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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.
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
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