aircraft are well maintained by an excellent team of engineers and mechanics.
Training at Cork Airport is also an added bonus. It gives valuable experience flying in challenging weather which I definitely believe has helped me immensely. You also get to experience flight in controlled airspace with all the other airliners, it really gave me the experience that I wouldn’t have been able to get elsewhere. Seeing the big airliners taking off and landing on the same runway really encourages and motivates you to improve your airmanship, situational awareness and radio telephony abilities. What’s more is that you get to discover and fly in real IFR conditions at Cork where you might not be able to in another flight school which really does prepare you for your future as an Airline Pilot.
The standard of instruction at AFTA is world class, they really do make you look like a real pilot compared to some other flight schools which I noticed during my Airline interview. They push you up to an excellent standard and always take pride in seeing you develop to be a better pilot. The instructors are always there to support you whenever or wherever! Once you meet the instructors you know that they are extremely experienced and knowledgeable and are delighted to pass on their years of information. The instructors were not only there to teach but they also became your friends which I thought was amazing.
The standard of instruction at AFTA is world class
The MCC/JOC at AFTA is really one of a kind, they not only prepare you on CRM and teamwork but they literally teach you how to fly the Boeing 737, by the end of the course I felt confident in my piloting abilities of a jet and also my personal skills.
When I completed the integrated course, AFTA provided a lot of support on helping me find and get a job, they helped me to build my CV, Suzanne and Philip really helped in terms of helping me combat the interview stress and guided me through the interview stage, they also helped me in the sim preparation, Pat made me stand out from all the other candidates at my assessment, I am thankful and proud of being a student at AFTA.
I would highly recommend AFTA to any aspiring pilots out there, I started AFTA at 18 years of age, with no knowledge. They literally made me go from nothing to an Airline Pilot. The facilities provided at AFTA were perfect and I couldn’t ask for anything else. I am proud of picking AFTA, If I could take back time I would pick AFTA every time and I can’t thank the school enough for everything they have done and I will be staying in touch.
I am about to start a career with one of Europes largest airlines, Ryanair and I truly believe that I wouldn’t have gotten here without the help from the team at AFTA.
Thank you for making my dreams come true.
Hakan Efe Sonlu read moreHakan Efe Sonlu Testimonial
I thought selecting a flight school was going to be a difficult process, as it’s a very personal decision depending on your life situation. I had researched schools throughout Europe but as soon as I walked through the doors at AFTA I knew I was in the right place.
What was important to me, was a training environment that was both professional and reputable. The instructors are highly skilled professionals that have a wealth of knowledge and are only too pleased to pass it on. The school sets high standards from the onset and you’re being trained to airline standards from your first day.
The instructors are highly skilled professionals that have a wealth of knowledge and are only too pleased to pass it on. The school sets high standards from the onset and you’re being trained to airline standards from your first day
When I completed the integrated course, AFTA guided me through the process of interview preparation, which made me stand out from other candidates during assessments and simulator checks. I cannot stress how important this was, as it helped me acquire my dream job as a first officer flying the Boeing 737-800 with Ryanair.
I began my flying career with AFTA back in March 2016. I worked very hard to complete my training in 16 months. I secured a job and completed a Type Rating with Ryanair almost immediately after completing my flight training at AFTA.The type rating training with Ryanair was full on and you need to put maximum effort into achieving the high standards Ryanair demand. The Ryanair instructors were also fantastic. This couldn’t have been achieved without the help of AFTA.Adam O’Sullivan Testimonial
I am delighted to look back now, knowing that the choice to undertake my flight training with Atlantic Flight Training Academy was the best decision for me to make.
From the first moments starting the Integrated Course, you are treated with the utmost professionalism and expertise within a training organisation that really knows what they are doing. While the academy has experienced growth in the size and scope of its operations it remains a very personal, friendly and considerate environment in which each student is treated as an individual and trained as such.
Everything about the academy sets you up for a career in aviation from the excellent instructors, the immaculate fleet of aircraft, and the high standards set within the school.
All of this hard work and support paid off recently as I was delighted to secure a position with Ryanair
When I finished my course AFTA were phenomenal in helping and guiding me with securing a job and went above what I had expected from them. It became very clear in interviews that the level of training received, provided me with a high standard of capability and aptitude, which really stood to me in the likes of simulator checks.
All of this hard work and support paid off recently as I was delighted to secure a position with Ryanair.
I can’t thank the school enough for the support and direction given to me even after training had finished in helping me secure my career in aviation.
Marc O’GormanMarc O’Gorman Testimonial
I traveled down to visit AFTA once I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a commercial pilot, and found their professionalism and the quality of their facilities, including aircraft, to be above and beyond other schools I’d considered as well as any expectations that I’d had.
Once I started on their integrated course the instruction received, both in the classroom and during lessons in the aircraft, really made you feel confident in your abilities as a pilot. The instructors had very high standards, but really helped you reach them and I felt confident going into exams like the CPL or MEIR skills tests as the instructors were always on hand to give advice or go over procedures until you felt flying the aircraft became second nature.
Operating in the same airspace as other commercial traffic at Cork airport was an added challenge but really gave me the experience that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else, taking off and landing beside 737’s and A320’s. It forced you to improve your airmanship, situational awareness and your radio calls. What’s more, the weather that Cork receives allowed me to challenge myself even further, actually experiencing IFR conditions rather than fair-weather flying is an incredible thing that pilots on the line see every day but most students don’t experience until they’re already in a job. It really puts you in the mindset of a Captain having to think about alternate airports, traffic and weather conditions each time you go flying.
Operating in the same airspace as other commercial traffic at Cork airport was an added challenge but really gave me the experience that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else
I’m about to start a career with one of Europe’s largest airlines and truly believe I wouldn’t be here without the help and training I received from the team at AFTA.
Jordan DooneyJordan Dooney Testimonial
My name is Shane Kiely and I completed my Integrated flight training at AFTA in January 2017.
Throughout my time there I found the AFTA team to be friendly, professional and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure I was getting the most out of my training. I feel that I have been trained to a high standard which has set me up well for a career as a pilot, but what really impressed me was the support I received after I finished my training. AFTA provided a lot of support from CV guidance to interview preparation workshops as well as regularly checking in with me to see how I was progressing with my job applications.
I firmly believe that this support after I finished my flight training was a key factor in helping me secure my position as a first officer with Ryanair & I would highly recommend AFTA to any prospective cadet.Shane Kiely Testimonial